Showing posts from August, 2012

Riding High

Batman the Ride Six Flags - New England Agawam, Massachusetts

Fox Gymnastics

Are these the next fox Olympians?

Tower Shadows

This new forest fire observation tower on top of Mount Wachusett in central Massachusetts provides a nice shadow that points toward the east.

For more shadow shots click here.

First Footprint

I remember that day over forty years ago like it was yesterday. The day when Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon.

It was July 20, 1969. The day before my birthday. Our family was on vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hanpshire. The on air television channels then weren't very strong were we were located so the picture was grainy.

But we still heard those tinny sounding words non the less. "That's one small step for man... one giant leap for mankind." They were uttered by the Astronaut Armstrong on that historic occasion.

Neil Armstrong passed away today. He has taken his own final giant leap. But his legacy lives on forever on the moon in the form of the first footprint.

Wedding Photo

Originally posted April 30, 2011

This grainy photo of my parents wedding back in 1951. They were leaving this quaint New England white clapboard church on their way to their honeymoon. The little church sits on the shore of Portsmouth Harbor which makes for a picturesque exit from the sanctuary.

They always took us on road trips to Maine and would "short cut" us to go by this pretty chapel. This isn't quite Westminster Abbey but I bet they had a similar feel to as William and Kate had as they exited the cathedral. Below is a photo of the 1st Congregational Church in Kittery Point, Maine as it stands today.

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Shadow Pear

This pear tree was brought here to the "new world" from England in the 1600's by then Governor Endicott of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Plantation. It's growth still continues and bears fruit.

This was posted for Shadow Shot Sunday and for Thursday Challenge. Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week the theme is "growth." To find more "growth" click the above link.

Beaver Attack!

Ever wanted to know what was the mascot of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology?
Well of course, nature's own engineer. It's the beaver. Those little buggers are pretty good at creating dams to raise water levels. Flooding roadways and backyards. Their bungalows are created below water with many layers to protect them from the elements and predators. Busy beavers indeed!
This beaver here looks as though he is the predator sneaking up on the human. 
But alas... he is a model used to lead parades in the early 1900's. On this occasion the beaver was looking for a new campus in Cambridge across the river from it's old cramped campus in Boston. I wonder if he was eyeing the Charles River as a spot for a new dam?
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Laid Back in Bronze

Northeastern University Sculpture Garden Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This weeks theme is "leisure."
To find more leisure photos click here.

Baby Loves Doggy

Cuteness overload.

Shaded Saltbox

Narbonne House
Colonial Saltbox Architecture
Salem Maritime Historical Site
Salem, Massachusetts
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A Bridge to Freedom

UPDATE: This Sepia Saturday was originally published July 3, 2010. You will see updated photos of the newly completed bridge at the end of this post.

For this Sepia Saturday I thought it appropriate to work in a bit of tomorrow's holiday, America's Independence Day, the Fourth of July.

The bridge on the left side of the postcard was once known as the Essex-Merrimac Bridge or the Merrimack River bridge. It connects Main Street in Amesbury, Massachusetts to Deer Island. The bridge you see on the right is the older incarnation of the Chain Bridge which connects Deer Island to Newburyport, Massachusetts. I'll have a Chain Bridge post at a later date.

There have been many versions of the Essex-Merrimac Bridge and the first one dates back to 1792. These bridges were the first to span the Merrimack River. Before that, if you needed to cross the river, you used a ferry. George Washington himself crossed this river on a ferry in 1789 on his tour of the New England States. The ferry cr…

Modern Art or Architecture?

M.I.T.Stata Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is posted for Thursday Challenge which is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "modern."
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Cat vs. Cup: Guess Who Wins


Lighthouse Shadows

The struts of the Marblehead Neck lighthouse frames a summer evening sail.

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Healing Hound

This is Cricket, the therapy dog. I met her when I went to the hospital for an ultrasound on my foot. As I was waiting for my name to be called she came over to me and put her body next to my leg. Then I heard my name called. She knew I was next!

When the session was over the technician had to get the pictures approved by the radiologist. While I was alone Cricket came over and put her snout on my bed so I could pat her.
Cricket works at Lynn Union Hospital, Lynn, Massachusetts.

Pets certainly can sense illness and help in healing. I've experienced it first hand.
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It's Fun to Stay at the Y.M.C.A!

When I think of running, track and field, and Olympic events my mind races back to those youthful days spent at the old YMCA on State Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

The old YMCA was an amazingly archaic structure. It could spook us young boys even during the day time with many activities in sessions. There were many nooks and crannies and mysterious doorways that seemed to lead to nowhere. 

The building itself was considered an architectural marvel. It was designed by the famed architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. He was the same architect to design Trinity Church of Boston, said to be on the top ten list of architecturally significant buildings in the country.

The old YMCA has Richardsons' signature brownstone archways, cornices and turrets. A fire on a cold winter night in 1982 ended it's life. It burned to the ground leaving nothing but a shell. The "Y" sat vacant for many years. The shell was propped up with external steel supports. Finally it was removed and …

Tough Guys

This shot is taken from a high bridge as these "tough guys" where taking their mooring tender under me. Notice carefully the "tough guy" gesture the man piloting is giving me. Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "tough." To find more tough photos click here for "Theme Thursday.