Woodland Winter Greens

woodland winter greens

I love the bold greens in the woods in winter – a constant reminder that spring is just around the corner.  Ravenswood Park is a beautiful place to walk, thanks to the generosity of Samuel E. Sawyer.   In 1889, Sawyer’s will created Ravenswood Park which he named after the castle in Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor.  We also have Samuel Sawyer to thank for the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library as much of the funding for the library came from him.  Samuel Elwell Sawyer was born in Gloucester on November 25, 1815 and died in Gloucester on December 15, 1889, at the age of 73.

E.J. Lefavour

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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15 Responses to Woodland Winter Greens

  1. I love reading and seeing the pictures you post about Gloucester’s history. Thank you :)

  2. Is there anything prettier than moss on rocks? Beautiful.

  3. Laura says:

    Absolutely gorgeous EJ…..WOW!!!!!

    • E.J. says:

      Thanks Laura – glad you like them. There’s nothing like green to brighten a winter walk in the woods. That and a nice coat of freshly fallen snow which is also beautiful.

  4. Linn says:

    Mr. Sawyer is also the namesake of the esteemed Sawyer Medal that is bestowed upon the top students in our school system.

  5. Dave Moore says:

    What a gift it is – feel like your with robinhood in sherwood forrest? :-)

  6. What a beautiful walk ~ thanks for sharing it with us. I have never been to Ravenswood Park so thanks for the “did you know” as well.

  7. Do we know how Mr. Sawyer made his money, EJ? He sure did do great things with it!

    • E.J. says:

      Quoted from a story in Wicked Local Gloucester: “He was a diligent and hard worker. Born to a working class family he began his business career working as a clerk in a dry goods store in his early teens. After a few years, still in his teens, he worked his way into a position as a salesman with a Boston firm.

      He was bold and forward in his thinking; not afraid to try new things. In Boston, he associated himself with a larger company as manager and then part owner in a company that bought and sold materials and goods around the world.

      He was tenacious — he didn’t give up even when he experienced financial losses. He didn’t become discouraged. He persevered and through hard work managed to amass a large fortune.

      He remained modest in his wealth and conducted himself with honor and integrity in his business affairs.

      Throughout his life he believed it was important to give back to others what fortune had bestowed upon him. He was very generous to charities and actively supported many civic, art and literary organizations. To quote Arthur Joy, “Samuel Sawyer was indeed soft of heart about Gloucester.”

      Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/gloucester/news/x895211271#ixzz2rFj32vwW
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