Saturday, March 31, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:8

In Memory of Karen Martin.
Karen Martin, 40, was working as the head flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 the morning of the Sept. 11 attacks. She was stabbed struggling with the terrorists, according to various reports. The plane was the first one to be flown into one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Karen has not been forgotten in Danvers, where she graduated from Danvers High and later lived in town. 
Over the past 10 years, a fund set up in the name of flight attendant Karen Martin — one of the first victims of 9/11 — has donated nearly $41,000 to children's causes on the North Shore.
One of the fund's first donations was a $2,500 gift to the library, which used the money to add books to its children's collection and do some minor repair work to the Children's Room, where a rocking chair has a plaque bearing Martin's name.
Some of Martin's friends also placed a granite bench outside the library on Sylvan Street in Martin's memory.

Friday, March 30, 2012

356 Days of Danvers: 7

Home of Wilkins & Robbins ca 1856
School Street, Danvers MA

Thursday, March 29, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:6

In business since 1902, Zollo's Barber Stylist is located in the heart of downtown Danvers.
 This vibrant, personable barber shop and salon specializes in haircuts for the whole family

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:5

The Essex Railroad first came to Danvers in 1849, providing connections to Lawrence, Salem and Boston.  Shortly thereafter, a northern link was completed to Newburyport.  The advent of the railroad rapidly diminished the importance of Danversport as the central delivery point for goods, and replaced the stagecoach as the common form of overland passenger travel.  The Boston and Maine Railroad assumed formal lease of the line 1860.  By 1899, there were nine stations, and 21 passenger trains ran daily between Danvers and Boston.  The line, known as the “Newburyport Railroad,” served as a competitive alternative to the powerful Eastern Railroad, which connected coastal communities to Boston and Portland.  Express trains linked Danvers to Boston in a bit over half an hour, and one 1899 account notes that “a night theatre train gives great satisfaction to a large number of patrons.”  According to the same source, the railroad became an economic engine: “…Nor are the freight facilities behind the passenger traffic; no matter what part of the town you are located if you wish to send or receive freight to or from any direction you have but a short distance to haul it, for so liberally are the stations located along the lines of the road that all parts of the town are accommodated.”  The “Iron Rails” carried various shipments including wood, coal, hay, and grain into Danvers, and carried away leather goods, shoes and bricks to distant markets.  Connections now linked Danvers so that “one can start at any hour for almost any town in New England and make the journey in an almost incredibly short time.”  Passenger service was provided on this line to Topsfield until 1950, when it was cut back to Danvers; a single daily round trip was operated until 1959.  The line was taken out of service in 1977 and formally abandoned between 1981 and 2005.  A well-preserved freight house still stands just north of Charter Street, and the original depot awaits preservation after it was moved to a lot off Cherry Street.  The MBTA assumed ownership of the Danvers stretch of the old Newburyport line in 1976.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

365 Days of Danvers; 4

Hitching Post along School Street

Monday, March 26, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:3

On June 9, 1757, the town of Danvers was incorporated. 
and was named after the Danvers Osborn Family. 
Danvers is full of very old homes and the house next to me was built in 1900.
This photo shows the gables and what looks to be possibly the original chimney.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:2

Driving Down Locust Street this morning and these big old worn mail boxes
reminded me of a typical rural New England town.....My Danvers!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

365 Days of Danvers:1

Those who know my photographic journey know that I started a 365 project (taking a photo a day)
in May 2007, and I did this for two full years.  Since then I have improved my photography skills
tremendously, upgraded my DSLR  camera several times, photographed 4 weddings and lots of families, babies,
children and too many events to count.  I have secured several domain names for the internet and created my
own photo business, Amylou Photography, and created a web site that I proudly showcase my photos.
I have taken numerous classes/workshops at NESOP in Boston (New England School of Photography)
 and met some wonderful fellow photographers that are now some of my Good Friends.

So the time has come to jump start myself again and start another 365 Project.
This time, I am going to post a photo a day in the town that I grew up in, the Town that I now live in,
the town that I call Home, the town that I love....Danvers.

Here is Day 1: Ford Galaxy 500 that was at the High Street Gas Station that I purchase gas at regularly.

Middlesex Fells Reservation

I took a hike along the Crystal Springs Trail at the Middlesex Fells Reservation yesterday.
Here is something a little different for me...a study on  nature's patterns.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring has Sprung in Danvers

Today is Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 1:11pm
My computer is telling me that the outside temp is 56 degrees.
I went for an hour long walk on the Danvers Rail Trail this morning...and it was so beautiful to 
be outside in the sunshine and fresh warm air.

And when I got back home, I noticed that the flowers were starting to bloom.
You may remember that I just moved back to Danvers in September 2011, 
so I have not seen what Spring is like on Oak Street, and what kind of flowers bloom around the house.
I love that these little guys were smiling at me this morning.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Bear Skin Neck, Rockport MA
March 10, 2012

Norton's Point, Manchester MA
March 10, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Iris!!

Today is Iris' 24th Birthday.
Iris is a beautiful, funny, intelligent girl and I am so glad that she is in my step-son's life.
It is a pleasure to have her in my life as well, and I love that she can be fun and playful in front of my camera

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I was able to spend Saturday morning with my favorite family....and took the opportunity
to make some portraits.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday on the Basketball court-

Andrew, My Friend Susan's son, and his basket ball team won their
game this morning and still remains undefeated.

Saturday along the Shore

This morning I woke up to what looked like a snow storm. In a matter of about an hour 
we got a couple inches of snow, then the sun came out and we had a sunny blue sky day.
Set my camera to Sunny 16 and made some nice photos in Gloucester and Rockport.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012


I have been going through my thousands of archived photos that i shot
from 2006 to present, and finding some really nice shots that I wanted to share with
my blog followers...Enjoy!!

These photos were  shot in 2006 at Turner Hill Golf Club in Ipswich Ma.
This was during one of our Northeast Invitational Golf Tournaments that 
I organized through my job at Northeast Health System/Beverly Hospital.
Turner Hill is a spectacular golf course...some beautiful views.