It’s hard to believe – only three weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Boston, Massachusetts for the day. Mid-morning we emerged from South Station in glorious sunshine.
We were quickly swallowed up the hustle and bustle of the business district. My camera was getting a good workout while I navigated my way around crowds of people to find the best vantage points to capture the diverse architecture.
Crossing from Summer Street to Winter Street in the downtown core was uneventful yet memorable enough for me to notice and capture the moment.
We made our way past Park Street Station and Old South Meeting Hall and found ourselves surrounded by trees and lawns of the historic Boston Commons. Our first destination was the Boston Public Garden.
Upon entering through the ornate wrought iron gate a bronze statue of Edward Everett Hale welcomed us.
Straight ahead we followed the crowds to the bridge that crosses the Swan Boat Pond – a popular destination for locals, tourists and children of all ages.
To the left of the bridge the dock where families board the boats.
To the right cooling shade and crystal clear water beckon to be explored.
A swan boat passed just as we continued our stroll across the bridge.
Another impressive statue drew us closer. A proud George Washington on his horse towered high above in stark contrast to the cloudless sky. So much to see and explore – my eyes soon discovered this palm lined flower bed.
Dappled sunlight through foliage in mid-day is nearly as captivating for me as the light during the early morning or close to sunset.
This profusion of color could not be ignored – it drew me in with its strong hue and complimentary color scheme.
When I looked up another wide path invited me to explore its vistas.
A gorgeous study in color and texture presented itself in this focal point planting.
Soon a Dawn Redwood demanded my undivided attention. Benches occupied with visitors seeking solitude and those solving business issues via cell phone lined the path. Who would have thought that one of these benches would become a place of tribute only a week later. Robin Williams and Matt Damon delivered a dialogue on one of the backless benches for a pivotal scene in “Good Will Hunting.”
This impressive Weeping Willow has witnessed much of Boston’s history. From the deep furrows of the bark, the wispy branches gently swaying in the breeze…
…to the moss and lichen covered gnarly roots this tree has a firm hold on its spot in Boston Public Garden.
A Weeping Birch on our way toward the exit had to be captured, if only to record the magical diffused light breaking through the leaf covered branches. Should I ever be so fortunate to own such a tree I would place a small table and chairs under it for those special moments of reflection, some writing or even just a cup of tea.
A shallow fountain with its small bronze statues frolicking in the spray put big smiles on our faces.
We soon came to the exit of the garden to cross Charles Street and continue our walking tour of this historic city.
To be continued…