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Shrewsbury Photos

SHREWSBURY – Are you a budding photographer?  Perhaps just someone who loves Shrewsbury and snapping fun photos in and around our town?  On this page we’ll be posting a picture of the week for all to enjoy.  The rules for submission are simple, you need to have taken the actual picture.  Other than than, any topic goes, so it could be a picture of a person, place or thing, as long as it was taken in Shrewsbury.

Here are some technical guidelines for submissions.  You can submit up to three pics per week, but each must be less than 1 megabyte in size and must be sent in a separate email.  You can send them to steveshrewsbury.net

You really should  click on a photo to enlarge them and check out the level of detail in them when they are shown in full size.   Unless otherwise specified, all pics were taken by me.  I sure would love to include some photos taken by some other peoples photos as well, so please  send me over your best shot and let me put it in.

Steve Levine

A red tail hawk feeding her young at Dean Park. Photo by Cathy Fitzgerald

The Halloween Snowstorm of 2011 - captured by John O'Brien

The turtle trio, sunning on a log at Dean Park, photo by Cathy Fitzgerald

Dean Parks noble Great Blue Heron, photo by Cathy Fitzgerald

Shrewsbury High School is a surreal place on a clear night....

Nithya and Vikram Pathalam, with Shrewsbury Fire Captain Bill Cummins, salute the 9/11 memorial during the 10th annual candlelight vigil.

The flashlights of those on the cemetery tour highlight this time lapse photo in Mountian View

Sunset over the lake, looking towards the Route 290 bridge

Sewell Pond in Shrewsbury, just off of Holden Street

Looking south from Main St over Lake Quinsigamond

The fountains at Dean Park on a summer night

The Shrewsbury High School performance of The Sound of Music, photo by John O'Brien

Spring fog looms over Dean Park, in this great photo by John O'Brien

At perigee, the "super-moon" rises over Shrewsbury in this awesome photo by John O'Brien

One of the best sights of March. Proof that there's hope for the winter to soon be over. Photo by Louisa Sokolowski

Dean Park has it's very own rapids after a heavy storm. Photo by Angela Snell.

Clearly this guy didn't get the memo about this squirrel proof bird feeder! Another wonderful shot by Cathy Sampson.

One of Shrewsbury's famous Red-Tail Hawks perches against the snow, in this fabulous photo by Cathy Sampson

This is one of the prettiest photos that was submitted in our "send us your icicle" contest... Hope you enjoy it...

Photo of the week for January 20th. The 1830 School House on the Common. Just think how many winters this great building has seen over it's nearly 200 years.

Photo of the week for January 15th. At around dawn, the morning after the storm, the sun beams onto the front of the Sumner House...

Photo of the week for January 10th. I snapped this photo of our soldier, set in front of town hall, stands guard over us through the snow.

Photo for the week of December 25th. Hundreds brave to cold to sing Christmas carols in Shrewsbury Center.

Photo of the week for December 21st. This gorgeous picture, by John O'Brien, shows just how awesome town center looks after a light snow.

Photo of the week for December 16th. Some photos are so simple that they tell the story all by themselves.

Photo of the week for December 11th. A simply adorable elf helps Santa give out presents at the Sumner House in Shrewsbury Center.

Photo of the week for December 4th. Shrewsbury honors its veterans with a wreath laid at the monument in front of the Shrewsbury public library on Veterans Day 2010

Photo of the week for November 29th. A rare east facing view of the back of the Allen Farm's unusual bow roof barn.

Photo of the week for November 24th. Rarely seen, this was an original pergola for the mansion that was to become the Masonic Hospital on Prospect Street. The mansion was torn down long ago, but the remnants of the pergola still remain, to be explored by hikers and other travelers.

Photo of the week for November 18th. The fog burns off as the morning sun dawns on Lake Quinsigamond. Photo by Alena Trofimova

Photo of the week for November 12th. Just clowning around, these guys look just amazing getting ready to march in the annual Spirit of Shrewsbury parade.

Photo of the week for November 7th, by John O'Brien, shows the fall foliage in the background of this gorgeous farm on Walnut Street.

Photo of the week for October 30th. This shot, by John O'Brien shows the hills of fall foliage behind Olde Shrewsbury Village shopping plaza.

Photo of the week for October 24th. Dean Park at about midnight. This time lapse exposure was done at 24mm, f2.8, ISO 100, and then layered with mods in Adobe Photoelements and iPhoto.

Photo of the week for October 18th. This photo of Slocum Meadow was submitted by Monika Salvan.

Photo for the week of October 10th. This is the home of another of Shrewsbury's founding families, Gideon Harlow. Built in 1827, it was one of only a handful of "brick" homes from that era. The only other that I know of is on Main St, east of the library.

Photo for the week of October 1st. Viewed from the Library, the magnificent steeple of Shrewsbury's Congregational Church looms through the trees.

