Nemo

Boston Weekly Photo #8:

Nemo

This is a photo from last week’s blizzard. The picture was taken just around the corner from my apartment and showw how deep the snow actually got. The lumps on the right side are cars completely covered in fresh powder.

Harvard Skate

Boston Weekly Photo #7:

Skate Harvard

The weather has gotten a little colder in New England recently, and as a result this week’s photo is another skating rink. This rink was just put up a couple of weeks ago, and is now ready for use. It’s just outside Harvard Yard so I’m sure it will get plenty of use. Not sure if it’s open to the public or if it’s for Harvard students and affiliates only, although I may go find out soon.

Castle

Boston Weekly Photo #6:

The Castle

This week’s photo comes from the Boston University campus. This building is fittingly known as The Castle (if you zoom in you can see a small red sign labeled as such.) If you click the hyperlink you’ll find that it is used as a venue for special events. It would make a very unique place for a wedding reception or holiday party. I hope to find my way inside one of these days for a peek at the interior.

Ruins

Boston Weekly Photo #5:

Dilapidated

Went for another bike ride over the weekend, and stumbled across this dilapidated building near TD Garden. It is a massive structure built right on the water’s edge with a large dock, which I assume used to be some sort of receiving area. As you can see in the bottom of the picture, the dock has had the same fate as the building it is attached to. It seemed as though the was some work happening inside the building, so maybe this building will receive a renovation – or a replacement.

Snow

Boston weekly photo #4:

Snow in the Yard

This picture was taken in Harvard Yard in Cambridge while I was walking to the T station one morning. We had gotten a couple of inches of snow in the early hours of the morning and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the Yard. The trees looked amazing draped in the fresh snowfall, and the entire campus transforms under a layer of gleaming snow. It’s the first real winter weather I’ve experienced since I’ve been in the Boston area, and I can’t wait for more!

Coast Guard

Boston Weekly Photo #3:

Coast Guard

I took this picture while I was on a bike ride down by the harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard has a few boats on the water so I took a quick snapshot of this one. It’s fun to live right on the coast and get to see the boats and ships move between the harbor and the open sea.

Week 2

Boston Weekly Photo #2:

Frog Pond

This week I chose to feature the Frog Pond in Boston Common. I was strolling through the park the other day and decided to snap a quick shot of ice skaters enjoying a beautiful day. The Frog Pond is a popular spot during all seasons. While in the the winter it is filled with skaters, the warm summer weather brings families and children down to the pond to cool off in its shallow water and fountains. It is one of my favorite spots in Boston, and the dusting of snow and metropolitan backdrop made it ideal for this week’s photo.

Boston Weekly Photo

While I was on a bike ride through Boston today I was thinking of my time spent abroad. As my mind wandered I thought of one of my favorite blogs, http://oxforddailyphoto.blogspot.com/, and was inspired. Instead of trying to create long posts on a monthly basis, I’ll try something new. I plan to post a photo and brief description of the picture weekly. This should keep things interesting and increase activity on my end.

To kick things off…
Back Bay

This is one of my favorite areas of Boston, Back Bay. The neighborhood is made up of those quintessentially Boston brownstone buildings. There are always people strolling the sidewalks and gazing at the architecture. There is also a lot of great shopping and dining in the area for locals and tourists alike.

Future

I always find myself looking to the future, both in my personal life and my professional life. Recently, I’ve had encouraging discussion about both.

I have successfully completed my first 6 months at my job. I know it may not seem like a real accomplishment, but I think it is. I came to a new place, to a new job with very little knowledge of life in a start-up company. The incredible pace at which we operate on a daily basis makes me appreciate my 6 month marker. So far I have enjoyed every day and am looking forward to the coming days, weeks and months.

As is typical, I had a review session with my supervisor recently. It all went very well and was a great platform for feedback to flow in both directions. I’m happy to report that all is going well. I hope to have more news in the future about my job and company.

In my personal life there have been some great times recently. My girlfriend came to visit over the past weekend. We had a lot of fun and spent most of the weekend outside, walking and enjoying each others’ company. We searched for dream homes in Beacon Hill and strolled through Boston Common taking in the sunshine. She plans to move out East to join me upon her graduation in May, and I can’t wait.

Other than that, I’ve just been plugging away at daily life. I’m happy to be where I am.

Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the Northeastern United States we are bracing in anticipation. Boston schools have already announced closures, New York City has shut down their subway system, and most importantly I don’t have to go into work tomorrow. The grocery store in my neighborhood was quickly selling their inventory of bottled water and traffic in town was backed up as people made their final moves before the storm hits. I too joined in on the madness by buying some groceries and making sure to get a bit of water in case we really are without power/water for a bit. I’m hoping the storm is enough to keep me at home, but will still allow for me to use my electronics.

This is the first time I’ve been a part of something like this, and the city’s reaction has been interesting to watch. I’ve seen similar situationsĀ ariseĀ as a result of impending blizzards while living in Minnesota, but nothing quite like this. This storm effects the entire East Coast of the country. Every city and state on the coast is preparing for the storm to hit in their own way. I can only hope that the state of Massachusetts has a good plan in place.

I will try to get some photos and keep up to date if possible. If I’m without power I’ll be back to summarize once the storm has lifted.