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Tree Shadow

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This shadow seems to have a bit of the real thing growing from itself.
Salem Willows Band Shell.

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Construction In Session

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The new Essex County Court House is nearly ready after 2 1/2 years of construction. It began with the demolition of 3 homes and the move of an historic church building.

The former 1st Baptist Church dates back to 1834 is converted to the law library of the new courthouse complex. It was moved from it's old location next to the Essex County Probate and Family Court south a few hundred yards to the corner of Federal and North Streets.

If you look carefully at the final photo collage, you may notice that the building is not lined up square with the new building. This was done purposefully as the church's original alignment angle was not square to the street and was kept at an "historic angle."



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The Ultimate Sand Castles

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Revere Beach Sand Castle Competition - 2011
Enough sand to satisfy the child in all of us.
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Mud Flat Sky

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A Place To Reflect and Focus

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A niche to rest and stay cool in the shade of an apple tree can be found in the garden of the Ropes Mansion, Salem, Massachusetts.

Shadow Shot Sunday - Pole Reflection

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Sepia Saturday - There's the Waterwheel!

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One of my favourite memories as a child was spotting landmarks along the road as we traveled from place to place. I would call out the name of the place as though I was the only one to see it, or I had seen it first before anyone else.

One such place was situated along US Route 1 in Rowley, Massachusetts. It's the country's first fulling mill, and dates back to 1638.
The water wheel powered the machinery that processed wool. It was also a grist mill at one time. It's last use was as a gem mill, polishing stones smooth to be used in jewelry.
The waterwheel was very noticeable as it was painted orange and lighted at night. It always seemed to be turning. It was easy to spot from the road back then. It now has numerous trees growing up around the property.
When I spotted it, I would always say and almost sang this line... "there's the waterwheel!"






Did somebody at Sepia Saturday say theme? Hmmm waterwheels... space suits = Technology?

Summertime and Lemonade

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My mother had a glass pitch similar to this one which she used only for fresh squeezed lemonade. It was freshly squeezed too. I can attest to that as I helped squeeze those lemons early in the morning before the day got hot. The pitch I remember had a blue sailboat painted on the side. When you saw that pitch out at our house it meant only one thing, summertime refreshment.
What is it about a pitcher of lemonade that is so appealing? What is it about the drink that quenches our thirst? The color yellow, the smell of citrus, the sight of water condensing on the smooth surface, the feel of an ice cold glass... then the sweet, sour taste... ahhhhhh!

Currently the air temperature is 96° F.

Yellow? No Challenge Here

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This week's challenge is yellow.



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Birthday Boy

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Happy Birthday to me! Just a few of the many pictured below :)

Cya: Space Shuttles

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This morning marks the final time we will see a space shuttle in flight. Atlantis flies home and lands at Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Florida. As soon as it's landing gear wheels stop moving this will be the end of a truely historic era in space travel.

Space Shuttle Atlantis spent 294 days and more that 4648 total orbits deploying 14 satellites during 35 missions. From here on the Russian space agency will be refueling and resupplying the International Space Station.

If the date, July 20th sounds familiar to you, it was 42 years ago that we heard the words, "Houston... the Eagle has landed." Also the words, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." were uttered on that same day. NASA may have or may not have chosen this day to land it's last shuttle, but its a very appropriate day.

I can recall that day 42 years ago. We watched the lunar landing and first steps on a small black and white set at a lake house where our fami…

Shuttle's Final Launch

This video depicts the events leading up to the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. It's 17 minutes long but very artsy and well produced by NASA. It is well worth watching.

Three Benches

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Salem Willows Park over looking Beverly Harbor


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Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure - Finale

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This post is the last in a 10 part series on a trip that my mother and my aunt took to the western part of the United States back in 1990.
At this point in her life my mother, Fran, was recovering from complications with her legs and other health issues. She was recently retired from an admitting clerk position she held at a local hospital. Both her and my Auntie Bunt, my father's sister, were very good friends and both widows. They were also very adventurous... ((I've written an epilogue below))

June 23, 1990 Saturday Day 25

It's quite warm and clear today. We met our van just outside our motel to go on a tour of Rocky Mountain National Park with Eva from RMNP Tours, Ltd. There was just one other couple, Gail and her friend from Chicago. She was an office worker for Midway. The "Trail Ridge Tour" cost $15.00 each including tip. We went up the Trail Ridge Road, (highest continuous paved road in North America), Fall River Road, magnificent alpine tundra in Alluvial F…

Thursday Challenge - Vehicles

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What makes this photo that shows no vehicles part of a theme about vehicles?

This photo shows the Boston University Bridge. It's one of the few places in the world where a boat can pass under a train, passing under a car, passing under an airplane. How's that for vehicles?  Nifty!

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Bridge to Nowhere

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On the night of the Fourth of July 2011 a ramp that leads to the Salem Ferry Wharf glistens from a summer thunderstorm's rain.

Park Your Car in Harvard Yard

Years ago I traveled to West Virginia to attend college. Everyone there was excited to see me. Partly because I was someone from another part of the country but also because of my "accent." Folks would ask me to say, "park your car in Harvard Yard." In Bostonian it sounds like, "pahk youh cah in Hahvud Yahd." After they intently listened to me say this there would be delightful giggles. I got so annoyed at being asked so many times to say this that I learned how to speak it "properly," without an accent. People were dismayed when I repeated that line exactly as they had said it.

I became so good at this that I subconsciously dropped my Boston accent and for many years it wasn't present.

I have been away from West Virginia now for a few decades now and I believe my Boston accent has returned. Occasionally when I speak to a former classmate, from those days, on the phone, they will ask me to say that line once again. Now, being proud of my acc…

Museum Shadows

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Peabody Essex Museum has an amazing atrium that is designed to reflect a sailing ship's rigging. The shadow patterns are constantly changing all day when it's sunny. It's a breath taking place for lunch.



This post is part of a collaboration called Shadow Shot Sunday.
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Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure - Part 9

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This post is the ninth in a 10 part series on a trip that my mother and my aunt took to the western part of the United States back in 1990.

At this point in her life my mother, Fran, was recovering from complications with her legs and other health issues. She was recently retired from an admitting clerk position she held at a local hospital. Both her and my Auntie Bunt, my father's sister, were very good friends and both widows. They were also very adventurous...
June 20 1990 Wednesday Day 23

Today is Bunt's 68th birthday, I plan on taking her out to breakfast but I gave her a card and a walking meter. We had coffee and graham crackers to get us moving, not much of a celebration but we had fun. We watched more trains, its a direct line to California and most railways in the US. We left at 8:55am. Went to downtown Cheyenne and found a going out of business store. Picked up a couple of bargains, Bunt a denim shirt ($12) and a navy jersey cardigan ($23) for me, at Fowler's Dept…

The Road Not Taken

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The day before it opens a new road looks pristine. Bridge Street Bypass, Salem, MA
The Road Not Taken
by
Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

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