Patriots Day

Today is Patriots Day. It’s a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine*. It’s the day we remember how this dude (and at least one other dude)…

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went for a ride one night, which lead to some farmers and other dudes getting into a shooting fight with a bunch of foreign dudes in red coats at this spot…

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*At the time Paul Revere went for his ride the area now known as the state of Maine was part of Massachusetts. It wasn’t until 1820 that Maine became a state on it’s own. Massachusetts has spent the last 201 years lamenting the loss of Old Orchard Beach and Bar Harbor and (eventually) Stephen King.

One More from the Concord River

Yesterday I posted the long exposures from my two stops on the Concord river. Here’s the best of the rest.

Under the Old North Bridge.
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Up stream from the bridge.
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A spider web that I couldn’t really get focused on.
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There was a tour group there as well as a number of other people visiting. I tried not to get them in the shots, but I sometimes failed.
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This is a 30 second exposure that I missed yesterday. I was hoping the tour group by the British monument would have moved around more. Oh well.
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Again, some damn tourist got into my shot.
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The “Shot Heard Round the World” was fired over that bridge.
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I’m not sure how much, if any, of this bridge still remains from 1775. Let’s just pretend it’s all original, shall we?
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The Minuteman monument.
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The… other monument. I have a picture on Flickr somewhere that includes the inscription. It’s right next to a memorial to the fallen British soldiers, so I assume that’s the side the Redcoats were on when the shooting started. The Minuteman is on the other side of the bridge, so that must be where the colonists were lined up.
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I saw a few kayaks, but they were kind enough to stay out of my damn shots.
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I like the look of the water here.
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And now we move on to the Middlesex Canal in Billerica, MA. My phone rang twice as I was standing here and I didn’t hear it at all. It’s a pretty loud little water fall. I don’t recall there being so much debris here the last time I visited.
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The water dropped over the falls and hit something right there that made it spray straight back up again. I couldn’t tell what it was.
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The North Billerica train station on the MBTA Lowell line is right around the corner from here, and there’s a renovated mill building with a bunch of businesses. There are a couple of abandoned buildings too.
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Ducks!
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This is one of the most lily pad infested stretches of river I’ve ever seen. Assuming, of course, that those are actual lily pads.
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A gazebo.
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The view from that tower would be better without all the power lines, but what can ya do, right?
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That’s the mill building across the street.
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That black blur near the top of the smoke stack is a bird, not a UFO.
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One last look.
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There you go. The Concord river.

30 Second Exposure Fun!

I went to Minuteman National Park in Concord, MA today to take some pics of the Concord River at the Old North Bridge. For those of you who never studied US History, that’s where the first shots in the American Revolution were fired.

I took some 30 second exposures, and some plain ol’ ordinary pics too. This post is for the 30 second deals.

I like this one.
Underneath the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA

It almost looks like the river is frozen. That is so cool.
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And now we move to the other side of the bridge. I was kinda aiming blind on these. That explains the… leaning.
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This is a little better.
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I promise you that this one is in fact a long exposure. Look at the leaves at the end of the branches. Click on the image (or any of these images) to view them at Flickr. You can blow them up there.
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After this I drove from Concord to Billerica to take a few at the Middlesex Canal. Unfortunately, the iron fence surrounding the water fall made my little tiny gorilla pod pretty much useless. I tried a few anyway.
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I think these long exposure thingies are wicked cool. I hope you don’t think they suck.

More pics to come later…