harbor islands

CREATE at ArcWorks in Peabody, MA

What are you doing tomorrow night? If you happen to be in the North Shore area, you should swing by ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody for the opening night reception for CREATE: The Art and Craft of Boston Handmade. I am participating in this show with a few framed pieces from my Boston Harbor Islands series. Also exhibiting are Kerrie Beck, Jessica Burko, Allison Fraske, Kerry Hawkins, Arthur Halvorsen, Karen Mahoney, and Lynne Parrella.

If you can't make it tomorrow night, that's ok! The show will be up until May 5. For more information, visit our event website here.

ArcWorks Community Art Center
22 Foster Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor

Last year around this time, I did a winter cruise to Georges Island in Boston Harbor. The ferries generally run in the summer so I jumped the chance to go in the off season. It is especially quiet and solitary there in the winter and I was eager to experience it.

They offered the cruise again this year to Spectacle Island-

(one of my new favs)

I call this one "Snail on a Rail"

I was with some friends who came with props-

And finally, some Frostbite Sailing on the trip back-

There will be another off-season trip out to Spectacle in March; if you're interested in more information, check out their website.

Seals of Georges Island

So when I got off the boat at Georges Island last weekend, a park ranger gave us a little talk about the activities that were happening, things to check out, etc. and one thing that she mentioned was that some seals had been spotted on one side of the island that morning. I thought for sure they'd be gone by the time I got over there but I was wrong! Luckily, I had my 70-200mm lens with me so I set my camera on a rock (no tripod) and hung out by myself (only a few other people came over!) and happily snapped away for the better part of an hour. The photos I got were still far away but with some cropping I was able to see the seals up close, including their sweet faces-

Tell me that last one is not waving!

Georges Island

Last weekend I braved the 33 degree temp outside (lots of layers is the key) and went on a special winter cruise to Georges Island in Boston Harbor. It had snowed a bit the day before and the sun was out which made for excellent shooting conditions.

Georges Island home to Fort Warren which takes up most of the 39 acres. The fort dates back to 1833 and was first used as a training camp and then to house Confederate soldier prisoners during the Civil War.

I had such a great time taking photos of not only the natural landscape but also the inside and outside of the fort (such great texture!). Here are a few shots:

The ferries will start going to Georges regularly in May and I'm already looking forward to another visit. For a complete schedule of future winter cruises, visit Boston's Best Cruises.