“Lines” Daily Photo Challenge 2011 Boston Harbor Lines


Secret Love

We mortals touch the metals,
feel the wood,
feel the wind,
walk near ocean shores,
allow the sand to trickle through
our fingers, splayed wide,
toss stones,
dip our toes,
observe the sun
rising or falling
hear the music, rhythm unfolds
turn  pages,
scribing words,
share love
follow unknown pathways
knowing they will go on,
burning with a desire.

For living fully,
I was discovering,
naming all the these things
it was my destiny to love and to keep traversing
my path not in secret in any longer,
but louder unashamed
to be but
who I am simply
no longer
a secret lover of lines,
any more.

~Mira Faraday~

How many lines could one think of finding near a harbor area? Around Boston Harbor, I was able to find many opportunities to capture photographs of lines.

This almost began to feel like a game of lines by Dr. Suess. How many different forms of lines could I find within a few hours as I walked southward from the wonderful Boston Aquarium to the The Boston Fish Pier.

There is history to be found along the way as you saunter onward. Eye catching glimpses of the harbor, activities , boats and vessels as well as buildings structures that have been made anew as well as that of the old.

This is a great area to walk, bike and picnic at for all ages. There are  many great restaurants and nice hotels along the harbor area. What is also great is that the area is accessible for strollers as well as wheel chairs. All that is needed is that spirited child like wonder no matter your age to explore the wonderful harbor area. The area offers many surprises along the way.

My visit was two fold to enjoy the area as well as to photograph as many visual lines as I could find.  I did find plenty of  lines to observe along the Boston Harbor that include an array of images below for your enjoyment.

Two hundred years ago, most of the wharves of Downtown Boston were busy mooring areas, where clipper ships from around the world brought goods to and from Boston Harbor. Today, the HarborWalk along Boston’s Downtown and North End are dominated by a vibrant mix of cultural and recreational resources, parks and open spaces, and residential and business uses. The HarborWalk that stretches from the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel along the Downtown wharves to Puopolo Park in the North End is some of the most well maintained and highly visited in the city. Whether visiting with penguins at the New England Aquarium, strolling among the wisteria in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, or taking a dip in the Mirabella Pool, this portion of the HarborWalk is certain to entertain and delight anyone.







India Wharf, built in 1807 by one of Boston’s most famous architects, Charles Bullfinch, was once the departure point for ships headed to India and the Far East. Today, the wharf is gone, and the HarborWalk winds past the Harbor Towers luxury high-rise condominium complex and a large metal sculpture by David von Schlegell. "Untitled Landscape" (1964), the large metal sculpture, has been a landmark on the harbor for years. A marker is located next to the sculpture which describes the artist and his work.

Today I found a model poising for a photo shoot but the lighting on the metal art work  was as well reflected with viewing the rivets that hold metal sheets together to create the structure of the art work and yes, more lines for me to find.




The attractive HarborWalk at the Moakley Federal Courthouse wraps around the west edge of Fan Pier, providing a stunning panoramic view of Boston Harbor from Downtown to East Boston. Along the HarborWalk, interpretive panels and ship silhouettes present the history of Fan Pier and Boston Harbor. A large medallion next to the HarborWalk shows the history of Boston Harbor and the Islands. This is a popular location with school groups doing stone rubbings. Picnic tables and benches allow visitors to enjoy the Harbor views. Restrooms for the general public are located next to the ground floor restaurant and are accessible directly from the HarborWalk. Plaques identify native plantings at the site.
Visitors to the courthouse can arrange to take an hour-long tour highlighting the art and architecture of the courthouse. Visitors may also view the specially commissioned permanent works by noted artist Ellsworth Kelly, as well as temporary exhibits on the ground floor and second floor of the Courthouse. The law library on the top floor is also open to the general public.
For those that would like to purchase food, The Daily Catch, a popular seafood restaurant on the ground floor next to the water transportation ramp, and the second-floor cafe looking out onto the Harbor, provide a variety of options. Inside the Daily Catch restaurant are two monitor screens donated by the Coca Cola Foundation to the Island Alliance providing a "virtual tour" of Boston’s Harbor Islands. During the summer, there is boat transportation to Little Brewster Island from the boat dock. Tall Ships and educational vessels often dock at the Courthouse. A ramp rider provides those with disabilities access to water transportation.


























Harbor Walk at the Fan Pier

From the Harbor Walk on the Fan Pier, visitors can enjoy one of the best panoramas of the city, with unobstructed views of downtown to East Boston and the Harbor Islands. This Harbor Walk segment has four interpretive elements which describe the history of the Fan Pier, as well as benches, plantings, and trash barrels. As part of the new office building at One Marina Park Drive on the Fan Pier, a new Harbor  Walk segment and dock opened along the Fan Pier in April, 2009. In December, 2009, the newest waterfront park along the South Boston waterfront opened at the Fan Pier. Along with a dramatic harbor vista, the Public Green developed by the Fallon Company offers something totally unexpected- music that is played 24/7. A public rest room and small sitting area, both located in the lobby of the One Marina Park Drive building, are now available to the public walking along the Harbor Walk.



The Fish Pier which opened in 1914,  and is the oldest continuously working fish pier in the United States. The historic Boston Fish Pier is really three buildings: the East and West Buildings which are connected by huge archways; and the Exchange Building.

















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