As I try to do once or twice a year, I visited Boston for about a week, and mostly spent time visiting friends, but did get a few chances to take some photos. I’ve always liked December in Boston, and this was no different. I’m just glad it wasn’t January!
A lot of my relatives gather for a week on Cape Cod, in the Dennis / East Dennis / Brewster area each August, and for one reason or another I never prioritized going. This year, with all the other traveling I’ve been doing, I figured why not throw Cape Cod into the mix? My sister and her family and my brother and I rented a house, and I had a great mix of seeing family, exploring on my own, and sometimes, for once, just hanging out at the beach. All of the other times I have been to Cape Cod previously, I have not explored too much, but this time I found it to be a fascinating place with a very diverse landscape. I love that as much as I’ve been seeing places I’ve never been to, I also can go to an area I’ve been to and find new things.
It is well documented on my site that I like to return to Boston and see what new photos I come up with, considering that I lived in Boston for 10 years and that is where I really started my photography.
I shot this from the top of the tower of the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If you look closely you can even see some of the gravestones in the foreground.
You can see more of my Boston photos by clicking here.
It was nice to spend almost a week in Boston seeing good friends, during a week of business and pleasure. I originally starting honing my photography skills around Boston a few years back when I lived there, but I hadn’t been there with warm weather in almost a year, so it was interesting for me to get a somewhat fresh perspective. Two of the three shots posted are from locations I’ve shot from countless times, but I was happy to get a new perspective on them.
Although I doubt I’ll ever live in Boston again, it will always be a special place for me, and I look forward to seeing my friends there again.
I just love using photography to show how the same scene can be different during different times of day and year. These 4 shots were taken on totally different days, and one was even deep into the winter. I hope you enjoy them.
Harvard Square is a small area of Cambridge, Massachusetts where Harvard University is.
I worked in Harvard Square for the better part of 10 years, and I found it to be one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever spent time in. Just a few of the ways that people utilized the streets include:
-Students walked to class at Harvard University
-Professionals walked to work at various places
-Musicians, magicians, mimes, etc performed on the street
-People sold Spare Change Newspaper
-Homeless people wandered the streets, and often slept on them
-People promoted their religions or other various causes
-Photographers and tourists took it all in!
-And much more
I had the opportunity to speak with some of the people in these photos, and some of them do have websites, listed below. Check the captions to see which websites go with which people.
I drove from Belmont to Whately MA on the first day of my trip, mostly on Route 2, Route 2A, and Route 202. My hosts were my cousin Sukey and her husband Doug Coldwell, and their children Rosina and Eric. Doug and Sukey showed me around the organic farming operation, Happy Valley Organics, which Doug is a half owner of. I had a great time learning about some of the crops. For example, I had no idea that potato plants had pretty flowers, as seen below.
Upon returning to Doug and Sukey’s house, I discovered that their back yard is a wonderland. Chickens, ducks, a turkey, a big garden with everything from sugar snap peas to eat to Japanese beetles mating on barley plants. When Doug got home from work we went on a moped ride through the woods (a definite put the camera down and completely relax event) and then ate dinner with the family.
All in all, a great start to the trip. Thanks Doug and Sukey!
I am not happy that the van pulled up right into the front of my shot as I was setting the tripod up, but hey, what can you do? I still like the shot…not as much though as if the van wasn’t there!
This is Ramblin Dan and his Professor World Band playing at the 2010 Harvard Square MayFair. His website is at ProfessorWorldBand.com.