Friday, April 03, 2020

Wednesday Afternoon, 4/1/20

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Church Street, which is the main drag through town, wasn't deserted but there was far less traffic than usual on a weekday afternoon.

If Naugy sounds somehow familiar, the early artificial leather product Naugahyde (trademarked in 1936) was first produced in Naugatuck, and named for the town. Decades later a comic advertising campaign claimed that the product came from an animal called a Nauga, which didn't have to be slaughtered because it conveniently shed its skin, making Naugahyde available for humans to use. You can still buy a Nauga doll.

You can get a larger, more legible view of the pictures by clicking on any one of them.

Restaurants are all take out (and sometimes delivery) only.

Tattoo parlors are out for the duration.

A small storefront Domino's Pizza might have been the busiest spot, with customers picking up and delivery guys heading out.

Otherwise, the sidewalk was nearly empty. Sometimes completely empty for minutes at a time.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Greens in the Late Winter Forest

Washington, Connecticut

At Steep Rock Preserve in late March. Vivid green mosses in the otherwise nearly monochrome brown woods.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

At Burr Pond

Torrington, Connecticut

Hiking around the state park, 3/27/20. The calendar says Spring but it's still cold winter sunlight.