Inspired by Moby Dick, which was written and based in this city. The photos are all from the downtown are, where the history of whaling still lingers today. The statue of the whale’s tail is located at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which is part of the Whaling National Historical Park. The statues of the harpooneer and smith are located in the center of the park at a federal building. The Seamen’s Bethel was the church of the whalers, and later went on to become the church of the fishermen and sailors. This was the church that Melville wrote about in Moby Dick, and it is still used to date.
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I’ve been thinking about a story I read some years ago, Samuel Beckett’s “The Lost Ones”, and now this photo stirs the memory once again. It was a short that I read many years ago after a recommendation from a friend. I think some time later, years later, I “got” the story and it made more sense to me. Maybe it was due to maturity, or just a fuzzy memory, I’m not sure, but now, I have been thinking about trying to track it down again and give it a second look. It also makes me wonder about the person who first recommended the book to me, as I think it held a deeper meaning for them that I just didn’t get at the time. I will likely read the story again soon, but I’m not sure it will have the same impact it has had on my for the past 15 or so years.
I am probably over analyzing this whole thing…but then again…?
…to keep me busy.
…to keep me in line.
…to keep me focused.
…to keep me entertained
…to keep me out of trouble.
…to keep me, being me.
One of many saints that adorn this church, though I am not sure which. There are also hundreds of angelic faces that were made in the likeness of children who lived in town when the church was built.
Winter has been strange here this year. It has gone from being very cold, very early, to being very warm (60 degrees during the first week of January), now back to snow and cold once again.
It must be something in the air…?