A Brief Respite

Last weekend, we took advantage of my having four days off from teaching to have a quick vacation to Montreal.  It was a fast vacation but we savored it because it was our first time away together in exactly two years.  We focused more on time together rather than on making images or seeing any special sights.  We know the city well and enjoyed some old favorites as well as exploring a bit of Griffintown.  Please excuse the less than sharp quality of some of these images; they were made with my iPhone.

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Bunker Hill Monument

Here is the color version of yesterday’s subject. It is the Bunker Hill Monument, which commemorates one of the first battles of our Revolutionary War. I took these sunrise shots earlier this year and am just now getting around to showing them.

Spectacle Island


Spectacle Island is very different from George’s Island, which we’d visited the previous week. There is no old fort or any historic ruins. All of the history has been covered up. That’s because for much of the 20th century the island served as a dump for the City of Boston. The dump closed in the late 1950s but the island remained a smelly mess for forty years. In the 1990s, the state began a massive tunneling project in downtown Boston. They decided to use the dirt and other fill from the project to cap the dump on the island. Today, the island is a beautiful park. There are large hills on either end and a visitors center with a small snack bar in the center. The hills offer amazing views of the harbor. There is a beach in which you can swim or look for pieces of sea glass. It was a wonderful place to pass a late summer day.