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Hot Lights

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Hot Lights Peabody Essex Museum Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge (2nd of 2) is "warm." For more photos using this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge

Chinese House Shadows

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Chinese House Shadows
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Our 2000th post! Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Christmas Tree Bonfire - 2017

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Christmas Tree Bonfire - 2017 Dead Horse Beach Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Thursday Challenge which is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "warm." For many more photos using this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

Happy Patriots Day - Transforming an Old State House

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If a building could talk this one could speak volumes. This week's photo prompt at Sepia Saturday has what looks like some store fronts. Looking through my collection of postcards I couldn't find many obvious storefronts. But I did come across a postcard of the Old Statehouse in Boston and recalled a photo I had seen when this building was not a glamorous state house but simple building containing many businesses.

The Old Statehouse has a rich history. Built in 1713 it was the seat of the Royal government in Massachusetts Colony.  Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and James Otis among others met there discussing the many issues which led up to the revolution. The Boston Massacre occurred at it's front steps and the Declaration of Independence was read from it's balcony.

When the state government marched up Beacon Hill to it's new house in 1798, the old place was turned over to the City of Boston to be used as City Hall. The city then moved over to a new city hall and she…

Rail Shadows

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Rail Shadows
Weirs Beach - Lake Winnipesaukee
Laconia, New Hampshire

The ice is almost gone from the lake and the trees won't be bare to much longer.
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Gifts From a Queen

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A quick Google search of "communion sets gifted by Queen Anne" shows that this was a common practice of her's. Her reign of Great Britain and the colonies lasted from 1707 until her death in 1714 at the age of 49. She gifted these communion sets to many churches in the colonies to gain their favor. Imagine if you will your church seeing a beautiful silver and pewter communion set arriving from England, from the Queen herself! There must have been quite a lot of excitement in Salisbury Square in Salisbury, Massachusetts Colony that day.


The old church, then known as the First Parish Church of Salisbury, was according to church history "built of logs at the southern end of the Salisbury Square two years after the establishment of the colony.: It most likely wasn't known as a "church" per se as the early puritans didn't believe in having a special building dedicated as a church. Early worship was held in members homes. Later "meetinghouses" …

Silhouette Frame

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Silhouette Frame MBTA Green Line Viaduct Cambridge, Massachusetts
Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge framed and shadowed in an arch of the Green line viaduct. Boston, Massachusetts, USA Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox

Shadows on Tennis Court

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Shadows on Tennis Court
Obear Park
Beverly, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

From Photograph to Portrait

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The photograph of the Lynch Park lions below was recreated into a portrait by Judi Jorge. She has her own business, Creations by Jorge, painting many wonderful and lovely pieces. After contacting me for permission to recreate this photo she explains below how she processes her works like this:

Judi:
As for commentary, I would say that I was originally inspired by your photo because of the beautiful use of light, and wanted to try and capture the same light effect using paint. I worked from a grid, gridding a copy of your photo and the canvas to lay in all the elements in the same exact location. I don't always work this way, but when I have the photographer's permission I like to be as exact as possible. I start the actual painting by laying in a unifying ground color. Once I've gridded in the canvas and am happy with the positioning of the elements, I do an underpainting of darks and lights, then add values. Finally I go back and add the details, highlights and darkest e…

The Poet's Shadow

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The Poet's Shadow John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge Newburyport, Massachusetts
Iron work forms a shadow on a pier of the now replaced John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

April Fools Shadows

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April Fools Shadows
Alton, New Hampshire

Yesterday, April Fools Day, Mother Nature delivered her own surprise. Eighteen inches of fresh heave wet snow fell to let us know it isn't springtime yet. This is the second 18 inch fall in a week this spring. We have had more snow this spring than we did all winter! Thanks Mother Nature. :)

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Three Broken Hearts

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Three Broken Hearts
Old Burying Point
Salem, Massachusetts


