Japan Travel Kicking it in Kanto

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Grilling Unagi at Kawatoyo,Narita.Japan.

Check out my new story on travel in Japan, “Kicking it in Kanto” at Gonomad.com.

Tenerife.

Boy and bronze mask, Teatro Guimera, Santa Cruz, Tenerife. #spain #canaryislands

Boy and bronze mask, Teatro Guimera, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, spain, canary islands.

The Johnny Memphis Band. Luthiers, East Hampton,MA.

The Johnny Memphis Band. Luthiers, East Hampton,MA.

The Johnny Memphis Band. Luthiers, East Hampton,MA.

 

 

Tokyo Bay Japan.

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Tokyo rises from the waters of the Sumida River.

Unagi In Narita Japan

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Grilling Unagi (eel) in Narita Japan at Kawatoyo. A spectacular dish. The Unagi is cooked three times. Grilled, steamed and a final grilling in sauce to reach a luxurious finish. Really good.

Taproot Magazine

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I’m very happy to be in the winter addition of Taproot. ” the magazine for makers, doers and dreamers”. These are first hand stories from people sharing their real life stories. I photographed Emmet Van Driesche’s article , ‘Taking Over The Farm” about his  Christmas tree farm in Conway , MA. Great guy, great story.

Japan. Boating in Sawara.

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Boat ride on The Onogawa river in Sawara in Japan. A beautiful city with ancient traditional streets and houses.

Nevis, Pictures of Paradise. A slideshow from the Caribbeans most beautiful Island.

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Follow this link to check out my images from Nevis.

Nevis, West Indies: Pictures of Paradise

Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival 2016

Winner, chef Andrew MacLeod cooking at the final round of the p.e.i. shellfish festivals Garland chef challenge.

Chef Andrew MacLeod (right) winner of the Garland 10,000 dollars Chef Challenge at the P.E.I. Shellfish Festival last Sunday, dishes out a heap of steaming mussels in Competition with chef Mark Andrews.

Nevis Mango Festival Dancers Charlestown.

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Children dancing at the Nevis Mango festival 2016 in Charlestown.

Huggins Bay Nevis

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Off the beaten track in Nevis, Huggins Bay on the eastern side of the Island is rocky and beautiful. For more info on travel to this amazing place go to, Nevis Naturally

Thousands Gather in Northampton MA to Honor Orlando shooting victims

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Thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil in Northampton, MA. last night to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Elizabeth Warren protested by Bernie Sanders supporters in Northampton, MA.

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Bernie Sanders supporters protest Elizabeth Warrens endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the World war II club in Northampton Ma. yesterday.

Remembering the Springfield Tornado

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a man sits outside what is left of his home on the corner of Beeh and Central st.

Remembering the Springfield tornado. Five years ago today, a tornado tore through Springfield MA. My friend, radio jounalist Nancy Cohen and I covered it and she has a wonderful radio piece on NEPR today looking back on the effects. Here is the link. http://nepr.net/news/2016/05/30/five-years-after-tornados-thrashing-a-springfield-community-strives-for-progress-unity/

 

25th annual Extravaganja, Northampton.

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Spain-Cuenca

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Cuenca, the city on a hill is such a special place. Crossing this foot bridge is like traveling back in time.

United Way of Hampshire County video ‘Superhero”

What a pleasure to work with United Way on this video. My Goals for the images were to show real people in the real world getting real help. I think we nailed it.  Special thanks to Sony Music Entertainment and Five for Fighting for granting license to use the song ‘ Superman”.

Bernie Sanders heckled by Trump supporter at Umass Amherst speech.

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1/2/2016 Bernie Sanders was heckled today by a Donald  Trump supporter at a rally and speech at  the Umass Amherst fine arts center.

The man stood with a sign that read” Obama is a christian like Bruce Jenner is a woman.” He was  quickly escorted out of the building.

Civita di Bangnoregio

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Civita di Bangnoregio. The dying city on hill is beautiful as it holds on for life battling erosion.

Mr. G from Whately MA Wins Latin Grammy!

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A shout out to the valleys very own Mr G , Ben Grundersheimer from Whately, Ma. who just won the Latin Grammy for best children’s album. Way to go Ben!

Flying Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus business class lounge Dublin

Aer Lingus business class lounge Dublin

Flying Aer Lingus. Great people,spectacular service, but………………….

A few weeks ago I flew Aer Lingus from Boston to Rome and back again with a layover in Dublin. I fly a lot, and like anybody who does, I have opinions about air lines. What I like, what I think works, and what I absolutely hate.

