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Curved

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This week's Thursday challenge is "curved." I went through my archive starting from 2007 and found some of the best photos I have that feature curves. Some of them you have to think a bit about the curve part. If you need some detail click on the collage to magnify. I hope you enjoy.
For more curvy photos click here.

Figurehead Appointed

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The "Friendship of Salem" gets a make over. The final touches are the return of the figurehead under the bowsprit and the top part of the mizzen-mast. Both were restored this winter and springtime.

I spoke to the captain this morning as they were re-installing the figurehead. He was telling me she, the figurehead, has no name but she weighs 250 lbs. Figureheads were so important to the crew that before the ship crossed the ocean they would remove it, store it in the hold, then return it before entering another port. They would do this while underway!




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Flag Jay

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This gray jay seems to be holding a flag. This photo was taken at the top of Mount Adams in New Hampshire. It's been a tradition for many years to fly the flag at the top of all the peaks in the Presidential Mountain Range in the White Mountain National Forest on Independence Day, July 4.

Sunset Shadows

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Shadows play on the beach and grass during the sunset at a place called Dead Horse Beach, Salem, Massachusetts The name was given to this place after a devastating fire in 1914
that wiped out a large part of the city. Legend has it, the horses that perished in the fire were buried here.
Shadow Shot Sunday is a collaboration of bloggers that share their photography. You can find other shadow shots by clicking the link in the side bar.
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Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure - Part 7

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This post is the seventh in a 10 part series on a trip that my mother and my aunt took to the western part of the United States back in 1990.

At this point in her life my mother, Fran, was recovering from complications with her legs and other health issues. She was recently retired from an admitting clerk position she held at a local hospital. Both her and my Auntie Bunt, my father's sister, were very good friends and both widows. They were also very adventurous...

June 14 1990 Thursday Day 17

9 am cold, cloudy, mileage 9377, no brake sound so far this morning. There's lots of fat juicy prime rib on the mountain sides. We stopped at Fort Phil Kearny in Story, Wyoming. We saw llama in the fields.deer in the road, and magpies and red wing blackbirds. We went to Bradford Brinton Memorial Ranch. Its a rich mans ranch with beautiful home, grounds and an art gallery in Bog Horn WY. On to Sheridan, WY. Where we had lunch at Wendys. We walked around downtown Sheridan and downtown Buffal…

Wood Pier

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This week's challenge: Wood

Are You ready for the Summer? - Movie Night

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This "Are You ready for the Summer?" series was inpired by the movie "Meatballs." I'm sure many former campers have seen this movie and know that line, "Are You ready for the Summer?" is from the opening sequence to that movie.

Meatballs can best be drecribed as "Animal House" goes to camp. It starts that zany Bill Murray. How young look his is in this 1979 movie.

It was tradiion that every Friday night was movie night. We would all gather in from of a large television. 27 inches was a large tube tv at the time. We would share a very large bowl of pop corn. Meatballs was one of the many movies we watched.

I wish everyone that attends a camp this summer a safe and happy experience. Good luck!




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Are You ready for the Summer? - Color War

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Almost every camp has the tradition of color war. Color war is the culmination of a summer's worth of athletic skill and competition. Color war usually breaks the camp down into two teams that are assigned the colors of the camp. At the camp I attended it was blue and gray.

Lots of camps started in the early 1900's and were run like para military outfits. Campers were assigned to units led by a counselor. Calisthenics and a physical training regimen were part of the program. Sometimes marching or drills were included. Regular sports such as basketball, baseball, and swimming were worked in as well. As the summer wore on smaller units would compete with each other. At the end of the summer the color war provided the ultimate in competition. It also provided an opportunity to show the campers that they could work together cooperatively.

At our camp the colors blue and gray were not choosen accidently. They were chosen to model the colors of the American Civil War. The civil war …

Metal Mastery

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I few stainless steel sculptures have popped up around downtown Salem lately. Very interesting curves.

Sorrow Shadows - Promising Light

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This was a complicated shot with the windows, the tree, the ivy, and the three peaks. I noticed the shadows of the roof peaks and ornamentation at the top on this little funeral chapel in our local cemetery. I also noticed the light  shining through the middle window from the other side of the chapel. I wasn't sure if that detail would be noticeable in the blog post.

As always, more shadow shots can be found by clicking the link in the side bar.

Like Fathers - Like Sons

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Happy Father's Day
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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A Defining Moment

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Image via Wikipedia Sports analysts speculate moments when a team gels together to complete a championship run. I think this was the defining moment Boston BruinsStanley Cup Run.
Boston was down in the series with Montreal after losing the first two games at home. The needed to find a place to practice before going to Montreal for the next two games. The arena in Montreal was booked for a Rush concert.

