Monday, February 28, 2011

Sitting in Snow

Statue of legendary movie director and native son John Ford at Gorham's Corner:

Another native, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, sitting in the cleverly named Longfellow Square:

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011


An open gate on Park Street in the West End. The blurry spots are from the big snowflakes that were falling.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Photographs of Things


The Emerson School, on Emerson Street, peeks out between a few buildings to Congress Street:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Down on the Corner

At the corner of Carroll and Vaughan Streets in ye olde West End:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bits and Pieces

This sign is just outside of my abode. I uploaded this photo to Unseen Portland recently and Portland Food Map noted that the Neon Diner was in business from 1991-1995. Whenever a new restaurant opens here, there have been several, they take down the old sign which reveals the old diner's sign beneath. The new restaurant  will be called "Gogi," an "Asian fusion restaurant."

On Spruce Street in the West End:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Before & After: Longfellow Square

The 'before' picture comes from the Maine Memory Network website, here, and is circa 1900. 

The after picture is circa February 2011. The crowd in the above picture was due to a parade of some sort. It's nice to see that the Longfellow Statue is still standing/sitting tall. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Portland Daily Photo Banners

Just a few of the banner images I've used in the past. I know I have many more that are saved somewhere. I can only wish that I had time to be as creative as Google and update these everyday.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bricks in the Sky

Looking up at the McLellan School, built in 1886, in the West End:

By reader request, here is a copy of the photo posted yesterday minus the magic:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Widgery Wharf

Some more photos down on Widgery Wharf, which is a charming name for a wharf. Per this Daily Sun article from last year, about a photographer who had been documenting the working waterfront, Widgery Wharf's pilings date back to 1774.

Working / Living Waterfront:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

They say these waters aren't what they used to be

I have to remind myself to get down to the piers every now and then not only for great photo opportunities, but also to remind readers of this blog that Portland is indeed located next to the ocean. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Day of Valentine's Day

This first picture, taken on Forest Avenue, is from March 2009:

And this picture was taken last week, off of Congress Street on Munjoy Hill:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Something To Do: Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine

A good winter-time activity for younger folk is the Children's Museum & Theater of Maine, located on Free Street. I recall a few trips here as a child and I would say it's well worth the visit. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Art it Up

I often notice boxes like the one pictured below scattered around town. I believe some are for traffic control electronics and some are for certain utilities. I think it would be nice to have some official city-endorsed art adorning such structures. Some of the boxes get a splash of graffiti every now and then but others do not. This city has quite a few artistic types that could probably do something with these.

The box similar to this one but in front of MECA had chalk drawings all over it last summer as part of an event there and I think it was a good start.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Buried in Snow at Eastern Cemetery

A few pictures from the good old Eastern Cemetery. I wasn't sure which angle I liked better. Also, I may have messed around with each of them in photoshop a bit much. 

In site news, I wanted to mention that I am testing out a new thing, [Fotomoto], on the site. This program allows each image posted to be purchased with many different options. It looks like it's slowing the site down, so I'm experimenting with smaller sized images and optimizing a few things. If anyone is getting any crazy JavaScript errors, let me know. Different browsers may react differently. More to come...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

As Seen on TV

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, this is old news, but my blog was featured on the WCSH6 (local NBC affiliate and purveyor of local news) recently. It was part of a segment that aired on the other day's morning report.  The video can be seen here if you missed it (like me).

Yet more photos from last weeks snow day:

"Free snow with every beer purchase" at Novare Res.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Abyssinian Meeting House

Work continues on the Abyssinian Meeting House on Newbury Street. I last took a photo of the building in March 2009 and it appears that a lot of work has been done since then. The Abyssinian is an historic structure, built in 1828. It was the cultural center for free African Americans in Southern Maine (and the third African American meeting house in the country) back in the day and is an important stop on the Portland Freedom Trail. Check out the house's official site here

Also, as you've noticed from the widget on the right side of this page and from posts on other local blogs, it is time for the 2011 Portland Phoenix Best-of poll nominations. This blog was nominated last year, which was a great honor. I'm not concerned about winning, but I would be grateful to be a nominee once more. Nominate your favorite local things here!

Monday, February 7, 2011

It's a Wrap

Here are some photos from Saturday afternoon's picturesque snowfall. Some renovation work is being done to the Akers Building [see article in Portland Daily Sun]. I kind of like it wrapped like this. It looks like a Christo and Jeanne-Claude piece of art.

The lobsterman's park statue:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Flashback: February 2009

A couple of photos I shared a few years ago in February 2009:

As always, all of this blog's post are available by scrolling about 3/4 down the page (on the right side) in the 'archives' section and each photo uploaded to the blog is archived in a of couple of  photo albums here

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On Your Phone

Need to view pictures of Portland while on the go? This blog is optimized for mobile viewing. I kind of like the layout of the mobile site

Friday, February 4, 2011

Home of Longfellow

I usually have a hard time getting a decent shot of the Longfellow House on Congress Street. This is a try from Wednesday that I like due to the snow:

Fencing around the house:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Outside in the Snow

Snow shoveler at One City Center (photo taken through a glass door):

Walker on Cumberland Avenue:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Snow

As hoped for, I have a snow day from work today. Stay tuned for more storm pictures throughout the week. A quick little panorama:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

These are both from the first of January, and I don't think I've posted either of them yet. I'm hoping for a snow day from work on Wednesday so I can get out for more snow-themed pictures. As I've shared in previous years, daily photo-ing is especially challenging in the winter when it is dark outside before and after work. Alas, the days are getting a bit longer so that is nice. 

The State Pier is still standing: