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Half Shadowed

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Half Shadowed
Old Town Hall
Salem, Massachusetts


Warships From the Air

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Warships from the air shows many different type of ships in the US Navy circa 1934. They are at rest in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. Look closely you can see one in dry dock for repairs.

But the most famous of all warships is the one at the bottom. She is the USS Constitution or "Old Ironsides." At the moment she is in that dry dock above having some of her hull repaired.

Yearly she is taken out of her berth and "sailed" using the help of a tugboat. On the Fourth of July she "sails" to Fort Independence in Boston where she is saluted with cannons. She returns that salute to the fort. She also is taken one a year for a "turnabout" cruise to keep her weathered evenly on both sides.

She remains the oldest commissioned warship in the world.



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Dog vs. Gadget IV

Deer Attack!


Green Light

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Green Light
Marblehead Lighthouse - Chandler Hovey Park
Marblehead Neck, Massachusetts

Marblehead Neck lighthouse was built in 1896 replacing a shorter lighthouse. There are 127 spiral steps to the top located in the central cylinder. The light is 105 feet tall and can shine up to 7 nautical miles out to sea.

This was posted for Thursday Challenge which as a weekly thematic collaboration of photographer / bloggers. This week's challenge is "lights."

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Dog vs. Gadget III

Snake Attack!


Dog vs. Gadget II

Spider Attack!


Dog vs. Gadget

Shark Attack!

Morning Shadows

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Morning Shadows
Salem Willows
Salem, Massachusetts

The Old Watering Trough

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If a horse could talk (Mr. Ed did) this horse in the top photo is probably saying to himself, "Mmmmmmmmmm this water is refreshing!" Notice the high long handle of the pump. Presumably it was the job of each horse cart/buggy owner to refill the trough after his or her horse was finished drinking.  Ok so the Sepia Saturday prompt has a horse in it. I've covered that...


The church behind the horse and watering trough is steeped in history and of one legend.

The East Parish Church was originally established as the East Parish Meetinghouse. Today it still carries the name meetinghouse on some signage. The original meetinghouse was the 18th built in Massachusetts Colony in 1640. The name East Parish was given when Salisbury Plantation was divided into two parishes, the other being the West Parish, now part of Amesbury, Massachusetts.  In 1720 a new East Parish Meetinghouse was built on this present day site but as that congregation outgrew the facility an even newer, the pres…

Tree School

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Tree School
Lower Common
Newbury, Massachusetts

The one room schoolhouse on Newbury's Lower Common is surrounded with many trees ready to explode into fall colors. Posted for Thursday Challenge. Thursday Challenge is a weekly collaboration of photographer/bloggers. This week's challenge is "trees."

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Chapel Shadows

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Chapel Shadows
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

An Uncommon Courthouse

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In Newburyport, Massachusetts one can find one of the smallest courthouses in the state and perhaps the country.

It was designed by the noted architect Charles Bulfinch. Bulfinch also designed many famous Boston landmarks including Faneuil Hall.

This little courthouse has been around since 1805.

Among those who practiced law here were President John Quincy Adams and Senator Daniel Webster.

In 1976 this courthouse was subject of a terror attack. A bomb hidden inside collapsed the left corner of the building and windows were blown out.
As you can see, by the newer Google Earth image below, the old courthouse is in great shape. The scars of the bombing attack have faded and it is still used. It is the oldest regularly operating courthouse in the the country.




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Red Box

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Red Box
Salem Fire Department
Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly collaboration of photographer bloggers. This week's challenge is "red." For more fine photos with this theme click here.

Snow Toys

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Snow Toys
Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts



Thursday Challenge is a unique weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "toys." For many more fine photos shot by other Thursday Challenge photographers click here.

Courthouse Shadows

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Courthouse ShadowsEssex County Family and Probate Court
36 Federal Street
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2