Flying these days demands self control and patience. I know I am going to be waiting in lines, strangers will jostle me for position. I will be searched, sprint to make connecting flights. I will pay too much for bad food. If I make the flight,  I will then be crammed into a small tubular flying petri dish for many hours, hoping not to fall out of the sky. All I expect an airline to  do is to try their best to make it as easy as possible.

Aer Lingus has some of the best staff I have ever encountered. They were personable, efficient and well, really funny. As a photographer I love observing people who were good at their jobs. As a passenger, I was  grateful. They helped me snag the last Aisle seat. They dealt with a sick passenger with kindness and seemed to enjoy the abundant personal requests made of them.

Dinner and beverages were served with a smile, The seats were pretty comfortable, plenty of box office movies, and I have to say that the food was damn good for economy class.

In Dublin, thanks to Aer Lingus I had pre arranged access to use the business class lounge.

What a fantastic thing to have a comfortable lounge seat, free wifi, a fine selection of beverages, and a buffet style breakfast bar. There are two floors with a quiet section in the rear of the 2nd floor. A nice oasis to escape to.

Now for the but……………..

With all the good things I had been feeling about Aer Lingus, I was not expecting the comedy of errors clown show that was my return home flight from Rome to Dublin.

  1. Arriving at the check in desk, it was closed. I had to ask information to find out it had been moved to another terminal. No small thing and a long walk.
  2. Finally ticketed, I was told the wrong gate for the transfer bus.
  3. The transfer bus deposits you in a small  terminal with too few chairs and just a small coffee shop. Eat before you get there, you are trapped.
  4. 40 minute wait in line after the flight had been called.
  5. Plane boards from both the front and the rear. Mayhem and gridlock in the isle as folks squeeze past each other. This was actually the most comedic moment of my whole trip.
  6. US bound passengers must clear US customs in Dublin. No customs forms given out on the plane before landing.,
  7. Rush to customs,  Crowd gathers to fill out forms, get in line. We are individually told that we cannot be seen and must wait until our luggage arrives. We wait…. and  wait. Get back in line.

After clearing customs we all sprint to make the flight to Boston. A kind of solidarity of shared struggle had enveloped the group. One man said,” I hate this”  A lady said, ‘ I fly them because they have the best price, it’s worth it” Another woman looked up and said “  and the people are great”

That’s exactly how I felt. Aer Lingus has a reputation for good service, good people for good reason. I would fly with them again with delight, but watch out for the Rome connections.

 

 

Freshly Picked Olives. Lazio, Italy.

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Fresh picked olives in the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve. Lazio, Italy. Thanks to the Mediterranean Experience of Eco Tourism for a fantastic trip.

Bernie Sanders Rally in Springfield!

bernie-sanders-springfield-ma U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets supporters in springfield,ma oct,3,2015

 

Democratic presidential candidate, US Sen. Bernie Sanders  I-Vt., brought his campaign to the Mass Mutual center in Springfield, MA. today Oct,3 201. Speaking to a crowd of over 6000, Sanders captivated the room with his message of hope by working together to end wealth inequality. I have covered a few presidential campaigns, but none that compare with the enthusiasm people have for Bernie Sanders.

Red Tailed Hawk. Northampton, MA.

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A friend gave me a call yesterday  that there was a  Red Tailed Hawk in her yard, close to the ground that had been hanging around after munching down a squirrel. What a beautiful creature. I got within 10 ft. and she did not seem fazed at all until a neighbors dog burst upon the scene.

The Publisher’s Desk. Gonomad.

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I stopped by the Gonomad office yesterday to talk with Max about where to travel next. Looks like it will be Italy! I noticed his pile of thumb drives by the computer, each representing a journey taken somewhere on planet. Max started to clean up his desk when he saw me shooting. ” Don’t touch a thing” I said, “this is beautiful”.

After the Storm.

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A storm passes over the Pioneer valley. Taken from the summit house at the top of Mt. Holyoke in Skinner state park.

A bicycle in Turku.

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Finland. A  bicycle on the streets of Turku with flowers in the basket. Classic.

Lobster. Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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Robert Gillis with two huge lobsters on the last day of the season. Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Eating Finland

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I just returned from a trip to Finland. Check out this link to EATING FINLAND a slide show on the exciting culinary scene happening all over the country.

 

Eagle fishing, Inverness Nova Scotia.

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Inverness, Cape Breton Nova Scotia. On board the “Missy 2 lobster boat with Joe and Robert Gillis, Eagles wait along the cliffs for the fishermen to toss Sculpin fish for them to catch. The Sculpin often come up in the traps and float on the surface making for an easy grab