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Trip to Boston

I made a trip up to Boston last weekend. It was my first trip to Boston in over 5 years. I don’t remember the exact time I was up there last, but I know it was at least 5 or 6 years ago. I went up there by train from NY early Saturday morning and came back Sunday on the Acela, which was my first time on the fastest train in the U.S.  As a train buff I really enjoyed my ride on the Acela. I would definitely like to see more trains like the Acela put in to service in different parts of the USA, where it makes sense.

I really enjoyed seeing seeing some my favorite spots in and around the city. I stayed at a small hotel in Back Bay and I was able get around pretty easily on the T (Boston’s Light Rail & Subway). One of the highlights of the trip was go to see the Boston Bruins play the NJ Devils at TD Garden with a few relatives. That was my first visit to the “new” Boston Garden and I was very impressed by the building.It is a great venue. I would love to see a Celtics game up there one of these days, especially since the C’s are good again. I’m sure the atmosphere at a Celtics game would be electric.

It was very cold (sub 20 degree temp’s)  and windy last weekend in Boston (real winter weather, finally!) so I did not spend as much time walking around the city as I might have in a little bit warmer temp’s. But I did have an opportunity to walk around Back Bay and Boston Common. I also took the T out to Brighton, where I lived for a few years. I always find trips back to places where I have previously lived interesting just to see what has changed. I did notice a few new buildings in downtown Boston, but no radical change, unlike, say, New York City, where the skyline seems to be changing about every 6 months.

Here are a few pictures I took during my 24 hrs in Boston…















Changing Seasons on the KSAT

I took these four pictures on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, PA between October, 2016 and January, 2017, one each month, capturing the change in seasons. All pictures were taken with my iPad Pro 9.7.


Manhattan in December

I made a trip into Manhattan this past Sunday to do a little Christmas shopping and just see New York during the Holiday Season. It was an overcast, cold and rainy day, but I still throughly enjoyed my visit. I arrived in the city before noon, so I was pretty much able to spend a full day in the city and was able to make stops at all the stores I planned to visit. First I went down to the West Village, then walked over to the Union Square area and finally  headed up to the Midtown area.

While I was in the West Village I was able to pay my first visit to the new Whitney Museum of Art at 99 Gansevoort St, which has been on my to-do list since the museum opened on May 1st, 2015. I had to go to a few stores on West 14th St. and while I was in the neighborhood I figured I finally go to the Whitney. I must say that really enjoyed my visit to the “new” Whitney. I had visited the Whitney back at it’s old home on the Upper Eastside several times, but it was a real treat to see the new Renzo Piano designed building, which I must say is a dramatic improvement over the old building. More on the Whitney later, I’m going publish a separate post on my first impressions of the museum.

I really enjoyed seeing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which I visited while mass was in progress. It was inspiring to see so many of the faithful at the historic Cathedral.



Here are a few of the pictures I took as I made my way around the city…












A Walk Along the La Jolla Coast Trail

This weekend the Wall St. Journal published a good article about San Diego and highlighted many places that visitors would enjoy. The article made me consider some of my favorite spots in “America’s Finest City”, a place that I know well as a result of living there from 2003 to 2014. There are so many beautiful, scenic places in San Diego that it is very challenging to choose one spot as the best, but certainly one of my favorite places is the Coastal Trail just north of La Jolla Village where the views over the California Coast and the Pacific Ocean are truly stunning. I have walked along that trail many, many times and took several videos that I think capture the beauty of the area. I took the video posted below on a quiet Monday back in March of 2011.



Freight Train Crosses the Delaware River

Train Delaware Drama SSI took this picture around 6:30 pm, last Friday (08/21/15).

I took this picture from the Easton, PA, at the point where the Lehigh River pours into the Delaware river. The photo was modified on my iPad by applying the Drama Filter from the Google Snapseed App.

HDR Pictures of the Bethlehem Steel Plant

I’ve been taking a lot pictures in recent weeks at Bethlehem Works, the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA. The historic plant was closed in 1995, after producing steel for roughly 140 years. Bethlehem Steel was once the number 2 producer of steel in the United States. The 160 acre site is currently in the midst of a remarkable transformation to multi-use site that includes new buildings and original structures from the plant which will be used for cultural, recreational, educational, entertainment and retail development.

It is quite awe inspiring to walk around the grounds of the former Industrial Giant. The mighty Bethlehem Steel produced steel that was used to construct some of the most iconic structures, buildings and bridges in the country, including the following:

The Golden Gate Bridge
The George Washington Bridge
The Hoover Dam
The Lincoln Tunnel
The Chrysler Building
Rockefeller Center
Waldorf Astoria

During both World War I and II Bethlehem Steel played a critical role in the war effort, producing munitions, parts for aircraft and the steel that was necessary to build over 1,000 warships for the U.S. Navy.

I have selected a few my favorite pictures and applied the Snapseed HDR filter to them.

Beth Steel HDR Furnaces

The Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces at Twilight

The Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces at Twilight

Beth Steel Bench HDR HMT

This summer a 2,000 ft pedestrian walkway modeled on The Highline in New York City was opened. The Walkway is called the Hoover Mason Trestle and it was built on top of an elevated railway that was used transport iron ore to the blast furnaces.

Beth Steel HDR Brick Bldgs

Beth Steel HDR Brick

View East from the Hill to Hill Bridge

View East from the Hill to Hill Bridge

The Original Bessemer Steel Building c 1872

The Original Bessemer Steel Building c 1872

Arts Quest Plaza at Steel Stacks

Arts Quest Plaza at Steel Stacks

View of the Blast Furnaces from the East End  of the HMT

View of the Blast Furnaces from the East End of the HMT

HDR photos of New York and Philadelphia

I have had the opportunity to make recent visits to New York City and Philadelphia and I’m always taking pictures when I make these trips. I selected a few of my favorite pictures from these two great cities and modified them with the Google Snapseed app on my iPad to create HDR (High-dynamic-range imaging) photos using the HDR scape filter. Here they are…

New York

Lower Manhattan and 1 World Trade Center (HDR)

Lower Manhattan and 1 World Trade Center (HDR)



Phil City Hall HDR

Phladelphia - The view toward Center City from the Philadelphia Art Museum.

The view toward Center City from the Philadelphia Art Museum.

George M. Fattell.

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