Sunday, August 30, 2020



Washington, Connecticut
High summer light in southern New England with a changing weather pattern.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A Bit More on that Rally in Southbury

Southbury, Connecticut

It was scheduled for two o'clock so of course I arrived at one forty and sat in the car catching up on email. At about one fifty an enthusiastic young man pulled into the parking lot of the Playhouse Square complex and began to get a table and handout materials from his car and set them up in the adjacent open space at the town's main intersection. (I photographed demonstrations here, in 1991, from competing sides for and against that year's invasion of Iraq.) Suddenly, lots of people showed up right about two. This is a specifically local action. It's the thirteenth week they've held it, and all the locals know how long it takes to drive there. When enough people had come, organizers used a bullhorn to make some announcements and rhetorical points.

A particular point was to stress that this is an independent movement in the town of Southbury, not connected with any widespread organization, though they choose to use the "BLM" slogan as central to their effort.

Someone over in upstate New York is making these bracelets with the names of people (almost all black men) killed by police in questionable circumstances. I didn't get the details but it's a fund raising effort. The woman distributing/collecting ($10 a piece) asked me to take a picture of it, and wanted to put the basket on the ground to get her hands out of the picture. No, I said, it will be much better with your hands holding it out. Oh, of course, silly me, said she.

I'll just let the signs carry it out from here. Do click on any picture to see them much clearer and tighter if you're using a large display.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Maroon Hat

 Ybor City, Florida, 2012

It was late October and lots of shop windows had Halloween themes.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

BLM Protests in Southbury

 Southbury, Connecticut

The text of the sign the woman in front is holding reads, "EQUAL RIGHTS FOR OTHERS DOES NOT MEAN LESS RIGHTS FOR YOU. IT'S NOT PIE. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

The fallacy of the zero sum game deserves protest. Lest anyone think there were only five folks here, there were more nearly a hundred, to be seen in more pictures later. It's a large intersection at the center of a 15,000 population bedroom community (formerly farm country) and people were trying to socially distance around the corner a couple hundred feet each way. They told me it's the 13th Sunday in a row that they've gathered for this.

Bricks and Weeds


Clarion, Pennsylvania, 2012

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Save the Post Office Saturday


Bethlehem, Connecticut

Nearly 700 protest rallies were planned for today, in support of the USPS. About fifteen people turned up with signs in the tiny town of Bethlehem, CT. I noticed that nearly everyone in passing cars either honked or waved in support.

It's also "Street Photography Day," in honor of Henri Cartier-Bresson's birthday. I think this counts as Street.

Click on any of the pictures for a larger and clearer view on a large display.


 Clarion, Pennsylvania, 2012

Friday, August 21, 2020


 Valdosta, Georgia, 2012

More from the archive, eight years ago. The almost-match of the gold screen and her hair was kind of catchy.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Picnic Park


Jennings, Florida, 2012

I haven't been getting out to shoot this month, partly because of a minor injury, so it's back to the archive for a while. This picture from a strange town park/playground has always appealed to me but I didn't put it on the blog back in 2012.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Globe and Chair


Woodbury, Connecticut

Antique mart the morning of August 4, a few hours before the big wind storm came through and knocked out power to most of the state.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Bears at Work

 Torrington, Connecticut

The building for many years housed a Salvation Army thrift store. It's been vacant for a year or so but recently has been undergoing renovation and will be added to an adjacent children's indoor play center—when the pandemic allows such places to open again.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Summer Weeds and Fields

 Washington, Connecticut

A steamy hot mid-July afternoon with a storm sky forming to the north, at Steep Rock Macricostas Preserve. You can click on any picture here to get a larger, more detailed view.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Black Rock Lake in the Rain

 Thomaston, Connecticut

A hot July afternoon rain with more storm clouds coming in.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Greenhouse, with Weeds


Woodbury, Connecticut

This greenhouse on Main Street is vacant but not abandoned. It's empty but pretty well maintained, except for the crop of weeds growing up outside. This was shot Tuesday a couple hours before the wind storms came through. We got power back at our place Sunday afternoon, almost exactly five days after the storms took out the grid. Cable internet is still off, so I'm back at the Firehouse to use their WiFi.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Looters and Arsonists

New York, New York

Apparently there was some trouble at 29th and Park Avenue. I noticed this last Sunday taking a walk around the block before my workshop session at the Penumbra Foundation.


More damage a little farther down the block. I didn't see anything else like it in the area.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

From the Firehouse

Woodbury, Connecticut

That's our Joe Pye Weed behind the house, Tuesday morning before the storm. This Saturday morning we are at the Orenaug Fire Company where there's a community room with charging stations and two showers.

One o'clock Tuesday afternoon and the wind is beginning to whip the plants around.

About two o'clock, after a raging wind storm with not much rain. When it got calm I went out to look for damage. The only direct damage we had was this maple that missed the barn when it came down, but took down the barn's power line. While I was checking, a new twisting wind came suddenly out of nowhere. The trees began making insanely loud cracking noises. I got back to the house and later found that many more trees were snapped off, uprooted, or torn apart by the second and third bouts of wind. Luckily our buildings weren't hit. I've looked around the area Thursday and Friday as part of a view camera field workshop I've been teaching for a private student, and the damage is amazing and extensive. Three foot diameter oak trees are snapped/twisted off ten feet above the ground. The towns have run out of detour signs because nearly every road is blocked by downed trees and power lines. The utility claims they expect 99% restoration by Tuesday—one full week—but that's obviously nonsense. The state highway that runs past our house has multiple partial blockages that haven't been touched, and is completely closed less than a mile from us, where downed trees and wires as of now are exactly as they've been since Tuesday. While out we saw a group of bucket trucks setting up to work—the company logo said they were from Wisconsin.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Brief Note

Tuesday's storms devastated our area with massive damage to trees and widespread road closures and near universal power outage. I'm using my iPhone as a hot spot to put this post up. I won't waste the data to post any pictures here until we have power and WiFi back. That might well not be until the middle of next week.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Weeds at the Entry

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Still at that factory building that seems to rotate industrial tenants at intervals of every few years.

Saturday, August 01, 2020


Naugatuck, Connecticut

The building is occupied and busy, looks like some sort of machine shop. They're just a little behind the weeds growth.