Jon Crispin's Notebook

The Regent’s Park / Wembley

Posted in Advertising, Flowers, Jon Crispin, Sport, Travel by joncrispin on 10/10/2014

I met Cris at Heathrow yesterday.  She has an all-day meeting today and in order to keep her awake and adjust to the time change, we did a long walk to The Regent’s Park late in the afternoon.  It is amazing that the roses in Queen Mary’s Garden are still blooming in a major way this late into the year.

Earlier in the day I realized that England were to play San Marino at Wembley in the evening, and I knew that Peter would be disappointed if I didn’t attempt to get a ticket.

I got to my seat near half-time just as Wayne Rooney was taking a penalty to make it 2 – nil.

As San Marino is considered the worst team in FIFA, the crowd was a bit sparse; announced attendance was just over 55,ooo.  The final score was 5 – nil England.

 I have been to lots of League matches, but never an international at Wembley, and I must say that the Brits have crowd control down to a science.  Some of it has to do with the design of the stadium, some with the way that the police control things, but mostly it has to do with the fact that the English do nothing better that queueing.

It was a great evening; I thought of Peter the whole time.  I really wish he was with me.

Football and Frog

Posted in Animals, Nature, Sport by joncrispin on 27/09/2014

If you read this site regularly, you might think that most of my photography has to do with the suitcases project or random things that go on in my life.  But I still shoot stuff in an attempt to make a living.  Once in a while I help out my friend Thom Kendall, who has the contract to shoot UMASS sports.  Today was the first game to take place in Amherst in several years, as the team has been playing home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (yeah, it’s complicated).  Upon review, this play was ruled a touchdown, and I was happy to get this shot.

With all the TV timeouts, I didn’t get home until about 7.45.  We had some nice mozzarella and one of the last good tomatoes of the season, and Cris wondered if any of the basil that we grow in pots on the deck was still edible.  It was dark out so she brought in the pot and started trimming leaves.  Quite quickly she noticed that this froggie had come in with the plant.  We caught it, and after I took this photograph, put him (her?) back outside.  Love those sticky feet.

Washington Nationals

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Jon Crispin, Sport by joncrispin on 23/08/2014

I am in DC for the weekend visiting Peter.  Last night we went to dinner to celebrate his new job and this afternoon we headed down to Nats Park.  There was about an hour rain delay, but we walked up to the ticked office and got two $5.00 seats.  We asked to be under the overhang in case the rain came back, and were totally excited when we saw our seats.

The end seats of the last row of section 401.  I don’t think you could get farther from home plate anywhere in the park.  We like to be up high at games because it gives a great feel for the whole park.

In these particular seats, one has a great view of the Capitol dome.  And all this for $5.00.  Amazing

The Nats beat the Giants 6-2.  Jordan Zimmerman pitched a great game and the Nats are really on a roll.  It seemed like old times when someone yelled “Hugo Chavez” when Wilson Ramos came up to bat.

Here are Ray Knight and Johnny Holliday about to start the post-game show.

Fenway

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 04/05/2014

Yesterday I got a call from my friend Scott Chasan-Taber offering me a ticket to today’s Sox game.  We drove in this morning and took the Green Line from Woodland to Fenway.  It was a beautiful day for baseball; cool, breezy, and at times even a bit warm in the sun.  The Sox lost to Oakland 3-2 in 10 innings, but it didn’t really matter so much to me.  It was just lovely to be in the park watching baseball. Thanks Scott! / Wishing you all a great week. Cheers

Recently

Posted in Animals, Baseball, Beaches, Cities, Family, Food, Fried Clams, Jon Crispin, Nature, Sport, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 03/12/2013

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated when I don’t post here as soon as I have some interesting (to me) photographs. / We were up in Maine for Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.  They live near to Higgins Beach in Scarborough, ME and on Thursday the ocean was really kickin’.  I went for three separate walks to the beach the next day and each one was interesting in its own way.  The surf was up (especially by East Coast standards) and at one point there were at least 40 surfers out.

On the morning walk I noticed that tons of sea creatures were washed way up on the beach, including this guy.  Very alive and, I hope, happy to be put back into the ocean.  Would have made a nice little lunch though.

On our way home on Saturday, I finally stopped to take a shot of this structure on Route 1 in Scarborough.  I liked the light, and it is nice to see how helpful the owners are in identifying just what this thing is.

Further (farther?) down Route 1 is Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery and since Peter was with us it seemed a nice time to stop in for a bite.  As usual, amazing fried clams.

Next stop was in Boston for our annual walk around the outside of Fenway Park.  So sweet to have the 2013 World Series banner hanging.

And I have always liked this statue, especially Dom DiMaggio’s specs. / We ended the Boston leg of the trip with a stop at the Blue Ribbon.  For Peter, this day was a triple play; clams, Fenway, and Blue Ribbon.  He was a very happy boy.