This monochrome photo shows an ancient headstone at the Old Burying Point in Salem, Massachusetts, the city's oldest cemetery. The two hearts shown are the infant children of Thomas and Mary Hould. Both children, Thomas and Elizabeth, perished in the month of August and both were 16 months old. Their deaths are separated by just three years. Living in the wilderness of eastern Massachusetts Colony in the late 1600's must have been a difficult life. This is truly a heart breaking tale.
But there is more to this heartbreak than meets the eye. If you look carefully there is what would have been a third heart just to the left of Thomas Jr's heart. The stone over the years has broken and a piece has gone missing. There must have been a third child lost to Thomas and Mary as they tried to make a living and life on the harsh land.

Footprint Shadows in the Snow

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Footprint Shadows in the Snow
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Olde Burying Point Cemetery

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Olde Burying Point Cemetery
Charter Street
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "old/" For many more photo on this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

Three Broken Hearts

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Three Broken Hearts
Olde Burying Point Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts


This monochrome photo shows an ancient headstone at the Old Burying Point in Salem, Massachusetts, the city's oldest cemetery. The two hearts shown are the infant children of Thomas and Mary Hould. Both children, Thomas and Elizabeth, perished in the month of August and both were 16 months old. Their deaths are separated by just three years. Living in the wilderness of eastern Massachusetts Colony in the late 1600's must have been a difficult life. This is truly a heart breaking tale.
But there is more to this heartbreak than meets the eye. If you look carefully there is what would have been a third heart just to the left of Thomas Jr's heart. The stone over the years has broken and a piece has gone missing. There must have been a third child lost to Thomas and Mary as they tried to make a living and life on the harsh land.
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "old." For man…

Train in Motion II

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Train in Motion II
Salem Depot
Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge (week 2) is motion. For many more photos on this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

Courthouse In Shadow

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Courthouse In Shadow
Laconia Superior Court
Laconia, New Hampshire

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Train in Motion I

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Train in Motion I
Salem Depot
Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge is "motion." For more photos on this theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

Colonial House Shadows

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Colonial House Shadows
Narbonne House - 1660
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Open Forest Open Water

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Open Forest Open Water
Maudsley State Park - Merrimack River
Newburyport, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge is
"open space." For more open space photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Peace Pole Shadow

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Peace Pole Shadow
Saint Stephan's Episcopal Church
Lynn, Massachusetts

Peace Poles are found all around the world. This one is has written, "May Peace Prevail on Earth," in twelve different languages. For more information on Peace Poles, click here.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Field of Color

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Field of Color
Maudsley State Park
Newburyport, Massachusetts

This week's Thursday Challenge is "open space." Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. For more open space photos click here.

Waterfall Shadows

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Waterfall Shadows
Lynn Union Hospital - Healing Gardens - Koi Stream
Lynn, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Roadway to Eternity

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Roadway to Eternity
Oak Hill Cemetery
Newburyport, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly collaboration of thematic photo bloggers. This week's challenge is "roadway." For many more photos on this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge

Diverging Tracks

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Diverging Tracks
Peabody, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's theme is "roads." For many more photos on this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

Clock Shadows

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Clock Shadows
Revere Beach
Revere, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Palms On the Water

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Palms On the Water
Fort Point Channel
Boston, Massachusetts

Living Art on Fort Point Channel.
Thuursday Challenge is a weekly collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge (2nd of two) is "groups" Here we see a group of palm trees. For more photos with this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge.

We Caught you Red Handed Mr. Groundhog

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We Caught you Red Handed Mr. Groundhog
Ropes Mansion Garden
Salem, Massachusetts

Happy Groundhog Day!

Thousands of Flags

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Thousands of Flags
Boston Common
Boston, Massachusetts

Each Memorial Day thousands of flags are planted on Boston Common. Each flag represents a life from Massachusetts taken on defense of this country.

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's challenge (first of two weeks) is "groups." For more photos on this same theme click here for Thursday Challenge

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Common Shadows

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Common Shadows
Salem Common
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2