Reub's journey

29 October 2014

Back from the east



Entrance to the National Lampoon building
 We just returned from a trip to the east coast, visiting our son in Boston and daughter in Princeton, NJ.


Chairs all helter-skelter on the Harvard campus
I love traveling in October because it's such a colorful time of year and relatively free of weather-related hang-ups.



 
 This was an urban kind of trip, in which we often found ourselves on public transportation: planes, trains, and buses, all great for people-watching and occasionally for dog-watching as well.



Ivy on sycamore
Ivy? There isn't actually that much of it crawling around on Ivy League campuses. I've walked around 3 of them this year and there was a notable lack of ivy.



The buildings are pretty great.  In old cities like Boston they have such cool roof lines that I find myself looking up constantly.



Looks like a satyr up there...we just don't put these on the tops of buildings nowadays.




No, but we do have lots of pigeons looking down on us.



 Our son works for the Union of Concerned Scientists, located in the glass and concrete structure on the right, a nice juxtaposition to the astrologist down below.



 A bird's nest in a lion's mouth.



There's an incredible collection of glass botanical specimens in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It's very hard to believe these plants are made of glass!



 We had a nice walk in Concord, MA, not far from Boston. The area is steeped in revolutionary war history, and with its stone fences, colonial style buildings, and vivid fall coloring it epitomized "New England." It just doesn't look like that anywhere else.



After the big city we chilled with our daughter & hubby in Princeton. It felt good to be lazy, going on dog walks and exploring nearby.


It rained quite a bit when we were in Princeton, so there are fewer photos. Next time I'm there I'll have to make up for it.

24 comments:

  1. loved all your shots! thanks for pointing out the nest in the lion's mouth! very cool. really like the sycamore bark w/ the ivy. and really like those last 3 shots!

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  2. Gorgeous pictures. Wow. Fun seeing the east through your eyes.

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    1. Thank you Reya. Not sure I see it much differently, but maybe? Maybe I do. I don't know.

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  3. What a cool trip...glad to go along!

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    1. Thanks Tabor. You are an east coaster, aren't you?

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  4. I those birds are not afraid of lions.

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    1. Wellll, there was only a nest...no birds. What happened to the birds? :)

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  5. My favorites are the ivy on the sycamore and the old wooden building in Concord!! Lovely!

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    1. Concord was lovely, so glad Lisa took us that way. And I also love the ivy on the strange sycamore bark, so interesting.

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  6. The scene in Concord, MA with the rock fence is my favorite. Looks like a painting. All I could think of with the pigeon scene was who has to clean up all that pigeon poop? Very interesting contrast of the high rise with the little astrology reader shop at the base.

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    1. I thought the same thing about the rock fence pic; it looks like a painting or maybe a page out of one of those free calendars at the hardware store. :)

      The pigeon poop? No worries! Nobody cleans it up!

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  7. Wow... I work a stone's throw away from where you were exploring in Haavaahhd Squeeah. Haven't ridden the T in a while, though. It's is a nice area; and it was a gorgeous fall for leaf-peeping.

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    1. I didn't know you are in Boston. I really enjoyed wandering around there, and love the way "Harvard Square" is pronounced by the locals.
      "Leaf-peeping" is a term that I just learned, and now dear to my heart!

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  8. I love Boston and it's been a long time since I've been there. So thanks for your wonderful, colourful photos. You've got a fine eye, Kerry.

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    1. Thank you Hilary; that means a lot coming from you! :-)

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  9. these are wonderful.. love the bird nest in the lion's mouth and we definitely need more gargoyles and satyrs on our roofs. the glass plant specimens are actually made of clear glass and then painted.

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    1. The glass specimens were just astonishing. Yes, most of them had been painted, but there were some that were made of colored glass, too. Crazy. All of them had been made by two German glass specialists with just the simplest of tools.

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  10. You're qutie right about October being a colourful month. That's why I love driving in October. October and Novemeber are my favourite months of the year. Great photos.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. October is my favorite month too. :-)

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  11. The farm scene in Concord is postcard perfect! Love the birds' nest in the lion's mouth and the string of burgundy ivy. The pigeons, however, are making a mess!

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  12. "Our son works for the Union of Concerned Scientists." That is waaaay cool! And love the juxtaposition. :)

    I could look at your photos all day.

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    1. Yeah, he likes working there & is going into his 2nd year there as a writer focusing on alternative fuels and nuclear power issues. It is a really cool place to work.

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