Showing posts from October, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Happy Hallo'een

The Shadows of the Salem Witch House posted at the bewitching hour
See yesterday's blog post about this colonial home here

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Sepia Saturday - The Witch's Warden

Happy All Hallow's Eve everyone! My sepia saturday post comes from the center of America's history involving witch hysteria. Since CrazyasaCoolFox is produced in Salem, Massachusetts, what better post is there than of the Salem Witch House?

First things first, the Witch House was never occupied by witches. Witches were never accused, tried, judged or executed here.

So Why is it called the Witch House? Well for tourism actually. There is a huge sign written in gold leaf that says, "Witch House" and it sits at one of the main entrances to the city.

To it's credit it is the only remaining structure in Salem that has a direct connection to the witch hysteria of 1692. Judge Corwin, one of a panel of three, resided here. His walk to the townhouse where the trials were held would have been a short one down Essex Street.

The structure was originally built in 1642, acquired by the Corwin family in 1675 and went through many different configurations and expansions. It was …

Theme Thursday - Ghost Yard

This week's theme: MONSTER
October is the high point of the tourism season in Salem, Massachusetts. This shot taken in the "Old Burying Point Cemetery" in Salem. Two judges of the infamous Salem witchcraft trials are buried here. Look closely at the play of the light rays through the tree. (click pic to magnify) Does anyone see a "spirit" here?
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Rush Hour Gulls

Herring gulls line up waiting for the train
Salem MBTA Commuter Rail Station
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Prophet Paul Passes - Requiescat in pace

We are sad to report the passing of the Prophet Paul. Paul was one of the greatest soothsayers of our time. He held the world in suspense as we waited for his foresight this summer. He was 100% correct in his choices. We came to rely on Paul's prognostication.

Paul lived a long life of 2 1/2 years. He was well into his 2's when he became known to the world. Although he moved slow toward the end of his life, he was basically slow all of his life, his cloices were bold.

Some of his forecasts were not without controversy. From his own country of Germany he received death threats when he gave bad news to it's citizens. This may be a source of a future conspiracy theory.

He once received insulting remarks from the very controversial leader of Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This caused Spain to offer him political asylum which he refused.

Paul is survived by a devoted staff of caretakers. He had no known children.

Memorial services to be announced.

"It's a sad day. Paul was rathe…

Shining Star

Flag waves in the bright autumn sun on Winter Island - Salem, Massachusetts
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Animals Help Too!

Pink animals coming together to help with breast cancer awareness month.

Shadow Shot - Kernwood Sunset

Both of these photos are taken from the same vantage point, from the Beverly side of the Kernwood Bridge that spans the Danvers River. These were shot two different dates and two different times obviously. The upper photo is looking west, the lower photo is looking south. It's hard to cross this bridge without staining to see the beauty on both sides. The Kernwood bridge is a swing span and is VERY slow in opening. It's a treat to be stopped on the bridge waiting for it to close.

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Sepia Saturday - Happy Birthday Dear Sister

Tomorrow October 24th is my sister Laurie's birthday. I'm being the dorky big brother in most of these photos. (that really hasn't changed much) It would be greatly appreciated if you could mention her in your comments.

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Ship Crossing

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Theme Thursday - Wheel

This week's theme of "wheel" brought to mind immediately the "wheels of time." With an insighful poem by W.H. Auden and a photo of Big Ben and it's clockworks I present to you my Theme Thursday offering.

As I Walked Out One Evening - W.H. Auden

As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
'Love has no ending.
'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conq…

Giant Gas Tank Sails Away!

A National Grid (formerly Key Span) natural gas storage facility
was painted in 2003 to look like sails on Beverly Harbor.
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Dam Canadians

Canada spoils all the fun. First they beat us in Olympic hockey on our home turf in Salt Lake City in 2006. Then they whip our butts in the overtime victory at the 2010 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver. US hockey just couldn't hold off Team Canada. Hey we will get you back in Sochi, Russia 2014! (wherever that is)

Now Canadians have taken a world record away from the US. What record would that be? The worlds largest beaver dam. It was a dam wet hairy rodent that took us down. It's somewhere so far north there isn't even a Tim Horton's there. (check the location at the top of this post)

They built a dam 850 meters or about a half mile in US length. That's about the distance from Central Park, to the Hudson River in New York City, or from the White House to the Washington Monument. Or it's the distance from the Sacajawea Hotel to Interstate 90 in Three Forks, Montana.

A headline in the Vancouver Sun reads, "Canadian Beaver Dam Can Be Seen From Space." Bi…

Curious Cats

Cats love watching things outside don't they?

Shadow Growth

This tree seems to be growing from the shadow of another. Armory Park - Salem, Massachusetts
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Sepia Saturday - Red Tree

This being the autumn season the leaves are turning colour around here. The green chlorophyll leaves and what you see is the true pigment in the leaf. Our area on the Atlantic coast is one of the last to have peak colour foliage in New England due to the warming effect of the ocean air.
My childhood home was in a rural area that bordered a lot of swampy lowland. There were many of what we called "swamp maples." The swamp maples seemed to change color first every year. Not only did they change first but they seemed to be the most glorious of trees

We had this one tree on the side of our yard we referred to as the "red tree" simply because it turned a blazing red colour every fall. There it is in background of this photo. Our family albums are loaded with people posed in front of the "red tree." This photo is a bit faded but it is truly the reddest tree you will ever see. My sister and I are posed here probably on a Sunday morning ready for church.
I had an op…

Theme Thursday - Cat Games

This week's theme is "game." As you know this blog is 1/2 crazy. This post is 100% crazy.

If you ever have played a game with a cat. This is probably what happens:

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Inbound or Outbound: Your Choice

Both photos of Beverly Harbor are shot from the top of the Beverly-Salem Bridge. I featured the lower photo on this blog a few weeks ago. It was taken at the ebb tide as it is beginning to flow up river at around 7:30PM. I liked that photo so much that I wanted to shoot its counterpart.

The top photo is is taken at a higher tide with the tide flowing out to sea. It too was around 7:30 PM a few weeks later. You can see the glow of the sunset coming from the behind me. The sailboat in the foreground of both photos is the same one. The islands of Salem Sound are in the distance.

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