Thursday, July 09, 2020


Monticello, Georgia, 2012

Another from eight years ago.  With a large display, click on the picture to get a larger, more legible version.


Torrington, Connecticut

The faded billboard is for a bath supply store. The window is to a vacant storefront last working as a sandwich shop.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Wall, Fence, Reflection

Madison, Georgia, 2012

More rummaging around in the archive of "Off Topic" pictures made on my Giant Drive-in Theater Road Trip in 2012. Look closely enough and you can see the old style hand painted advertising from long ago on the brick wall. Window reflections always fascinate me. I couldn't figure out what the little white plastic chain fence was for.

More Tree Portraits

Washington, Connecticut

From early June at Steep Rock Preserve.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Summer Storm Skies, 6/29/20

Bethlehem, Connecticut

Mid-afternoon, storm pods wandering all around Litchfield County on the weather radar.

Morris, Connecticut

Click on any of the pictures for a larger, better view.

Friday, July 03, 2020


Torrington, Connecticut

It's been a cool dry spring around here. As soon as the first hot weather hit in late June the lawns immediately began to brown out.

More Signs

Torrington, Connecticut

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Milano's Pizza

Torrington, Connecticut

Several restaurants have come and gone at this location, just south of the center of town on Main Street. Seems as though it should be a good location but maybe not. This is not connected to the pandemic, it's been vacant, this time, since last fall.


Ansonia, Connecticut

Waterbury, Connecticut

Monday, June 29, 2020

Storm Clouds

Washington, Connecticut

Got to run around Litchfield County this afternoon chasing stormy skies in a highly variable weather pattern.

Painted Rocks

Ansonia, Connecticut

These painted rocks are near the sidewalk on Pershing Drive, on the west bank of the Naugatuck River. It's a desolate spot—the other side of the street has empty fields surrounded by cyclone fencing. No one ever seems to walk through here. My first thought was that this might be a school project, something serving as an outdoor activity, maybe in compensation for cancelled or virtual graduation ceremonies. It's that time of year, and the rocks weren't painted the last time I walked through here, not more than a month ago. The last rock seems to have a military theme though, so my first thought might be wrong.

I searched on "Ansonia painted rocks," and got two hits for Facebook pages which returned error messages, likely indicating pages for closed or invitation-only groups. So it's still a mystery.

As always if you click on the pictures you'll get a bigger and better view.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

LGBTQ + BLM in Watertown, Connecticut, 6/27/20

Watertown, Connecticut

When I saw on a list published online by the Connecticut Democratic Party that this event was scheduled for Saturday at noon I knew I wanted to be there.

As with other BLM gatherings here in rural western Connecticut the participants were mostly not black, because hardly any blacks live here. However, this one had a big extra element. It was that LGBTQ+ partisans, allied with BLM, had organized it, gotten it listed on social media, gotten the Watertown Congregational Church involved. A lot of LGBTQ+ people live here. Like everywhere.

It was well organized by the young people who put it together. It began with a musician playing and singing some songs to get everyone in the mood. The Watertown Green is tiny, but has a gazebo in the center. They'd set up some minimal sound equipment.

Several of the young people who had organized the event spoke, with an interpreter signing with them. Once again I was struck by the fact that this was organized by young folks, though the turnout to participate crossed all age groups.

Connecticut's U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal showed up, unannounced. The organizers of the event and others around were a little stunned by this. They asked if he would speak to the gathered crowd after the scheduled speakers. Of course, he said he would.

One of the organizers asked for everyone to either lie down or take a knee for 8 minutes and forty three seconds. It's a powerful mechanism. I'm used to dealing with time intervals like this because of my alternate process photographic darkroom work, but as I moved around and tried to respectfully find positions I could make pictures from, I began to feel that this was the longest eight minutes I'd ever experienced. I think that's the point. It works.

Senator Blumenthal took a knee for the whole long moment.

The rainbow imagery combined with the BLM was really strong. For the Senator and the other speakers.

As always, just click on any one of the pictures to get a much larger and clearer view of them if you are using a large screen.