A BIT OF BEACON HILL

We went photographing in Boston yesterday. It turned out to be as close to perfect a day as you could ask for. Quite warm, but not humid. Brilliantly sunny, a classic late spring day with everything in full bloom.

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Our first stop was Beacon Hill. Garry and I lived on Beacon Hill for a year right after we were married. It was our first place together. A cute, tiny apartment. Emphasis on tiny.

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It had a working fireplace which, if lit, would make the flat hot enough to smelt ore. It had a back garden patio. It seemed like a wonderful idea, but turned out to have a resident raccoon who did not wish to share his space. I didn’t feel inclined to argue the point.

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Beacon Hill was a fascinating place to be, but living in that apartment was not fun. In addition to all its other problems, it was heavily infested by cockroaches with attitude. It was much too small for us. It might have been too small for anyone. Moving out of there was an incredible relief.

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I’ve continued to hold Beacon Hill in great affection. It’s the original Boston, the oldest part of the city, the place from which (in legend) Paul Revere began his ride. Although the first battles of the American Revolution were fought in Lexington and Concord, the war’s true birthplace was Beacon Hill.

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We still know our way around which was interesting. We haven’t been back in at least 10 years, maybe longer.

Today it was crawling with tourists. I heard German, Russian, Hebrew, and Italian being spoken by various groups with guides. Virtually no English. The only natives were walking dogs.

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We took a great many pictures today. I haven’t processed even half of them. To give you an idea of what I mean, we burned through three batteries. It’s going to take a while.

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I hope you enjoy this bright day in the middle of May on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.

C IS FOR CHURCH (OR IN A SIMILAR SPIRIT)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Churches (or Any Religious Building)

Whether or not you practice any particular faith, you have to admit some of the world’s most inspiring architecture is in mosques, synagogues, churches, and temples. From the Gothic cathedrals of the middle ages, to the simple white wood churches of New England, a place of worship is often the biggest, most elaborate edifice in the town.

This really is the region for white clapboard (pronounced “clabbered”) churches. We have our share of stone and brick too, but the white steepled churches that dominate the town square (the Common) in most New England towns symbolize the region.

THE BIG WHITE CHURCH ON THE COMMON

Black & White Sunday: Religious Building

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I live in the land of white clapboard (pronounced “clabbered”) churches. They have become, along with stone fences, a symbol of New England.

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Every town and village has several, usually surrounding the town’s Common, an open area originally used as a communal field for grazing sheep. Today, Commons are parks in the middle of town. In small towns, the Common is typically the only park. Our local common is stuffed full of commemorative statuary. There’s barely room remaining for people.

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We also have a modest selection of stone churches, but the white wood churches are more celebrated and a favorite of every photograher.

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Two of these pictures are black and white without conversion. It’s the way they look up close and in person.

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Happy Easter, Happy Passover and a good Sunday to all.

 

5-DAY BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – DAY 4

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I was tagged by Cordelia’s Mom, Still to participate in this challenge. 

It turns out that no one is quite sure where this challenge originated, but everyone seems to be enjoying it. It’s got only two rules:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using one of your photos in B&W. It doesn’t have to be new or any particular subject. Just black and white.

2. Each day, invite another blog friend to join in the fun. The hard part is finding people who haven’t done it already, and would like to play.

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On this fourth day of this challenge, I’d like to invite anyone who would like to post some black and white pictures  to participate. You don’t have to play if you’re too busy or prefer not to, but you are officially (formally) invited.

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Architecture usually looks good in black and white. Lots of angles, contrast, and texture.