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Finding the unexpected

My wife and I visited the Connecticut Historical Society  in Hartford for the first time recently. Went went to see the “That’s Wierd” exhibit, which features a number of their unique and unusual pieces.  However, I was most surprised to find the item pictured below.  It is one of the five U.S. Treasury Guard flags that decorated Abraham Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre the night he was assassinated. According to the accompanying sign, the Historical Society had left it forgotten in a box until 1998!


Kylemore Abbey

Located in the Connemara region of Ireland is Kylemore Abbey, which boasts a rich history.  It was originally built as a family home by pathologist and eye surgeon Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret Vaughan Henry. Started in 1867, it was completed around 1870. Unfortunately, Margaret took ill on trip to Egypt in 1874 and died.  In 1878, Mitchell started work on a miniature gothic cathedral in her memory.

It was sold by Mitchell to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903. The Duke was apparently one to party and gamble, and he was living on the wealth of his American wife. When her father died, they could no longer afford the home and sold it in 1914.

In 1920, it was taken over by an order of Benedictine nuns, who had fled their home in Ypres as a result of World War I. The nuns ran an international boarding school and a day school for local girls. In 2010, the boarding school was closed.  It is still an abbey.

The Cairns on Town Neck Beach

While searching for photo opportunities around the boardwalk to Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, MA we came upon the cairn-filled beach.  My wife convinced me to get some photos here instead and I’m glad I did.  Apparently, they are the work of a local resident. They are quite impressive when you get up close and see the complexity of the work.

Just out of drydock

The USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat, just came out of a two-plus year restoration. The Bunker Hill Monument is in the background.


Galway Cathedral

Or officially, Our Lady Assumed into Heaven & St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Located on the banks of the River Corrib in Galway, Ireland, it was dedicated in 1965.

Taken with my Nikon D90 and edited in LR and On1 Photo Raw



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