Golden Gate Bridge

Taken with my iPhone 7 in July ’17.  The bay was in the 50 degree range on one side and over 80 on the other.  The result is the amazing fog created by the collision of temperate and humidity change.

Golden Gate Bridge, July 2017

A Shiny Pebble

We are descendants of the creatures that picked the shiny pebbles from the river.  We love to touch, experience and be part of a community.  I love this example of a shiny pebble.  The owner of this small shop has created an icon that is experiential, differentiates and tells a story about what you are likely to encounter in the community that he has created inside.

 

Winter Street Bike

Winter Street Bike

I spoke with the owner a bit before I asked him if I could photograph his bike and he told me that dozens of people take pictures of it every day during the summer.  Many of those people also wander in to experience his shop – to experience him and how he sees his world.  So, a story extended to the street is no doubt adding value to the people that walk by and the shopkeeper that is attracting new customers.

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.

A walk through Siena

While in Tuscany this summer we spent a few hours walking around Siena . A spectacular Tuscan hill town, Siena is a wonderful walk through the middle ages.

These ancient iron rings are throughout Siena. Used to secure your horse (or other animal) while you did business in town, they are so well used that indents from the ring striking the wall can be an inch deep. If you look closely near the bottom of the ring you can see the impact of several centuries of use.

Horse_Ring

It will be no surprise to you that I immediately thought of my grandfather and his spectacular work horses when I saw these rings. I could imagine his delight at the utility and workmanship of these devices as he tied his horse outside of a pub or general store.

At the top of one of Siena’s (many) hilly and narrow streets we found this amazing mercato.

Siena Shop

As with all of the other images on this blog, these pictures were captured with my Canon GX1 point and shoot and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Birdman at Musée du Louvre

Sometimes the street is a wonderful place. While walking the grounds of the Louvre I encountered this special soul.

Birdman at Musée du Louvre

Birdman at Musée du Louvre

Newark Penn Station

Newark_Penn_Station-1

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.