White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

For about 40 years, the central artery highway thundered through downtown Boston. In the 1990's the "Big Dig" project built underground tunnels for the traffic, freeing the surface area to become the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile long stretch of beautiful urban parkland. The former Custom House building stands tall in the background.

An art installation produces cloud-like mist.

Reflections of the skyline.

Just off the Greenway, the golden dome at Faneuil Hall shines in the bright sunlight.

Leaving the Greenway to wander the North End, this street enjoys an over-arching tree canopy.

The North End's North Square is a stone's throw from the restored former home of Paul Revere.

Bikers and balloon animals hang out along the main street in the North End.

Thoughts of the Italian homeland are depicted on this signpost in the mostly Italian-American neighborhood.

Mike's Pastry in the North End is one of the best known establishments in the entire city - especially if you have a sweet tooth. Cannolis and more!

A bike tour winds through the streets.

Street-side restaurant windows are wide open with the warming weather.

Kids enjoy playing on a temporary art installation in the Greenway.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway snakes through this part of Boston where the elevated noisy highway once stood. Instead of cars and trucks incessantly rattling through town, now a greenspace unfolds along the former route.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rhododendrons, Bartlett Pond, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It was a gray, cloudy day but, that doesn't dull the colorful explosion of these rhododendron shrubs at a pond-side cottage near White Horse Beach.

They have grown a lot over the years.....

...and have now achieved an outsized presence.

But everyone agrees they sure are beautiful.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"The Parade of Sails," Sail Boston 2017, Part 3 of 3, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The "Parade of Sails" has ended. This is the final post of my three-part series.  Part 1 is at this link, and Part 2 at this link.

The great ships have berthed at their assigned locations around the harbor.  On the way back home after my 19,000+ step-count day, I stopped at the Fish Pier where three of the tall ships are preparing for public viewing and boarding as part of the week-long "Sail Boston 2017" event.

Notice the second vessel, the "Guayas" from Ecuador. At 257' long, it was one of the larger vessels in the Parade.

Here is the "Guayas" arriving in the harbor with her masts full of sailors standing on the yardarms.  Arrgh, matey. (I can't seem to use the word "yardarm" without a pirate accented "arrgh" to follow).

And here are the sailors, at dockside, scrambling up to tidy the sails - they reminded me of ants climbing a tree trunk to get to the fruit.

Imagine doing this while under-weigh in the middle of the rolling, heaving ocean.

Looks a bit easier when tied to a dock.

Others in the crew are in their uniform finery ready to greet the tourists.

I can always count on the friendliness of Ecuadorans as I learned in visiting their beautiful country in years past (at this link).

A hundred years ago and more, seeing all these masts piercing the sky in Boston Harbor would have been a normal sight on a typical day.  Now, it is a magical experience and a reminder of how far progress has brought us.

My only regret from this event is that I didn't get to see it set against a brilliant blue New England summer sky. Maybe next time........

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"The Parade of Sails," Sail Boston 2017, Part 2 of 3, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The US Coast Guard vessel, "Eagle," enters the Boston Harbor to begin the "Parade of Sails." More than 50 sailing ships participated in the extraordinary event. Not since 2000 have so many tall ships come to Boston Harbor. The weather could have been better with fog and low clouds causing a delay in the start but, eventually everything worked out okay.

Some ships were part of the "Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta" that raced/will race from Europe to Bermuda, Boston, and Canada before returning to Europe in the fall.

I was positioned in South Boston near the North Jetty to observe the event.  The vessels ranged in size from about 40 feet to the gargantuan 379 feet of the Peruvian vessel, "Unión."

Part 1 of this three part series is at this link.

Check back for Part 3 which covers my visit to the Seaport District Fish Pier for a dockside view.