Sunday, September 20, 2020

Church Parking Lot

 Waterbury, Connecticut

A sign said it's the Holy Spirit Ministry, and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

More Smoke Sky

 Waterbury, Connecticut

It was about nine o'clock in the morning, but the light has a weird sunrise-like color from passing through so much attenuated smoke in the upper atmosphere. The shopping plaza is about three quarters vacant.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Smoke Sky

 Waterbury, Connecticut

It was not cloudy or overcast around eight o'clock yerterday morning in Waterbury. The sky was pale and attenuated, just barely more blue than neutral gray. Views across the river valley were hazed over almost like a fog. It's nearly three thousand miles from western Connecticut to the West Coast wildfires, but the smoke is here. It's thicker in the upper atmosphere, but at ground level the air doesn't smell right.

Not what an overcast sky looks like around here ordinarily, because it's not an overcast sky.

Warm, sunrise/sunset colors infuse the smoke/haze view across the Naugatuck River valley, nearly three hours after sunrise.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Behind the Fences

 Torrington, Connecticut

Mostly I've seen these little figures (in a much less faded green/yellow eye-catching color) on lawns in suburban neighborhoods with the legend "SLOW" urging passing drivers to watch out for kids and pets.

Just part of an extensive in-town garden only a few blocks from Main Street. In WWII people had "Victory Gardens" even in dense urban areas. This made me wonder if this is a "Covid Garden" since I've walked down this street many times in years past and never noticed a remarkably large urban garden before.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Yellow Trailer


Torrington Connecticut

Brilliant late summer afternoon light on a trailer that hasn't moved in a long time.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Ferns and Trees

  Litchfield, Connecticut

From another section of White Memorial Conservation Center.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Big Tire Tracks


Walkerton, Indiana. 2012

With a threatening midwestern storm sky approaching.



Waterbury, Connecticut

Strange combination here. Two junky kids bikes, plus two much better quality road bike wheels.

Friday, September 04, 2020



Waterbury, Connecticut

Even for a discard, that's the baldest tire I've ever seen outside of a racing slick.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Wet Forest

 Litchfield, Connecticut

It had rained all morning Sunday and after noon it tapered off to a light drizzle that made for beautiful soft light at White Memorial Conservation Center.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Elevated Ferns


Litchfield, Connecticut

Shooting in a light rain at White Memorial Conservation Center Sunday afternoon, I was startled to see ferns growing out of composted needles in a crease in the trunk of a large hemlock. They were four or five feet above ground level.

Sunday, August 30, 2020



Washington, Connecticut
High summer light in southern New England with a changing weather pattern.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A Bit More on that Rally in Southbury

Southbury, Connecticut

It was scheduled for two o'clock so of course I arrived at one forty and sat in the car catching up on email. At about one fifty an enthusiastic young man pulled into the parking lot of the Playhouse Square complex and began to get a table and handout materials from his car and set them up in the adjacent open space at the town's main intersection. (I photographed demonstrations here, in 1991, from competing sides for and against that year's invasion of Iraq.) Suddenly, lots of people showed up right about two. This is a specifically local action. It's the thirteenth week they've held it, and all the locals know how long it takes to drive there. When enough people had come, organizers used a bullhorn to make some announcements and rhetorical points.

A particular point was to stress that this is an independent movement in the town of Southbury, not connected with any widespread organization, though they choose to use the "BLM" slogan as central to their effort.

Someone over in upstate New York is making these bracelets with the names of people (almost all black men) killed by police in questionable circumstances. I didn't get the details but it's a fund raising effort. The woman distributing/collecting ($10 a piece) asked me to take a picture of it, and wanted to put the basket on the ground to get her hands out of the picture. No, I said, it will be much better with your hands holding it out. Oh, of course, silly me, said she.

I'll just let the signs carry it out from here. Do click on any picture to see them much clearer and tighter if you're using a large display.