Rainy Day Alley In Thirds (Lucky Shot)

The strong verticals in this photograph neatly divide it in thirds. To be honest about it, I didn’t see this when I took the picture. It was the figure in the foreground that mattered, 

This Is Hard To Look At

Taking the kind of pictures I often do means sometimes showing the harder side of life. This lady was pretty obviously out of her mind. I didn’t really notice her until I was very near her. She turned around and started violently screaming at me. I probably should have stopped and tried to figure out if I could help her.  I didn’t do it….

Plug (Really Big One)

This giant electric plug is on the side of a PP&G utility building in Petaluma, California. It’s about as clever an advertisement as I’ve seen in a long while.


He seems bright and articulate. He’s been on this spot on Cambridge Street in Boston for 20 years. He commutes in from his studio apartment in the town of Malden every day. “I make my rent this way.”  

The Canine Gang

According to their walker, this particular group of dogs has been together for quite a few years. They were really well behaved, almost bored. Nice to see a pack so friendly. As for the guy, unlike so many dog walkers who are clearly doing it as an interim job, this man seemed very contented with his occupation. All in all a nice encounter.

Rainy Day Couple

This was an easy picture to take. I saw this couple coming toward me from a long way off, happily tucked together under their large umbrella. Since I had plenty of time to set up my camera so all I had to do was wait until they passed me, swing behind them and take the shot. All it took was one.

Balloon Man On Ice

Normally this guy operates in the summer when there are more kids around. But I guess today’s warm weather was enough to bring him out of hibernation. Those kids you see where having a LOT of fun.

On Ice

This group of ice walkers are strolling around what we locals call the lagoon in Boston’s Public Garden. In warm weather this place would be filled with swan boats and ducks. Today the temperature reached almost 50 giving everybody a break from the frigid temperatures we’ve been having. It was VERY welcome.

Wine Guy

I don’t drink myself but I appreciate someone who knows a lot about wine and works at honing their taste. Come to think about it photography involves knowledge and honing one’s taste as well, doesn’t it? By the way the wine that my friend ordered that night at a very snooty restaurant in San Francisco was, according to him, terrible. You can’t win them…

Frog Pond At Its Best

One of true joys of living where we do is our proximity to Boston’s legendary Frog Pond. In the beginning of the city’s history it was exactly that. A little pond where cattle that grazed on Boston Common could drink. Now it’s used as a wading pool in the summer and a skating rink in the winter. It’s a huge community asset. Last evening I…