Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
PINK FLOWERS – TICKS
Bloomfield, CT - I went out one day to the reservoir in Bloomfield to see if I could find some interesting things to take photos of. I took a few, some things I had posted earlier. I came upon these flowers and thought they would make a nice photograph. These were just off the path and I went closer to take the photo. Well…when I got back to the office I found I had 4 ticks on me; one on my arm and three in my hair. So, I guess I better post it for all the trouble I got in taking it. Remember, Connecticut is the home of Lyme disease.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
THE WANDERING MOOSE CAFE
West Cornwall, CT - Judging by the crowd, this is a very popular place to eat in West Cornwall, to tell the truth there is not many choices. But, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Years ago my wife and I used to go to this restaurant for breakfast when it was under a different name and management. The ride alone was worth it. Sometimes we would cross the covered bridge and ride along to river to the town of Cornwall Bridge, not to be confused with the Covered Bridge which is in West Cornwall.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
WEST CORNWALL COVERED BRIDGE
Monday, June 26, 2006
NEW LONDON COURTHOUSE
New London, CT - This courthouse was built in 1784 to replace the one burnt down during the British Raid of 1781. The building was designed by Issac Fitch, Connecticut's first professional architect. It served as a hospital during the 1798 Yellow Fever epidemic and later, as a place for lectures, concerts, church services, political rallies, abolitionist meetings, and for the retrieval for the Civil War dead. Such orators as Daniel Webster argued constitutional questions within its galleries. One of America's oldest courthouse it is still in use today.
Info from: Exploring New London handout.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
MURAL IN NEW LONDON
Friday, June 23, 2006
On the way home last week I saw this beaver walking across the road. I pulled over quickly and grabbed my camera. Unfortunatley, another car was coming from the other direction and scared him so he jumped in the water and all I got was a few photos of the beaver swimming. Oh well, better luck next time.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
OFF TO ALASKA FISHING
Yes, it is about that time of year when I take my annual pilgrimage to Alaska to visit my friend and get in some heavy duty fishing. This photo is my friend Dan packing out our catch of the day. Believe me; you don't want to carry 50 or 60 pounds of fish on a rope for any distance, especially having to carry your gear also. A long raincoat is a must unless you like fish blood and slime down your back. Here is a safety tip...walk far ahead of the guy carrying the fish; the bears will grab him first!
I have photos cued up for my wife to post while I am gone.
See you around the 2nd of July.
Wish me luck!
BANK STREET ROADHOUSE
New London, CT - I was down in New London walking around the town on one of my photo hunts and saw this sign painted on a wall. It looked interesting so here it is. The only thing I could find about "Big Daddy" was at this website, you know taught the secret recipe by head hunters, etc. you know, same old, same old. About the Bank Street Roadhouse, when I went to their site it looked like quite the party place, don't believe me...go here.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Hartford, CT – This is a statue of the famous Israel Putnam. He lived quite an interesting life; the stuff that folklore is made of. He fought in the French and Indian War and was a General in the Revolutionary War. You might know him for his famous quote quoted on Breeds Hill, “Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes”. Instead of trying to summarize what I read about him, go to this web page and read some interesting things about Israel Putnam. www.curbstone.org
ISRAEL PUTNAM'S FINAL RESTING PLACE
Brooklyn, CT - A few days after taking the photo of the Israel Putnam statue in front of the Connecticut State Capital I want to Brooklyn, CT on business and I saw this statue. Since I always bring my camera every where I go, I took some photos. I did not know it at the time but this is the final resting place of Israel Putnam. He was originally buried in the ground but then later put into the base of this statue honoring him.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Hartford, CT (Bushnell Park) - This fountain was designed by James Massey Rhind of New York. It was erected in 1899 and presented to Hartford by John Corning, of Corning Glass Works, as a tribute to his father who operated a grist mill on the same site. The fountain is made of marble and stone and stands 30 feet high. I believe the statues are bronze.
In the background is the Connecticut State Capital building.
Monday, June 19, 2006
HOUSATONIC RIVER - DANGER
The Housatonic River runs from approximately Pittsfield MA, through Connecticut and flows into Long Island Sound. You can see canoeist getting ready to run the rapids and on the left bank you can see some fisherman. It is one of the most beautiful rivers I have seen. But the problem is, this is one of the most polluted rivers in the country. Between 1932 and 1977, General Electric dumped, accidentally or deliberately, PCB’s into the river. Estimates range from 20 to 750 tons of PCB’s in their plant just south of Pittsfield MA. About 10 miles south of the plant is the Wood Pond Dam which has trapped a lot of the PCB’s. “The EPA found that people consuming Housatonic River fish and waterfowl, especially above the dam, are up to 1000 times more likely to be stricken with cancer and other maladies, such as reproductive problems.” Ducks that live on the river are also contaminated with PCB’s. “Average concentrations in these waterfowl are more than 200 times EPA’s tolerance level for human consumption and there carcasses must be handled as HAZARDOUS WASTE.”