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Harbor Colors

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Harbor Colors
Motif #1
Rockport, Massachusetts

Motif #1 (red fisherman's shack) sits in one of the worlds most painted harbor scapes. It can be found off Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts. Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "colorful."
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Colonial House Shadows

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Colonial House Shadows
Crowninshield - Bentley House
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Woodland Wedding

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My favorite thing to do is mountain hiking. On one of the first major hikes as a young teen into the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire I had a very unusual and exciting experience.

It was Columbus Day weekend. That's October 12th here officially. For the White Mountains its a peek time for hiking in the autumn season, and just past the full fall foliage display. It's still beautiful there but many of the trees have already dropped their leaves. The nights can be every cold and easily drop below freezing.

I belonged to a college recreation club. We had a hike scheduled for that weekend. It was decided that we would climb Mount Pierce, (named for New Hampshire's only U.S. President) and stay the night at Mizpah Spring Hut.

Mizpah Spring Hut is part of t a chain of mountain huts that are run by the Appalachian Mountain Club under license with the White Mountain National Forest. It's a rustic hut with a modern shape built in 1965. It sleeps 65 people in bunk…

Young Ladder

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Young Ladder
Salem Fire Department
Salem, Massachusetts

Salem's Tower/Ladder 2 was put in service in 2014. This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "young." For more young photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Sidewalk Shadows

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Sidewalk Shadows
North Street Pathway
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

High Clown

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High Clown.
Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts

See that clown sitting on top of that carousel roof? That was one of the creepiest clowns of my childhood.


He is sitting in the midst of an amusement pavilion called Ocean Park. In the old post card photo it looks as though Ocean Park offered quite a bit of amusement.

That clown for me wasn't amusement however. That clown's head slowly turned back and forth in an appoxiamtely 90° arc. All day and all night that clown's head would swivel slowly and creepily to and fro.

Somewhere in the early 1970's the mechanism that caused his head to move failed and he was stuck looking toward the right. He lasted that way until 1978 when during a blizzard that whole amusement area was whipped away.

Ocean Park was replaced by a bland building sitting upon steel stilts. And as you can see, that creepy clown was never replaced. Good riddance!


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Close Up Lily

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Close Up Lily
Ropes Mansion and Gardens
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

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

Shadow Path

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Shadow Path
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

A Damaging Industry

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A Damaging Industry.

Coal mining can take shape in many different forms. The most traditional and familiar of coal mining form is deep mining. Deep mining is basically burrowing into a mountain side where there is a lucratively thick "seam" of coal. These seams can range from just a few inches to a several feet thick. It's blasted out then collected in small hopper cars to bring to the surface.

Deep mining is probably the least intrusive form of coal mining to the environment, but it doesn't come without its hazards as it is probably one of the most dangerous professions there is. In deep mining, once coal is brought to the surface it has to be processed by spraying the dust out with water. This water runs of to collection ponds which sit forever without cleansing. Occasionally with a heavy rain this toxic water will run off and get into river watersheds. This toxicity in the water can kill the natural wildlife.

Another form of coal mining is strip mining. The coal s…

Two Lions

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Two Lions
Boston Public Library
Boston, Massachusetts

These two massive lions guard the memory of Massachusetts soldiers and sailors that lost their lives during Civil War battles.

This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "two." To find many more photos with this theme click here for Thursday Challenge

Atrium Shadows

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Atrium Shadows
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

BIG BIKES!

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So many questions! How does one get up on one of these things? Where are the brakes? Why are the handlebars so low? How does one stay up? Why design a bike like this? Why are these two gentleman dressed up so smartly to go for a bike ride where they could potentially go for a spill? Why was is it called a "penny farthing" bicycle? Can you imagine??? For many more bicycle related posts click here for Sepia Saturday

Inspiring Spire

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Inspiring Spire
Sacred Heart Church
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This weeks challenge is "bright." For more bright photos click here for Thursday Challenge