Shortly before 8:00 a.m today, a 35-year old-woman was killed while driving to work after her windshield was struck by a 200-pound manhole cover that became airborne on Interstate 93 inside the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel.  Full story here and in tomorrow’s Boston Herald.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. A State Police investigator encircles, with paint, the manhole cover that came loose and eventually flew into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute on Route 93 Southbound, just outside of the O'Neill Tunnel. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston, MA. A State Police investigator painted a circle around the manhole cover that came loose and flew into a car windshield, killing a woman during the Friday morning commute on Route 93 south. The cover came to a rest outside of the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. Investigators are seen  on Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. ED NOTE. This is where the manhole resided prior to coming loose. THIS IS A REPLACEMENT manhole cover. The words on the replacement are Boston Drain, however the manhole cover that flew into the woman was NOT a Boston Drain cover. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. Investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, inside the O’Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car’s windshield killing a woman during Friday morning’s commute. ED NOTE. This is where the manhole resided prior to coming loose. THIS IS A REPLACEMENT manhole cover. The words on the replacement are Boston Drain, however the manhole cover that flew into the woman was NOT a Boston Drain cover. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders are scene on Route 93 Southbound, after the O'Neill Tunnel, after this one car accident caused a serious, possible fatal injury during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. A car, driven by a woman who was killed as her windshield was hit by a manhole cover on Route 93 Southbound, is towed away. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, just outside of the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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I was working my shift at the Boston Herald on a sunny afternoon when the police scanners reported a fire in an office building on Route 9 in Newton. As I approached the building I knew this was not going to be an ordinary event. Heavy smoke filled the sky near the Chestnut Hill Mall as the building, packed with workers, exploded in fire. Five people died in the blaze even as Brookline and Newton fire companies did amazing and heroic work that day. This the site of the new Wegman’s, etc. See my photos below. 


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A Bald Eagle gave a handful of bird-watchers a thrill today as the majestic bird, perched atop a high tree,  enjoyed its time on the banks of the Neponset River in Milton. The bird, however, did not seem too pleased when a number of crows gave chase closer to the Southeast Expressway. I was amazed at this bird’s sight. I was few hundred yards away and he/she was still eyeballing me. Thanks for the tip on where this beautiful bird hangs out, John C!  Below are my photos from today. There is also a photo of Canada Geese.
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On January 9, 2009, a Boston fire crew’s ladder truck, Ladder 26, suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure returning from a call on Mission Hill. Boston fire Lieutenant Kevin Kelley died after the truck slammed into a building on Huntington Ave. It is hard to believe that seven years have passed. Here is a photo of the very solemn moments after Lt. Kelley’s BFD colleagues, Boston EMS, and Boston police officials recovered him from the rubble. Needless to say it was a very difficult photo to snap at the time. There was not a dry eye in the area at that moment.

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Last week signaled the passing of fifteen years since I photographed an Air India 747 passing directly over the former headquarters of the Boston Herald and “through” a winter’s half moon. The photograph was snapped at approximately 3:30pm on January 2, 2001 using one of the first digital cameras that the Herald had, and a 600mm lens with a 2x teleconverter extender. That made the lens a 1200mm F8. The photograph went on the front page of the Herald on January 3rd and the Associated Press picked up and transmitted it worldwide the same day. The next day over 50 newspapers worldwide ran the photo, with the London Independent, The Irish Times and a paper in Hong Kong being some of the many papers who ran it on the front page. It felt great making such a splash and a connection. I started receiving letters from all over the world about the photo. I even received one letter that was delivered to the Herald in an envelope that simply read: To the person who photographed the jet thru the moon, Boston,MA USA. I am still amazed that the letter made it to me. Thanks to the workers at the main post office at Fort Point Channel, Boston for that one. The photo continued on to numerous magazines and many books, 2 of which are seen below. I did not know what airline it was or where it was headed until I received a call from the FAA in Nashua,NH. They asked me what time it was that I photographed it and told me that it was Air India flying from London Heathrow to JFK in NYC. I made lots of friends worldwide. Thanks, as always for being a viewer of my photos and this website.

