Archive for September, 2011

My photos below show the 7th annual Hub On Wheels citywide bike ride, which filled Storrow Drive westbound this morning. According to the sponsoring group’s website, hubonwheels.org, (HOW) was founded in 2005 with three goals: create an important civic event, showcase Boston’s neighborhoods and parks, and raise money for important causes. The routes looped through Downtown, the Back Bay, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester,and Southie.

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Arsonist on the Loose in Boston’s Allston Section

I was photographing the 2nd of 3 deliberately set fires in the Pratt street area of Allston when neighbors pointed firefighters toward another fire that was burning. I ran with the firefighters, the arson squad and Boston police arson detective James Freeman toward the rear of an Ashford street home. Heavy fire was pushing out from the car and starting to ignite the shingles on the side of the structure. My photos below show Detective James Freeman and firefighters stretching hoses to the fire. The last photo shows Jeff Intinarelli, as he checks his totaled, still smoldering car. In all, this morning’s 3 arson fires destroyed a total of 5 cars. This makes a total of 8 deliberate burns in the span of 7 weeks in this small area of Allston. Over 10 cars have been destroyed. Check out my photos and Herald reporter John Zaremba’s story at bostonherald.com

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I used an 800mm lens for last night’s setting sun, seen from Bayswater street in East Boston. I then turned the camera around and photographed this jet lineup, with Cape Air leading the big boys.

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I snapped this photo today, September 11, 2011, showing Boston firefighters from Ladder 17 and Engine 7, standing at attention at the exact moment, ten years later, of the second World Trade tower collapse.

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This was the amazing sunset last night, September 10, 2011. Beautiful. I snapped this from Nahant with an 800mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter.

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I, like many, was watching one of the morning national news shows when the unthinkable events that would change our nation forever commenced. First one plane and then another hitting the World Trade Center towers. I went in to work my Boston Herald photography shift shortly thereafter. The updated news reports had one, if not both of the ill-fated airliners, as departing from Boston’s Logan airport. I started toward the airport. It would take me one hour to get from the Herald’s South End headquarters to Logan as most workers vacated the city at the same time. Cell service would not work either. I arrived on top of Logan’s Terminal B parking garage to look down at a quiet airport as other media members arrived. We all noticed when an F15 fighter jet roared overhead. It was at about that time that I received word that Peter West, the father of Herald colleague Matthew West, was working in one of the WTC towers when the planes hit. Cell service was still very spotty and every once in a while, through the day, I would check in with Matthew and another co-worker/friend Matt Stone to find out any information about Mr. West. We all thought that due to the confusion of the day and the bad cell service, etc. that that was the reason we had not received the whereabouts of Mr. West. We are a close bunch at the Herald photography department and as the day’s hours passed, we would contact each other  to find any information we could about the West family, so as to not bother them. Peter west, a loving father, husband, brother, uncle and friend, died as he was going about his work on the 104th floor. A loving eulogy by his son Matthew would follow at the New Jersey funeral. Here is a link to the eulogy and to the Peter West memorial website. My photos below show F15 flying over Logan and a state police car guarding an American Airlines plane in the hours after the attacks. They also show one of the first jets to arrive at Logan after the four day closure of the airport. That arriving jet, a DHL cargo jet, is framed by an American flag flying above Winthrop. A few days later there was a very emotional prayer service at City Hall plaza that was attended by many area pilots and flight attendants. God bless to Mr. West and to all the victims of that horrific day. Peace on earth!

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