Shortly after moving to Marblehead, I captured my favorite image of Fort Sewall with I found the red arches and this tree perfectly coated in fresh snow. I entered that image in the Marblehead Festival of Arts in 2008 and realized too late I had misspelled the title as Fort Sewell. Too late to change it, the photo was rejected – it still hangs over my desk at home.

I returned to Fort Sewall during each snow storm to try to recapture that scene with a better camera and without the snowbank that always bugged me but never found the scene a match for the original. This image was captured in January 2015 and I was fairly happy with it but vowed to keep going back for that one perfect image.

A few years later, the tree fell and, a little after that, the Fort underwent a historical renovation which including returning the red arches to their more historically accurate white color.

I hate to admit it but I haven’t visited Fort Sewall on a snowy day since…

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