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To Boldly Go...

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To Boldly Go...
R.I.P. Spock

Everyone who grew up in the Boston area and attended the Museum of Science's Omni Theater knew actor Leonard Nimoy from a very special role: he did the voiceover for the introduction to every movie presented there. The audio and video introduction explained various features of how the Omnimax theatre and sounds system worked. Nimoy was the voice of the film because, as he says in his signature baritone, “I grew up three blocks from here!”

Nimoy died on Friday, February 27, 2015, from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 83.

If you have a good sound system attached to your device, crank it up because this is an amazing demonstration of the theater's sound production as well as some comic relief from Nimoy.

After a demonstration of the “omnistorm” where sounds and lights would shoot from every angle of the theater, a short film called The New England Time Capsule played. The essence of New England…is in the way we look at things,” N…

The Old Steam Whistle

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The Old Steam Whistle

Growing up along the Merrimack River there was always something exciting going on in the summer. Although we were tempted to swim we were told to never go in the river as for the pollution that swept through from up river cities. The legend was that if you fell in the river you would have to go to the hospital to receive several dozens of shots. Who would want to endure that as a child?

But even though we couldn't swim in the river there were other things to do. We could fish but not keep the fish. We could take a small skiff for a row being careful not to get caught in the swift current and swept out to sea. We could take a ride on the swing span of the Green Bridge when the bridge tender was in a good mood.


We would also watch and listen with amazement at the steam powered S.S. Sabino as she plied the waters of the river. We would watch her and wait as she would approached the Green Bridge, taking tourists here and there showing them the historical sights. …

Harbor Rays

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Harbor Rays
Salem Harbor
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "bright." For many more bright photos click here for Thursday Challenge

Bewitched Shadow

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Bewitched Shadow
Lapham Park
Salem, Massachusetts

If you are familiar with the 1960's television comedy series "Bewitched," you are familiar with the shows iconic animated intro. Here we see Samantha Stevens on here witches broom flying arcoss the moon. The bronze statue can be found in Salem, Massachusetts.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Hotel Lions

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Hotel Lions Lions seem to proliferate around Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts. There are two giant lions inside the Boston Public Library which is pictured in the left photo. These two snow covered lions once graced the entrance of The Kensington Hotel on Boylston Street directly across from Boston Public Library. It looks as though the time frame for when this photo was shot, judging from  the clothing and cars in the background, was the early 1970's


The Hotel Kensington was leveled in the 1980's to make way for a more futuristic building. It's so futuristic that it's known as the Darth Vader building due to it's distinctive shape. I guess these snowy lions didn't really belong with that futuristic look but you can still find these lions guarding another hotel. They now reside in front of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel just around the corner.


Posted for Sepia Saturday

Machine Meeting

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Machine Meeting
Salem Commuter Rail Station
Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration for bloggers and photographers. This week's challenge is "machines."
For many more machines click here.

Mid-Winter Shadows

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Mid-Winter Shadows
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Sweetheart Sweet Hearts

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Sweetheart Sweet Hearts

The Sweetheart Restaurant building was built in 1914 and many consider it the gateway to Shelburne Falls. After the scenic Mohawk Trail highway was built and began attracting tourists, Alice Brown thought motorists would be interested in local maple sugar if it was attractively marketed. She poured maple sugar into heart-shaped molds and named the candy “Maple Sweethearts,” according to “The History and Tradition of Shelburne, Massachusetts.” The maple hearts went on sale in 1916 and were a roadside treat. Later, seating and more foods were added to the menu of what became the “Sweetheart Tea House.”

The building grew in size as its public popularity grew, reaching its peak in the 1930s. In 2005 after years of neglect the "Sweetheart" was purchased by a group that wanted to have a tea room and tap room. That deal fell through. After a few more years of neglect there is hope for the "Sweetheart." Plans are underway to convert it into a region…

Snow Snapshots

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Snow Snapshots Salem, Massachusetts
























Is this what it's like to live in Canada?

Cold Heart

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Cold Heart
Salem's So Sweet Winterfest
Salem, Massachusetts

This photo is posted for Thursday Challenge, a weekly thematic, collaboration of bloggers. This week's challenge is "shiny."
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Snowbank Shadow

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Snowbank Shadow Essex Street Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Saturday 2

Pottery Place

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This old postcard circa 1945 caught my eye the other day. It fits in with this week's Sepia Saturday theme showing a pottery glass.
Evidently there was a huge market for pottery on the west coast USA. This roadside store was called The Pottery Shack in 1945. From what I can see in the postcard it is a rather large establishment. 
Another piece that caught my eye was the address. All my life I have lived just a few miles from US Route 1 in Massachusetts. Pottery Shack is situated on US Route 101 in 1945 just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The US Highway system was numbered with odd numbers for north / south roads beginning with US Route 1 paralleling the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast and ending with US Route 101 paralleling the west coast.
In the newer Google Streetview image we see that The Pottery Shack is still there with a slight name change to "Pottery Place." There doesn't seem to be much pottery displayed outdoors in the newer image. Perhaps trust in pa…

Snack Cart

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Snack Cart
Market Basket Grocery Stores
Salem, Massachusetts

Submitted for Thursday Challenge. Today's challenge is "snacks."  For more snack photographs, click here! :)

Groundhog Replacement

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I know it's Groundhog Day today but shouldn't this guy predict six more weeks of winter for us all? And especially since we are expecting another foot of the white stuff. Happy Fox Day everyone!