I have received many inquiries about the Right Whale that I photographed Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are more photos from Nahant Bay, between Swampscott and Nahant, including a seal. Scroll down here for all the photos and click here for Tuesday’s Boston Herald story.

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04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen from the shores of Swampscott, with Nahant as the backdrop, Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen Thursday afternoon, from the shores of Swampscott, as 2 people fish from a skiff. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen Thursday afternoon, from the shores of Swampscott, as 2 people fish from a dingy. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen Thursday afternoon, from the shores of Swampscott, as 2 people fish from a skiff. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A grey seal is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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Forty years ago Tuesday, Boston Herald American photographer Stanley Forman photographed a racially-motivated assault that crystallized one of the most tense times in Boston’s history.

While covering a demonstration by white protesters who opposed court-ordered busing to desegregate Boston’s public schools, Forman photographed a white teenager attack a young black lawyer with an American flag. The lawyer, Ted Landsmark, had been walking on City Hall Plaza when he was assaulted.  The protester wielding the flag was 17-year-old Joseph Rakes, who lived in South Boston. 

The photograph became known as “The Soiling of Old Glory” and won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography. 

The act of violence has haunted Boston for years.

The late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino once said: “No one should have to look at Stanley Forman’s photos but everyone needs to.”

Forman presented Menino with an autographed print of the image for his office at Boston University. Menino told him he hated the picture.  

Since 1983, Forman has been a journalist and videographer with Ch.5 (WCVB-TV) in Boston. We recently discussed his historic photograph. 

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Picture Boston: Let’s start with the obvious, and probably my toughest question. How have Boston’s race relations changed since “Soiling”?

Forman: Forty years later I believe race relations have certainly gotten better. But looking back, not being a black man I did not realize the anger or hatred there was. I was single, no children and I wasn’t busing my children from my neighborhood to another. I grew up in Revere in a white neighborhood  (with) only a handful of blacks in the schools. I guess I was naive about racism. 

Picture Boston: Do you remember the first time you met Ted Landsmark, after the event?

Forman: I’m not sure about the first time I met Ted but I do remember the time my family and I were crossing the street by the Government Center Garage and there was Ted coming the opposite way in the crosswalk. It was very exciting for me to have my family meet him.

Picture Boston: When were you hired at Boston Herald American and how many years were you on staff prior to the photo?

Forman : I began at the Record American November 22, 1966. I had just finished my first photography job being the campaign photographer for Attorney General  Edward Brooke’s successful campaign to become a US Senator.
 
Picture Boston: Was it an assignment or did you hear it on police scanner?

Forman: I had arrived at the office just before 9 a.m. I asked city editor Al Salie what was going on. He told me Gene Dixon was at a demo at City Hall. I asked if I could go and join him. After doing a quick errand I arrived at City Hall as the anti-busing rally was coming down the stairs after visiting city Councilor Louise Day Hicks. Hicks a well known anti-busing proponent invited them in to the chambers for a salute to the flag and had milk and cookies for the group. When they came out of the (building) there was a group of black students going into the Hall and there was a confrontation in front of me. I then switched from my 35 (millimeter) lens to my 20 (millimeter) lens.

Picture Boston : Were you scared for Mr. Landsmark’s safety?

Forman: Yes,  I looked over my shoulder I saw a black man turning into the Plaza. I just knew he was going to be attacked. 

Picture Boston : Were you scared for your safety?

Forman: I ran down as the assault unfolded.  It was over in seconds. BPD only had a couple of cops directly with the group. There (were) dozens waiting on the side lines. I did not have time to think of my safety —  just went with the flow. I did worry about my safety after the photo was published. I was threatened many times.

Picture Boston: Did you know the magnitude of the photograph when you snapped photo?

Forman: I took the image and followed the group to Post Office Square not realizing the impact the image had. Herald American reporter Joe Driscoll  caught up with me in the Square telling me about (what happened) via the AP wire and he was dispatched from the office. I said, “I have the photo of it!”  Of course I had no idea what I had gotten. I knew I had motor drive trouble and there was no instant looking at the back of your camera 40 years ago.

Picture Boston: Have you ever met Joseph Rakes?

I have never met Joe Rakes but I became friendly with his brother Stevie due to the ongoing Whitey Bulger saga. I gave Stevie an autographed copy of the photo.

For more on Ted Landsmark, check out this 3-part story by the Boston Herald’s Jack Encarnacao.

 

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Boston’s annual Shamrock Shootout in West Roxbury.

My day started at the site of West Roxbury’s annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament. Wish I was a kid, again. Very cool! Thanks to the organizers for the invite. I shot these for the Boston Herald.

