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Church Shadow

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Church Shadow
1st Church Christian Science
Boston, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Spirit Appeal

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Appeal to the Great Spirit Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts

Cyrus Dallin's statue Appeal to the Great Spirit has stood outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston since 1912. I found this photo in Boston Public Library's Flickr archives. In 1932 it looks as though it was given a good cleaning. Today's conservators must be cringing seeing that ladder leaning on the artwork.

Today the sculpture remains in the same place, the center piece in front of the newly restored south entrance.
Posted for Sepia Saturday. For more fine arts, click here for Sepia Saturday.

Seashell Wedding Dress

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Seashell Wedding Dress
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This weeks challenge is "clothing." For more fine articles of clothing click here for Thursday Challenge.

First Day of Autumn!

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First Day of Autumn!
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Have a cool and cozy fall from Crazy as a Cool Fox!

This Boot Was Made for Drivin

Bootmobile meets mountain.

Shadow Selfie

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Shadow Selfie
Marlborough Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

The Gilded Grasshopper

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Does an 80 pound four foot long grasshopper fly? It sure does. More on that later.

This week's Sepia Saturday post shows Faneuil Hall in Boston. It's one of Boston's oldest buildings constructed in 1742. The upper hall has held many important gatherings throughout it's history including a fateful meeting about tea in 1773.

But what's this about a grasshopper? Look carefully at the weathervane above the cupola. The Gilded Grasshopper was created by the deacon Shem Drowne in 1742. Since then Faneuil Hall's grasshopper weathervane has been a lively rascal. Why a grasshopper? Faneuil Hall was created as a marketplace. The London Exchange had six grasshopper weathervanes in honor of its founder Sir Thomas Gresham, whose family seal bore a grasshopper. When Peter Faneuil donated Faneuil Hall, he had been a member of the London Exchange, and made sure his hall had its own grasshopper. Since then the gilded grasshopper has been a symbol on the crest of the City of Bos…

Blue Gate

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Blue Gate
Main Street
Rockport, Massachusetts

The Blue Gate of Rockport provides access to the water's edge and spectacular ocean views for residents of these two buildings. The owners have been gracious enough to provide a hole in the Blue Gate for others to view the water. This however isn't the only water access, There are many other public accesses nearby to Rockport's beautiful oceanscapes.

This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "blue." For many other blue theme photos, click here for Thursday Challenge.

Cool Nights - Northern Lights

Cool Nights - Northern Lights
Mount Washington Summit
Sargent's Purchase, New Hampshire



We don't usually see the Northern Lights in this area but this past Friday night we did. They weren't as dramatic as this display which is about 100 miles north of here. They have frequent sightings of the Northern Lights due to latitude, elevation, and crystal clear air.

Groundhog in Shadow

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Groundhog in Shadow
North Street
Salem, Massachusetts

No matter what you might call this creature; groundhog, woodchuck, or gopher, this little guy likes to eat his apples in the shadow of a huge chunk of discarded concrete. He's rather tame, I was as close as five feet from him. He probably has lost his fear of humans as his burrow is along a very busy pathway that connects commuters to the rail station in Salem. He loves his apples!

Four Guys in Front of a Shack

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The good folks at Sepia Saturday sometimes like to throw some of the most ambiguous photos at us to use as a weekly theme. This week's prompt shows three men having a drink in front of a shack.

The postcard here is of a group of "clam shanties or shacks." The City of Newburyport was once famous for the clams harvested from the Joppa clam flats. The "flats," as they are named,  are exposed at low tide. Because the flats produced thousands of bushels of clams per season they needed to have "clam shuckers" to process them. The shuckers worked out of these shacks. You can see a few of these crusty old "salts" working their trade.

To shuck a clam the shucker would insert a knife blade into the clam to cut the muscle the clam uses to hold the shell closed. They would then open the shell and scoop out the contents which they then dropped into a pail. The shells were then throw out the back door directly into the river. They did this over and over …

Glorious Garden

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Glorious Garden
Ropes Mansion - Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

The Ropes Mansion and garden is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. It is part of a collection of preserved buildings of notable classical architecture. It's formal garden has a symmetrical layout of curving paths that ring a central sundial. This was posted for Thursday challenge. This week's challenge is "garden."

For many more Thursday challenge photos click here.

Curly Shadows

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Curly Shadows
US Custom House
Salem, Massachusetts



These granite stairs adorned with the shadow of an iron railing lead to the US Custom House in Salem, Massachusetts. It was here that Nathaniel Hawthorne worked as a clerk, and being inspired by this building, penned his great novel "The Scarlet Letter."
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Monkey Talk

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Monkey Talk
Monkey Jungle
Miami, Florida
Those monkeys, they are really cuite clever. This old postcard has a rather cute poem written from the view point of a monkey. It really puts the human race in it's place

Monkey Jungle was founded in 1933 when six monkeys were set free in the thick tropical forests just south of Miami. Today the descendants of those six now number over 80! There are other primates there too.

The tourist destination Monkey Jungle, is till in operation where we humans are in a cage and the monkeys roam free.

This week's Sepia Saturday prompt below show's a monkey on someone's back. This post shows two monkeys. Does that count? Click that monkey to go to Sepia Saturday!



Green Monster

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Green Monster Fenway Park Boston, Massachusetts
This old ball park celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 2012. The left field wall, aka the Green Monster, is the highest wall in all of major league baseball. It measures 35 feet in height. The seats above the wall were installed in 2002 and are known as the monster seats. Before those seats were installed there were nets above the wall to catch any home run balls that were frequently hit over the wall, to protect the buildings across the street from the park. Fenway Park is known as America's favorite ballpark.

Posted for Theme Thursday. This week's theme is "sport." For many more good sport photos click here for Thursday Challenge.