St. Patrick’s Day in Southie

Hubby and I spent several hours in South Boston today, waiting for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We were near the end of the route, and 90 minutes after the parade should have started, nothing had happened. We enjoyed the people watching, but we decided to get out of the cold and head home, since there was no indication of when the parade might reach us. So, I’ve got pictures of some of the faces to share, but none of the parade that wasn’t.

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Larry Bird made a surprise appearance.

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Mohawk and a jack-in-the-box leprechaun hat.

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This cutie got my vote for best-dressed.

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A close-up.

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The dog does not appear to be amused by his person’s clothing choices.

Travel Theme: Green

I’ll keep my “green” to the theme of the weekend, since St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal in Boston. I have co-workers who’ve asked for Monday off, because they’ll still be drunk Monday morning. I must be old. Or not Irish enough. Or something. So, in the spirit of green, and the spirit of the holiday, some photos from last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston’s South End.

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If you want to play along, head over to Ailsa’s page, and post your green photos!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

It’s not often the Weekly Photo Challenge is right up my alley, but boy, is it ever today! The challenge is to get up close and personal with your subject – instead of shooting the grand landscape, find some smaller detail that’s interesting for its shape, texture, or some other unique attribute. Sometimes, I think I do this to a fault. All my vacation photos are of corners of windows or doorways with peeling paint, small details from fences or flowers. No big, grand scenes to see here!

Thus, the challenge for me this week was to narrow my selections down. There are many examples posted previously on this blog, but I tried to show images I haven’t posted before. If I messed up and repeated any, I apologize.

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Detail from a pipe organ inside Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.

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From a police motorcycle at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston’s South End, 2012.

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Roof detail from a crypt at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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Water droplet on grass, somewhere in Vermont.

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Petals of a marigold, Hough’s Neck, Mass.

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Fence detail, Houghs Neck, Mass.