I chase and photograph thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm that I can chase, I chase. Today I could chase as I was on an off day from work as a Boston Herald photographer. The storm cells that the weather radar showed just after 9am this morning, looked like a good possibility for me. I drove to Bayswater St. in East Boston and then to Morton St. in Winthrop, which gives a nice view of Revere. Photos of daytime lightning are very difficult to achieve, especially during haze and heavy rain, so this was not turning out too well for me. I did, however, notice the very turbulent sky above Boston and Revere. I snapped a few photos. Shortly thereafter I got a tip that Revere had a lot of damage near the lower Broadway area, near city hall. I called the Herald photo desk and then arrived at Broadway and Tafts St. in approximately 10 minutes. The extent of the damage was shocking. I started taking photos and then moved toward Revere Beach Parkway. There I saw several homes with rooftops blown off. It was then, after seeing the angle of the fallen trees and calling up a high school weather class memory, that I guessed it might have been a tornado that socked this area. If fallen trees are angled in several different angles, then most likely it was a tornado. If the trees are lined up in the same way, then it was straight line winds that tore through the area. Here are some of the cloud formations just prior to, and after the tornado, and also the damage caused by it. Please check out the Boston Herald for continuing coverage.
On this date in 1994, Boston fire Lieutenant Steven F. Minehan, of Boylston street’s Ladder 15, died in a 9-alarm fire in Charlestown, after he became trapped in a large warehouse as he searched for other trapped firefighters. I had been a staff photographer at the Boston Herald for almost 15 months that night when, police scanners broke the silence of what had been a quiet evening. What I heard on the fireground radio was even more disturbing. John Landers Jr., then night desk photo editor, also heard the initial call for help, and he dispatched me to the scene. Below are my photos from that night and from Lt. Minehan’s funeral. Over the years I have been lucky to be able to call Lt. Minehan’s wife Kathy a friend. RIP Lt. Minehan. The photo of Lt. Minehan, at bottom of page, is courtesy of Bill Noonan.
I photographed the Boston police today as they captured a bank robbery suspect, and gun in his car. The alleged suspect was still wearing the blue hospital mask he used to allegedly rob the bank.
06/19/2014-Boston,MA. A man, identified by Boston police Superintendent Robert Merner as being the suspect that had just robbed the Santander Bank on Boylston St., is seen being questioned by police after being caught on St. Botolph St. this afternoon. The man is still wearing the blue hospital mask that he reportedly used in the alleged robbery.
It has been a busy several weeks of the new year since my father, Robert Garfinkel, passed away on January 14. He was a great guy and he, along with my mother, sister and wife Laura Crimaldi, have always been very supportive of my photo work. Animal rescues, and animal’s in winter scenes, have dominated my photo work so far this year. Boston firefighter Sean Coyle rescuing a Husky that was stuck on the ice at Southie’s Sugar Bowl, a dog enjoying a Back Bay snowman, and Framingham firefighters helping to save several cows after a barn collapse, have been my highlights so far. Thanks, as always, for your support.
As a professional photographer, a Winthrop resident, and a self proclaimed aviation fanatic, I have enjoyed bearing witness to some fun moments in and around Logan airport. here are some of my photos from 2013.
June 24, 2013. A distant lightning bolt strikes well behind a departing Logan airliner.
December 19, 2013.
A cold moon greets an incoming airliner as seen from Winthrop.
October 19, 2013
Boston’s Custom House frames a departing jet.
November 13, 2013
Window washers, working on Northern avenue, are framed by a jet departing Logan airport.
September 18, 2013
A transatlantic flight exits the US east coast over Winthrop,MA.
May 9, 2013
An American Airlines jet arrives at Boston’s Logan airport.
July 7, 2013
An Aer Lingus Airbus-330 land at Boston’s Logan airport.
May 6, 2013
Fog and the sun “shadow” a departing airliner, as seen from Winthrop,MA
July 29, 2013
A thunderstorm approaches Boston’s Logan airport.
Here are the very earliest moments of this morning’s big fire at Albanian Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist, as seen from the rear of the building. Not much to say here. I will let my photos do the talking. Check out the Boston Herald for a photo gallery and movie from staffers Jim Mahoney, John Wilcox, and me.
When Kathleen Kieran arrived at 306 South St., her childhood home that her family has owned for over 50 years, she was overcome with emotion as she walked through the multitudes of Boston firefighters, to a position in the front yard, near the front door. Firefighters, including Lt. Bill Gillis of Engine #14, intercepted her travels and guided her to a safer spot away from heat and smoke. Patricia Adams, Kieran’s sister, who still lives in the home, then took her from the firefighters and guided her toward the back of a Boston EMS truck where the sisters would stay for several minutes as they gathered their thoughts. The four alarm fire that started near the 1pm hour, destroyed the large old building. Firefighters don’t believe the fire to be suspicious. Please see my photos below, and the Boston Herald story, written by Erin Smith, here
When I heard the first police radio transmission of today’s dramatic Boston truck crash I hopped in my car and accelerated away from the Moakley Courthouse, where I had been stationed for Boston Herald coverage of the James “Whitey” Bulger trial. I hit extreme traffic that was barely moving inside the Tip O’Neill Tunnel. I finally made it as far as the Zakim Bridge when I was passed by Boston EMS and Fire department trucks. I heard a trooper on the police scanner say that the roadway was going to be fully shut down for “a while.” I donned my yellowish-lime safety vest, that media photographers MUST wear while working on a roadway, and made sure my press pass was around my neck. Shortly after the Zakim bridge I pulled over as far left as I could go and ditched my car. My car was fully out of the way of any other emergency worker’s vehicle that was still enroute. I then grabbed my cameras and jogged the Rte 93 upper deck until I arrived at the accident scene adjacent the Sullivan Sq. down ramp (see my photos below, and with Herald scribe John Zeremba’s story at the Herald’s website). The Massachusetts state troopers, Boston Fire and Boston EMS personnel were AWESOME & accommodating. The real problem was the extreme rain, as I could not keep my lens’ front glass dry, and making sure that I didn’t lean over the railing too far