Some fun airplane photos from the past week.

A huge Airbus A380 double-decker airliner 7.2 miles above Boston, a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner gliding into Boston, and another Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing with the Boston skyline in the background, were just some of the fun snaps I took this week.
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I am honored to have been chosen by Donald Winslow, NPPA magazine editor, to be worthy of an article about my position at The Boston Herald,  as “The Last Cruiser.” Thank you NPPA and Herald, and Boston area fire, police and EMS personnel, for all you do. Please NOTE, it appears that the browser FireFox, for some reason, temporarily delays the opening of the following link. Sorry.
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Photobombed by a pigeon, how lucky.

I was assigned to cover the training flyover of five F15 fighter jets this morning. My Boston Herald editors and I thought it would make for a good photo(s). I positioned myself on the Boston University Bridge, as the preflight details suggested a straight line from point A, the Massachusetts’ State House, to point B, Fenway Park. The sky was haze filled, harsh and backlit when I arrived on the bridge. I was carrying an 800mm lens and a 100-400mm lens. The flyover was late by about one half hour. I noticed many pigeons above me as they were perched on the bridge looking at their new roommate, me. Two thoughts came to my mind. Would they affect my photos in anyway, good or bad, and would one of them relieve him or herself atop my head? The jets never did line up with city landmarks like I had hoped they would, and as they were exiting the area, over my head, I switched to the 100-400mm Canon lens. I snapped overhead photos,  silhouettes, really, and then I noticed that one of my new friends, in a blink of an eye, had flown into my photo. Please see my other photos from the flyover, including people onto of skyscraper rooftops.
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Suffolk Downs, 3 days before last race.

10/02/2014-Revere,MA. Andre Rivera, a Suffolk Downs’ Horse Groom for over 20 years, is seen with Hey Kid this morning in the stables area of the racetrack. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel
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09/22/2014-Boston,MA. As her mother Lisa speaks passionately about the hopeful benefits of medicinal marijuana, 5 year old  Madison Cole gets a hug from her father, Lonnie. Madison was just one of the several patients, who could benefit from the use of the drug, along with other activists, who presented Governor Deval Patrick’s office with a letter pleading for quicker approval of medicinal marijuana. 

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Dog saves family, then is saved by firefighters

Calie, a 7 year old pit bull was called a hero by his owners  Yves Casseus and Wendall Mars, after he would not stop barking as a 3 alarm fire began consuming their Chelsea home. The dog went missing but was found an hour into the fire as the fire continued to roar. The dog was found by Winthrop firefighters searching the 1st floor, and then carried out by Chelsea Duputy Chief Paul J. Eaves.

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Fun in the sun in South Boston

The crew of the fishing vessel Osprey leave Boston Harbor at sunrise.

Later, the Queen Mary 2, the huge Cunard Lines’ cruise ship, enters Boston’s Black Falcon Terminal.

The next day the rising sun, shining upon windows of Southie’s Drydock building, makes a colorful pattern.

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Everett Mayor and wife celebrate as casino proposal is approved.

Everett,MA Mayor Carlo DeMaria and his wife Stacy celebrate after the MA. Gaming Commission voted to approve a proposal put forth by Wynn Casino, to place a casino in Everett, beating out a proposed Revere casino. At bottom, Mayor DeMaria approaches Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo and shakes his hand.
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Boston sunrise over Graves Lighthouse

Canon 1dx with an 800mm lens
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Boston commemorates September 11, 13 years on.

From the Public Garden memorial to the State House, to a special honor at Boston’s Engine 33 and Ladder 15

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