MTA Substation #13
Potomac Eagle
Lichen on Granite
PPG Place
Boston’s Freedom Trail

St. Michaels, Maryland

Last week I went to historic St. Michaels, where I walked around town and also visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. St. Michaels is a cute little town with many shops selling interesting items, especially items with a crab theme. The museum is nice and informative. It focuses on the Chesapeake Bay’s history, economy, and people. I also got a chance to cruise aboard the Schooner Sultana. The Sultana is a reproduction of a merchant vessel that served in the British Royal Navy from 1768 to 1772.

Downtown St. Michaels

Downtown St. Michaels

Christ Church

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

View of the Miles River while aboard the Sultana

The Schooner Sultana sailing on the Miles River

View of the Schooner Sultana sails

Duquesne Incline

This is the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh. It is considered part of the public transportation system of Pittsburgh.
IMG_2897It is also a wonderful place to view Pittsburgh, especially downtown, and many of its bridges. If you are ever in Pittsburgh, go there. The ride is fun, and the view from the viewing platform at the top is amazing. As a side note, Pittsburgh has a lot of bridges, and they are all lovely.
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PPG Place

It is probably a photographer thing, but sometimes I see something, and I just have to take a thousand photographs of it to capture how interesting it is or the cool way it looks. This is particularly true when I see really interesting architecture with interesting lines or reflections or curves or whatever. The Comcast Center in Philadelphia was one such building because of the way it almost disappeared into the sky. PPG Place in Pittsburgh is another such piece of architecture. It is not so much the shape of the buildings, but it is the way they reflect the buildings around them that I find so interesting. I love reflections. I love photographing reflections. I also love how somewhat similar to Comcast Center, it almost blends into the sky by reflecting the blue. So while in Pittsburgh, I took a huge number of photographs of PPG Place because I was just so intrigued and captivated by the way it reflected its surroundings. IMG_2791 IMG_2795 IMG_2800 IMG_2804 IMG_2808 IMG_2809 IMG_2810 IMG_2817

Pittsburgh

I wanted to get away for a short vacation, so I went to Pittsburgh for a day. Why Pittsburgh? Well, why not? Also, getting to and from Pittsburgh involved two very pretty, long train rides, which was half the reason for the trip. Anyway, Pittsburgh is an amazingly walkable city, especially downtown. You can walk across all (I think) the bridges, and there are pedestrian and bike paths everywhere. Downtown has a lovely mix of old and new buildings. Basically I could wander around for a day taking photos, which was exactly what I wanted and what I did.

Building reflections downtown

Building reflections downtown

Old tiled building juxtaposed with PPG glass building

Old tiled building juxtaposed with PPG glass building

Rather unique old building tower

Rather unique old building tower

Art deco (?) building

Art deco (?) building

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River

Point State Park

Point State Park

Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River with downtown in background

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River with downtown in background

North Shore Riverwalk with Fort Duquesne Bridge in background

North Shore Riverwalk with Fort Duquesne Bridge in background

Downtown viewed from across the Allegheny River

Downtown viewed from across the Allegheny River

Robert Clemente Bridge and downtown

Robert Clemente Bridge and downtown

The white in the background is the convention center roof, which I assume was designed to have the same catenary curve as the suspension bridges seen in foreground

The white in the background is the convention center roof, which I assume was designed to have the same catenary curve as the suspension bridges seen in foreground

 

Northern Massachusetts Shore

While in Boston for a few days, my friend Kristen said I need to get out the city and see Massachusetts’s northern shore. I think she was hunting lighthouses, but I was just looking for pretty views and classic New England. We found all of that visiting Gloucester and Rockport.

Stage Fort Park

Stage Fort Park

Stage Fort Park

Stage Fort Park

Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial

Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial

Lobster pots

Lobster pots

"Motif Number 1" on Bradley Wharf in Rockport

“Motif Number 1” on Bradley Wharf in Rockport

Rockport

Rockport

Thacher Island Twin Lights

Thacher Island Twin Lights

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

I have this thing for bridges. I love them. However, I have a particular thing for cable-stayed bridges. They are my favorite. I love the simplicity of them. They are modern, sleek, functional, graceful, and gorgeous, all at the same time. Boston has a cable-stayed bridge right next to downtown, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, by which I-93 crosses the Charles River. So naturally, while in Boston, I took a lot of photos of this bridge. Here are just a few.

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Boston’s Freedom Trail

While in Boston, I walked the entire 2.5-mile Freedom Trail. It is a nice walk except for avoiding all the street construction. I have to admit also, as a tourist, it is nice not to really have to check a map, but rather just follow a red brick path in the sidewalks. I previously posted photos of the Massachusetts State House and the Bunker Hill Monument. Here are a few more photos from sites and just views along the Freedom Trail.

USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")

USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”)

Winthrop Square

Winthrop Square

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Old North Church

Old North Church

Inside of Old North Church

Inside of Old North Church

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway above I-93

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway above I-93

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall

Old State House

Old State House

A brief explanation of why I am posting the below photo. There is a T (subway) train station right below the Old State House, with an entrance through the building. As an engineer, I find this amazing. Consider how old the building is and the studies of the building that must have occurred to determine it could handle both the space being dug out of its foundation and also the ability to take vibrations from the subway and people going in and out of it.

T Station below Old State House

T Station below Old State House

Old South Meeting House wedged between old and new office buildings

Old South Meeting House wedged between old and new office buildings

Old City Hall

Old City Hall

Granary Burying Ground, where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Mother Goose, and others are buried

Granary Burying Ground, where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Mother Goose, and others are buried

Bunker Hill Monument

I was in Boston for a few days, and I decided to walk the Freedom Trail. I got to the Bunker Hill Monument, and I was told I should go to the top because the views are great. This seemed like a perfectly good reason to climb 294 steps. My legs afterwards had some thoughts on this idea. Anyway, here are some photos from the top, so you don’t have to climb it.

Bunker Hill Monument, which I climbed, for reasons

Bunker Hill Monument, which I climbed, for reasons

View of Navy Yards and USS Constitution

View of Navy Yards and USS Constitution

View of Mystic River

View of Mystic River

View of Mystic River

View of Mystic River

View towards Somerville

View towards Somerville

View of downtown Boston

View of downtown Boston

View of downtown Boston and Back Bay

View of downtown Boston and Back Bay

Massachusetts State House

I have a goal to visit all 50 state houses. I am in Boston for a few days, so I was able to visit the Massachusetts State House. The State House is very pretty with a whole lot of marble. There is a definite sea theme in it, with waves and fish in many different areas. There is a large fish in both the House of Representatives and the Senate Chamber. The main portion (or pretty area as one worker there called it), is smaller than I originally thought it would be. However I guess the actual working area is generally more functional, not as pretty.

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Nurses Hall

Nurses Hall

Nurses Hall

Nurses Hall

Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall

Glass ceiling of Memorial Hall

Glass ceiling of Memorial Hall

Main Staircase

Main Staircase

House of Representatives

House of Representatives

Viewing balcony of House of Representatives with large fish hanging

Viewing balcony of House of Representatives with large fish hanging

Senate Chamber

Senate Chamber