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Motif #1

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Motif #1
Rockport Harbor, Massachusetts
Motif #1 is so named because it is the most painted scene in the coastal area of Massachusetts. This is an actual photo processed to look like a painting using GIMP. This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is creative photographs. Click here for many more creative photos at Thursday Challenge.

Schoolhouse Shadows

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Schoolhouse Shadows
Lower Green
Newbury, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

3 guys 1 dog and 1 Crazy Boat

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One never knows what one will find when doing a search on Flickr especially on the Boston Public Library archives. Wanting to match the Sepia Saturday prompt for this week (see below) I did a search for 3 men. There were many results ranging from three politicians to three baseball players at Fenway Park. But this image really caught my eye.

The three men are unidentified are not even from Boston. They are identified as being from Wareham which is near Cape Cod. It looks as though they are on a Fourth of July outing These guys are very well dressed and are navigating the waters in a curiously narrow vessel. I would think that thing would be somewhat tippy.

If you look carefully the frame that surrounds the gentlemen is part of the drive of the paddle wheel in the stern. A simple up and down motion on the frame would cause the wheel to turn. There is a wheel to steer in the bow and it looks as though they could even fly a jib from the bow mast.

Although the photo is undated the paddlewh…

Power and Light

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Power and Light
Footprint Power Station - Derby Wharf Lighthouse
Salem, Massachusetts
Derby Wharf Light Station was built in 1871. It sits at the very end of the half mile long wharf. Footprint Power is in the process of converting from a coal to a natural gas burning power plant. This was posted for  a weekly meme called Thursday Challenge This week's challenge is "electricity."

Monumental Shadows

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Monumental Shadows
Civil War Monument - Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

A Bridge of Flowers and Trolleys

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Ok I know I'm a bridge fanatic and I'm especially fond of the Bridge of Flowers over the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. It has to be the most unique reuses of an old bridge that there ever was. Flowers are blossoming there three seasons a year. That fourth season is a tough one on flowers here in New England. I have blogged about this bridge in Sepia Saturday before but never with a view of a trolley. Here's a link to one of my posts with a bit more of the history as well as  dramatic photos of the Deerfield at flood stage.

It's hard to believe that his beautifully landscaped and crafted structure was once a trolley bridge. Yes, that's what it was, simply a trolley bridge. It was built purposefully for trolleys and nothing else. There's a perfectly good steel truss bridge right next to it which is from where I have shot many photos of the Bridge of Flowers.

Well I finally found proof that it was a trolley bridge check out this old photo fro…

Good Reads

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Good Reads
Boston Public Library
Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Public Library was the first large free municipal library in the United States. This photo of stacks inside the Johnson Building was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "books." For many more challenge shots click here for Thursday Challenge.

Bon Voyage Shirley Temple

It was saddening to hear this morning of the passing of Shirley Temple Black. She was the classic icon of a child star. She will be missed but alas her work lives on. Check out this colorized version of the song "On the Good Ship Lollypop."

Ice Shadows

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Ice Shadows
Salem's Chocolate and Ice Festival
Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Flying Pianos!

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For all you piano lovers out there this post isn't going to be a pleasant one. I apologise for what you are about to witness. Sepia Saturday's prompt does show a piano after all.
Back in 1972 some ingenious and some may say very bored Massachusetts Institute of Technology students thought of disposing of their residence hall's very broken piano in an unusual manner. They loaded it into the elevator, sent it to the top, and shoved it very ceremoniously off the roof. 
As of this writing the lives of  forty-one pianos have come to a violent end, all in the name of science during the MIT Annual Piano Drop. Now this is fun research!!



To find many more piano posts tickle the ivories here for Sepia Saturday.

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Storm Flags

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Storm Flags
Riley Plaza
Salem, Massachusetts

Wartime Shadows

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Wartime Shadows
Battery Murphy - East Point
Nahant, Massachusetts

During World War II, East Point bristled with the highest concentration of larger guns in the Boston Harbor defenses. This included the two 16-inch guns of Battery John Murphy in the center of the Point, the two rapid-firing 6-inch guns of Battery 206 on the southwest tip, and the two temporary 155 mm guns that were emplaced in Panama mounts on the southeast tip early in the war. East Point also features a massive underground bunker that housed the plotting room for Battery Murphy and a control point at the eastern tip for the underwater magnetic detection loop cables that were part of the harbor defenses.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

More Winter or Not?

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Oh groundhog oh groundhog what will it be, more hats mittens and scarves or shades and ice tea? When you tell us this morn your answer from tree stump, Make sure its the right one or we'll give you a thump.

General Baggage

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When I think of the Union commander General Ulysses S. Grant I think of a dashing leader charging with his mighty steed Cincinnati, leading his troops into battle on a southern field, chasing the "Rebs." But in reality he commanded, as most Generals do, from the rear overlooking the battlefield. I suppose a General would need to bring a few things along with them to command a major army.

Apparently General Grant came with a lot of baggage. The wagon you see in the Matthew Brady photo is U.S. Grants own personal wagon for all the things the General might need on a field of battle. 
But what would a a General of the mid 1800's on a battlefield need? Maybe he needed replacement sabres in case his broke in combat? Maybe he needed few new firearms and ammunition? 
Perhaps he needed a few changes of uniforms? But wait, he wasn't famous for wearing flourishing dress unions. In fact he wore his unadorned battlefield uniform to the surrender at Appomattox.
What about persona…