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Station Shadow

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Station Shadow
MBTA Commuter Rail Station - Swampscott
Swampscott, Massachusetts


Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Oh Mr. Lion, What Have You Been Hiding?

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Yes this lion is very sneaky. Recently the lion and unicorn on the Old State House roof were removed to be restored. It was rumored that there was a time capsule hidden in the head of the lion placed there in 1901 when it was last restored. The opening of the lion's head and time capsule took place at the studio where the restoration is to take place.

With all the media hype the press was there in force at the opening. The lion's crown was removed and viola, there was a copper box inside! The box was welded shut and fastened to the inside of the lion. When it was removed and cut opened it was deemed the box was packed to tightly to remove the contents immediately. Another week would pass before the contents of the box were properly removed by and archivist and displayed.

The lion and unicorn are heraldic supporters appearing in the full Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The lion stands for England and the unicorn for Scotland. The combination dates back to the 1603 acc…

Dream Home

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Dream Home
Coolidge Point
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Coolidge Point is home to many seaside mansions. It's also home to Coolidge Point Reservation run by the The Trustees of the Reservations, from which this photo was shot. The view is looking eastward toward Magnolia and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "home." For many more home photos, click here for Thursday Challenge.

Reflection Shadows

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Reflection Shadows
500 Cummings Center
Beverly, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

The Shoe

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I noticed some shoes in this week's Sepia Saturday theme but I don't have any shoe photos to show you. OR do I?

What you are looking at is the former United Shoe Machinery Factory ir as it was affectionately called. "the shoe." This massive concrete complex is located in Beverly, Massachusetts. However they didn't produce shoes here but they made the machinery that produced shoes in other factories throughout the world. Most everyone in Beverly worked at "the shoe."

To say "the Shoe" is massive is an under statement. It's gargantuan. It's still the largest concrete structure in the country  It's Nuclear Fallout Shelter in the basement had a capacity of 7000. It had it's own power plant and railroad sidings and railroad station. It even had it's own 18 hole golf course.

"The Shoe," is now called the Cummings Center. It's been converted into hundreds of offices from medical, to businesses, to restaurants. It is …

Happy Halloween Dogs

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Happy Halloween Dogs
Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts

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

Grand Gazebo

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Grand Gazebo
Tuck's Point
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts


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City Speed

Scenery is beautiful speeded up!

Town Common Shadows

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Town Common Shadows
Lower Green
Newbury, Massachusetts

The Lower Green Schoolhouse  has enjoyed the shade of this oak tree since it was built in 1877. When it opened it was noted that the high ceilings and large windows were the latest in school building technology! For a winter view from this same vantage point click here.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Bridge Reflections

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Much can be said about the beauty of some bridges. One of the most beautiful of all has to be the suspension bridge. This is the Chain Bridge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It has the distinction of being the only suspension bridge in the state. I wrote a post about this bridge entitled "The Strongest Link" which tells a bit more about the history.

The bridge originally was suspended with chains, which consisted of ten inch links. They now have been replaced with steel cables. The wooden deck has been replaced with steel. The towers where once made of wood are now also made of steel covered with stone. Instead of two smaller portals for traffic to go through, there is now only one large one. The right pier on which the right tower sits, was once separate from the mainland. It is now connected and back-filled.

The reflections are striking in both photos. The top photo was shot at low tide. The bottom photo was shot at high tide over 100 years later almost in the same locatio…

Shining Sea

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Shining Sea
Boston Harbor
Boston, Massachusetts

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

Shadows With a View

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Shadows With a View
Hospital Point Lighthouse Grounds
Beverly, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Illustrated Inspiration

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I couldn't help but notice that this week's Sepia Saturday prompt is a Saturday Evening Post cover illustration by the famous artist Norman Rockwell. Rockwell did hundreds of these covers in the 30 years he worked for the Post. I had a chance to view his museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts a few years ago. It houses a massive collection of his work in a beautiful building on the grounds of his estate. You get a very up close vantage point of his work. 
If you ever have the chance to visit the Berkshires of Massachusetts I recommend a stop at the museum. This post was an easy one as it was published by me posted four years ago also for Sepia Saturday.
Norman Rockwell painted the "Freedoms" series during WWII. He wanted to help out the war effort but was to old to enter the military. He did four paintings being inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech on freedoms presented to the 77th United States Congress on January 6, 1941.
Freedom of  Speech, Freedom to Wor…

Friendship and Peace

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Friendship and Peace
Salem Maritime National Historical Site
Salem, Massachusetts

The Friendship of Salem (left) shares her berth with the Peacemaker on a foggy day.
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "together."
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