Thursday, June 24, 2010

From the mind of Lemuel Moody

The Portland Observatory is the last of its kind in the US - an old maritime signal tower, now preserved as a museum and as a great viewing spot overlooking Portland, Maine and the adjacent water and land.

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Before new technology came along and made it obsolete, you stood at the top with a telescope, sighted approaching ships, and used flags to signal how many and which kinds of ships were coming, so people on the docks could get ready for the arrival and the unloading of cargo.

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It was constructed and initially manned by a retired sea captain, Lemuel Moody. An enterprising and meticulous individual, he lived nearby with his wife and brood, who spent significant chunks of their childhood running up and down the stairs:

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These days, along with footsteps, other sounds you hear regularly from the stairs are the words "watch your head", followed by a loud hollow thud.

The lovely views make up for the minor headaches.

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You can also spot patterns that at ground-level would go unnoticed.

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And once you're back on the ground, don't forget to look up.

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10 comments:

m. heart said...

How I love Maine. What a beautiful view.

Kellie Collis said...

Looks gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend! x

naida said...

fantastic photos!
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HKatz said...

Thank you all! I'm glad you enjoyed. These are just the first batch of Maine photos; I'm planning to share more.

John Hayes said...

What fun! I liked all the photos & commentary, but the pix of the stairs & the street are really fantastic!

Lucy said...

I especially like the staircase.

It reminds me just a little of the original Portland in Dorset, where I worked for a bit. Both fine, rather toughened, sea-girt places.

Blodeuedd said...

That street sure has a few cracks in it, and I love that staircase

HKatz said...

The street looked scribbled on, and the stairs were fun. I'm glad you enjoyed.

Both fine, rather toughened, sea-girt places.
There are those qualities here for sure (there was less touristy softness than I expected; and even the grander homes were just solidly beautiful without obvious signs of frippery and ostentation).

Relyn said...

I love the view of the road from up so high. The street repairs look like abstract art, a talented painter's doodles. I love that!

HKatz said...

The street repairs look like abstract art, a talented painter's doodles. I love that!
I know, like doodles from a giant marker :) Glad you enjoyed.