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Fall (in love) in Boston

Boston Public Garden in the Fall
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It was a crisp, sunny Fall afternoon in Boston. With friends we enjoyed Dim Sum in Chinatown, and ambled through the Public Garden – an oasis of serenity amidst an urban entangle. Shot pics of our friend’s kids and a couple of the landscape. You like?

Another from the Public Garden. Very different compositions and I had a difficult time deciding which to lead with. Which would you have picked to lead? and why? Look carefully and read below.
Boston Public Garden in the Fall

What this (second) pic says to me:
At first glance it appears like two images grafted together. The upper half is busy and brighter; the lower half, more monotone, darker and separated from the upper by a slash of bright light. Like a dagger slashing the canvas! Rrrrriiippp!

Start from the bottom. The here and now! Dried leaves crumbling; soon to be reduced to dust. Life! Some may spy the bright reds evoking beauty and romance. Boring, monotonous and tedious! They are in the shade. Notice how this foreground is bounded by the barren tree trunk on the left and the equally dark evergreen on the right; like gatekeepers of the shade!

The grass is actually very green. Grass, a metaphor for perennial life draws me, pulls me, UP and UP! Like a glowing runway guiding me past these hulking ogres to a brighter forward. There in the distant, young trees are bathed in a divinely golden glow. Peer closely and you may see frolicking kids. Can you hear their giggle as they weave around trees. I see a few doing cartwheels and girls playing phugdi. In that golden quadrant (yes, it is only a tiny sliver of ethereal glow), spring flowers eternal, you hear birds singing on golden boughs and lovers napping in each others arms. Life! Always moving forward and UP!

Look at the picture again and tell me what YOU heard. 🙂


A previous post on Fall in the Boston Public Garden.

Comments

  1. I am from New Zealand, and I have never travelled to America. We are a beautiful country, but these pics are really beautiful too

  2. Arun, what do u want to ask anything more…? 😉 🙂

  3. Hi Sonu:
    Thanks man! Yes, all is going well and we are enjoying the Fall!
    Couldn’t ask for anything more!
    The best time in Boston and great running weather!
    Revel in Nature!

  4. Hi Arun,
    How are you? Hope everthing is going well with you. 🙂
    Above pics are very nice and beautiful and simply nature scenery.

    Have a good day!

  5. Ohh Saroj:
    Sports is entertainment! Don’t take it so seriously!

    Our friends here too! Crazy about the sports. And these guys are intelligent too. You’d figure they’d know better 😛

    heh, some of friends here are yankee fans!
    and me? I don’t watch TV, so that should tell you a lot!

    OK – gotta go and vote … for …
    Ha Ha Ha!

  6. sospokesaroj says:

    Boston is beautiful…I just don’t like their sports teams. :p

    Me and my Yankee-loving ways would make it very hard for me to live comfortably near Boston…let alone in Boston!

  7. Poornima Prabhu says:

    The snaps are simply beautiful!!! I want to visit this place 🙂 . Looking forward for some more snaps.

    arunaH uvacHa:
    Thanks Poornima! You should come and visit! It is truly spectacular, particularly in the Fall. I have a few more of our friend’s kids!

  8. Lovely pics of the fall. The first pic kind of depicts two different world’s to me one filled with busy Cement Forest and the other calm nature’s prized posession. I think I loved the second pic too.. Loved it for the colour contrast, the dried leaves and the sunlight 🙂 very nice pics..Fall really makes you fall in Love 🙂

    arunaH uvacha:
    hey Ujwal – glad you liked the pics! Fall is indeed the best time to visit Boston – Less tourists too 🙂
    yes, concrete monsters peeping on our tiny garden. shoooo! shoooo!

  9. Thanks Joyce! Yes, that Lamppost sticks out!
    I was so focussed on keeping a bunch of tourists out of my frame; For me, those buildings are monsters peering into and waiting to stomp and destroy our world 🙂

    water flowing? Hmmm

    Fall is beautiful!

  10. Joyce Kai says:

    The first picture is also like two images grafted together, at the lamppost. The vertical line of the picture is very jarring. The second picture is like water flowing to a still pool. It pulls your eyes from the top to the bottom of the photo.

    I like the second picture much better.

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  1. […] December 28, 2008 by Arun Shanbhag Earlier in the Fall, we joined friends for a Dim Sum lunch in Boston’s Chinatown. After a belt-loosening fiesta, we ambled through the Boston Commons and Public Gardens for nature’s Fall color show. […]

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