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A Bald Eagle gave a handful of bird-watchers a thrill today as the majestic bird, perched atop a high tree,  enjoyed its time on the banks of the Neponset River in Milton. The bird, however, did not seem too pleased when a number of crows gave chase closer to the Southeast Expressway. I was amazed at this bird’s sight. I was few hundred yards away and he/she was still eyeballing me. Thanks for the tip on where this beautiful bird hangs out, John C!  Below are my photos from today. There is also a photo of Canada Geese.
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Last week signaled the passing of fifteen years since I photographed an Air India 747 passing directly over the former headquarters of the Boston Herald and “through” a winter’s half moon. The photograph was snapped at approximately 3:30pm on January 2, 2001 using one of the first digital cameras that the Herald had, and a 600mm lens with a 2x teleconverter extender. That made the lens a 1200mm F8. The photograph went on the front page of the Herald on January 3rd and the Associated Press picked up and transmitted it worldwide the same day. The next day over 50 newspapers worldwide ran the photo, with the London Independent, The Irish Times and a paper in Hong Kong being some of the many papers who ran it on the front page. It felt great making such a splash and a connection. I started receiving letters from all over the world about the photo. I even received one letter that was delivered to the Herald in an envelope that simply read: To the person who photographed the jet thru the moon, Boston,MA USA. I am still amazed that the letter made it to me. Thanks to the workers at the main post office at Fort Point Channel, Boston for that one. The photo continued on to numerous magazines and many books, 2 of which are seen below. I did not know what airline it was or where it was headed until I received a call from the FAA in Nashua,NH. They asked me what time it was that I photographed it and told me that it was Air India flying from London Heathrow to JFK in NYC. I made lots of friends worldwide. Thanks, as always for being a viewer of my photos and this website.

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Tomorrow marks the 16th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Company fire that killed six firefighters. The dead included: FF Jeremiah Lucey, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James Lyons III, Joseph McGuirk, and fire Lt. Thomas Spencer. Some of my photos from that week are seen below, as I was on assignment for the Boston Herald.

The search goes on for the remaining missing Worcester Firefighters.

The search goes on for the remaining missing Worcester Firefighters.

                                                                                                                             

As the procession passes by the home Fire Station of 2 of the dead Worcester Firefighters, mutual aid firefighters (from No. Reading and Marblehead) salute back from on top of Marblehead Fire Engine. Staff Photo: Mark Garfinkel

As the procession passes by the home Fire Station of 2 of the dead Worcester Firefighters, mutual aid firefighters (from No. Reading and Marblehead) salute back from on top of Marblehead Fire Engine.
Staff Photo: Mark Garfinkel

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PictureBoston photos of the month, August 2015

The natural world dominated my August 2015 photos of the month. I photographed lightning, many moons, and more lightning photos, along with coverage of some tragic violence in our area. As always, thanks for viewing my photos. The following were taken during and after my shift as a Boston Herald photographer.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston's Logan airport.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston’s Logan airport.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston's Logan airport.

August 20, 2015. Heavy fog over Boston’s Logan airport.

August 29, 2015. Boston's setting moon, at 5:36am.

August 29, 2015. Boston’s setting moon, at 5:36am.

August 29, 2015. Boston's setting moon, at 5:33am.

August 29, 2015. Boston’s setting moon, at 5:33am.

August 27, 2015. An almost-full Boston moon emerges from behind a colorful cloud at sunset.

August 27, 2015. An almost-full Boston moon emerges from behind a colorful cloud at sunset.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity.

August 18, 2015. Lightning strikes over and to the rear of 1 International Place in Boston Tuesday afternoon as a line of thunderstorms pushed through.

August 18, 2015. Lightning strikes over and to the rear of 1 International Place in Boston Tuesday afternoon as a line of thunderstorms pushed through.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes in back of Boston's Prudential Center during a late afternoon thunderstorm.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes in back of Boston’s Prudential Center during a late afternoon thunderstorm.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes over a Winthrop neighborhood.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes over a Winthrop neighborhood.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes to the rear of South Boston high school.

August 15, 2015. Lightning strikes to the rear of South Boston high school.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes behind Boston's Back Bay.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes behind Boston’s Back Bay.

August 4, 2015. Lightning exits Massachusetts' coast, between Winthrop and Quincy.

August 4, 2015. Lightning exits Massachusetts’ coast, between Winthrop and Quincy.

August 15, 2015. Late night thunderstorm over Dorchester/Quincy, as seen from Winthrop.

August 15, 2015. Late night thunderstorm over Dorchester/Quincy, as seen from Winthrop.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over South Boston during the morning commute.

August 4, 2015. Lightning strikes over South Boston during the morning commute.

August 5, 2015. The Winthrop fire department tests a new fire engine as an Air France 747 lands in the background.

August 5, 2015. The Winthrop fire department tests a new fire engine as an Air France 747 lands in the background.

08/11/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters watch as a car hangs off a driveway onto Roxbury's Cedar St. Tuesday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

08/11/2015-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters watch as a car hangs off a driveway onto Roxbury’s Cedar St. Tuesday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

08/13/2015-Boston,MA. People, believed to be friends and/or relatives of one or both of the men gunned down on Ernst St. last night, console each other Thursday afternoon in that Boston neighborhood.

08/13/2015-Boston,MA. People, believed to be friends and/or relatives of one or both of the men gunned down on Ernst St. last night, console each other Thursday afternoon in that Boston neighborhood.

08/29//15-Boston,MA Syla Rapaglia, age 11 years, sits at the makeshift memorial for the child known as Baby Doe, whose body was found at Deer Island on June 25. Skla's mother organized the 2nd vigil for the missing child, held tonight.

08/29//15-Boston,MA Syla Rapaglia, age 11 years, sits at the makeshift memorial for the child known as Baby Doe, whose body was found at Deer Island on June 25. Skla’s mother organized the 2nd vigil for the missing child, held tonight.

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Joe Casper, Boston fire dept. acting District Chief, works at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today.

08/07/2015-Boston,MA. Joe Casper, Boston fire dept. acting District Chief, works at the scene of a 3 alarm fire at 6 Waverly St. in Roxbury today.

August 20, 2015.  Massport's fireboat American United in #Boston/Winthrop. Named for 2 airlines in 911 attacks.

August 20, 2015. Massport’s fireboat American United in #Boston/Winthrop. Named for 2 airlines in 911 attacks.

 

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Four significant thunderstorms affected the Boston area Tuesday. That’s four separate opportunities for me to photograph lightning during, and then after, my shift as a Boston Herald photographer. I chase most of the thunderstorms that come our way. We in the Boston region experience an average of  30 days of thunderstorm activity per year, according to Wikipedia. A brilliant lightning storm was the first of these Tuesday events, striking during the morning commute. The thrust of the lightning seemed to be affecting South Boston to Quincy, before exiting out over Winthrop, and the open waters. I positioned myself in a safe place in Southie and set up my tripod. I was disappointed with the results. It seemed that every place I pointed my lens at, the lightning would be in a different spot, and then when I corrected to that spot, it would then strike where I had been pointing at earlier. I did, however, get a photo of lightning over Dorchester Heights/Telegraph Hill. The second storm roared out of the Littleton area and moved toward Beverly. I chose to speed toward Marblehead, as I wanted to try for lightning over the historic Abbott Hall. This venture was unsuccessful regarding lightning, however I did capture the ominous clouds exiting Marblehead neck. I then realized that the weather radar was showing a different storm, taking a more southerly track that appeared to be heading for Boston. I viewed the radar and chose East Boston as my best bet to capture lightning over the city. I arrived in Eastie and set up the tripod and started to shoot, framing the city’s Financial and Seaport Districts. This worked well, as in a flash of 1/8th of a second, two large and branching bolts appeared. I was using a Canon 100-400mm at F.6.4 and a 50 ISO speed. The last storm was exiting the region from between Deer Island and Quincy. I chose to turn the camera black and white for this photo. Below are my photos from Tuesday. Thanks for viewing.

Lightning strikes in back of Southie's Telegraph Hill/Dorchester Height, during the first of 4 thunderstorms that affected the region on Tuesday.

Above, lightning strikes in back of Southie’s Telegraph Hill/Dorchester Height, during the first of 4 thunderstorms that affected the region on Tuesday.

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Above, lightning strikes over Eastie, Tuesday morning.

The second of 4 thunderstorms exits the region off of Marblehead Neck.

Above, the second of 4 thunderstorms exits the region off of Marblehead Neck.

A sailboat escapes the Marblehead lightning, choosing to come into port shortly after the storm.

Above, a sailboat escapes the Marblehead lightning, choosing to come into port shortly after the storm.

Lightning strikes over the Boston skyline, Tuesday afternoon.

Above, lightning strikes over the Boston skyline, Tuesday afternoon.

Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity.

Above, lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity.

The Tuesday afternoon storm clears over the Tobin Bridge.

Above, the Tuesday afternoon storm clears over the Tobin Bridge.

Lightning exits the Massachusetts east coast between Winthrop and Quincy, during the last of the thunderstorms, Tuesday evening.

Lightning exits the Massachusetts east coast between Winthrop and Quincy, during the last of the thunderstorms, Tuesday evening.

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Winthrop,MA Fire dept. welcomes the new Engine Co. #1

Air traffic, arriving at Boston’s Logan airport, flies over Winthrop as firefighters test a “deck gun” hose   on the brand-new Engine Co. #1     

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I chase and photograph thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm that I can chase, I chase. July 28, 2014 was a day off from work as a Boston Herald news photographer, which afforded me the opportunity to storm chase. The storm cells that the weather radar showed just after 9am that morning, looked like a good possibility for me. I drove to Bayswater St. in East Boston thinking I could shoot the Boston skyline with any lightning that might be occur. It did not occur. The storm’s energy seemed to shift quickly toward the northeast, over what appeared to be the Revere, Saugus, Everett area. I then drove 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 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.
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Boston sunrise over Graves Lighthouse

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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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Remembering the September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks.

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 crashed into the World Trade Center towers. I went in to work my Boston Herald news photography shift shortly thereafter. The updated and ever-changing news reports showed one, if not both of the ill-fated airliners, departed from Boston’s Logan airport. I started toward the airport. It would take me over an hour to get from the Herald’s South End headquarters to Logan as most workers vacated the city at the same time. Cell phone service, due to heavy usage, was barely working in our area. 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, had been 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 the heavy confusion of the day and the bad cell service, etc. were the reasons we had not received information on the whereabouts of Mr. West. We are a close bunch at the Herald photography department and as the 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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