Showing posts from February, 2011

A Tale of Two Seasons

This it a season of transition. Soon this healing garden at Lynn Union hospital will be thawed and the koi will be swimming out from under the bridge looking for handouts from the visitors.

The healing garden is an amazing place even in the winter. As you can see I have shot many photos here. There is peaceful feeling here.

There are three tiny pics of stained glass windows. The stained glass windows are from inside the hospital chapel which overlooks the healing garden.

If you click on the pic it will magnify and you will see the koi waiting for a hand out.

For the Love of a Tree

Image via Wikipedia How nice it is for this neighborhood to rally around an old tree like this. There aren't many stately old elms like this around anymore. Many have fallen victim of Dutch Elm Disease.

This brings to mind the book written by Dr. Seuss, The Lorax. Even though it's a children's book it brings an amazing environmental message. The truffula tree gives of itself until there is nothing left to give but it's seed. Message is to protect what we have and to think of future generations.

It seems as though this neighborhood has learned the message of "The Lorax."

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Ice Flow

There was so much ice built up on the roofs of buildings this winter, some feared they would collapse. This building decided to go with the flow!
Meteorologists consider March 1st to be the first day of spring. I hope they are correct this year. Good bye winter 2010-2011. Related articlesRed Sox vs Groundhogs ( still buckling under snow; schools in 3 districts stay shut ( blamed for Atlantic roof collapses ( Saturday - High Water (

Summer Shadows

I've posted so many cold snowy winter shots for you all lately, here's a nice summery shot. I'm really looking forward to those days.

This shot is overlooking a place called Dead Horse Beach in Salem, Massachusetts. The legend here is that after a devastating fire that swept through the city in the early 1900's, this is where they brought the horses that perished. The large tank in the background is an LNG tank painted blue with white sails to reflect the harbor's sailing heritage.

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Sepia Saturday - A Bridge of Defiance

Patriot's Day commemorates the revolutionary battles of Lexington and Concord on April 17th. It is not a federal holiday but rather a state holiday here in Massachusetts and Maine. (Maine was once a district of Massachusetts)

We learned in American history that this was the first conflict of the revolution and that the gunfire was known as "the shot that was heard around the world," a line taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, "Concord Hymn." It may not have been the first conflict but it certainly it was the first one with multiple and fatal causalities.

But on Sunday, February 26, 1775 another conflict was in progress. By then the colonists where already having "illegal" town meetings and stockpiling weapons and ammunition against the King's orders. On February 7th the military governor of Massachusetts, a General Thomas Gage declared the commonwealth to be in a high state of rebellion.

The people of Salem had acquired several cannon from a …

High Point

Theme: Point This photo is from a web cam at the Mount Washington Observatory. This is the place of the "worlds worse weather," but this day back in 2006 the weather was so good a moose decided to take a walk over the summit of the 6210 foot mountain. It's a nice place to be on a nice day but be prepared. It can snow there even in the summer.

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Crane Reflections


New Choo Choo

The first of 20 new locomotives for the MBTA system pull into Salem en-route to Newburyport. They are only $3,500,000 each.

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That's One Big Icicle

This was hanging from the roof of city hall a few weeks ago. It's actually attached to the down spout. Hope no one is under it when it comes down!

A Higher Power

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Sepia Saturday - Armory Arch

The Salem Armory was located on Essex Street next to what is now the Plummer Hall, part of the Peabody Essex Museum. In 1982 the head house burned leaving nothing but a shell. In 2000 the shell was in such disrepair it had to be torn down to make way for a new park.

The "drill shed," the back part of the armory, became the headquarters for the National Park Service Regional Visitors Center. The main entrance arch was saved and placed in it's original position to create an entrance for the park. The carved concrete sign above the door, seen in the second photo, was also saved and was placed on the facade of the drill shed.

The Second Corp of Cadets and the 8th Regiment where the two military units that occupied the old armory. Those units have served in every US military action to date in one form or another. The 2nd photo looks like World War I era soldiers "lounging" around the entrance to the head house. Also the flag near the stairs shows that this must ha…

What's Crazier Than a Cool Fox?

When National Geographic Magazine features a crazy article about cool foxes.

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Theme Thursday - Broken Breakwaters

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…

Cat Talk

I love these funny cat voice over especially when they are playing like these cats.

