Northwestern Connecticut isn't like the wide open spaces of Montana, but compared to the population density of Manhattan, well, it's at least 75% toward the Montana side of the equation. So I've been out looking for pictures to document this unique time. It's easy to stay distant from other people or put on my homemade mask if walking down a sidewalk, and I don't have to touch anything except my car and my camera. "Signs" was one of the first tags I entered for this blog a decade and a half ago, and signs continue to fascinate me. It's not entirely clear who made and put up this one, but the corner is adjacent to an old big house that has been repurposed into several medical practices.
Then there's this. I've been vegetarian for decades, but for even more decades I've been very careful with money, so I've never bought anything from a juice bar because of the prices, and more to the point, have never set foot in one. So I was surprised, even shocked, by this. I hadn't put two and two together. I just sort of vaguely assumed that a place like that must be a health conscious entity run by and catering to well-heeled customers. Or, it turns out, antivaxer idiots.
Last Saturday, shooting along Bank Street, the mid-town campus of Post University, a former department store space, now with a giant video screen in the lobby showing ads for the school and encouraging messages about the pandemic.
Mixed rain and snow on a Saturday morning, 4/18/20. Spring colors just becoming intense. The willows and hayfields are turning yellow and green. I'm always surprised how much red there is in the very early budding trees and wild growing fields. Click on any picture for a larger and clearer view.
In a light snowfall Saturday morning, 4/18/20. The park used to be a privately held farm, and the big field still is planted each year with crops in rotation. The cars at center right of the first picture belong to people hiking or walking dogs along the trails that surround the field and follow the rivers.
Click on either picture to get a much better view.
This is the last of the tree portrait posts for now.
If you've been interested by the recent posts here, there's now another way to look at the material I've been shooting in our new era of social distancing, both the pictures in the woods and the pictures in the nearly empty streets and sidewalks of towns along the Naugatuck River valley. Over the past few days I've constructed and put up six new picture galleries on my website. There are additional pictures beyond the ones that have appeared on this blog, and the presentations are a little less broken up than with the blog format. Here's the link to my Online Galleries page:
A small advance warning: there seems to be a glitch in the gallery creation software I'm using. When you finish with one of the galleries, a single click on the 'back button' of your browser doesn't do anything. It takes two or three clicks to get back to the main galleries page.