Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Boston Common Path


After a weekend of warmer temperatures, winter returned with rain and more snow on Monday. The path we see here in the Common runs parallel to Beacon Street and is known as the Beacon Street Mall. My vantage point was on the stairs leading up to Joy Street, about halfway down the Mall.

William Makepeace Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair, on his visits here in the 1850s regarded the elms on this mall to be in a class with "those in the long walk" at Windsor Castle.

18 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Well... change the clothes and you'd have a Thackeray like scene!

Cezar and Léia said...

This beautiful picture brings the nostalgia of the 50s! Everything is so perfect and classic!Furthemore I can say about feelings and in this picture exists an atmosphere of romance and even secrets!
Let`s go with our imagination!

It reminds me that great movie "The FIRM" ( 1993).

Beautiful picture!
:-) Léia

brattcat said...

I'm with Leia. This shot evokes so many emotions and memories.

Malyss said...

Strangely I also think that the picture brings us back to the 50 ies.. Maybe it's the way the lady is dressed, there are no cars, the picture is in black and white, there is a strange and melancolic mood..beautyful shot!

amatamari said...

Could be the scene a film...
She reminds me Greta Garbo and the city
could be Berlin ...

:-)

Beautiful image, thanks

Snapper said...

Very nice winter photo and I love the Vanity Fair reference. Cheers

b.c. said...

love the moody feel and the timelessness of the pic, really nice

honza03 said...

This is that kind of image you should print and put on a wall! That lady makes it a piece of art for me.

Marie-Noyale said...

It looks like she has a companion walking with her...but only his shadow shows....

Jacob said...

Powerful and effective B&W.

Harriet said...

Great photo. The B&W capture makes a dramatic impact. Even though I've walked on this path many times, it's nice to see it "through your lens." Merci.

Harriet said...

Great photo. The B&W capture makes a dramatic impact. Even though I've walked on this path many times, it's nice to see it "through your lens." Merci.

Babooshka said...

Thackeray and fabulous image to boot. Very Parisian, and that is a compliment.

slim said...

This is a classic Boston Common b+w image. Well done! You caught the woman in the coat just right. Everything works so well here . . . it's a keeper.

Nancy said...

I really like this black & white. I've never been to Boston but love the people I know from there. One day I'll get there!

Light and Voices said...

Black and white photographs are my very favorite to be point blank. But this image is a winner because it has a quality of a long time ago. It is a shot that tells a story. The viewer can fill those memories in while looking. Wowza!
Joyce

Corey Templeton said...

awesome shot!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Maybe it's the line of street lamps, maybe the black and white, but my first glance at this photo made me think of Robert Doisneau.