Monday, October 31, 2011


Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its witch trials, remains unspoiled. I love its lived-in feeling and the lovely old houses that are cheek-by-jowl next to weathered beauties. I am told the tourist and visitor activity reaches a frenzied pace all throughout the month of October until Halloween. Little shops selling potions and spells do a brisk business and haunted houses open their doors to all who will venture the spirit of competition! I think this year's festivities will be especially cold and spooky after the recent storm that just pounded the northeast.

Salem was still a sleepy New England town on September 30th, the day of our visit, just a month ago. The following photos were taken on a warm bright morning...Salem in sunshine!

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Information on the Custom House in Salem, Massachusetts.

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The sun was high by the time we reached The House of Seven Gables and I really was not satisfied with the result in color. I'll soon be posting a series in sepia which suited this lovely house much better for the time of day.

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Shooting the tourists shooting the tourists!

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The house where Nathaniel Hawthorne was born and lived for the first three years of his life. The house has been moved several blocks from its original location.

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How lucky to spot a house under renovation with an open door! The stairway and woodwork are beautiful and I love the basket of knitting on the bench.

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The beautiful light and shadow filled Peabody Essex Museum. The architecture is a wonderful reflection of the town.

Who knows if the ghosts and ghouls will be out tonight? Happy Halloween everyone...must run to poach a little "Eye of Newt!"


  1. Hello Carol:
    Salem in the sunshine does indeed look to be a pretty jewel in the crown of Massachusetts and it is difficult to think of it changing, chameleon like, into a place of ghosts and ghouls. What a difference the sun makes.....just the same perhaps as having the light on as opposed to sitting in the dark!!

  2. what a beautiful place... nothing what i would have expected!

  3. Hello Jane and Lance, I have a feeling Salem can look very bleak on a dark, windswept November day. I'd love to photograph that side of it too.

    Punctuation Mark ~ I know! It's hard to think of Salem without thinking of its frightful history, but it is a delightful town!

  4. Your photos came out so well! Perfect timing with Halloween. . .


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