Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day 2018, I

Orange, Connecticut

Yesterday in Orange they called off the parade because of a threat of rain. But they handed out lots of plastic flags and held ceremonies in a school gym.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mill Street

Waterbury, Connecticut

The mills are all closed, but some are restored and repurposed.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Big Jewelry

New York, New York

It took me a moment to figure out what was so odd about this shop window display. The necklaces all look huge and ungainly because the mannequins are tiny.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Madison Square Park

New York, New York

Daffodils (very fancy ones) and people in the park.

Modern sculpture installations in the park, overlooked from a distance by much older figures over at the upper left. It's also interesting how ubiquitous the advertising is. Not only is the U-Haul truck covered in ads, but the city bus is a hybrid-electric rolling billboard. It takes a park, or the ornate facade of an older city building, to be ad-free.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Color, Steep Rock Preserve, I

Washington, Connecticut

I've been working a lot at Steep Rock Preserve this month, looking for pictures to make the third installment of my "Four Seasons at Steep Rock" (working title, may change) set of platinum/palladium print folios of 12 prints each. But Sunday morning in a light rain the intense greens of the new foliage begged for color pictures as well. I kept switching the camera I was using from the custom mode I've set up for shooting pictures intended for monochrome and set in 2:3 aspect ratio, to my usual 4:3 proportion color capture modes. Copy shots of the first two folios can be seen at the Online Galleries page of my website.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Color, Part III

Torrington, Connecticut

A little later on Thursday the light rain continued off and on and the new leaves and mosses at Burr Pond State Park were even more intense than the colors at White Memorial earlier in the day.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Color, Part II

Litchfield, Connecticut

More from White Memorial Conservation Center. The brand new leaves have wonderfully intense greens yellows, enhanced by moisture because there had been some light rain.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Spring Color, Part I

Litchfield, Connecticut

White Memorial Conservation Center, 5/17/18. There was little damage from the storms that wreaked havoc all over the area Tuesday night. The flowering trees are near the end of their run but everything else is finally beginning to leaf out.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Waterbury, Connecticut

This corner is directly across from the entrance to a Home Depot. Every morning men—who all appear to be hispanic, congregate and wait for contractors in crew cab pickups to collect some of them for day labor.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


New York, New York

Power Outage Update: We spent the late morning in the generator-equipped town library where read and charged devices. Online sources said that the power outage in town had improved from 86% without power to 71%. About one o'clock we left to check out the house and eat some of the food in the refrigerator for lunch. We were amazed to find the lights on. Unlike the last three major power failures in recent years, for some reason this time we were among the earliest to get power back. So things are back to normal here, but a huge area across the Northeast is still without power and climbing out from under downed trees and power lines.


Woodbury, Connecticut

The Storm Hit Hard

Woodbury, Connecticut

Power is out for the whole area, and once again we're at the town Senior Center / Emergency Shelter. Nothing in town without a generator is open, and Southbury, one town south, is hit even harder. Brookfield has been declared a disaster area and police are doing a house to house search looking for people trapped in crushed houses. I didn't see any direct damage at our place, but it's going to be a long time before we have power back.