At Lowell’s GLBT Pride Family Picnic


The Lowell Pride Committee held the second annual Lowell Pride Family Picnic today. In it’s honor, the weather changed from oppressive to perfect. There was live music, fabulous drag queens, and lots of local organizations. And this lady across the canal with her magic bubble fish nets:

The amazing bubble lady, Utopia Park, Lowell MA

 

The amazing bubble lady, Utopia Park, Lowell MA

 

The way this thing works is that she dips the big net into a bucket of soapy water, then holds the net up to the breeze. She also had a net that was just one big hole; it made person-sized bubbles that split and joined like magic.

UPDATE 07/07/2017:
The Lowell Sun ran a story about the bubble lady this morning. She is MJ Bujold, a Lowell artist.

Utopia Park
Along the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Downtown Lowell, MA

It only sounds like a CBS crime drama


The Massachusetts State Police have a barracks on Boston Harbor at the Charles River.

Massachusetts State Police Marine Division, Charles River Boston Harbor, Boston MA
Massachusetts State Police Marine Division
 

It’s probably more interesting working here than doing speed patrols on I-495.

At the end of the Charles River
(As viewed from Lovejoy Wharf)
Boston, MA

Somehow, I’ve never been to the North End.


So on the way to North Station tonight, I biked across the street and through the North End for the first time. Although the waterfront parks are delightful, the rest of the neighborhood is filled with rude clueless tourists and unpredictable clueless car drivers. Get me the hell outta here!

North End waterfront from Langone Park, Boston MA
Boston’s North End Waterfront.
 

Hanover Street, North End, Boston MA
Hanover Street. The bell tower is St Steven’s Church.
 

North End neighborhood
Boston, MA

No way I’m climbing up there.


The Tall Ships are in Boston for a week.
After work tonight, I rode over to the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the Coast Guard’s ship, the USCG Barque Eagle .

USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
USCG Barque Eagle
 

Carved Eagle Masthead | USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
Carved Eagle Masthead, USCG Barque Eagle
 

USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
Flags, USCG Barque Eagle
 

Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA

Out for a family swim on a warm morning


Spotted these guys on the way to work this morning. It’s the first time I’ve seen the goslings in the river this year.

Canadian geese and goslings on the Charles River, Boston MA
Geese and goslings on the Charles
 

Next to the Charles River Bike Path
Boston, MA

Around town on two wheels


Today’s bike ride around Billerica:

Near Faulkner Mills, Concord River, Billerica MA
Abandoned mill by the Concord River
 

Billerica State Forest, Treble Cove Road, Billerica MA
Rode through the Billerica State Forest trails just to remind myself that my bike is not a mountain bike.
 

[1] Concord River millpoind, off Old Elm Street
[2] Billerica State Forest entrance gate at Treble Cove Road
Billerica, MA

In which I did not beat the storm home.


Decided to skip out of work a little early to beat some big orangy-red blobs on the weather radar that were heading this way. Hopped on the bike and got to North Station, only a little wet.

But from the Lowell train station to my house, it was a solid wall of water.

Your photographer is very wet after riding through torrential rain on his bike on the way home.  Lowell MA
 

But it was a fun ride!


By coincidence, I picked-up a new waterproof camera today, the brand new Olympus Tough TG-5.   It is a very, very, very nice piece of gear.
 

Safely back in the neighborhood
Lowell, MA

Only a couple months old.


Got off the bike along the Charles River this evening to get some shots of the Canadian geese chicks. One of the grown-up geese was definitely not happy with me for approaching the chicks. These “little” guys are almost a foot tall now and eating a ton of greens. Like their parents, they just don’t care that there’s hundreds of people around.

Canadian Geese Chicks. Along the banks of the Charles River, Boston MA
Canadian geese chicks
 

Canadian Geese Chick. Along the banks of the Charles River, Boston MA
And another Canadian goose chick
 

Charles River Bike Path
Boston, MA

A shady ride on a hot day


At lunchtime, I skipped out for a bike ride along the Charles River in Watertown.

Bike Ride.  Charles River Reservation.  Watertown, MA
Am I really orange enough?
 

Charles River Reservation Bike Path
Watertown, MA

A campus (and a school) designed to make you jealous that you didn’t go there.


Not surprisingly, the College of the Atlantic is a much nicer campus than the state university where I got my degrees, or the Ivy League college where I work.

Whale Jawbone.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Whale jawbone.
 

Dumpster Marine Graffiti.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Even their dumpsters are more hip than yours.
 

Sculpture, lawns, gardens.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Sculpture, lawns, and formal gardens.
 

1895 Summer Cottage.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
The 1895 Summer Cottage.
 

Book Sculpture.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
One of several book sculptures in one of the gardens.
 

Nautical Stuff with view of Frenchman's Bay.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Nautical stuff and Frenchman’s Bay.
 

The campus dock on Frenchman's Bay.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
The campus dock on Frenchman’s Bay.
 

The College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor Maine