Saturday, August 31, 2019


Ellenville, New York

That utility pole is either in trouble, or it's dancing.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Signs and Utilities

Walden, New York

Brilliant sunny summer day. The church parking sign seems a little standoffish.

A big old house broken up into apartments.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Walden, New York

For a small town, Walden has a lot of impressive monuments and buildings.

Monday, August 26, 2019

64,000 SF

Newburgh, New York

A sunny August morning, with the temperature beginning to soar as light clouds begin to form.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Year of the Family

Newburgh, New York

For some reason I got the sense the figure is St. Patrick, but there was no identification plaque that I could find.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Take My Picture

Newburgh, New York

I don't know how many times I've driven past, or through, Newburgh on Interstate 84, heading for parts west, but somehow I'd never made a point of getting off the highway to look at the small city. Then I finally went for a look early on a Monday morning, 8/12/19.

I encountered this couple on Broadway just a few blocks from the Hudson River shore. They noticed my camera and asked what I was taking pictures of. As always I replied, "anything interesting." "So how about us?" "Sure, you want to be in a picture?" Then they acted out a little dramatic scene. The guy said he wanted to be photographed alone, then called for her to join him, but then hid her face with his hand so she wouldn't "break the lens."

She took mock umbrage at this insult and yelled at him while he laughed because he'd heard the shutter and knew I'd gotten the previous picture.

Then they posed for real. I gave them a card with my email and told them if they send me an message I'll reply with their pictures, but I haven't heard from them.

As always, you can get a much better look at the pictures than you see on this front page, if you click on them.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A Walk in Waterbury, Part Two

Waterbury, Connecticut

Continuing on down the block on West Clay Street, more semi-derelict buildings and a constant battle with taggers.

There's a Home Depot at the south end of this shopping center. Here at the north end there's a PetSmart. The other half of this building used to be a Sports Authority but it closed down about a year ago and the large retail space remains vacant.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Walk in Waterbury, Part One

Waterbury, Connecticut

Plastic bottles are everywhere.

Construction and restoration work on St. Anne's church makes for pretty strange looking black shrouded towers, plus an exoskeleton of scaffolding.

Latin market across from the church.

Derelict building just down the block from the busy market.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Walk in Derby, Part Three

Derby, Connecticut

More weeds and bricks.

The side yard of a church, under a hot muggy summer sky.

Graffiti, derelict (but quite modern/recent) factory building.

Minerva street, the same steep hill seen in earlier post.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Walk in Derby, Part Two

Derby, Connecticut

Hot, wet, summer day with big clouds forming. Derby is on the right, Shelton on the left, looking north from the bridge between them over the Housatonic River. The chimneys are from old riverside factory complexes that are either derelict or repurposed.

The corner of Third Street.

Brick wall and doorway with graffiti.

And weeds.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Walk in Derby, Part One

Derby, Connecticut

Weeds under a hot summer sky.

Derby sits on hillsides at the confluence of the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers. This leads to some of the streets being pretty steep.

The railroad bridge is no longer active. It's not the line that still runs a single track from Bridgeport up to Waterbury. The second bridge in the distance is part of the limited access section of Rt. 8. There's a walking/running path that follows several miles of the river shoreline.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019