The big dog

Dogs in the summer

Sometimes you just want to be out with the big dogs.

Norton Point Shack

Norton Point was closed to drive-on traffic this 4th of July due to the nesting of the Plovers so the usually busy guard shack was abandoned.

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This was taken with my iPhone 7 Plus which I find to be an outstanding point and shoot camera.  I did a little B&W editing on my phone so what you see is 100% produced on the iPhone.

Beach Feet

My favorite feet on my favorite beach.

My favorite feet on my favorite beach.

Light Houses of Martha’s Vineyard

One of my favorite experiences on Martha’s Vineyard is always a visit to the lighthouses of the island.  There is something magical and powerful about a lighthouse and their enduring strength that resists everything that Mother Nature throws at it in order to guide sailors safely home. These are two of my favorites.

 

Edgartown Lighthouse Black and White by Ron Boire

Edgartown Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard

 

Gay Head Cliffs Lighthouse by Ron Boire

The lighthouse at Gay Head on Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard

 

The lighthouse at Gay Head is in danger of collapsing into the sea.  This image shows the erosion of the Gay Head Cliffs as it approaches the lighthouse.  The cost to move the lighthouse is estimated at three million dollars and we only have two or three years to move it until it is unsafe to do the work.  This CBS News story is a good overview of the lighthouse and the process to move it.

 

Fortress wall of the Forbidden City

 

Fortress Wall of the Forbidden City

Fortress Wall of the Forbidden City

A recent trip to Beijing resulted in a few hours to walk around the Forbidden City.  The smog was almost unbearable – I didn’t recover for weeks after returning to the US.  But, I did manage to capture a handful of images that I liked.  This one of the fortress wall around the Forbidden City is interesting.  I used Photoshop and Lightroom to work with what I had – the smog was amazingly dense and when I looked at the image on my MAC looked like a foggy day so I went with it.  The result is here.

I love the image but it makes my heart hurt every time I look at it because I know the truth about what the people in the city are living with.  The good news is economic development in China is creating an enormous working-class and eventually middle-class.  The bad news is nothing in life is free and this is part of the price.

Tin Cup

One of my earliest memories is of my grandfather working out by the barn on a hot summer day. He would occasionally stop and walk over to the hand pump by the basin we used to draw water for the cattle, grab an old tin cup that was there and pump the handle of the well pump, running the water until it was cold. He would then dip the cup in the stream of cold water filling it to overflowing and in one motion pull the cup out of the flow, tilt his head back and dump the water into his mouth and over his head. This ritual was repeated until he was both quenched and cool. Occasionally he would finish by dipping the tin cup in and quickly douse the closest grandchild with delightfully cold well water.

Grandpa's Cup.

I like to think this is Grandpa’s Cup, right where he left it last.


A few years ago I was back at the old farm and took some shots. I saw this image today and was instantly six years old again.

What a great day.

Newark Penn Station

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Grabbed this with my iPhone this summer on a trip to Washington, DC. I did some simple editing in Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro and really like the result. I can feel the history when I look at this image – the millions of lives that this platform and these trains have served seems to echo throughout the image.