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Shadows from the Past

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This shadow shot is a screen shot taken from a video I made. I shows the inside of a room called the East India Marine Hall, at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. This was once the meeting hall of 18th and 19th century sea captains. The room is adorned with ship figure heads, paintings, and artifacts from trade with what was then known as "East India." These images cast upon  the walls are projections taken from the captains logs. The shadows you are looking at are really "reverse" shadows. The process can be seen clearly in a video I produced of this amazing work of art.

The work is entitled "Figurehead" by Charles Sandison. Sandison is a digital artist who is known for his projections of art on walls of popular buildings. This work is the first in the museum's initiative to bring contemporary art to it's collect.


The companion exhibit, "Written on the Waves," is just downstairs and features several of the museum's shi…

Sepia Saturday - Like Fathers Like Sons

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Some poses are timeless aren't they? Boys with their bikes, boys with their dogs, and boys with their dads. From top left clockwise; me with my grandparent's boxer "Flash", me on my bike with my sister, my father on his trike in winter clothing, four generations (I'm on my grandfather's lap), my dad with his french bulldog, me with our boxer "Princess", my father on that same trike. Click on the collage to get a closer look.

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Mr. Groundhog's Final Warning

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Image via Wikipedia Dear Mr. Groundhog,

For several years now you and all your fancy shmancy Punxutawney, Pennsylvania neighbors have gloated that you are not only the best predictor of the end of winter, but you also are the best at predicting weather in general. While the later can be proven, you are after all much better than television meteorologists, we are rather skeptical of your performance in the former.

Case in point: on February 2, 2010 you Mr, Groundhog predicted another six weeks of winter. You were far from correct with your prediction. Within a few days we had temperatures in the 50's and no significant snowfall was recorded for the remainder of the season. We suspect that your bogus prediction was just to allow you six more weeks of sleeping your fat butt off while we all had to suffer through temperatures that fluctuated to the extreme.

At the moment you made that prediction we at Crazy as a Cool Fox vowed to dethrone you of your title and come to power as the pree…

Rodent Weather Prediction

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Image via Wikipedia How crazy can these people be? They actually believe a fat rodent like a groundhog can predict weather? He is obviously wrong most of the time. lol. Come on Phil give it up and move out of Punxutawney, Pennsylvania. And why is it "Gobbler's Knob?" Shouldn't you have a turkey predicting the weather? He probably would be doing a much better job. Oh boy I can't wait till February 2nd.


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The Crane of God

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The crane of the almighty seems to be ready to lift a much lesser crane

Shadow Me

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This was shot from a pier onto an unusually smooth surface of ocean. Location noted above.

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Sepia Saturday - Old Port New Port

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These post cards are shot from the Green bridge over Newburyport Harbor around the beginning of the 20th century. Then the harbor was full of sailing and steam vessels. There was lots of hustle and bustle on the warves to keep the local economy vibrant. A giant coal dock looms in the background in all three post cards. Today's view the giant coal dock is gone but the economic fuel is still there in the form of tourists. The industrial waterfront has been replaced with a recreational water front with marinas, restaurants, a board walk and rail trial.



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Theme Thursday - Getting Flippy With It

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This week's theme is FLIP
Does this pic do it justice? Leave a flip comment if you like.

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Shadow Tracks

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Animal tracks through the snow.
I had a hard time getting this shot this week. The sun was streaming right down this street toward me in the cemetery. The sun came out just before sundown. There was about a 10 minute sliver of time. The next day we had an 18 inch blizzard.



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Sepia Saturday - Broken Breakwaters

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JETTY: a structure extended into a sea, lake, or river to influence the current or tide or to protect a harbor from erosion.

Tidal current at the mouth of the Merrimack River is controlled by two major features called jetties. Click here for aerial view. Both the north and south jetties here constrict the flow of water, causing it to move faster, so that sand and silt will not clog the mouth.

The jetties here at the mouth have been around for centuries ever since the harbor was used for trade and building clipper ships. They were last rebuilt by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960's. Over the past few decades some of the stones have toppled into the ocean bottom during major storms. There are now "breeches," or gaps in the jetties where the river current now flows.