Photo for the week of September 24th. Set near the entrance to Route 290 at West Main Street sits Shrewsbury's Western Most Franklin marker. Installed in 1767 under the direction of Benjamin Franklin, these markers denoted the distance to Boston that would be used to calculate the postage due on a letter.

Photo for the week of September 21st. Two Shrewsbury Firefighters provide an honor guard for their fallen leader, Chief Robert Gaucher, at Britton Funeral Home.

Photo for the week of September 14th. This week we capture the autumn leaves clinging to their branches indifferent to their fate. A small puff of wind, and they tumble to the ground

Photo of the week for September 7th. The very first mill to be set up in the early days of Shrewsbury was what we now know as "Old Mill Pond."

Photo of the week for August 28th. There are never too many photographs of Shrewsbury center for my taste. It's just so lovely. This was another long term night shot, at f22, 20 secs, iso 100. As the shot was exposing a car came down the driveway, and that added to the photo immeasurably.

Photo of the week for August 21st. Another one of Shrewsbury's most important early settlers was Levi Pease. He founded the Pease Tavern, one of the stopping points along the Kings Highway stage coach. The home stands today on Main Circle, where it's cared for by it's current owners Jim and Hannah Kane.

Photo of the week for August 14th. This is the home of Shrewsbury's first settler, Gershom Wheelock, although it is not his first home. This one is on Gulf St., whereas his original was on Route 140.

Photo of the week for August 7th. Taken on one of those crisp blue days, this view of the Shrewsbury Library shows this historic building in all it's fine detail

The Artemus Ward Mansion

Photo of the week for July 30th. The Artemus Ward mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sits across from Dean Park in Shrewsbury. Owned by Gen Ward, a hero of the Revolutionary Ward, it's owned and operated by Harvard University as a museum, and is open to the public.

Photo for the week of July 15th. As far back as the time that photography came into being in the early 1800's there are photos of Shrewsbury's famous balancing rock. This is located behind a home on Wachusett St near the entrance to Route 290 at 140.

Photo for the week of July 4th. One a crisp evening in early winter, this 20 second shot (f22, iso 100) shows the headlights and tail lights of cars coming through town center. The star effect on the lights is a natural phenomena causes by long exposures at small apertures.

Photo for the week of June 21st. This is one of the prettiest homes in all of Shrewsbury. Known as the "Fallon Homestead" it was owned by Dr. Fallon, of Fallon Clinic fame. Currently owned by the Logrippo family, it sits in town center on Prospect Street, on a wonderful parcel of land.

Photo for the week of June 14th. This multi exposure HDR image shows UMASS Medical Center shimmering on the waters of Shrewsbury's Lake Quinsigamond, as viewed from the dock at the former Vinny T's

Photo for the week of May 21st 2010. This is one of the best angles from which to take a photograph of the Congregational Church. In this picture, taken in early fall, the colors in the trees are just so incredibly vibrant.

Photo for the week of May 6, 2010 - This shows a great shot of Dean Park Pond towards the end of the day with the pretty reflection of the trees on the water.

1792 Antique on Main Street

Photo of the week for April 20th. One of my favorite buildings in Shrewsbury is the gorgeous Bonnie Dell Farm, at the far east side of town near Ward Hill Ski Resort.

Photo of the week for April 14th. Shrewsbury has two recognized "1767 Franklin Markers," both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. I believe this to be a third, undocumented one. It sits on West Main St., exactly 1 mile East of the marker at Route 290, and exactly 2 miles West of the known marker at Dean Park. It appears that the stone split at some point and the markings were lost.

Photo of the week for April 7th. These grasses continue to grow where their ancestors have for over 100 years. Lining the entrance steps which still remain from the remnants of the former Masonic Hospital on Prospect Street. I can imagine that 100 years ago someone planted these, and would be thrilled to know they still exist. Photo of the week for March 30th. The reservoir which sits on the North side of Shrewsbury near Boylston, dumps over this lovely spillway into a small rivulet, that winds it's way out of town. You can find it, by no coincidence, on Reservoir Street near Old Orchard Drive.

Photo of the week for Mach 21st. Set in the center of town, this monument commemorates Henry Knox, who passed through on his way to resupply the Revolutionary War armies. This was deliberately taken at a high f-stop (f 14) to maintain the focus on the church to the rear as opposed to the technique of shooting at f 2.8 to blur the background.

Photo of the week for March 14th. Standing on the Lake Quinsigamond bridge, you can see the northern half of Lake Quinsigamond, formerly known as "the long pond." Also visible of course is the former Vinny Testa's


Photo of the week for March 7th. This cool old barn sits on Chestnut Street, and I believe it was at one time part of the Allen property.

Photo for the week of Feb 27th. We talk about Dean Park every day in my home. "Dad, can you drive me over to Dean...." How many of us, however, think that without the generous gift of the Dean Family to the town of Shrewsbury, there would be no Dean Park.