Not far from Montreal is a little hamlet called Lake Placid, New York. It might sound familiar as it was the place and the inspirational win of Team USA over the evil empire USSR during the 1980 Winter Olympics. This is were the Bruins practiced.

What inspired the Bruins here in Lake Placid?

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Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure - Part 6

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This post is the sixth in a 10 part series on a trip that my mother and my aunt took to the western part of the United States back in 1990.

At this point in her life my mother, Fran, was recovering from complications with her legs and other health issues. She was recently retired from an admitting clerk position she held at a local hospital. Both her and my Auntie Bunt, my father's sister, were very good friends and both widows. They were also very adventurous...

Continued from previous post:
Beautiful little doe looked at us and said with her eyes "please don't hit me i'm too prettym" so i didn"t thank god! We entered Shoshone National Park at 4:50pm and Bunt took over the driving. We're going through more stone mountains at Wapiti National Park 40 miles west of Coty Wyoming. We checked out one motel but we didn't like it. We stayed at Best Western Sunset $68.25 and had a delicious dinner of trout and chicken fetticini for $26:00.  We went to bed ear…

Thursday Challenge - Liquid

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The challenge this week is liquid.
Here are a few of the photos I have shot in the past few weeks. They are from the ocean, rainy days, and various fountains. The fountains are in Boston and Salem Massachusetts, rainy scene from Copley Square, Boston, and the USCG cutter is at Winter Island, Salem. For more liquid challenges click here. Related articlesUSCG launches first fast response cutter - Bernard C. Webber (gcaptain.com)Ben and Rebecca Are Hip in the Boston Square (popsugar.com)Salem, Massachusetts: the American Witch Hunt (joannapary.wordpress.com)

Boston Bruins - Stanley Cup Champions!

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From the cool fox to the bear: Congratulations Boston Bruins on a great season! You earned the Stanley Cup like the champions you are! Image by rob.masefield via Flickr
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Are You Ready for the Summer? - Swim to the Island

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Where I went to camp there was a qualifying swim that each camper had to pass in order to participate in other water related sports. Those included boating, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, as well as being able to swim in the ominous "deep end." In order for a camper to participate in off campus water events such as white water rafting he had to pass this one test.

That test was the swim to the island. As luck would have it, this camp was situated on a pond that did have an island. No one ever knew what the name of the island was, but it was there. That island was the proverbial beacon each and every camper looked out toward when they first arrived. It was the ticket to more water related freedom, but more importantly it represented a huge accomplishment. The island swim sometimes set the tone for the skills to be learned in other sports later on in the summer.

On Island Pond, (yes that was the real name) the swim was about 1/3 of a mile or 580 meters. It was no small "…

Flag Day

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Today we celebrate Flag Day. It is a congressionally sanctioned holiday but it is not an official federal holiday. These flags fly in an east wind in Beverly, Massachusetts.

September 1775 the schooner "Hannah," the first armed vessel of George Washington's Continental Navy, cruised off Boston. It was run ashore by British sloop Nautilus near this site in Beverly on the 10th of October. After a spirited engagement between the British warship and townspeople on the shore, Hannah was saved from destruction and capture, but was soon decommissioned as General Washington found more suitable ships for his cruisers.

The flags are from left to right: 1. Bunker Hill Flag 2: Colonial Protest "Liberty and Union" Flag 3: Continental Navy with the "Don't tread on me" Rattlesnake 4: Current US flag.

Campus Shadows

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This is a view of the quad of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. It was a beautiful summer day when I found a couple shady areas to capture the focal point of the campus, the chapel.
As always, for more Shadow Shots click the link in the sidebar.

Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure - Part 5

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This post is the fifth in a 10 part series on a trip that my mother and my aunt took to the western part of the United States back in 1990.

At this point in her life my mother, Fran, was recovering from complications with her legs and other health issues. She was recently retired from an admitting clerk position she held at a local hospital. Both her and my Auntie Bunt, my father's sister, were very good friends and both widows. They were also very adventurous...


June 9 1990 Saturday Day 12

Mileage 8532 it's 7:50am and were driving down HJ 3rd floor garage ramps at Salt Lake City Utah. Gas $8.30. We're on our way up again, beautiful scenery in Cache National Park. Today is "free fishing day" in Utah, therefore, we've seen many fishermen. As we go up to an elevation of 9,029 at Bear lake, I took a picture of Bunt sitting on a rock with aqua blue lake and snow capped mountains in the background. Hope we'll be able to figure out where these pictures were taken…