02 October 2015

Boston MA

updated 7 June 2016

Boston. It's been 60 years since I visited there in person. I remember the science museum, the trolleys and trolley busses, but not much else about Boston, so it's nice to be able to return via Google Street View. Those young eyes of mine never saw anything like this!

"at liberty"
Google Street View rarely captures wildlife.
...or maybe we just never see it...
The Herring Gull celebrates Boston's maritime character.
From page 32 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.
The colors were warmed using Google Picasa.
Second Summer
from Google Street View
While revising page 50 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885,
I took another look in the vicinity of 105 Summer St. in September 2014.
(click photo for full effect)
This Boston neighborhood seems to be a particularly good place for some great reflections. One wonders how many of these light shows were anticipated by architects. I see the sights but do not hear the sounds. Gershwin says I'm missing something....

from YouTube

Twofold
isolation from Google View above, reflecting my favorite shot, below:
Shadows on Summer Street
(Near the former headquarters of the Double Thread Sewing Company)
Later, I decided Summer Street might be worth a second look. Here's what I found:

Boston Convention Center
Architect Rafael Viñoly Beceiro is an expert on the Making of Public Space (PDF).
See the Center at its best. Street View gives just a hint of the beauty here.
This Magic Forest is actually just a couple of trees on a plaza without seating.
Nonetheless, it provides a commercial incentive by identifying some unique personal space.

Related Poem Content Details

I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 

Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.


Trees by Oscar Rasbach,
performed by Julian Lloyd Webber and John Lenehan from the CD Unexpected Songs
YouTube (~2 min.)
Missing History
Will you be texting when Google Street View passes by?
Sharing worlds is an acquired skill.
Altered perceptions: the many facets of windows
Heritage
reminiscent of hats worn in the 1890s
There's lots to see in Boston!


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