Since we live near the Massachusetts State House, we often hear noisy demonstrations in favor or against one thing or another. Today there was a group of anti-vaccination people lobbying for their god given right to allow their children to get sick from and pass on diseases like polio, anthrax, chicken pox, measles and presumably pretty soon, Covid-19.
Here in the U.S., patience seems to be in pretty short supply these days. We’ve got a president who wants COVID-19 to disappear quickly so he announces that he wants less testing in order to get the country to think things are getting better more quickly than they are. We’ve got governors opening their states up too soon. Finally, unaccountably, some of us have stopped wearing masks because we’re convinced we’ve worn them long enough and any longer impinges on our political freedom.
Patience, where art thou?
I don’t normally photograph in Boston’s Chinatown mainly because it’s a fair hike from where we live. Today however, my wife suggested we go there and wow was the walk fun! The neighborhood’s combination of grit and beauty was a street photographer’s banquet. The heat and humidity were pretty oppressive and I’m glad we finished early.
The fun fact about this photograph is that it was not taken in some rural or suburban location. I took it in the second block of Newbury Street, Boston’s premium “gold coast” shopping area. Think of it as a yankee’s Rodeo Drive.
For an instant you can forget Covid-19 and feel the warm soil getting under your fingernails reminding you that you’re still a sentient being living on a miraculous blue planet.
It is a Hybrid Tea Rose and many millions of plants have been sold since it burst onto the world stage in 1945. It was developed by the French rose breeder, Francis Meilland, between 1935 and 1939 who, when he saw that war with Germany was inevitable, sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the USA. History tells that it was on the very last flight before the German invasion of France. In the USA, the rose breeders Conrad Pyle Co., successfully grew it and thereby kept it safe.
However, because the various recipients of these precious cuttings could not communicate with each other for the duration of the war, it was given several different names. France called it ‘Madame A. Meilland’ after Meilland’s mother. Italy called it ‘Goia’ (Joy). Germany named it ‘Glory Dei’ (glory to God) and the USA called it ‘Peace’.
In the soft gloom of current selves there still shines a light.
I saw him in the convenience store as I was buying our papers.
I annoyed him as I passed by leaving.
The stock market’s down almost 1900 points. We’re still “sheltering in place”. Translation: Stuck in here.
AND….It’s raining cats and dogs.
Come to think of it being inside right now isn’t so terrible. Can’t say that though about the economy.
This was one of those lucky captures that happen only occasionally. At first glance it might seem that I was holding my camera at ground level to achieve this angle of view. That wasn’t the case.
My subject, an elevator technician, was standing on the tailgate of his truck quickly unloading boxes of equipment. I was hurrying across a busy traffic intersection with a bunch of people when I spotted him. Luckily I had my Ricoh GR3 and it was set for “snap shooting”. I was able to reach past a fellow pedestrian and get one quick image.
By the way, if anyone reading this is interested in street photography, check Ricoh cameras. They are terrific for this kind of work!
My wife and I live in the Beacon Hill section of Boston. Real estate is expensive here thus you might think that it’s probably unlikely that the social unrest that’s been sweeping the globe would be much of a factor in our neighborhood. You’d be very wrong.
Our place is a very short distance from the Massachusetts State House.
We’ve experienced many demonstrations both peaceful and violent.
The point I want to make then is this. DO NOT THINK WHAT OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH ISN’T YOUR CONCERN!