Friday, July 27, 2012

Weekend Reflections-Seeing Double

Mystic Seaport

Here's my contribution to Weekend Reflections hosted by James.  Please visit there to see some other very fine reflections.  Thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend. 

Citi Field Photographer

It's very common now at major attractions to have hired photographers take your picture without charge.  Afterwards they give you a card with information on how to find a website where your picture will be posted.  From there, they hope you'll not only like the picture, but you'll order all sorts of prints, which of course comes with a price.  This fellow had just taken our picture and was immediately off to take his next portrait.  I wonder if they have any openings?  I'll even use my own camera.......

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Colors of Baseball

I still have very vivid recollections from the time I attended my first professional baseball game.   It was in the early 60's and I must have been about 7 years old at the time.  My dad took me and my younger brother to Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox.   I remember that the Yankees won.  I can still recall seeing the field for the first time and being awestruck in just how colorful the field was.  The grass was so green and the infield so brown.  I hadn't realized just how colorful the ballpark was, for up until I actually saw the field at Yankee Stadium, my only experiences were watching them play on a black and white TV.  

Now we all have color, high definition, digital TV's, and despite all that advancement, I still get a thrill seeing a ballpark in person.  The colors are still as vibrant as I remember when I was young.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Citi Field

Queens, NY

This was my first visit to Citi Field since it opened.  The architecture is reminiscent of Ebbets Field were the Brooklyn Dodgers used to play until they moved to Los Angeles in 1958.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bayside Station

Bayside, Queens, NYC

I need to visit New York City more often. There is an endless source of photo opportunities in the city.  On this occasion, I was on my way to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to watch them take on the Chicago Cubs.  I was with my wife, daughter and son-in-law, who is a big Mets fan, as I am.  We were celebrating Father's Day, about a month late, but then again better late than never. A big thank you goes out to my daughter who arranged for the tickets.  This is the view before descending to the tracks below.  It's the best way to get around anywhere in New York City. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trailered Boats

Mystic Seaport

Allow me two final pictures from the Wooden Boat Show.  I believe that boats belong on the water.  However there are times when they need to be transported over land.  When out of the water, one can really appreciate the amount of work that goes in to maintaining these boats.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Boat Building

Mystic Seaport

One of the big activities during the Wooden Boat Show is an area where one can actually build your own wooden boat.  Teams of people, or even individuals work all weekend with various kits that they have purchased building their boats.  It surprised me just how much one can accomplish with just three days or so of actual building.  I'm sure there is  lot more work needed on these boats before they hit the water, but they look pretty good to me already.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wooden Boat Weekend Reflections

Mystic Seaport

There are no shortages of nice reflections a couple of weekends ago at the Wooden Boat Show.  This is one of the better reflections I was able to capture.  It helps when you get into the seaport earlier in the morning, while the water is still and there are not a lot of crowds.  I'm posting this also at Weekend Reflections, hosted by James.  Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Taken for Granted - Chris Craft

Mystic Seaport

I'm relatively new to blogging having only started this blog in October last year.  I don't have a lot of followers, but those I do have are loyal and post comments frequently.  Even though I might not respond to every comment, I do read them all, and appreciate that someone has taken the time to look at my photographs.  I thought of one of my followers while wandering around the Wooden Boat Show when I came across this boat.  You can find his blog here, entitled "Taken For Granted".  I do not know the gentleman's name, but have come to look forward to his posts everyday.  He has posted some  very nice images. In one of his comments to my wooden boat posts,  he mentioned how much he liked wooden boats after having seen a Chris Craft.  I'm not sure if the Chris Craft he saw was similar to this or not, but I thought I'd post it for his enjoyment.  I don't believe it was for sale, but if it were, it might "Taken for Granted's" name on it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Musical Boat

Mystic Seaport

Another of my favorite things is music an singing.  This rowboat displayed a familiar tune along the side.  The tune?  Well, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".  

Monday, July 16, 2012


Mystic Seaport

Every year Wooden Boat Magazine holds their Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport.  People from all over either bring in their wooden boats by trailer, or sail them in for the weekend.  There are vendors galore, boat building companies, and other activities all geared toward the wooden boat fan.  Readers of this blog know that I have a special fondness for wooden boats.  So for this week, I'll be posting some of the more interesting sites seen at this years Wooden Boat Show.  As the boat says, "YNOT". 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cliff Walk

Newport, RI

The Cliff Walk of Newport, RI is a 3.5 mile National Recreational Trail that winds along the cliffs.  Walking the trail provides spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as some of the famous mansions of Newport. The trail itself is an easy walk, but there are constant reminders along the way to be sure to stay on the paved path, or else you might end up like the fellow in the sign below. 


Friday, July 13, 2012

Early Morning Light-Weekend Refelections

Newport, RI 

This is my contribution to this week's "Weekend Reflections"  hosted by by James.a  You can see other very nice reflections here.  Have a nice weekend and thanks for looking. 

Early Morning Light- Newport Street Scene

Newport, RI

I need to get up early more often to do photography.  I'm sure most photographers know that its some of the best light of the day to do photography.  One added benefit is that before all the businesses open, there is very little traffic and no crowds of people.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Early Morning Light- The Hurdy Gurdy

Newport, RI

The Hurdy Gurdy is a statue made by Kay Worden in 1983 to receive donations for Children and Family Services of Newport County.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

Early Morning Light- Pelham St Gaslight

Newport, RI

Pelham St in Newport, RI was the first street lighted with gas lamps.  The lamps were installed in 1806 by David Melville and used coal gas.  Today the street is still illuminated with gas lamps, although I don't think they use coal gas now.  The house in the background dates from 1785.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Herreshoff Marine Museum

Here's one final picture from the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.  This is the racing yacht Defiant, now in retirement at the museum.  The boat was a contender for the America's Cup in 1992, eventually losing to America3 in the preliminary rounds.  Both Defiant and America3 were part of the same syndicate, also named America3, which successfully won the America's Cup in 1992.  

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Steam Engines

Herreshoff Marine Museum

Although best known as a designer and builder of yachts, Nathanael Herreshoff was a mechanical engineer.  He was the first to design light steam engines and also fast torpedo boats for the US Navy.  Some if his engines are also displayed at the museum, alongside his yachts.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Bristol, RI 

I'm not sure what this.  It's sitting on the bow of a boat and I would bet it must have a colorful, nautical name.  I'll have to do some research.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hornet, Bambino and Belisarius

Bristol, RI

These three boats were all designed and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co, in Bristol, RI.  Both the Bambino and the Belisarius were designed by Nathaneal G Herreshoff, a navel architect and steam engineer who along with his brother John Brown Herreshoff founded the company.  The Belisarius  was the last boat designed by Nathaneal in 1935.  His eldest son, A. Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff designed the Hornet in 1931.