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Terrence Patrick Boyle, age 10 months, and his mom Amy Boyle, watch the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Terrence Patrick Boyle, age 10 months, and his mom Amy Boyle, watch the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament, with Ed Coppinger, at far right, State Representative for the 10th Suffolk District, on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament, with Ed Coppinger, at far right, State Representative for the 10th Suffolk District, on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Boston Police officer Tim Horan, a Pipe Sergeant in the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, escorts Mayor Martin J. Walsh, to the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Boston Police officer Tim Horan, a Pipe Sergeant in the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, escorts Mayor Martin J. Walsh, to the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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Busy Boston spot news Saturday.

I photographed the aftermath of a fatal fire in Dorchester, and then quickly left there and responded to a call about a car in the water near the JFK Library/UMASS Boston campus. A woman living in the large Dorchester apartment building perished in the early morning fire, and the man involved in the car-in-water incident, apparently drove himself to his untimely death. I always try to highlight the positives, i.e a rescue attempt, when it comes to covering these events, but sadly, there were none.

03/05/16-Boston,MA A worker from a restoration/cleaning company is seen inside a fire-damaged apartment at 380 Talbot Ave. Saturday morning, hours after a fire killed a resident there. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA A worker from a restoration/cleaning company is seen inside a fire-damaged apartment at 380 Talbot Ave. Saturday morning, hours after a fire killed a resident there. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work to lift a stretcher carrying the body of a person at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work to lift a stretcher carrying the body of a person at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work to lift a stretcher carrying the body of a person at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work to lift a stretcher carrying the body of a person at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

03/05/16-Boston,MA First responders work at the scene of this car in the water, near the JFK Library and UMASS Boston. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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I awoke Sunday morning to the realization that the thermometer was actually reading -9 degrees, BELOW ZERO. I knew this could mean sea smoke, a phenomenon that occurs to this extent, maybe once or twice a year. By the time I bundled up to head out to photograph this, the temperature was now -7 degrees, below zero. I went to Winthrop shortly before sunrise. Below is what I saw.InstaCOLD003

02/14/2016-Winthrop,MA. Seasmoke rises above the Atlantic as Boston temperatures dipped to several degrees fahrenheit below zero Sunday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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Shortly before 8:00 a.m today, a 35-year old-woman was killed while driving to work after her windshield was struck by a 200-pound manhole cover that became airborne on Interstate 93 inside the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel.  Full story here and in tomorrow’s Boston Herald.

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02/12/2016-Boston,MA. A State Police investigator encircles, with paint, the manhole cover that came loose and eventually flew into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute on Route 93 Southbound, just outside of the O'Neill Tunnel. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston, MA. A State Police investigator painted a circle around the manhole cover that came loose and flew into a car windshield, killing a woman during the Friday morning commute on Route 93 south. The cover came to a rest outside of the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders at the scene.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders at the scene.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. Investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. ED NOTE. This is where the manhole resided prior to coming loose. THIS IS A REPLACEMENT manhole cover. The words on the replacement are Boston Drain, however the manhole cover that flew into the woman was NOT a Boston Drain cover. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. Investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, inside the O’Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car’s windshield killing a woman during Friday morning’s commute. ED NOTE. This is where the manhole resided prior to coming loose. THIS IS A REPLACEMENT manhole cover. The words on the replacement are Boston Drain, however the manhole cover that flew into the woman was NOT a Boston Drain cover. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders are scene on Route 93 Southbound, after the O'Neill Tunnel, after this one car accident caused a serious, possible fatal injury during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. A car, driven by a woman who was killed as her windshield was hit by a manhole cover on Route 93 Southbound, is towed away. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, just outside of the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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I was working my shift at the Boston Herald on a sunny afternoon when the police scanners reported a fire in an office building on Route 9 in Newton. As I approached the building I knew this was not going to be an ordinary event. Heavy smoke filled the sky near the Chestnut Hill Mall as the building, packed with workers, exploded in fire. Five people died in the blaze even as Brookline and Newton fire companies did amazing and heroic work that day. This the site of the new Wegman’s, etc. See my photos below. 


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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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On January 9, 2009, a Boston fire crew’s ladder truck, Ladder 26, suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure returning from a call on Mission Hill. Boston fire Lieutenant Kevin Kelley died after the truck slammed into a building on Huntington Ave. It is hard to believe that seven years have passed. Here is a photo of the very solemn moments after Lt. Kelley’s BFD colleagues, Boston EMS, and Boston police officials recovered him from the rubble. Needless to say it was a very difficult photo to snap at the time. There was not a dry eye in the area at that moment.

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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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