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Pear Tee Photo Almost as Famous as the Tree Itself

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Looks like another blog has picked up my photo of the famous Endicott pear tree which grows a mere two miles from here. I wrote a post about this a while back and many a site has picked up and reposted it. I'm glad they gave me credit!

Check it out! Click below. holykaw.alltop.com

Teapot Shadow

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Teapot Shadow
Derby Wharf
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

The Long Road Home

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows two women walking as they hold a portrait. Here we have a long road which many people have traveled on their final trip home.
This is the massive granite archway of the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As you can see by the lower photo shot two years ago it still stands. Under this arch many a soul and mourners have passed. They pass under an engraving over the arch which states, "Until the Day Break and the Shadows Flee Away." The arch was erected in 1863.


Oak Hill Cemetery is an example of a rural garden cemetery, created in 1831. Rural garden cemeteries were designed with many pathways and tree plantings. It is meant to be a place of enjoyment of the living as well as eternal rest for the deceased.

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Colorful Corridor

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Colorful Corridor
MBTA State Street Station
Boston, Massachusetts


Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge is "multicolor." For more photos on this theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

Shadow Curve

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Shadow Curve
One Center Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Old School Museum

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The Peabody Essex Museum was once just this granite structure you see in the center of the old postcard. It was once just the Peabody Museum until it merged with the Essex Institute just down the street.

Upstairs is the East India Marine Hall, once a gigantic meeting hall for sea captains of the 18th and 19th century. There are still relics on the walls of items the captains brought back to Salem from their voyages around the world.

It's difficult to date this old photo as there is no postmark or date on the backside. I would guess it's early 1900's? It looks as though there are still cobble stones on the street.

Today the old hall remains with two additions to the left and a Japanese tea garden on the right. Soon there will be another addition where the Japanese tea garden is.

For more information on the Peabody Essex Museum click here.
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Straight Fence

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Straight Fence
Salem Ferry Wharf
Salem, Massachusetts

This week's Thursday Challenge theme is "straight." Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. For more photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Crowds at finish line #bostonstrong #boston2016 #runbold #bostonmarthon

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Good luck runners! #runbold #bostonstrong #bostonmarthon #boston2014 #boston2016

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Honeycomb Shadows

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Honeycomb Shadows MBTA Commuter Rail Station Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Tangible History

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Sometimes one has to look at the details in a photo to find another story. These two photos I had found in different parts of my mother's albums. I thought I was seeing two different photo locations and sessions at first. If you look closely the baby is wearing the same clothes. Look at those crazy socks!


At first I thought these were studio photos They seem very well posed. The photographer has expertly gained the baby's attention.
A closer look and my knowledge of furniture in my grandfathers house brings me to conclude these photos were snapped at the family residence. In the lower photo the baby sits on a chair which I call, for a lack of a proper term, a corner chair. This is the type of chair that sits snugly in the corner of a room, perhaps a small room. One sits diagonally in this chair. I myself have sat  in this very chair when I was a child. In fact it was a favorite chair for us grandchildren to sit when we visited grandpa as is was so unique.


That chair still exi…

Simple Words

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Simple Words
Greenlawn Cemetery Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's theme is "words." For more photos on this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

#Ghost #Ship #Friendship of Salem #salemma #nps #nightshot

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Gangway Shadows

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Gangway Shadows
Salem Ferry Wharf
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Going Over the Bar

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This week's Sepia Saturday post features a boat. Here is a story about boats going over a sand bar pictured in antique postcards.

Not much has changed at the "jetties", the rocks you see, at the mouth of the Merrimack River. There are still two jetties, the north and south.


These rocks were put in place to constrict the out flow of the river which keeps the channel clear of sand and silt. It does work, but it just pushes the problem further out to sea. Recently the jetties were reinforced and lengthen to help stem erosion on Plum Island and at Salisbury Beach.

When there is an east wind going against a strong outgoing tide the area between the jetties make for some very treacherous navigation over the "bar" as they call it. It's some of the trickiest navigation on the east coast US.


While boats still go in and out of the harbor, gone are the days of steam tugboats pulling fishing schooners out to the open ocean.

Navigate the treacherous waters of Sepia Satu…

Electric Sky

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Electric Sky
North River
Salem, Massachusetts

This week's Thursday Challenge is "electric." Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. For more photos on this theme click here.