I made a trip to Boston a few weeks ago, to visit some professors and other customers. (And a few friends.)
One evening, I was stuck in traffic, inching along next to Boston’s Museum of Science. I decided to stop in for one very photography-related reason… because it was so heavily influenced by photographer, mountaineer, and cartographer Bradford Washburn, director of the museum for over 40 years.
If you look for it, you can find a small exhibit at the museum about Brad and Barbara Washburn. I recommend finding it.
I also had the pleasure of being in Lowell, Massachusetts for one day of the Lowell Folk Festival. Wow, this was a great event, and I wish I could have stayed for the whole weekend. I heard several great bands, including The Steep Canyon Rangers, Plena Libre, The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Bua, and others.
Here’s a photo of the main stage at the Lowell National Historical Park, with the Steep Canyon Rangers playing.
They shut down several square blocks of downtown, and have a variety of stages with music going constantly. And the food! Lots of tents with a wide variety of good food. If you’re near Lowell in late July, I highly recommend experiencing the festival.
I was in Boston recently for work, but had a little bit of spare time to visit Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, etc.). Here are a few of my favorite photos…
Herring Gulls, Larus argentatus, (~3-year-old juvenile in front). I took this along the Eastern Point breakwater in Gloucester. Click to enlarge any image.
Fish Net Buoys in Rockport
I was in Boston for a business trip recently. Sunday morning, I met my friend Jennifer for breakfast. Her day job is being an oncologist and Harvard professor, but she’s also passionate about wildlife and nature photography. She was leaving the next day for a two-week Alaska trip and agonizing about what equipment to take.
Sunday afternoon, I went to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays.
I thought my seats were pretty good, but too bad the Sox gave up six runs in the first inning. It was a tough day.
On Thursday afternoon, I went to Gloucester to take a whale watching tour with Capt. Bill & Sons. Gloucester is near the top of this map, with Boston on the left. I used my new Dawn Technology GPS to geotag my images.
The first whale we saw, nicknamed “Etch-a-sketch”, was swimming around in circles creating a bubble net to trap fish. The birds, being clever, sat on the surface watching for the bubbles. When they saw them, they’d fly over and wait for the whale (and fish) to show up. So this made it easy for us to know when the whale was going to surface.
We saw several other whales, including whales that breached and slapped their fins and tails on the water…
After the whales, I drove back to Burlington, MA, and had dinner with my friend Dafna at Legal Seafood.