Of all the Cities my travels have taken me to thus far, none have captured my heart like Boston. Perhaps it was simply a case of passing infatuation. It is true I was only fortunate enough to spend a single day in Beantown. Or perhaps the romantic in me can't help but be enamored with a city that has so much history. The Cradle of Liberty, The Cradle of Modern America and The Athens of America are just a few of the nicknames bestowed on the venerable old city with its rich repertoire of historical events of greatest significance. In truth it could be both. Regardless of that omission Boston is a truly beautiful city that everyone should visit given the chance.
Comically enough, Boston wasn't the planned destination of days trip. My friend Zach and I were visiting our friend and his fiancé in New Hampshire and had set out with our friends to visit the Salem witch museum. Unfortunately our friends had been mislead to believe that our destination was therefore Salem, New hampshire. After a long car ride we found ourself in Salem NH with next to no cellular service trying to locate the aforementioned museum. Eventually someones phone was finally able to perform a web search and discover that Salem, Massachusetts was in fact our desired destination. Anger was felt towards the time wasted and more specifically on how long it had taken our phones to do anything. We also debated on whether or not the singer of Titanium was male or female. It's confusing when looking at the credited artists of the song ok. At this point we decided to burn our plans of visiting the Salem witch museum. (I couldn't help it!) We were now in the middle of nowhere with no idea where we were going. Cue Impulsiveness. A split second decision was made to go to Boston and away we went. Curiously our GPS informed us that while it was only a relatively short distance away our estimated time of arrival was quite latter than expected. Boston traffic is awful. Finding parking was an adventure in and of itself. confusing signs poor directions from attendants and a lack of spaces made it quite frustrating. Eventually we escaped our metal cage and set out on foot into The Walking City.
As Most Adventures in this modern world began we made our way to the local Starbucks. Upon being bestowed a free drink I knew in my heart that it was going to be a good day. We set fourth caffeine in hand into the old city. We had made plans during our brief respite as to where our wandering should take us. We then learned that some phones GPS systems don't operate especially well in dense urban environments. There is something to be said about wandering aimlessly through a Boston. Brick streets, numerous historic buildings, and all far cleaner than LA. Eventually we stumbled upon our desired destination the Boston Commons. A beautiful park located in the heart of the city. As night fell we made our way to the Friends of the Public Garden. The timing was perfect as it allowed me to capture a phenomenal shot of our first President.
Cold and wet we pushed onwards through the glistening streets. wherever you turn in Boston theres something old and beautiful wishing to be photographed. Looking back it's amazing to see that while it felt like we had covered a great distance we only saw a minuscule portion of the city. Our progress may have been slow but we thoroughly enjoyed everything we witnessed. I've always been a fan of night photography and Boston certainly didn't disappoint. In fact I'm incredibly pleased with the results. By the end of the night I was dripping wet and my lens was covered with droplets creating some interesting effects that I amy post latter.
Photography tip number #1, Don't forget a lens cleaning cloth!
The night concluded with Pizza, successfully retracing our steps and discovering how much our parking fee would be. (Our estimates ranged from $5 to $500) Despite all the less than ideal circumstances we couldn't of asked for a better day in Boston. Hopefully it won't be long before I'm back and able to further delve into this ancient American city.