Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Book! - "30 Poems in 30 Days"

"30 Poems in 30 Days" is a collection of fabulous poems and photographs written by Susan R. O'Brien.  Challenging herself to write 30 poems in 30 days, Susan not only accomplished her challenge, but produced a magnificent book displaying her creative talents.

Susan is not only a close friend and a writer, she is an award winning photographer.

You can check out a preview of this wonderful book at "30 Poems in 30 Days"

Saturday, October 8, 2011

World Wide Photo Walk

Three Buildings and a Reflection

September 11 Memorial
Boston Public Garden
Last weekend I participated in my first "World Wide Photo Walk", an idea conceived by world-renowned photographer, Scott Kelby.  Check out his posts on the event.  Since I live in Massachusetts I signed up for the Boston Back Bay Photo Walk, led by Larry Fay, President of the South Shore Camera Club.  There were about 30 "walking photographers" and we strolled around an overcast Boston for about four hours.  It was a terrific afternoon!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween Cards!

Check out this spooky Halloween card, and others, at CrackersOakleaf.  This new website by Donna Capozzi has greeting cards for all occasions, plus a fabulous collection of fabric designs! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quincy Artsfest 2011

14th Annual Quincy
Artsfest 2011
September 17th & 18th

Quincy Park & Recreation Department
One Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gloucester Schooner - Mayor's Race 2011

On Sunday, September 4, I was fortunate enough to sail out among the schooners as they participated in the Mayor's Race, part of the Gloucester Schooner Festival.  The weather could not have been more perfect for sailing.  The sun was shining, there was a light breeze, and the waves were minimal.  It was a lot of fun, and a terrific day for photography.

Billowing sails seem to dwarf the small schooner in the background!

This gentleman seems to have found the perfect vantage point!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Award-Winning "Schooner Race"

This month, August 2011, I participated in the Marina Bay Arts Affair Fair in Quincy, MA.  I was thrilled to learn that one of my entries, "Schooner Race" was judged a third place winner in photography.  This is the second time this photo has been awarded a ribbon.  At the Massasoit 3rd Annual Arts Fair in May 2011, the photograph was judged a 2nd Place winner. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Old Ironsides"

As part of Boston's July 4th Harborfest, the U.S.S. Constitution left her berth in Charlestown, Massachusetts, sailed through Boston Harbor to Castle Island, whereupon Ft. Independence saluted "Old Ironsides" with a round from the fort's guns.  The U.S.S. Constitution in a return salute, fired hers.
It was an amazing sight to witness the 200 year old Constitution sailing past the modern city of Boston, with a fleet of private boats, public ferries, and the Massport Fireboat saluting her.

Aptly named "Old Ironsides", the U.S.S. Constitution was an integral part of the United States fight with Great Britain in winning independence.  She was launched on October 21, 1797, she defeated four British warships in the War of 1812.  The U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat.

For more information on "Old Ironsides", visit the Official U.S.S. Constitution website.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Night in Boston

 Spent a lovely June night in Boston with the South Shore Camera Club.  There was a light, cool breeze coming off the water, creating a lovely atmosphere to walk around and photograph.  The above photograph is the skyline of Boston from Piers Park in East Boston.

The photo on the right is of the Zakim Bridge from a great vantage point in Charlestown.  The bridge was lighted with yellow lights in honor of the Bruins Stanley Cup finals, in hopes that the Stanley Cup can return to Boston, the last time being in 1972!!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Scituate Arts Association Annual Juried Show

Great news and very exciting! Two of my photographs have been judged and accepted into the annual Scituate Arts Association Juried Show, which runs from April 12, 2011 to April 23, 2011. The night of April 15 is the "Awards Reception" from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Norwell Science Center Exhibit

The South Shore Camera Club has an exhibit of photographs in the Norwell Science Center.  The exhibit's theme is "Spring" and will be there through the month of April.  Here are the two photos I have in the exhibit.

The Norwell Science Center is located at 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA, and their website is

Photo Exhibit at Local Restaurant

The owner, Marilyn, of the Sands End Cafe has graciously allowed me to hang some of my prints in her restaurant.  They will be there until April 15th.  If you have a chance, stop by the Cafe and check them out, or have a great meal. I've had the Eggs Benedict twice and it is outstanding.  Sands End Cafe is located at 14 Marshfield Avenue in Humarock, MA.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Bought some peanuts in the shell to keep the squirrels happy and away from the birdfeeders.  It worked and made for a delighted squirrel, but look who else picked up a peanut (though they did drop them)!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snow Squirrel

This little critter appeared below the bird feeder this morning and seems to have found a little bit of seed on the ground to enjoy.

And yes, he did jump up onto the feeder in an effort to grab some more.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Florence, Italy

In January 2008 I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Rome, Italy.  For fun, we arranged a one-day trip to Florence.  There are not enough words to describe how wonderful the country and the people are.  Oh, but the food, it is exquisite.  Today I used some new software on one of my favorite pictures of the Arno River in Florence and this is the result.