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Flag Bench in Wareham

Flag Bench in Wareham

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Jake’s topic this week is Natural Resources.

My favorite natural resource is trees. I absolutely love old trees. Next to my neighborhood they are taking an old farm and renovating it into a new senior center. One of the most precious natural resources of the old farm is its trees, which are hundreds of years old. They planted a lot of new bushes and trees as part of the renovation, but preserved some of the old trees that were still healthy.

Old Tree at Sachem Rock

Old Tree at Sachem Rock

Old trees show a life lived and have character, just like human faces, don’t you think?

The Satucket River winds through the woods around the farm-turned-senior center, another natural resource that originally made the land very desirable. This piece of land was settled early in American history. It was “purchased” by some of the first European settlers from the Native Americans who lived there in 1649; there’s a monument on the property on top of a giant rock. “Sachem” is the word designating a Native American “chief” or leader.

Sachem's Rock

Sachem’s Rock

The natural water was one important reason why certain pieces of land were desired when the Europeans first came to America. The abundant rocks in the area were another natural resource used by the farmers to make walls around their property and build structures. All these natural resources made the area great for farming and a perfect place to make a home.

Stream

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This week’s challenge is a tough one for me — not because I am not a thankful person but because it is hard for me to express it aloud. I’ve always felt that as soon as I verbally express my thankfulness, what I’m thankful for will be taken away somehow — as if, as long as the important things stay secret, they will stay with me forever — like quietly watching a bird or a butterfly extends the beautiful moment.

What I am most thankful for is life itself — for the free things we can all enjoy: nature, art, and moments in time –these are the essence of life.

 

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Massasoit monument

Massasoit monument

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Jake’s topic today is Architecture. One of my favorite architectural elements is a tower: church towers, bell towers, and clock towers.

Provincetown tower

Provincetown tower

And what do a lot of towers have? Something else I love: Gargoyles!

Gargoyles

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Church and town green

This week’s photo challenge topic is green. My favorite color is green; to me, green is the color of spring and nature. But where I live, green is also a noun. In New England, most small towns have a town green or town common for people to sit or gather for events.

Our town green had a wonderful display of flags by the veteran’s monument last week, but unfortunately I missed getting a picture of that. Today I saw spotlights in the ground preparing for the Christmas tree lighting event they have every year at the beginning of December.

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Knotty Tree

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