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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