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Peaceful Shadows

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Peaceful Shadows
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "shadows." For many more shadow shots click here for Thursday Challenge.

Cemetery Shadows

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Cemetery Shadows
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Signs, Signs, Everywhere are signs...

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Imagine if you will a small bustling seaport city in North America. This is the turn of the 20th century on Water Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Those were the days of horse and buggy, cobble stone streets, gas street lamps and no telephone poles or electrical wires cluttering the view.
But every postcard has a story and this one is no different. There is something odd about this old postcard. Maybe it's not as old as one would think? One sign in it is much clearer than the rest. Check out that Kray's sign. The photograph doesn't show other signs that clear does it? Kray's was a clothing store in Newburyport that was around from the 1800's to the early 1990's.

Upon further investigation (simply flipping over the card) it's disclosed that this card was postmarked in 1976 and has 9 cents of postage on the back. Kray's evidently had the photo doctored to enhance their sign in the old photo. Kray's started business here and ended business on Ple…

Pond Reflections

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Pond Reflections
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "reflections." For many more reflections. click here for Thursday Challenge.

Shadow of the Artist

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Shadow of the Artist
National Sand Sculpting Festival
Revere Beach, Massachusetts


The National Sand Sculpting Festival is held each year on Revere Beach, Massachusetts with sculptors from around the world. The artists adhere to strict rules during the contest. Each sculptor is given 10 tons of sand and are assigned an 18’ x 18’ square exhibit area. Work by the artists is limited to 24 hours in total length, which is spread out over several days. Forms for molding components are allowed and must be removed prior to the artworks being rated by the judges. The sand sculptures are evaluated using four categories: (1) degree of difficulty, (2) originality and creativity, (3) quality of sculpting, and (4) overall visual impact.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Four Generations

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Our family photographer (my mother) always had to have a "generation" photo whenever she could. Most of those photos are of two or three generations but this photo was bonus for four generations! Rest assured her keen photographic eye is behind the lens of the camera that shot this. In it are from left to right: Arthur Peabody (great-grandfather) Robert Peabody (father) Edward Vernon Peabody (grandfather). That's me Douglas, Dougie or Doug, which ever you prefer, on my grandfather's lap. The occasion was my great-grandfather's 90th birthday party. Look how formally we dressed!

We always teased my mother about how long it took her to set up a shot. Of course in the days of film photography she was very frugal with her shots. Us kids would always fidget and say, "come on mom take the picture!" Nowadays whenever anyone in the family takes a long time to shoot a photo in tribute to her, we say,  "come on Frances, take the picture!"

For many more fi…

The Laurels of Spring

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Mountain Laurel
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

There's a place in Massachusetts where you can walk through tunnels of mountain laurel. If you visit at the right time these delicate blossoms will fall on you like a parade of confetti. It's truly a beautiful experience. You can never predict when that time will be. Visit Maudslay State Park, in Newburyport, Massachusetts in June for this glorious show.

Posted for Theme Thursday. This week's theme is "flowers." For many more fine photos of flowers click here for Theme Thursday.

2 Judgement

Like the New York Yankees or not, this guy is the epitome of the game of baseball. In a pregame all star game press conference he said, and I'm paraphrasing here, "the game is not about me, it's about the my teammates, the other teams, the fans, and all of baseball." You are a class act Derek Jeter. Enjoy your retirement.


Daddy's Little Girl

You can't get much more adorable than this... Enjoy!

Shadowed Art

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Shadowed Art
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts


Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Hair Raising Experience!

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I'll bet that woman has hairpins in her hair. What woman you say? Well that's this week's Sepia Saturday prompt. (see below)
Voila! I have have found an old postcard of a hairpin turn right here in Massachusetts. One doesn't think of Massachusetts as being mountainous but the Appalachian Mountain chain rises right through the western part of the state. This is the hairpin turn on the  famous tourist highway called Mohawk Trail. It is also State Route 2.
The grade up and over the mountains from North Adams eastward toward Boston was to steep a slope to take in a straight line so they built switchbacks into the it. This hairpin turn is the only one in the state. 
There is also a lesser curve, not quite a hairpin, at the top of the grade over Todd Mountain. In the autumn of the year the leaves on the trees turn bright colours and the Mohawk Trail becomes a parking lot at some places. (middle photo)
At the top of the downgrade a sign advises truckers to check their brakes…

Practical Rescue

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Practical Rescue
Salem Fire Department Headquarters
Salem, Massachusetts

Salem's new ladder truck has already made a multistory rescue, how's that for practical? This week's Thursday Challenge prompt is "practical." For many more practical photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Spider Shadows

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Spider Shadows
South Station
Boston, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Independence Through Pot Lids

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Before the Revolutionary War there had already been many skirmishes with the British. There was the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the battle of Bunker Hill. The townspeople of Salisbury, Massachusetts sought fit to support the cause six weeks before the Declaration of Independence was read on the steps of the State House with their own declaration of support. According to town records, "It was voted that if the honourable Congress, that for the safety of the said colonies declare them independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain, they will solemnly engage with their lives and fortunes to support them in the measure." The Revolutionary War may have been fought by men but colonial women had just as an important role as the soldiers. According to tradition, the women of Salisbury brought their pewter ware to the common, to melt down into musket balls.
All colonial settlements set aside an area known as a town common. They were u…

13 Flags

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13 Flags
Riley Plaza
Salem, Massachusetts

Riley Plaza commemorates Congressional Medal of Honor John P. Riley USN, for his service in the Spanish-American War, 1898.

For Those Who Can Not Wait for Tonight...

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Fourth of July Celebration
Salem Maritime National Historic Site - Derby Wharf
Salem, Massachusetts



The photos in this time lapse sequence were shot from the cupola of the US Custom House. You can see the back eagle that adorns the custom house at the bottom of the frame. Both this video and the celebration are a fantastic production by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.



48 Stars

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48 Stars
Pickering House
Salem, Massachusetts
Forty-eight stars was America's flag from 1912 to 1959. It's the second longest serving flag only to the current 50 star flag. Happy Independence Day 2014 everyone!

Destroyer Launch Timelapse

Destroyer Launch Timelapse
Bath Iron Works
Bath, Maine


Happy Fourth of July everyone. Welcome Zumwalt - America's newest warship

Communion in the Woods

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Communion in the Woods
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts


This wood carving is found on the property of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. The replica of Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" as well as the chalice and bread loaves were carved directly into a felled tree.

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "wood." To find many more photos with this theme click here for Thursday Challenge.