And finally, there is this.  Image-wise it is kind of an orphan here, but I love the floating cone in the middle.  I spotted this on a walk with Pete yesterday afternoon. / I take him to the train in New Haven tomorrow, and as usual, it will be difficult to say goodbye.  Cris and I have had so much fun being with him for the past few weeks.

Union Station, New Haven

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 20/11/2013

Peter took the train up from DC yesterday and I drove to New Haven to meet him.  He arrived at about 3.30 and the light was beautiful.  /  England were playing Germany in a friendly and we found a great pub in the downtown called Christy’s and were able to watch the second half of the match (England 0- Germany 1).  Great place.

Rowing

Posted in Boats, People, Sport, Transportation by joncrispin on 31/10/2013

I used to shoot a lot of rowing.  I started in Ithaca while shooting sports for Cornell and Ithaca College.  And for many years I shot the annual Harvard/Yale Regatta on the Thames River in New London, CT.  I have such a great respect for these athletes and their dedication to training and competing.  This morning I was up way before first light to shoot some of the UMASS rowers as they were preparing for a competition this weekend.

Here is a shot of the coxswain in a 4+.  It was barely light when I shot this and when we left the dock it was 39 degrees.

These women are on the water 6 days a week way before most people are out of bed.  Title IX is the greatest!

Big thanks to Megan McHugh for piloting me around the Connecticut River.  She was really nice and it was so great to have an opportunity to be on the water again.

DC in August

Cris and I took the train from New Haven to DC on Monday.  She has a couple of days of consulting and I get to hang out with Peter.

This tiny restaurant is near to the Van Ness metro station and has been closed since Peter moved to the neighborhood.  I really like the retro feel of the facade, and with the building permit in the window you know it will change soon.

I have always enjoyed shooting in underground stations.  I like the movement of the trains during long exposures.

 I will often stop after exiting the giant escalator at Dupont Circle to look down on cars that are passing below.

Peter was working the Nationals game last night so Cris and I showed up at around 6:00 to get tickets.  The Nats are struggling this year and with playoff hopes low, they are selling seats for $5.00!  $5.00; unbelievable.  We got a couple of great seats in section 402 and saw a really good game with a win over the Marlins.  My current favorite pitcher, Ross Ohlendorf, was on the mound and his old school wind-up is unique.  You can get a look at it here. / Every time Wilson Ramos came up to bat, some guy behind me started chanting  Hu go Cha vez,  Hu go Cha vez.  (There is a Venezuelan connection; only in DC can you hear something like this at a ball game.)

It was beautiful night, and between innings it was nice to look around at some of the architectural features of the park.  Cris noticed these lights just above us and pointed them out to me.

We are off to the Lincoln Memorial in a bit to see if we can see the President speak in honor of the 50th anniversary of the MLK “I have a dream” speech.  Could be interesting.

Washington Nationals

Posted in Advertising, Architecture, Baseball, Buildings, Community, Family, Landscape, Sport by joncrispin on 21/07/2013

Cristine and I are visiting Peter in DC for the weekend.  Pete is working as a “fan ambassador” for the Nationals.  His job is to welcome people into the park and help them with any questions that they might have.  So if you go to a game, chances are good that he will be around the center field entrance just inside the main gate.  Look him up!  He is a great guy and would love to chat.  / The Nats are having a rough season this year and last night was emblematic of how things are going for them.  A difficult loss in 10 innings.  Everyone was moving very slowly on a hot summer’s night and the game lasted over 4 hours. It was a sell out and the only tickets Cris and I could get were standing room.  But at $15.00 a real deal.  Peter got us comp tickets for Monday’s game vs the Pirates and we are looking forward to having actual seats.

This and That

Posted in Baseball, Community, ephemera, History, Landscape, Nature, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 19/06/2013

We went to see the Sox last night and it was a very interesting evening.  A make-up day game was scheduled for 1 pm.  It started raining in the bottom of the 5th so it was delayed for three hours.  Out tickets were for 7 pm but due to the delay, the Sox allowed anyone with a ticket for the night game to watch the end of the first game which restarted at around 6.00.  Kind of confusing, I know, but we went in, watched them win the early one, cleared out of the park, came back in and watched ours start at 8.00.  The Sox led 1-0 until the top of the ninth when the Rays tied it up on a solo home run.  Jonny Gomes hit a walk off in the bottom of the ninth to win it.  It was a beautiful evening and the rain held off until the drive home.

This morning we drove Peter to New Haven to catch the train back to DC.  We had a great week with him.  The underground walkway to the platforms at the station is a bit outer spacey.

After his train left Cris and I drove to West Haven to walk along the sound and enjoy the beautiful day.  There is a lovely park with a walking/bike path along the beach.  We saw some old guys playing bocce ball and trash talking.  It was very sweet and familiar.  The above view made me a bit sad, as Dave’s Arcade-Carousel must have been very cool when it was still here.  You can tell the original sign just said “Arcade-Carousel” but someone got some stick-on letters to memorialize Dave.  He probably deserves the kind thought.

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