Thursday, April 24, 2008

2008 Women's Olympic Marathon Trials

Deena Kastor Joan Samuelson

Boston was the center of the marathon universe this past weekend. As usual, the Boston Marathon was held on Patriots Day. On Sunday, about 150 women competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials. Deena Kastor (left) placed first with a masterful, come-from-behind performance.

But Joan Samuelson (right) was definitely the crowd favorite. Nearly thirty years after winning the 1979 Boston Marathon, she ended her competitive career just like she began it -- running down Bolyston Street wearing a Red Sox cap. Finishing in 2:49:08, she set a new American record for the 50-54 age group.

More photos in this set on Flickr.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

2008 Boston Marathon

A Little Help

More photos in this set on Flickr.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

The American Institue of Architects recently posted an appreciation of Fenway Park and other historic buildings. If you follow the preceding link, you can view a short video of Fenway. The video features photos from the Flickr community including my May 2007 photo of the Sox championship banners.

That's so cool.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Signs of Spring

Or maybe just signs of the end of winter. Either way, it's worth celebrating ...

Tucker Brook Falls

First Breath

Harlan Burns Bridge

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Pictures from Germany

I've just returned from a business trip to Germany. Luckily, I had some spare time to visit and take pictures in Speyer, Heidelberg, and other beautiful spots. Here's a sample. As I find the time, I'll be adding more trip photos to this set on Flickr.

Speyer Plaza


Flower Pots

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Library of Congress on Flickr

Last week, the Library of Congress uploaded a small percentage of its photo collection to Flickr. The photos are from the 1910s, 30s and 40s. According to the Library's blog, this small pilot project has two goals:
If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity.
In other words, they want viewers to enjoy, comment on, and tag the photos in their collection. They hope to learn previously unknown facts about the people, places and other subjects in these photos. They may have to wade through some sophomoric comments to get to the facts, but I think this is a great idea. I hope the experiment is a huge success.

And by the way, the photos are gorgeous. Check out the Library of Congress photo stream for more.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

2008 New Hampshire Primary

On to Michigan

The 2008 New Hampshire Primary is history. Inevitably, the chattering classes will deconstruct the results and debate whether New Hampshire should keep its first-in-the-nation status. I'm biased, but I think the answer is Yes. We had a record turn-out of over 500,000 voters. We ignored the pundits and handed comeback victories to McCain and Clinton. We ignored Vermin Supreme. No, that's not my nickname for Mitt Romney. Vermin Supreme was an actual candidate on the Republican ballot.

One of the quieter successes was the way a group of amateur, New Hampshire photographers banded together to document the primary. The New Hampshire group on Flickr attended campaign events throughout the state and posted photos to the NH Primary Project. You can see a slide show of hundreds of these photos at the NH Photo Tour Blog or you can look for photos on Flickr tagged with "nhelection08".

Recently, New Hampshire Public Radio noticed all the activity on Flickr and commissioned some of us to visit the candidates' campaign headquarters on election night. The idea was to document the victory speeches, the concession speeches and the lesser known, uniquely New Hampshire moments, and post photos of all of the above to NHPR's web site.

McCain Wins NH

NHPR dispatched me to McCain headquarters with my (ahem) colleagues from ABC, CBS and Fox News. It was standing-room-only. It was loud and crazy. It was lot's of fun. Considering I was at McCain's very first 2008 campaign appearance in New Hampshire last March, the victory celebration was very special for me. I felt like I had watched the whole story as it unfolded -- in person. I've collected all my campaign pictures in this Campaign 2008 Set. (You don't want to miss the photo of Vermin Supreme.)

In short, I am thrilled with the way Flickr enabled documentation and participation in the primary process. I commend NHPR for tapping into a pool of amateur photographers so they could provide a service to New Hampshire citizens. And I am sure there are lots of other examples of how organizations and individuals are pushing the New Hampshire Primary in new directions. It's not your father's New Hampshire Primary. It's an ever-changing process powered by serious and passionate people. Maybe that's the best reason for keeping it first-in-the-nation.

P.S. NHPR hasn't posted all of the election night photos yet. When they do, I will post a link.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

White Album

You've probably heard about the record snowfall in southern New Hampshire over the past month. As usual, I've been out taking pictures. Here are just a few of my recent uploads to Flickr.


Fitch Farm Fog