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I have received requests to show more photos of yesterday’s incident in which 3 MBTA buses needed help from a “T” tow truck to free them from the small Clarendon St. bridge over the Pike, due to the morning snowfall. Four other buses were impacted and rendered “down” due to the 3 blocked buses. I started my Boston Herald work shift yesterday at 6am with the knowledge that I was going to have to move fast to photograph the snow prior to it changing to sleet and/or rain. I took some photos in Copley Sq. and then headed up Clarendon, toward the South End.  Just past the Hancock Tower and Stuart St. I noticed a small backup of traffic. I saw two of these 60′ long buses, stuck near the entrance to the parking garage next door to the rear entrance to the Back Bay MBTA bus turnaround. I parked. I walked up past the buses and noticed another one stuck near the intersection of Columbus Ave. This bus had come out of the bus turnaround and slid within inches of a parked vehicle. Shortly thereafter, 2 more of the articulated buses entered the Clarendon St. area, just having past Stuart St. These 2 buses now became incapacitated because they were caught in the gridlock and could not safely be backed out. The drivers of these 2 buses then put blocks under their tires so that the buses could not move. Now we have a total of 5 incapacitated buses (3 stuck on snow/slush and 2 stuck in the gridlock. All of these buses were Route 39 buses. The buses needing tow truck help had license plate #’s of 1037, 1022, 1220. At this time 2 Transit Police officers arrived and started to direct the morning commute past the stuck buses. These cars were flowing slowly through one small lane. I heard plans to bring in a powerful MBTA tow truck tug. The maintenance workers associated with the tug did a remarkable, speedy job in getting these buses moving. I then noticed two more buses that were unable to get out of the bus turnaround due to the one that was stuck at Columbus and Clarendon. This whole incident took about 1hour, with 5 buses down for the hour and the two that had driven in, down less time than that. Boston Herald reporter Matthew Stout as today’s story here.

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses, and it's driver, standing at bus, is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses, and it’s driver, standing at bus, is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and Stuart St., were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. Two of 5 MBTA elongated buses are seen stuck during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. Two of 5 MBTA elongated buses are seen stuck during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and Stuart St, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and Stuart St, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is seen stuck during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is seen stuck during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and Stuart St., were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is seen stuck during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is seen stuck during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it's stuck position during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One of 5 MBTA elongated buses is freed from it’s stuck position during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One bus that was stuck and two at the rear that had driven into the traffic jam, are seen disabled during Tuesday morning's snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

12/29/2015-Boston,MA. One bus that was stuck and two at the rear that had driven into the traffic jam, are seen disabled during Tuesday morning’s snowfall. The buses, on Clarendon St. between Columbus and St. James, were stuck for approximately one hour. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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Boston moons, airplanes, lightning, weather: Part of my year in photos 2015 included high altitude jets, severe thunderstorms, rising and setting moons, etc. For the News Photography part of my photos of 2015, please click here. I used a Canon 1Dx camera and Canon lenses 800mm lens, a 100-400mm lens and sometimes a 1.4 extender.

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May 1-Moon appears tonight as SWISS FL LX52 approaches BostonLogan shortly before sunset.

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February 27-Shadows over Boston, as the massive Emirates Airbus A380, Flight EK204, JFK-Dubai, A6-EDM, is seen.

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April 13-World’s largest passenger jet over Boston today as lufthansa Airbus 380 flies JFK-Frankfurt. 6 miles up.

01/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Tuesday afternoon's high tide, the 2nd in a series of damaging tides that occurred today, during the storm, splashes over the sea wall on the Revere/Winthrop town line on Revere St. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

01/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Tuesday afternoon’s high tide, the 2nd in a series of damaging tides that occurred today, during the storm, splashes over the sea wall on the Revere/Winthrop town line on Revere St. Boston Herald Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

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07/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Lightning is seen over the Winthrop water tower as a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the North Shore late Monday afternoon.Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

07/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. Lightning is seen over the Winthrop water tower as a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the North Shore late Monday afternoon. Boston Herald Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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September 22-Boston’s newest hood ornament? A Jet departs Boston Logan. I photographed with an 1120mm lens from Winthrop.

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August 15-Lightning strikes behind Boston’s Prudential Center tower at 6:13pm.

08/04/2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

08/04/2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity. Boston Herald Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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May 19-Moisture slides, then spins off the wing of an arriving Delta Boeing 757.

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September 20- Boston half moon with Tap Air Portugal TP204, Newark-Lisbon, caught over Winthrop. Almost 7 MilesHigh.

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June 26- LOT Airlines, JFK-Warsaw 35,175′ high over Winthrop Massachusetts at 583kts.

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July 27- British Airways FL BA188, a Boeing 777, from NJ-London, 7 miles high, over Winthrop

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November 25-A departing from BostonLogan seen from Winthrop as jet crosses in front of Boston full moon.

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July 1- Delta FL DL411, a Boeing 767-400, JFK-Dublin, & the Boston moon

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December 19-11:17pm. Shot from Winthrop. Its over Waltham at 34,000′, United Airlines Flight UA924. Washington,DC-London.

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November 30-Norwegian Airlines Boeing Dreamliner 787, JFK-London is seen at 34,000′

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October 25- Multiple exposure of Boston sunset w/ FedEx Boeing 767 landing at Boston Logan.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight's crescent moon.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight’s crescent moon.

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October 19- Multiple exposure of Boston sunset w/ Aer Lingus Airbus A330 landing at Boston Logan.

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October 10- Boston sunset, as Cape Air heads southbound out of Boston Logan.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight's blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight’s blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

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November 25- A ship enters Boston Harbor as the moon rises in background, as seen through an 1120mm lens.

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November 25- The morning’s setting moon is seen over Boston at 5:54am from Deer Island.

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May 19, 2015- Brish Airways landing at Logan, with Winthrop in the foreground.

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October 9-Close call? Nope.1650′ vertical separation over Boston. British Airways Flight 113 at 38,000′ & Air berlin Flight 7451 at 36,350′

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December 5- The massive Airbus A-380, double decker airliner, British Airways BA209 @ 38,000′ over Winthrop.

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December 5- British Airways BA209 @ 38,000′ & Southwest Airlines SWA3733 @ 28,000′ cross over Franklin,MA., as seen from Winthrop.

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August 29-Moonset, as I photographed it at 5:36am.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston's Logan International airport.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston’s Logan International airport.

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October 8-Brookline,MA. From Larz Anderson Park. Sunrise with Moon and Venus, 6:10am.

07/31/2015-Boston,MA. This morning's full moon sets over the city of Boston Friday. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

07/31/2015-Boston,MA. This morning’s full “Blue” moon sets over the city of Boston Friday. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

 

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From young ballerinas readying for their first-of-the-year recital, to a man threatening to jump off the Tobin Bridge, 2015 had many memorable moments that I witnessed. Here are some of them. Photos taken on and off my Boston Herald shift. Thank you to the Herald, and to my subjects, many of whom are first responders.

May 15, 2015-Winthrop,MA Clockwise from top left, Allison Sullivan, Sarah Delehanty, Jenny Delehanty and Kailey Sullivan get ready for their first dance recital of the year.

May 15, 2015-Winthrop,MA Clockwise from top left, Allison Sullivan, Sarah Delehanty, Jenny Delehanty and Kailey Sullivan get ready for their first dance recital of the year.

11/06/2015-Boston,MA. Saniyah Brathwaite, the granddaughter of murder victim Clive Francis Sr., prays during a solemn moment at her grandfather's funeral at Greater Love Tabernacle Church, Friday morning. She is sitting on the lap of her mother Keosha Francis, Clive's daughter.

11/06/2015-Boston,MA. Saniyah Brathwaite, the granddaughter of murder victim Clive Francis Sr., prays during a solemn moment at her grandfather’s funeral at Greater Love Tabernacle Church, Friday morning. She is sitting on the lap of her mother Keosha Francis, Clive’s daughter.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight's crescent moon.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight’s crescent moon.

April 8, 2015-Winthrop,MA. A bird soars as the rising moon and clouds frame it.

April 8, 2015-Winthrop,MA. A bird soars as the rising moon and clouds frame it.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight's blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight’s blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

August 4, 2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston as a line of severe weather passes through.

August 4, 2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston as a line of severe weather passes through.

11/14/2015-Boston,MA. Braylon O'Neill, age 6 years, runs at the 3rd Ossur Boston Running and Mobility Clinic, Saturday morning.

11/14/2015-Boston,MA. Braylon O’Neill, age 6 years, runs at the 3rd Ossur Boston Running and Mobility Clinic, Saturday morning.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston's Logan International airport.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston’s Logan International airport.

06/02/15-Boston,MA. Law enforcement officials lift a knife that was believed to be being held by a man who police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot this morning at 4600 Washington St. in Roslindale.

06/02/15-Boston,MA. Law enforcement officials lift a knife that was believed to be being held by a man who police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot this morning at 4600 Washington St. in Roslindale.

