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Rainbow Shadow

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Pride Rainbow Shadow
Salem Common
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

All Women and Children in the Frrrrrrrrrigid Water!

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Perhaps this a message about the men of the day or perhaps it is not, but do any of you see any men in the water in this postcard photo?? I see many women with long frilly skirts and children on this sunny summer day on Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts.

I really can't blame the men at all for not being immersed in the salty brine for especially this time of year the water is frigid! The ocean is still acting like it is winter.  The waters here do not warm up to a tolerable temperature till later in August. The reason for this is a quirk in geography.

One would think that the further south in latitude the warmer the water, right?  After all there is that warm ocean current called the Gulf Stream carrying tropically warmed ocean water northerly, running parallel to the east coast of the United States.

Just have a look at a map of the State of Massachusetts below. Do you see the arm like peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic? That is Cape Cod, a famous summer season destination. Th…

Soft Style

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Soft Style
California Style Exhibit
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "soft." For more soft photos at Thursday Challenge, click here.

Shadow Dog

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Shadow Dog Bailey the Pug Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

From Wedding Day to Silver Anniversary

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This grainy photo shows my parents, Bob and Frances, wedding in 1951. They were leaving this quaint New England white clapboard church on their way to their honeymoon. The little church sits on the shore of Portsmouth Harbor which makes for a picturesque exit from the sanctuary.



Our parents always took us on road trips to Maine and would take a "short cut" (actually it was longer) to go by this pretty chapel. This isn't quite Westminster Abbey but I bet they had a similar feel to as William and Kate had as they exited the cathedral. Below is a photo of the 1st Congregational Church in Kittery Point, Maine as it stands today.


Remember how the world waited for William and Kate's kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace? Well how is this for a royal kiss? This was my parents 25th wedding anniversary August 4, 1976.

My sisters and I planned this party and kept it a surprise for them. We had their very best friends, another couple Dick and Cookie, take them out to Sunday…

Travelled Trail

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Travelled Trail
Pike's Bridge Road
West Newbury, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "trails." For many more trail photographs click here for Thursday Challenge.

Goat Games

If I were a goat I would want one of these!

Flag Shadow

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Flag Shadow
Hamilton Hall
Salem, Massachusetts
This flag is made up of 15 stars and 15 stripes. The United States flag was increased from 13 to 15 stars and stripes when the states of Kentucky and Vermont were admitted to the union in 1795. This was the last flag to fly extra stripes. After this all flags had 13 stripes for the 13 original colonies. Only stars where added after this. The flag flies in front of Hamilton Hall that was built when this style flag flew for the country.

Posted for ShadowShotSunday2.

Station Relocation

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt features a train. Here is a train from the dusty archives of Crazy as a Cool Fox.
The above photo is the old Salem, Massachusetts train station which was on the southern side of the downtown area. It is on the B&M (Boston and Maine) line from Boston to Portland, Maine.

The trains here drove right inside this station to load and unload passengers then continued up Washington Street. Yes it continued right on the street grade through downtown Salem, north to Maine. This made for for major traffic tie ups even in the age of horse and buggy which can be seen in the above photo. There were 6 street crossings in the downtown area. Trains, automobiles, and pedestrians don't mix very well. The line was later submerged below ground in a tunnel.

The old station is gone now. After years of neglect it became an eyesore and beyond repair. It was demolished in the 1950's and replaced by a simple unsheltered open area outside he south portal of the …

Night Bright

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Night Bright South River Salem, Massachusetts Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "bright colors."
For more photos  of this theme click here.

Archway Shadow

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Archway Shadow
Rowes Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Commander of Steel and Wood

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What does this tank and this schooner have in common?
Both were commanded by the same person.
The famous World War II commander,  General George S. Patton defined tank warfare. In Northern Africa he defeated the "desert fox" Rommel. In France he and his troops liberated the territory from the Nazi regime. One of his tanks sits on the common of his hometown of Hamilton, Massachusetts, not far from here where I live. After the war he was asked to oversee the rebuilding of war torn Europe.
It was always his dream to sail around the world in his own schooner, in his words, "when and if" he retired from military service. Sadly that chance never came. Patton was injured in an auto accident while commanding the rebuilding effort. He died shortly after that from his injuries. He never got to take his schooner around the world.
I had the fine opportunity to sail this beautiful vessel when it's home port was Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. I was at the helm for a …

Broken Anchor

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Broken Anchor
Phillips Beach
Swampscott, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "broken." For more fine photos from Thursday Challenge, click here.

Dogwood Shadows

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Dogwood Shadows
Salem Athenaeum
Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2