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Shadow Butterfly

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Shadow Butterfly
Lynn Union Hospital - Healing Gardens
Lynn, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Two Bridges Over Troubled Water

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Well this week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a flood. How's this for a flood? What we have here are a highway and railway bridge about to be washed away. Or were they really washed away?
The highway is US Route 3 or the Daniel Webster Highway, as it is known locally, over the Baker River in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The railway bridge is the Boston and Maine (B&M) - New Hampshire division line that ran from Lowell Massachusetts all the way to Lincoln, NH pretty much following the Merrimack and Pemigewasset River valleys.
It is quite difficult to pinpoint a date in the older photos. There have been so many floods in this area. I would venture a guess as to be around the 1930's because the US highway system wasn't developed until that era.
It's interesting to see the tell-tale mast fallen across the tracks from flood erosion. Tell-tales served as warnings to anyone that might be on top of a rail car so they wouldn't crack their skull on the bridge supports ah…

A Sad Day in Boston

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Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the firefighters lost today in a tragic fire on Beacon Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh - Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy

Boastful Billboard

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Boastful Billboard Fenway Park Boston, Massachusetts Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "communication." Fenway Park is preparing to open for it's 102nd season. This billboard, touting last year's championship season, is actually the rear of the jumbotron, another form of communication.

For many more forms of communication click here to go to Thursday Challenge.

Dessert Shadows

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Dessert Shadows
Snow Pudding with Custard Sauce
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Lucky Toe

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Every wonder how Harvard University produces such prosperous scholars? The answer is simple, just check out the toe of John Harvard's statue.  It's a tradition that on Commencement Day as graduates file through Harvard Yard, past the statue, they rub his toe for "luck."

A closer look below shows the brightly buffed bronze toe. In full disclosure, in the 1990's tour guides began encouraging tourists to rub John's shoe for good luck too.

John Harvard, 1607-1638, was the original benefactor of Harvard College leaving in his will a bequest to the "schoale or Colledge" recently undertaken by the Massachu­setts Bay Colony.

Since no portraits of Harvard existed, the sculptor, Daniel French, used a Harvard student as the model for the statue. The statue was dedicated in 1884. French's other famous work is the Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.


To find more Sepia Saturday posts of great stature click here.

Tall View

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Tall View
John Hancock Tower - Copley Square
Boston, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "large." The John Hancock Tower at 60 stories or 790 feet is the tallest building in New England. For many more large photos  at Thursday Challenge, click here.

Caught in the Act!

I think he know's he's on camera. lol

Bridge Shadows

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Bridge Shadows
Kernwood Bridge
Beverly, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Shhhhh!

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows the main reading room of the United States Library of Congress. Every Library has a main reading room as a focal point to the facility. It is a library after all, and what would one do at the library but reading?

I remember the little town library of my youth in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The original building had just two rooms. When you entered, in the main lobby sat Mrs. George behind her desk ready to stamp the due date on the back inside cover of the your book. 
To the left were the stacks with what seemed like to me thousands of books. To the right was the main and only reading room. They had many of the latest magazines and newspapers on special racks. There were about four very large tables. Interestingly they had some great reading for children. The library was on my way home from school so this was a frequently stop.
Mrs. George, the town librarian, was an elderly widow at the time. She went to our church and visited the schools to …

Hot Nights Hot Lights

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Hot Nights - Hot Lights
Peabody - Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "heat." These hot lights illuminate the side of Peabody Essex Museum's newest wing designed by Moshe Safdie. For more "hot" photos click here.

Tangled Shadows

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Tangled Shadows Lynn Union Hospital - Healing Gardens Lynn, Massachusetts Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Crazy Fence

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Did someone say fences? Have I got a whopper for you and it has one crazy story behind it.
The postcard you see here is of the Lord Timothy Dexter House in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It's of colonial style architecture having been built in 1771.

The statuary on the fence posts where commissioned by Dexter. Great notoriety of the day such as William Pitt, Thomas Gage, Lord Nelson and even Napoleon graced his fences. His own likeness was among the wooden carvings. It is known that the three figures above the central archway are of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. To show his eccentricity he had engraved on the arch the following: "I am the first in the east, the first in the west, and the greatest philosopher in the world."


Dexter was a shipping agent sending merchandise throughout the world in the days when Newburyport was as great a seaport as Boston and Philadelphia. He made some very lucky deals. He sent bed warming pans to the West Indies. One wo…

Painted Sky

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Painted Sky
Parker River - Route 1A bridge Newbury, Massachusetts This week's theme for Thursday Challenge is "creative photography." It's a continuation of last week's theme. For many more creative photos, click here.

Seal Cam

One of the best exhibits at the New England Aquarium is free. It's the huge outdoor seal tank located before you enter the building. You can walk up, stand right next to a seal, and see what the seal habitat is really like. Now the clever folks that care for seals strapped a cam on to the back of one of the animals. See what its like to play inside that tank!


Check out this video at Youtube of two baby seals playing in the snow. It's very cute! :) Just flip here! :)

Street Lantern Shadow

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Street Lantern Shadow
North Street
Salem, Massachusetts
A street lantern casts it's shadow on the side of the Essex County Courthouse in Salem, Massachusetts at sunset. Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

A Telescope for Hearing

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The prompt this week shows three gentlemen using a telescope. Here in Massachusetts we have another type of telescope. This circa 1964 photo shows a radio telescope inside that giant "golf ball," located in Chelmsford Massachusetts.
This is MIT Haystack, named for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that does the research here, and the hill that this contraption sits upon. The area once was used as a radar site for missile defense during the "cold war."
Come to find out radar sound waves can be used to to explore some of the deeper reaches of the universe.
Take a peek in your telescope to find other non worldly Sepia Saturday posts. Just click here.