Thursday, April 30, 2020


Washington, Connecticut

Shooting on a rainy day, about an hour ago.

Signs of the Times—One

Woodbury, Connecticut

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.

Torrington, Connecticut

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.

Some people—Just. Do. Not. Get. It.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Waterbury, Connecticut

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.

Green Spring, Red Spring

Woodbury, Connecticut

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.

Washington, Connecticut

Monday, April 27, 2020

Partial Shutdown

Litchfield, Connecticut

Out and around the morning of 4/20/20.

You can click on any picture here to see a much larger and more legible version.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Cherry Trees, Three Rivers Park

Woodbury, Connecticut

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.


Thomaston, Connecticut

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Online Classes

Waterbury, Connecticut

Tulips on Bank Street.


Torrington, Connecticut

Aside from the name of the knitting store, I like the pre-crisis line on the door, "In Case of Knitting Emergency Call..."

Friday, April 24, 2020


Watertown, Connecticut

In all the countless times I've driven up Thomaston Road past this VFW post, early this afternoon was the first time I've ever seen the parking lot empty.

Willow and the Mail

Woodbury, Connecticut

Rich spring colors early on a rainy morning, 4/18/20.

Thursday, April 23, 2020


Woodbury, Connecticut

The Blogger front page presentation is always a little bit heavy. Click on either picture and you'll get a version that's not only larger but much closer to the delicacy of the originals.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Comic Relief

Litchfield, Connecticut

A shut down jewelry store trying to make light of the situation with goofy printed jokes in the shop windows.

You can click on any picture here to see a much larger and more legible version.

Very Early Spring

Washington, Connecticut

Deep into the preserve, along the Clamshell Trail at Steep Rock, last week.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Nine O'clock this Morning

Morris, Connecticut

Admonitions and gratefulness, both for social awareness. This is at the main intersection in town.

If you’re viewing on a substantial screen, you can always click on any picture here to see a much larger and more legible version.

Tree Portraits, III

Washington, Connecticut

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.

Friday, April 17, 2020