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Burial Hill Shadows

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Burial Hill Shadows Old Burial Hill Plymouth, Massachusetts
Old Burial Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, Massachusetts is the resting place of many of the original Plimouth Plantation settlers. It's one of the most dramatic views from a cemetery that I've ever seen.

The Swans' Boats

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Swans are the prompt this week at Sepia Saturday? That's an easy one. One of the most iconic symbols of Boston are the swan boats that ply the little lagoon in Boston Public Garden.

The swan boats began operation in 1877 and are open only during the summer season. It takes about 15 minutes for a younger athletically inclined person to pedal... yes pedal, the pontoon boats and passengers around the lagoon. They do have to take a sharp turn at one end. Ropes attached to the rudders accomplish this task.

The swan boats pass under what is purportedly the smallest I-beam suspension bridge in the world. Framing the boats here make for a most elegant photo.
For many more swan blog posts, click here.

The Rock

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The Rock Plymouth, Massachusetts
Top right clockwise: Plymouth Rock Memorial, Mayflower II, Plimouth Plantation Interpretive Center, Plymouth Rock Memorial, Plymouth Rock, Old Burial Hill Cemetery - Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the MayflowerPilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. It is an important symbol in American history.

Love Leaf

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Love Leaf
Old Town Hill
Newbury, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a thematic photographic collaborative blog. Each week a theme is chosen for participants to photograph. This week's theme is "leaves."
Click here for more leaf themed photos.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving
Plymouth Rock
Plymouth, Massachusetts


Top right clockwise: Plymouth Rock Memorial, Mayflower II, Plimouth Plantation Interpretive Center, Plymouth Rock Memorial, Plymouth Rock, Old Burial Hill Cemetery - Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the MayflowerPilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. It is an important symbol in American history.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Architecture Reflections

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Architecture Reflections
John Hancock Building - Copley Square
Boston, Massachusetts

How many types of architecture can you count in this reflection on Hancock Tower in Boston? This was posted for Thursday Challenge, This weeks challenge is "architecture." For many more fine Thursday Challenge pics click here.

Shadows in Stone

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Shadows in Stone
Oak Hill Cemetery - Main Gate
Newburyport, Massachusetts

The inscription reads "Until the day break and the shadows flee away." Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Bridge Named for a Rock That Was Claimed for a King

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What is pretty much the truth. I find bridges fascinating. They are works of art that function. Some span small rivers some large rivers. All are carrying busy people over hazardous water. Some are quaint  like covered bridges. Some are scary like suspension bridges. Some make u feel like you are flying or floating. And some bridges are simply spectacular like the French King Bridge below.


The original bridge was built in 1932 and was a three arch span. It was part of a new highway rerouting part of the Mohawk Trail which originally wound through several small villages.

As this post's lengthy title goes, the French King Bridge  was named for a rock that sits just upstream. At times this rock is underwater but mostly it is exposed. Although, it's not as exposed as u see in the lower back&white postcard. The reason for the water fluctuation is from a dam not to far down river that produces electricity. The antique postcard photo shows rapids and was lost likely shot before the…

Pink Fall

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Pink Fall
Berlin Wall Segment
EF Education Building
Cambridge, Massachusetts

25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - November 9, 2014 Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "pink." For many more pink photos, click here.

Wall Shadow

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Wall Shadows
Berlin Wall segment - EF Education Building
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Cold Coffee House

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Cold Coffee House Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts
As we watch he first snow of season today, here is a look at things to come!

Morning Shadows

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Morning Shadows
"Water's Edge" at Tupper Manor - Endicott College
Beverly, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Tall Toothpick

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The Toothpick. What a strange name for a navigational aid.
I can recall the Toothpick as a child when we passed it on our way out to sea to go fishing with my father. It was always a landmark that served as a milestone for me as we ventured in and out of  the mouth of the Merrimack River. The marked channel would take us within a few hundred yards of the Toothpick precariously close to some exposed rocks. Sitting in the bow of our little boat I would shout to my father, "theres the Toothpick!" Of course I'm sure he saw it well in advance of my exclamation.

The Toothpick is used as range marker for entering the channel of the Merrimack. A mariner would line up the Toothpick with another marker to know they were on track for the channel. It was a welcome sight for many sailing vessels and later steam power. When a vessel passed the marker the crew knew they were within the safety of the harbor and in the home stretch. It was a great relief for the crew as the mouth is one …