The book club picked “See What I Have Done” by Sarah Schmidt for this month as a creepy nod to Halloween. (Note: Don’t read this before bed.) On our way home from a seafood festival, I realized we were driving through Fall River in which the infamous Lizzie Borden murders took place. I only take Juliet to the best murder scenes.
Walking around the deep green, two-story house, the old poem was playing in my head.
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
I wanted to photograph us in front of the house, but Juliet thought that was bad juju. Instead, I took this.
Centered on Ward Street with several branches in Salem (MA), is the Punto Urban Art Museum. This outdoor art gallery features murals of 14 local, national, and international artists with nearly 80 works between them. It is part of an urban development program.
The remarkable thing is that some of these murals were painted in 1970 and none have been touched by graffiti.
The original neighborhood, Stage Point, was named for the fish drying “stages,” as Salem was founded because the of maritime businesses and trade. In the 18th century the economic shift was due to the mill workers that come from French-Canada. It became “La Pointe”.
In 1914 much of this area of Salem was destroyed in a vast fire. The mills moved to the south, as the city was being rebuilt. More recent immigrants came from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The neighborhood is known now as “El Punto” (Spanish for the point).
There are several ethnic markets, shops, and restaurants that one can check out.
For more info: Punto Urban Art Museum.
Yesterday we were walking trails through J.C. Phillips Nature Preserve in Wenham (MA). The leaves haven't changed yet. But, I find this...
... a vine or tree? Several people have suggested "twisted willow" or Asiatic Bittersweet. What do you think?
Motif No. 1: The little red shack that made Rockport famous. Read more.
I, too, have attempted the perfect picture. I'll be going back...
It's so festive around harvest time in the North Shore. Here's some more photos:
Location: Russell Orchard: 143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Once in Bergen, we realized the rain had stopped! Finally. We threw our stuff into the hotel room and hurried. We wanted to ride up the funicular to get a good view of the city.
Guess what? It started raining as soon as we reached the summit. Another hasty shot as the rain engulfed Bergen.
Factoid: Bergen receives 240 days of rain per year.
Website for the funicular.
We left Flåm, a small village of 350, to slowly cruise the large fjord to Gudvangen, where we circled back by bus. The Sognefjord is an UNESCO world heritage area.
It was pouring, like much of western Norway, that day. The area can get 137 to 197 inches (3,500 to 5,000 mm) of rain a year. Bergen has completely earned the title the “City of Rain.”
The eco-friendly cruiser glided silently along, as the rain came down in a deluge. I dashed out several times to see if I could get any photos at all. I had to remove my glasses, quickly lift my camera and pray.