Showing posts from April, 2012

Pink Shadows

Apple blossoms are out here on Federal Street, in Salem, Massachusetts. Soon this side walk will literally be covered in pink petals. That makes for a joyous stroll.

Sepia Saturday - Photos With the Relatives

Ever visit a relative and have your photo taken with them before you leave?
This photo is exactly that. It shows the commander of Apollo 12 standing next to Surveyor 3 which was launched in 1967, 31 months before Conrad and Bean landed on the moon.
The resolution of these NASA photos is incredible. Look closely over Conrad's left shoulder. On the hill is the lunar module, a satellite communication dish, and the American flag.
This photo is particularly extraordinary as it also shows the only time one space launched vehicle was visited by mankind travelling in another vehicle, on another planet.

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Greetings From Planet Earth

A larger than usual globe greets you in the foyer of the Map Room at Boston Public Library Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "earth." For more views of our plant go to Thursday Challenge by clicking here.

Football Fabuloso

On a warm spring evening two local men have fun tossing the pigskin at Dead Horse Beach, Salem, Massachusetts.

Prisoners Released

But some are still wearing their black and white spotted jump suits.

Tree House

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Sepia Saturday - A Bridge of Flowers

I'm using a previous Sepia Saturday post this week. This was posted September of 2011. Not to worry, this bridge did survive and it's gardens are as beautiful as ever. 

As many of you know I'm a fanatic when it comes to bridges. I have so many posts on bridges on this blog they now have their own archive in the sidebar.

When it comes to bridges I like to give them their own little nickname. I've written about the "bridge of death" the  "bridge to freedom," the "poet's bridge," and the the "bridge named for a rock that was named for a king." This bridge is legitimately called the "bridge of flowers."

The Bridge of Flowers began it's life as a trolley bridge and a freight rail bridge between the towns of Shelburne Falls and Buckland, Massachusetts. It has five graceful arches made of concrete. It also carries a water main. After the age of trolleys it was abandoned for while.

It's named the bridge of flowers be…

Red Sox - Fenway Park

Fenway Park - Boston, Massachusetts 100th Anniversary Tribute post.
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Spring Dogwoods

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Rest in Peace Dick Clark

It's sad to hear of the passing of Dick Clark. He was highly energetic right up until the end.

Road Trip

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 Written April 19, 1860; first published in 1863 as part of "Tales of a Wayside Inn"
Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,-- One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm."
Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, Just as the moon rose over the bay, Where swinging wide at her moorings lay The Somerset, British man-of-war; A phantom ship, with each mast and spar Across the moon like a pris…

Ski N Sleep

I've been this sleepy, what about you?

Marathon Monday

Come rain...

or snow...

The Boston Marathon must go on.
The tortoise and hare bronze sculpture on Copley Square are a tribute to the Boston Marathon. The finish line is not far from this location. The marathon is run on Patriot's Day a Massachusetts holiday. This year Patriot's Day falls on April 16. Many people love to have their photo taken here sitting on these famous statues. 

A Titantic Analysis

IF you have ever wondered what those last moments were like, James Cameron has put together a CGI of what proabably happened.

Shadow Traps

Lobster fishermen are readying their traps for the season. These sitting on a dock at Winter Island, will be picked up soon and thrown to into the deep sea to fool the crafty crustacean. For many more shadow shots click here.

Sepia Saturday - A Bird's Eye View

The theme this week is "flight." In this postcard, from my collection, it takes a flight to shoot this photo. At one time in the history of Salisbury, Massachusetts. US Route 1 was the main road through town. It started at the Merrimack River, went north on Bridge Road, through Salisbury Square, then north again on LaFayette Road to the state line with New Hampshire.

What you are looking at is a part of US Route 1 on LaFayette Road as it curves off to the right. The "toll road extension," as it is called, forks off to the left to a part of Interstate 95 that was finished in the 1950's. New Hampshire's portion was completed first and the state collected tolls.
Of course New Hampshire didn't want their portion of Interstate 95 to come to an abrupt end so they funded a "toll road extension" though northern Salisbury to connect to US Route 1. It was a few years later that Massachusetts completed their portion of Interstate 95 to connect to the New…

Silly Little Lighthouse

I found a tiny lighthouse in the Danvers River.
Don't think it has anything to do with navigation.
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Shadow Time

Do you remember the first time you saw your shadow?

State Shadows

State Street, Boston, Massachusetts For more shadow shot statements click here.

Sepia Saturday - Larger Libraries

I have two library postcards in my collection. Both libraries have undergone massive expansions in the past two decades. The Waterville Public Library was given to the town in 1905 by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. They funded hundreds of library projects in America. It's of a very distinct Richardsonian architecture. The current photo shows the rear of the newest addition. You can still see the spire of the original tower. Although the front facade has not changed it is no longer used as the main entrance.
The Newburyport Public Library was featured on this blog just a few weeks ago. It was once a stately old mansion visited by dignitaries such as Washington, Adams, and LaFayette. When the weight of the collection started to sag the old wooden floors and balconies it became time to expand as shown in the left photo. The expansion was enabled when the former YMCA building the sat to the left of the mansion was destroyed by fire.

A Bird in the Hand...

is Worth Two in the Bush
Bird in Hand Sculpture Clipper City Rail-Trail Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Baby Talk

There has to be some connection between the primeval howl and a baby's babel.

Eternal Shadows

Old Burying Point Graveyard, Salem, Massachusetts. Graves date back to the early 1600's
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