Friday, August 7, 2009

A picture a day keeps boredom away . . .

As I write this blog tonight—far away from the scene from Hamilton's Asbury Grove pictured above—I can hear some muffled strains of music wafting through my window from Paul McCartney's concert in Fenway Park. Soon the pedicabs will be peddling by and a loud rumble of voices leaving the park will mix with honking horns and the sounds of gridlock as buses, cars, and pedestrians all mix together moving out from this hub to their respective destinations.

Maybe there will even be some people in the crowd who have driven in from Asbury Grove, a Methodist Summer Camp that has been in existence for over 150 years.

I learned about Asbury Grove several years ago when I visited my friend Dorene who lives there during the summer months. The outdoor pulpit above has been the scene of historic meetings at a time in our country when these religious camps flourished. To learn more about this historic place go to the website and download a powerpoint presentation that shows scenes from long ago. Below are a couple of shots from Dorene's house.

Back in the city on Tuesday, I found this stone lady inside a window on the corner of Fairfield and Newbury Streets.

Wednesday I found another "accidental composition" that I might want to title: Will Branding Ever Die? If you click on it and look at the details you'll see the subtle markings on the cigarettes that suggested the title.

This morning I had a great breakfast at Sofra Bakery and Cafe on Belmont Street in Cambridge. Great Turkish/Middle Eastern menu complete with Flower Tea. I had iced coffee with one of their sumptuous macaroons and the people at the next table allowed me to photograph their plates before they dug in. I've tried to go there many times, but it's usually packed. Today, however, at 11:30 a.m. was a perfect hour because there was no line.

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