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1. Archway to the Afterlife

I took this shot on a recent trip to Fort McClary near the little seaport of Kittery Point, Maine. It was late in the day and we where lucky to make it to the fort before closing time. I did a quick tour of the fort, taking pictures as I went and didn’t think I was really capturing anything of worth. Just as I was about to leave I noticed a small dark tunnel. I ventured in not really expecting to find much, and I didn’t, until I turned around to leave. I noticed the shot look cool through the viewfinder, so I snapped this shot of my wife descending the stairs. I thought after looking at it on the PC that it had a ghostly atmosphere, hence my title for it.

2. Soaring Seagull Over Collins Cove

This one was taken in my adopted hometown of Salem Massachusetts. It was taken during the early summer months. I had been down to Collins Cove a few weeks prior and had noticed that an amazing number of Gulls seemed to gather down by the shoreline and sea wall. So armed with my camera I headed down their with a loaf of bread to lure the gulls into helping me capture my shot. It took some doing having to trow the bread high up and then try and quickly look through the viewfinder to take my shot. I got a few that where similar to this one, but ultimately liked this one the best.

3. Macro Ladybugs

This shot was taken whilst I was on vacation in Canada. I believe the town was called Hatley or possibly North Hatley. I must have really had my eyes open that day as spotting this amongst a swaying tree on a windy day wasnt an easy feat. I took a number of shots (with a macro lens) and decided upon this one.

4. Firepower

The First Muster of the National Guard in Salem Common 2009.My wife went for an early morning walk earlier this year down by Salem Common. She came home and told me that there was all sort of military people converging on the common. Thinking we where at the onset of a war I grabbed my camera and rushed over there to find that I was in fact witnessing the The First Muster of the National Guard for Salem. They had all sorts of military personnel on display through different ages. I took many many shots and got a few interesting ones. But my favorite was this one to the right of the gun firing a shell. I basically set my camera up for multiple shooting and went for broke. Quite a few came out similar to this one.

5. Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun I took this shot again on Salem Common. I couldn’t sleep and it was around midnight so I decided to go for a walk and take my camera in case I happened upon any interesting shots. I was originally trying to get a shot of an American flag bathed in a spotlight from a nearby bandstand. However I soon lost interest in that after I noticed that a street light was casting an eerie glow through one of the old trees on the commons perimeter. I took a number of shots set at different exposures. After some cropping, contrast changing and general other photoshop adjustments I decided this one was the keeper.

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I took a walk in downtown Salem today as the first major snowstorm of the year was just winding down. There was at least a foot of snow on the ground after a blizzard hit overnight. The photo to the left and the one below are of the statue of the founder of Salem Roger Conant. In 1626, he founded Salem, Massachusetts and was its first governor, but in 1627 he was replaced by John Endicott. He remained active in town affairs and is today memorialized in a statue across from the Salem Common.[4] He died on November 19, 1679 in Beverly, a nearby town which he also helped found. Check out the wikipedia article on him here to find out more:

On Essex Street i took the shot below of the Gardiner-Pingree House which is a National Historic Landmark at 128 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts. The house was built in 1804 by Samuel McIntire in a Federal style. It was added to the National Historic Register in 1970. The house is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum as part of the Essex Institute, and is open for guided tours. It features 18th and early 19th century furnishings.

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