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Giant Bottles

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Giant Bottles
MWRA Waste Water Treatment Facility
Deer Island, Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's challenge is "bottles."
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Henri II

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Depression lingers on.

Which Road to Follow?

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The Road Not Taken Robert Frost
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
The old elm tree which caused this shadow sits on a bluff above the Atlantic Ocean on the grounds of Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. The shadows reminded me of pathways and of that famous Robert Frost poem above.

Brothers Barton

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My answer to the prompt this week is not two girls, but two boys or very young men.

These two dapper gentlemen are barely men. On the left my grandfather Ralph at age 18 in Paris, France. On the right his older brother, my great-uncle Frank.

They were born and brought up in New Brunswick, Canada. Both served in the military for their country and met in Paris for a brief time in the midst of war. I'm not sure which branch my great-uncle was with but my grandfather fought with the Mac Lean's Kilties a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

In fact you can see Ralph is wearing a kilt!


I hope everyone has had a nice Thanksgiving and are well rested to begin the rigors of the holidays. For many other fine Sepia Saturday posts, click here!

Happy Thanksgiving

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It's one of the great illustrator Norman Rockwell's series on Freedoms. I had a chance to see many of Rockwell's works a few years ago. His museum is not far from here in a beautiful region of the state called the Berkshires.

Rockwell painted all four freedoms that were outlined in a Franklin Delano Roosevelt address to Congress in 1941. Those are Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
This portrait is probably one of the most iconic of Rockwell's work. It is Freedom from Want. I say its the very vision of family, food, and love during the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone from Crazy as a Cool Fox!

Thankful for a Beautiful End of Day

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Boston Skyline from Swampscott Harbor, Massachusetts Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "thankful."
I am thankful for the other members of Thursday Challenge from which I find inspiring photography.
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Turkey Talk

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Henri the Cat

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Someone get this cat some prozac!

A Tale of Two Seasons

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What a difference two seasons make. On the left is a sidewalk covered in freshly fallen apple blossoms from last spring. On the right are the decayed remains of the leaves of those same apple trees, taken on the same sidewalk a few days ago.
The ornate fence is in front of the Peirce-Nichols House part of the Peabody Essex Museum Properties at 80 Federal Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Jerathmiel Peirce owned the original "Friendship of Salem."

Shadows of Honor

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Recently decorated World War II memorial
Salem, Massachusetts


Old School

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The theme this week shows students with books. Where's the best place to find that but at school? In my collection I find this postcard. This is the old Newburyport High School that sat at the corner of High and Green Streets. The church behind the school is Immaculate Conception and is still there. NHS moved up High Street to the new address in 1938 the old school was razed and replaced with a convent for the IC church. 
The card was posted October 30, 1915 at 10:00 PM. Can you imagine postal workers working that late in a small city like Newburyport? 
In the message area the sender is thanking the recipient for a previous card and asking what news he desries.
The new NHS shown below was built in 1938 and refurbished in 2002.
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Stationary Boats

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Stationary Boats
The tide is out at Juniper Cover in Salem, Massachusetts
These boats aren't moving anytime soon.


Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "stationary."
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Even Halloween Can Be Depressing :(

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The end is a hoot!

Happy Veteran's Day

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Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. Napolean Bonaparte

Reflective Shadows

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Reflective Shadows
Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday
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Radio Man

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is a photo of a huge telephone switchboard and a number of very busy operators forwarding calls. My closest match to that is this photo of my father at his station handling the radio operations for his unit during World War II. Dad was a radio operator for his company who where deployed in North Africa and Italy. I have number of photos he took during that time period but only one shows a distinctive shape of an Italian cathedral. He told us some stories of what he did during the war but none of them were ever told in depth. He did tell me of one incident of when his unit was left stranded on an Italian island in the midst of the Sicilian campaign  They were left for about a week behind enemy lines before being rescued. One story I never heard directly from him was told to me by my grandfather after my dad's death in 1980. I was visiting "Gramp" when the subject of dad's military experience came up. 
Apparently his unit was invo…

Orange Leaf

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Orange Leaf Salem Willows Park Salem, Massachusetts Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "orange." For more orange photos click here.

The End of Campaigning - FINALLY!

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Sometimes I feel like this...

Heart of Stone

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Heart of Stone Equniox Park - Phillips Beach Swampscott, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday For more shadow shots click here.

Safe Surf

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A few weeks ago I posted about  the Salisbury Beach U.S. Lifesaving Station so I thought I would add to that this week. This week's Sepia Saturday prompt has something to do with physical exertion with some men who were playing a game called hurling. So I'll match that with the physical exertion seen here in launching a life boat in the surf.
This lifeboat would have been from the life saving station just across the Merrimack River mouth from the Salisbury Beach Lifesaving Station. Their boats would have been the same as you see here all up and down the coast, and launched the same way; by wheeling it down to the surf and pushing it past the breakers.
Some folks commented on the photo in the Salisbury Beach post showing the carts used to launch the boats looked like it didn't have a rear set of wheels. Perhaps the photographer just airbrushed them out because they didn't get a good photographic exposure. I'm not sure, but all the surf boat sets I have seen have had…