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Thursday, 28 November 2013


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Mike happy T Day to you as we'll enjoy your time away from your computer.

An interesting note...
The Pilgrims left Plymouth England only to land on Plymouth Rock. How lucky was that?
My two pesos and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!
My two pesos.

Here's a link to a few shots of Provincetown as it looks today, for the curious: http://paulhrichardsonphotography.com/#/provincetown/

The shots labeled "Province Lands" show the exact site of the Pilgrim landing.


I forgot to mention that the site is still under construction, so to speak, so forgive the unfinished feel (it's a lot more work than I anticipated, with my limited skills).

Love your column; interesting, short and accurate. Always enjoy your work and this one helped to make this day special in your own way. Thanks for sharing and I do hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving...


Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes, Michael. They are appreciated and wholeheartedly returned for all that you provide to your readers.

If I may make one clarification, however, purely in the spirit of being historically correct (not trying to be a jerk). The continuous English community of Kecoughtan was founded in what is now Hampton, Virginia in 1610. It actually survived when Jamestown was abandoned.

Kind regards...... Paul

Having lived many years in the area and also in Plymouth itself I'd like to tell folks it's a wonderful tourist destination. Lots to do and photogenic as well. But one thing? You might want to skip Plymouth rock unless you are walking by. I'll describe it less poetically than Mike. It's just a boulder down in a hole!
I overheard a young couple once in Plymouth. He asked his partner if she would like to check out Plymouth Rock? She says what else can we do? I don't feel like climbing today. (Guess you need to see the rock to appreciate the humor in that)

Happy Thanksgiving, Mike, (13th gen from WB),

Among many other people and things and experiences, I'm really grateful for getting to know you through The Online Photographer!

Thomas Turnbull (12th gen from WB)

Benjamin Franklin ...

I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

While wild turkeys may have been "wiley and extremely difficult to hunt," I have frequently seen them strutting boldly around my suburban neighborhood. If not for laws against discharge of firearms, they might once again become "wiley." Same for the deer that eat my roses and hydrangeas.

One reason why I turn to TOP first each day. Despite having many friends from the USA (in my international environment, US alone sometimes upsets Mexico), I'd not heard so much about the origins of Thanksgiving. A happy Thanksgiving to you, Mike, and your compatriots. I'm sorry only because the likes of Amazon are forcing Black Friday and Internet Monday on us Old Worlders.

Thank you for the enlightning history lesson Mike, always interesting to learn about the strange foreign country where you reside -:)

Mike, I'm thankful for a lot of things this year, TOP being one of them. Thanks and have a good and relaxing day.

Cheers, Bob

Not sure on the accuracy of the history on this, but I recently heard it argued that the "myth" of pilgrims coming to America in search of religious liberty is something of a falsehood; the argument was that the Puritans that settled Massichusetts left a situation where they were already free to practice their religion as they wished. What they came to America for, it was argued, was the freedom to have a community where they could discriminate against and persecute others for not conforming to their religious beliefs. Basically that they'd been tolerated as a minority, but would rather come to a place where they could be intolerant as a majority.

As I say, I don't know the complete accuracy of that reading of history, but it certainly checks out with my understanding of Puritain society...

I give thanks for TOP!

And for the sake of completeness, I have to add...

The viewing of this video clip, too, may have become an annual Thanksgiving ritual.


Thanksgiving was not for the gift of turkey's, but the gift of cod, which kept the early colonists from starving. That is why there is a large wooden cod in the Boston council chamber. Enjoy your holiday and thank you for another year of fascinating photography articles. Goff

My somewhat jaundiced description of the situation was that the Pilgrims left Holland fleeing the religious tolerance there, to set up a theocratic state. Luckily their intentions got subverted later.

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