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Building Mural, Portland Maine   4 comments

Painting On Portland Maine Building — HDR Image by kenne

Often I think of the beautiful town
That is seated by the sea;
Often in thought go up and down
The pleasant streets of that dear old town,
And my youth comes back to me.
And a verse of a Lapland song
Is haunting my memory still:
“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”

I can see the shadowy lines of its trees,
And catch, in sudden gleams,
The sheen of the far-surrounding seas,
And islands that were the Hersperides
Of all my boyish dreams.
And the burden of that old song,
It murmurs and whispers still:
“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”

— from My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Born February 27, 1807, Portland, which at the time was in Massachusetts.)

Fort Gorges, Portland Maine   Leave a comment

Fort Gorges in Casco Bay, Portland Maine — HDR Image by kenne

Named after Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Fort Gorges was built 1861-1868 by Ruben Smart and is modeled
after Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Gorges was planned and constructed as one of three forts
in Portland Harbor in reaction to the threat of foreign naval powers, initially provoked by the War of 1812.
It is a D-shaped, two-story, enclosed fortress, constructed entirely with local granite, and hosted 56 gun
emplacements on the south, east, and west facades. When completed in 1864, Fort Gorges was already
deemed obsolete due to technological advancements in rifled artillery and high-explosive ammunition
developed during the Civil War. Fort Gorges hosted a live-in caretaker after the Civil War, and acted as a
storage facility in both World War I and World War II. Declared surplus property in 1960, the United States
government conveyed Fort Gorges to the city of Portland, which continues to own the property today.
— Source: Portlandlandmarks.org

U.S. Custom House, Portland Maine   Leave a comment

U.S. Custom House, Portland Maine (August 20, 2021) Image by kenne

Located near Portland’s waterfront, the U.S. Custom House is a testament to the city’s maritime history.
It was built to accommodate the city’s growing customs business, which, by 1866, was collecting
$900,000 annually in customs duties—making Portland one of the most significant seaports in the country.
The building is typical of the notable designs completed under the direction of Alfred B. Mullett, 
Supervising Architect of the Treasury from 1865 to 1874. Constructed between 1867 and 1872, the
U.S. Custom House combines elements of the Second Empire and Renaissance Revival styles.
— Source: Wikipedia

Hurricane Damage Louisiana   Leave a comment

Hurricane Damage Near I-10 In Louisiana — HDR Image by kenne

Louisiana had three hurricanes in 2020, then Hurricane Ida roared ashore on August 29, 2021
the 16-year anniversary of Katrina’s devastating landfall.

 

Moving On Down The Road   Leave a comment

Moving On Down The Road — Image by kenne

Move on down the road
Loaded on a pickup truck
Have house will travel

Through New Mexico
On Interstate Highway 10
East and west movement.

— kenne

A Fun Day On The Beach   Leave a comment

A Fun Day On The Beach (August 2021)– Photo-Artistry by kenne

On this winter day
it’s nice to look
back on the fun
days of summer
being in the sun
with bikini-clad girls. 
Eye popping!

— kenne

A Walk Around The Bailey’s Homestead   3 comments

We arrived in Grantham, New Hampshire August 18th, where we spent a few days with daughter Kate
and her family. In between some misty rain showers, I spent some time walking around their 17-acre
homestead. It’s a beautiful place — so peaceful.

— kenne

LOVE In LOVE Park   Leave a comment

Love In Love Park, Downtown Philadelphia — Image by kenne

Our visit to Philadelphia was short as it was an overnight stay between Richmond and Graham, New Hampshire. 

No Philly experience is complete without snapping a photo in front of one of The City of Brotherly Love’s 

best-known landmarks: LOVE itself.

The sculpture by Robert Indiana is in John F. Kennedy Plaza — better known as LOVE Park — just northwest of City Hall. 

It was first installed in 1976. 

— kenne

“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”

— ​from Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738 by Ben Franklin 

Quechee Gorge In Vermont   2 comments

Quechee Gorge (8/18/21) — Image by kenne

While visiting daughter Katie and her family in Graham, NH, we explored nearby Quechee Gorge State Park.
The day was misty, with the sun occasionally shining through the clouds.

Located along US Route 4, thousands of visitors stop each year to take in the breathtaking views of the Quechee Gorge.
The park’s focal point is Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago.
Visitors can look down at the Ottauquechee River, flowing 165 feet below viewing points along Route 4.

— kenne

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