04/16/15-Boston,MA. A truck dangles over MBTA Red Line tracks and the South East Expressway, in the south bound lane, during Thursday morning's commute. The truck crash was reported to the State Police shortly after 6am.

04/16/15-Boston,MA. A truck dangles over MBTA Red Line tracks and the South East Expressway, in the south bound lane, during Thursday morning’s commute. The truck crash was reported to the State Police shortly after 6am.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Lola, awaits Revere firefighters who rescued the dog along with anotherr dog, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Lola, awaits Revere firefighters who rescued the dog along with anotherr dog, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Revere firefighters rescue Thunder and Lola, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Revere firefighters rescue Thunder and Lola, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

09/16/2015-Boston,MA. Daniel Diaz, a resident of 25 Ridgewood St., is seen in front of his burned-out residence hours after he was awakened by flames and heroically notified other occupants, probably saving lives at the 2 alarm fire Wednesday morning.

09/16/2015-Boston,MA. Daniel Diaz, a resident of 25 Ridgewood St., is seen in front of his burned-out residence hours after he was awakened by flames and heroically notified other occupants, probably saving lives at the 2 alarm fire Wednesday morning.

06/11/15-Boston,MA. Laura Dos Santos, the mother of 16 year old shooting victim Jonathan Dos Santos, holds a photo of him with his sister, in better times. Jonathan was shot dead last night.

06/11/15-Boston,MA. Laura Dos Santos, the mother of 16 year old shooting victim Jonathan Dos Santos, holds a photo of him with his sister, in better times. Jonathan was shot dead last night.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere,MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Rd. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere,MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Rd. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

 

06/10/15-Boston,MA. A man, threatening to jump from Boston's Tobin Bridge, is seen climbing the bridge this evening as a police negotiator, bottom left, speaks to him through a bull horn. The man climbed down after 2 hours atop the bridge.

06/10/15-Boston,MA. A man, threatening to jump from Boston’s Tobin Bridge, is seen climbing the bridge this evening as a police negotiator, bottom left, speaks to him through a bull horn. The man climbed down after 2 hours atop the bridge.

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It is said that inside every aviation enthusiast is a little child. If that’s true then it must also be true that this “child” writer feels how a kid must feel on Christmas morning. Shortly after 4pm yesterday, while I was browsing the internet, I noticed on the website planefinder.net that one of the largest planes in the world, the Airbus A380 passenger jet, was 7 miles high (38,000′) over the Portsmouth,NH area. The British Airways jet was traveling south and radar showed the trip was from London to Miami. This is a normal everyday occurence over Boston, as hundreds and hundreds of flights exit and enter the east coast in this fashion.  The light was nice and the contrails that these planes produce were large and pluming. I setup a tripod in my driveway in Winthrop,MA. and used a Canon EOS 1DX and a Canon 800mm lens with a 1.4 extender. I waited and at 4:13pm the jet showed itself to be over the North Shore of Boston. I took a few photos and was going to pack up when I noticed a smaller passenger plane, a Southwest 737, from BWI-Portland,ME. heading toward the British Airways jet at 28,000′, or 10,000′ below it. They “crossed” over Franklin,MA., roughly 30 miles away from me. I posted the photos on twitter, with the flight numbers, BA209 and SWA3733. These photos got a good response but when I checked twitter a few minutes before bed last night, there was one twitter message that piqued my interest and gave me a big smile. One of the three crew members that was piloting the massive plane tweeted the following messages, below, after he landed in Miami. Also, please continue to scroll down to see my photos, below. If it is said that aviation brings the world together, and Twitter makes the world smaller, then it must also be said that good old-fashioned manners and friendliness make the world a better place. Peace out!
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Tomorrow marks the 16th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Company fire that killed six firefighters. The dead included: FF Jeremiah Lucey, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James Lyons III, Joseph McGuirk, and fire Lt. Thomas Spencer. Some of my photos from that week are seen below, as I was on assignment for the Boston Herald.

The search goes on for the remaining missing Worcester Firefighters.

The search goes on for the remaining missing Worcester Firefighters.

                                                                                                                             

As the procession passes by the home Fire Station of 2 of the dead Worcester Firefighters, mutual aid firefighters (from No. Reading and Marblehead) salute back from on top of Marblehead Fire Engine. Staff Photo: Mark Garfinkel

As the procession passes by the home Fire Station of 2 of the dead Worcester Firefighters, mutual aid firefighters (from No. Reading and Marblehead) salute back from on top of Marblehead Fire Engine.
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