Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Head Island, Boston, MA

Head Island was once a tiny dot on its own in Boston Harbor, but now you'd never even know it was once an island, and not just an architectural apex to the pleasant walking causeway that had been constructed to connect it to land on both side.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Old piling grid near Boston

All that is left of some old marine structure (a pier perhaps?) is the ragged grid of its pilings, slowly decaying into the mud flats off the South side of Boston.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wrapped for winter, Quincy, MA

In northern winters, boats brought on shore for safety are often simply shrink-wrapped in plastic for the season. I find this look somehow hilarious, and have loved to imagine what the machines and process for wrapping such large objects might look like.  Alas, it appears that the reality is much more prosaic and intensive in human labor.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Marina Bay, Quincy, MA

A private marina stands with nearly all its dense grid empty in the middle of winter, watched over by the curving crescents of the luxury condominiums it serves.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Logan shore, Boston

Sharp lines bending into a fractal curve and underwater curls on the shore of Logan Airport.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boston Logan Airport

Boston's Logan Airport from above, showing something that I had never noticed before: the pavement where the planes park is apparently different than the taxiways where they drive. I don't know why this is, but I like the bulging geometric form it produces.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor

Another feature of Boston's extreme landscaping program, Spectacle Island doesn't look like a pair of spectacles and more, thanks to a massive program of trash dumping that went on there for decades, expanding the land in just about the most toxic way that you might care to think of. It's been sealed and surfaced over now, however, and turned into a park with lots of picnic tables. I feel very ambiguous about this island, but always get a thrill from seeing it and thinking about its history. It also plays a major role in one of my favorite books of all time, "Zodiac" by Neal Stephenson, an eco-genetic-engineering thriller that is one of his first novels and still my favorite of all his works.