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Cat Smarts

Is owning a cat sort of like the inmates are running the asylum?

Fountain Shadows

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Fountain Shadows
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Giant Music Box

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I suppose you could consider that the mighty pipe organ is a music box in it's own right. Many of the pipes after all are enclosed in boxes that have shutters. This magnificent instrument you see here is hiding behind it's beautifully carved facade over 8000 pipes, many of them in boxes.


This is The Great Organ once housed in the Boston Music Hall. It was built in Germany for $25,000 and came to life in 1863. It was the toast of the town for over twenty years.

But as musical tastes change quickly today they did back then as well. In the 1880's it was in vogue for a city of good standing to have a symphony orchestra. Thus the Boston Symphony Orchestra was born.

The BSO really needed a lot of space and that old organ was taking up a big chunk of the stage. So a decision was made to crate up the instrument and store it in wait of a new music hall at the New England Conservatory of Music.

This new venue for the organ never came to fruition and after a few decades in storage it …

Bronze Baby

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Bronze Baby
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts

This giant sculpture by Spanish artist ANTONIO LÓPEZ GARCÍA is one of a pair of bronze baby heads together titled ""Day and Night", installed outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Each head is 8 feet tall and weighs 1.6 tons. This sculpture, with the eyes open, is called Day - while the other baby head with eyes closed is Night.

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "expensive." To find many more "expensive" photos by great photobloggers, click here.

Shadow Fountain

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Shadow Fountain
Salem Public Library
Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Horses in the Garden

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A horse is a horse of course of course...
Unless of course it is a horse of bronze. Horses, they really had a tough time in years past as working animals. This poor horse, photographed in 1941, doesn't look to thrilled being out in the cold. At least his handler covered him with a blanket. I wonder what he is thinking as he passes the majestic statue of Washington at top his trusted steed Nelson.
You can find this statue in the Boston Public Garden. The bottom photo shows a different time, a different season, and a different angle. As you can see it is a spectacular park when in bloom.
As this park is a major link from Back Bay to Beacon Hill it has to be cleared each time it snows. Thankfully horses are no longer used to clear the pathways of the garden
Ride your horse through the garden over to Sepia Saturday to see what is happening over there.

Sailing Peacefully

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Sailing Peacefully
Salem Sound
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "tranquil." For more tranquil photography click here for Thursday Challenge.

Consider This

Did you have one?

Boston Strong

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This is the one year anniversary of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon - 2013. As we remember today, we are also looking forward to this year's marathon Monday next, April 21, 2014.

Shadows of the Court

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Shadows of the Court Salem Superior Court Law Library Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

The Good Old Days

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How delightful it must have been to stroll the promenade in front of the massive Cushing House Hotel on Salisbury Beach showing off your latest fine summer attire.
The Cushing House is gone now, burned to the ground. It was replaced with amusement rides, including a signature wooden roller coaster called "Wildcat," which I remember. But alas, even those are gone now, replaced by condominiums.
There is now a replica of the old bandstand on the center promenade.
I found it interesting that the flags in the photo had to be painted in as the camera's shutter speed must have been to slow for the photo.
Salisbury Beach has always been a destination resort respite for the mill towns upstream on the Merrimack River. This card was sent up river to Methuen one of the mill towns about twenty miles from this location.
Why was the penny stamp licked and placed on the card's front side? That mystery might go unsolved, but the card did make it to it's destination's post of…

Airstream Glow

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Airstream Flow
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Wall Street Journal's Hard Hitting News

How can they call this a serious publication when they are reporting stuff like this? Haven't you got some numbers to report on WSJ? I hear the numbers 20345 and 70328 have been involved in an affair. Leave this Presidential race news to Crazy as a Cool Fox.

Sitting in the Shadows

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Sitting in the Shadows Derby House Gardens Salem, Massachusetts
Photo posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Dangerous Profession

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The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows several individuals putting themselves in a dangerous situation. Firefighters are a group of individuals whose job it is to put themselves into dangerous situations.  In Boston this week we have been reminded of how dangerous is the job of a firefighter. Two members of this very firehouse perished in a raging fire and were recently laid to rest.
This firehouse was opened on February 20, 1888 when Engine Company 33 and Ladder Company 15 were organized in this new firehouse. Engine 33 and Ladder 15.  Those companies have remained here, excluding several periods of interior renovation, since 1888.
This historic building was designed by city architect Arthur H. Vinal in the Richardsonian Romanesque style made popular by famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson. From 1976 to 2007 the old police station, on the left, was the home of the Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2007 it was acquired by Boston Architectural College. BAC's main building i…

Angry Ocean

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Angry Ocean
Castle Rock Park
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "landscape." For more landscape photos, click here.