Puppy (and kitty) Love

Love comes in many forms, from many sources and expressed in a multitude of ways. Please take a moment to visit this Youtube channel read the video descriptions. The stories of Lucky, Misty and Lexi... it's so touching. Happy Valentine's Day!
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Shadow Yard

One is almost able to walk over the top of this iron fence into the Old Burying Point graveyard this winter.
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Sepia Saturday - President's Birthdays

Where I grew up the local elementary school had an older two story, eight classroom building as part of it's campus. It was called the Spaulding School built in the early 1900's and named after one of the town's benefactors. When I was in the 2nd grade my classroom was on the 2nd floor. I felt very grown up going up what seemed those huge flights of stairs.

In every classroom, as with most older school buildings in America, hung the portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of America's most noted presidents. The two portraits you see here hung in the very front of the classroom over the chalk boards. They were there for us to see when we recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning.

Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12th, George Washington's birthday is February 22. It was around this time of year I remember doing a fun activity just before February vacation. We would trace and cut out the profiles of both presidents on construction pape…

Theme Thursday - A Staircase to Freedom

Image by IndigoValley via Flickr This week's theme is spiral.

A very unique spiral can be found within the Statue of Liberty. The spiral stair case that leads to the crown observation deck is actually two staircases in one. Both are one person wide, very steep, with hand rails on both sides.

The spiral is very tight quarters, not a good place for those who dislike small spaces. One staircase leads up, the other leads down. If you were to look over the edge while going up, just under you there will be people walking downstairs which can be very confusing.

The statue was closed completely after 9/11 for security renovations. After it was reopened it was only open to view the interior from the base.

Recently the crown was reopened for private tours only with reservations required. The crown will again be closed next summer to completely replace the original "double-helix" designed staircase.

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Happy Birthday Sis-Sis

My sister's birthday is so close to Valentine's Day that we always had a heart shaped cake for her birthday. My mother had special heart shaped cake pans just for those birthday cakes. When my mother sold the family house she had a yard sale to get rid of a lot of things. My sister found those heart shaped pans in a box of things to be sold.and confiscated them. As far as I know she still has them! Happy Birthday to you!

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Mount Snow

I couldn't resist this photo op. This is a huge pile of snow accumulated from the parking lots of the Cummings Business Center in Beverly, Massachusetts. I drove by one day and they were using a huge snow blower to pile it up here. There's a few cars off in the distance on Elliot Street that put this pile of snow in perspective. There's a ski area in Vermont called Mount Snow which is rather ominous looking as you drive toward it. I thought this local "Mount Snow" was rather ominous for this area. This photo is shot from the 3rd story of a parking garage.

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Red Sox vs Groundhogs

Red Sox truck day has always been a better indicator of a nearby spring than any old groundhog in Pennsylvania. This is the day all the Red Sox equipment from Fenway Park is loaded and shipped to Fort Meyers, Florida, the site of spring training. Yes we in New England do get excited about trucks leaving for Florida, especially in the winter!

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Red Sox vs Groudhogs? Red Sox win of course!
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Sweet Ice

This was just a few of the many ice sculptures downtown Salem during the Salem's Sweet Winter Festival. These shots were taken on Saturday, February 5, 2011. By Sunday afternoon most were unfortunately melted beyond recognition. Click on the collage to enlarge the photo.

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Snow Shadows

It's been a very snowy winter here in New England this year,
but this shot was from two years ago. Another shot from the healing garden at
Lynn Union Hospital, Lynn, MA, USA
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Sepia Saturday - High Water

Ever hear of a town called, "The Forks?" It's an actual town name in Maine. It's name so because it is centered at the forks of two major rivers, the Dead River, and the Kennebec River. One of the streams leading to the Kennebec is Moxie Stream. The waters of Moxie Stream have to pass over this major elevation change. This is Moxie Falls. I'm not sure where this name comes from but there must be a connection with the infamous bitter carbonated concoction of the same name.

The post card says the water fall is 96 feet tall and is Maine's highest fall. I've always know the falls to be an even 100 feet high. I guess as time goes on we humans like to round off statistics. Coincidently The height of Moxie makes it higher than the American side of Niagara Falls. Due to the base of the rocks there the actual fall is only 70 feet. Fun fact huh.

If you ever want to try Moxie, the beverage, it is still in production. I don't recommend it though.

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