These breeches are now blamed on some major beach erosion both north and south of the river. Some erosion has been so severe that homes along the shore have toppled into the ocean. Many have called for the r…

Theme Thursday - Jumping Goats?

Theme Thursday prompt: Jump
I counted only 13 goats JUMPING out of this tree. What about you? Comment below.



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When Pigs Swim

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Blizzard!

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Essex County Court house workers struggle against a nor' easter (blizzard) to keep sidewalks clear. Salem, Massachusetts, USA 12 of 12 is a monthly series of photos shot only on the 12th of each month. To see other 12 of 12 photos click here.

Dog Disguises

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1st in a series from Haunted Happenings, Salem, MA
I wanted these out before Thanksgiving. Sorry they are late :)
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Custumed Kids

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2nd in a series from Haunted Happenings, Salem, MA October 31, 2010 I wanted these out before Thanksgiving. Sorry they are late.

Furry Friends

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3rd in a series from Haunted Happenings, Salem, MA October 31, 2010 I wanted these out before Thanksgiving. Sorry they are late.

Wild Witches

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4th in a series from Haunted Happenings, Salem, MA October 31, 2010 I wanted these out before Thanksgiving. Sorry they are late.


Dear Kat,

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Have you seen this photo of a deer and a cat kissing? Thought you would like it.

From your friend,
Crazy as a Cool Fox :)









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Shadow Tree

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This shadow seems to have grown some trees from it's trunk. I love shadows on snow.


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Sepia Saturday - Voices from the Past

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Image via Wikipedia Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has an amazing contemporary artwork now on exhibit through April 2011. The work is entitled "Figurehead" by Charles Sandison. Sandison is a digital artist who is known for his projections of art on walls of popular buildings. This work is the first in the museum's initiative to bring contemporary art to it's collect.

The companion exhibit, "Written on the Waves," is just downstairs and features several of the museum's ship's logs from the 1800's. Many of these log books have turned a warm sepia tone as they have aged over the years. The Sandison exhibit upstairs features words replicated from these log books "floating voices from the past," on the walls ceiling and floors of the East India Marine Hall.

The first video was produced by PEM.org. The second is a production of CrazyasaCoolFox.





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Theme Thursday - Snow Stairs

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Stairs of Town Hall Salem, Massachusetts after the December 26, 2010 storm.



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Christmas Anchor

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Sepia Saturday - Grammie's Birthday

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When I was growing up the the 1st of January was a special day to celebrate the new year, but the 2nd of January was even more special as it was my grandmother's birthday.

Today January 2, 2011 would be her 107th birthday. It's hard to believe she hasn't been with us for 11 years. A photo in sepia of her as an infant with her mother is included in this collage, as well as what I think was her final birthday with us. (lower right)

I found many photos of Grammie seated in her favorite rocker located in our house. My mother photographed her with myself several times. I never knew that but it's apparent that I was her favorite grandchild. (that's a bit of sarcasm here as it's a family joke)

Healing Shadows

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Oak tree shadows project on an outer wall
in the healing garden of Lynn Union Hospital.

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Forgotten 1775 battle now in focus - The Boston Globe

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Image via Wikipedia The Boston Globe recently featured a bit of history I never new about. I like stories like this that supersede and shape other major events in human history. We always hear in American history that the Battles of Lexington and Concord where the first major conflicts of the American Revolution.

The battle of Chelsa Creek was fought after the battle at Lexington and Concord but it predates the Battle of Bunker Hill, a battle where the revolutionaries got creamed. This battle was planned. It was meant to infuriate the Britsh and force them to move.

And guess what? They fell for it. The British sent a ship up the creek to cut off the revolutionaries movement of ammunition. The ship got caught up in shallow water. She was then raided of her guns and ammuntion and set afire. Not a good day for the Vice Admiral who has the distinction of losing the first royal ship of the conflict.

The battle left the British at a disadvantage in holding Boston Harbor which they were force…