I've closed my 500px account. They continued changing their guidelines and rules. Right now I'm signing up for a more creative photo seller. To be announced soon.
Because I'm focusing more on New England, I'm retiring some of my favorite travel and older photos -- all taken with my trusty old Nikon D700. I'll continue to post Journeys, Notes From The Road and North Shore (and all of its quirkiness) photos in this journal.
ps. Yes, I've drug Juliet everywhere.
Over the holiday, we visited my family in Ohio. The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus is one of the largest I've seen. It contains plants from around the world, bonsai trees, seasonal displays, and courtyards filled with artwork and koi ponds.
Location: 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. It's a part of the larger Franklin Park.
There are many pre-Civil War mansions located in the historic area of Covington, Kentucky. A few occupy the banks of the Ohio River. Also a number of these homes were part of the Underground Railroad.
The neighborhood is bounded by the Ohio River to the north, Licking River to the east, Greenup Street to the west, and 8th Street to the south.
All along the Mighty Ohio (River) are floodwalls. But one artist saw them as a blank canvas. LA based artist, Robert Dafford and his assistants, created 18 panels on the floodwalls of Covington. They record the history of the area, from 800 BCE to the Tall Stacks celebration of 2008.
The murals are located at Riverside Drive, Covington, Kentucky.
There are six bridges that cross the Ohio River, from Cincinnati’s metro area to northern Kentucky. The oldest, and most famous, is the Roebling Suspension Bridge—confirmed by the fact that there were three photographers, including myself, happily shooting that day.
The bridge is named for its creator, John A. Roebling. He was born in Prussia in 1806 but, after the Napoleonic Wars, there was little funding for infrastructure so he and his brother, Carl, moved to the US. They first built canal bridges, followed by three suspension bridges around Pittsburg.
Then they turned their sights toward Cincinnati. When the bridge opened on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet (322 meters) main span. It’s nicknamed the “singing bridge” because you can hear the hum of cars passing underneath.
The Roebling brothers also designed the Brooklyn Bridge but John received an injury during the construction, which later became infected, resulting in his death in 1869. His son, Washington, completed the bridge in 1883.
For more information on the bridge.
I grew up in corn country. I can tell you the difference between cattle corn, butter corn, sweet corn and more. The biggest city near us was Cincinnati (45 minutes north). Over the Thanksgiving holiday I returned to visit family.
Cincinnati is known for boats, bridges and chili. (See my Instagram feed for more on chili.) The city has long been a transportation hub. The 1800s was the era of paddlewheelers. You can still see them in action. Nowadays re-created boats are available to take you on a cruise down the Ohio River. The Belle of Cincinnati and the River Queen offer these excursions, through B&B Riverboats.
It’s a small playground and sports field named for a local hero, Pete. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept through the country and parts of the world in 2014? Pete Frates is a Beverly (MA) resident who attended St. John’s Preparatory School and then Boston College. He excelled in sports, from football to hockey and baseball—eventually becoming a coach.
But at the age of 27, he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.
Buckets of ice have long been poured over the heads of sports victors. Pete’s brother issued the challenge to his friends because he believed Pete was going to win. This challenge soon went viral and, in the end, $225M has been donated to fight this horrible disease. It’s become an annual event in Beverly and the North Shore (of Boston).
Pete’s Park is newly opened in Beverly.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I haven’t been able to post my photographs recently? It’s due to my health.
Quick summary: I’m a brain cancer survivor (in remission) and had to have a tumor removed, which caused seizures. This is my fourth change in meds. It’s not going well.
I’ll post when I can. Fingers crossed that this transition which be complete after Thanksgiving.
Thanks for your prayers and thoughts,
Today's the day!
I took advantage of early voting already.
The book club picked “See What I Have Done” by Sarah Schmidt for this month as a creepy nod to Halloween. (Note: Don’t read this before bed.) On our way home from a seafood festival, I realized we were driving through Fall River in which the infamous Lizzie Borden murders took place. I only take Juliet to the best murder scenes.
Walking around the deep green, two-story house, the old poem was playing in my head.
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
I wanted to photograph us in front of the house, but Juliet thought that was bad juju. Instead, I took this.
Centered on Ward Street with several branches in Salem (MA), is the Punto Urban Art Museum. This outdoor art gallery features murals of 14 local, national, and international artists with nearly 80 works between them. It is part of an urban development program.
The remarkable thing is that some of these murals were painted in 1970 and none have been touched by graffiti.
The original neighborhood, Stage Point, was named for the fish drying “stages,” as Salem was founded because the of maritime businesses and trade. In the 18th century the economic shift was due to the mill workers that come from French-Canada. It became “La Pointe”.
In 1914 much of this area of Salem was destroyed in a vast fire. The mills moved to the south, as the city was being rebuilt. More recent immigrants came from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The neighborhood is known now as “El Punto” (Spanish for the point).
There are several ethnic markets, shops, and restaurants that one can check out.
For more info: Punto Urban Art Museum.