This image is looking towards downtown Mystic. The historic Mystic Bridge, pictured many times in this blog is just out of frame to the right. I'll be posting this to Weekend Reflections. I hope you have a great weekend. I think we're expecting more snow. Thanks for looking.
One of the exhibits at Mystic Seaport is this 1/128th scale model of the Mystic River and what the area looked like back about 1870. The total model is over 50 feet long and depicts the area of Mystic, shown here, as well as the area which today is part of Mystic Seaport. There are over 250 dwellings, barns, shops and 5 shipyards depicted here. The model was started in 1958, and work continues upon it today by some of the original volunteers who started it.
All day long the plows were coming through and managed to get our streets and driveways cleared. They even shoveled the walks up to our front door. I'm glad to see that my association fees are being put to good use! Nevertheless I had to do just a small bit of snow shoveling to dig out my car. It was still snowing when these pictures were taken, but it had tapered off.
Niantic, CT 3:37 PM 1/27/2015
As I write this, I'm pretty sure the snow has come to an end, but it is still pretty windy outside, so there will be some drifting. Rumor has it that the sun will be out tomorrow. I might even be able to go to work.
This is what I awoke to this morning. We have been anticipating this blizzard since the weekend and yesterday the State of Connecticut declared a state of emergency and put in place a travel ban starting at 9:00 PM. The snow started falling mid afternoon and it hasn't stopped as I write this. I read this morning that New York City was spared the full effect of the storm having only received 6" of snow in Central Park as of 6:00 AM this morning. Predictions called for upwards of 2-3 feet in NYC. I think we got quite a bit more than 6" here.
Niantic, CT 8:16 AM 1/27/2015
Fortunately I had gotten out over the weekend to fill my bird feeders. The feeders were very popular this morning, but they'll need to be refilled very soon.
Niantic, CT 7:54 AM 1/27/2015
The blizzard's near hurricane force winds makes it difficult to get a good measure of amount of snow that has fallen. We're under a Blizzard Warning until midnight tonight and the forecast calls for more snow all day long. Fortunately, we have not lost power... yet, and we have more than enough food to last for awhile. I'm going to enjoy my day off today, and it looks like I'll have tomorrow off as well. Life in New England!
The Gold Star Bridge carries both US Route 1 and I-95 across the Thames River in New London, CT. Beneath the bridge there is a public boat launch which gives boaters access to the Thames River. It also gives photographers some interesting views of the bridge, not often seen.
Each year, Mystic Seaport closes to the public for 6 weeks starting in January. Before it closed this year, I was able to get some nice shots on January 1. Notice the Christmas trees atop the masts, a Seaport tradition. When the Seaport reopens in February, I'll know spring is not far behind. That's a nice thought to have as we're expecting a storm of "historical proportions" starting today and lasting into Tuesday.
Bridges are a favorite subject of mine and this one in particular has appeared in this blog previously, but but not from this point of view. In deciding how I wanted to process this picture, I opted for the black and white version shown here. I was surprised to find out that I had made a similar choice about two years ago in this post.
There is no shortage of beautiful buildings in downtown New Haven, especially in the Ninth Square Historic District, an area encompassing 3 blocks located in the central business district of New Haven. This area was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984 and comprises 78 buildings built in the mid to late 1800's and into the early 1900's. A number of different styles of architecture can be found here. The Palladium Building was built in 1855 and was originally known as the "Young Men's Institute". The building has been ascribed to the famous New Haven architect, Henry Austin and can be described as an example of Anglo-Italianante/Renaissance Revival architecture.
Found this old store front not far from the New Haven Green on a recent photo walk. I like that instead of a street address, the building shows it's global coordinates ( 41°18' 14" N 72° 55' 30"W). Fortunately on the sidewalk in front of this building there is a plaque from which I learned that Abel C Chamberlain opened a furniture store here in 1832. The family continued the business it what is known as the first furniture retail family business in the United States. I'm not sure what became of the business, but at least I can always find this building with my GPS.
Allow me one more view of the Mayflower II out of the water. It definitely is in need of some repairs. Conservators at the Seaport are evaluating her condition now and documenting everything. Some repairs will be made in the coming months before she is returned to Plymouth, MA for the summer tourist season. Repairs will be completed over the course of several years and hopefully will be complete by 2020, in time for the 400th Anniversary of original Mayflower's voyage to America.
While not as old as some of the older historic buildings in New London, this pink house played a major role in the recent history of New London. In 2005, in Kelo vs. The City of New London, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of New London, who wanted to buy this house and many others in the area around Fort Trumbull for economic development. The city was declaring eminent domain and felt they had the right to do this. The Supreme Court decision caused outrage around the country and in more than 40 states, laws were reformed and court decisions were made to protect property owners against the abuse of eminent domain. The house was moved from the Fort Trumbull area to its present location and stands today as testament to the bravery of Susette Kelo and others who have advocated for the rights of property owners and against the abuse of eminent domain. The ironic thing about this whole story is that even with the favorable Supreme Court ruling, and the millions of dollars the city must have paid to argue this case, there has been no economic development in area known as the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to this date.
All the boats are gone for the winter leaving lots of open water to catch reflections in this photo taken this past December at Chelsea Landing in Norwich, CT. I'm linking this to Weekend Reflections, where you can see some great reflections from around the world. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend and thanks for visiting.
I've posted pictures of the buildings that were once part of the Norwich State Hospital before. Most of the site is now being developed by the town of Preston. As a result a number of buildings have been demolished, or are in the process of being demolished. I previously posted a picture of this building from another angle here. I expect by summer time, all that will remain will be the memories.
I know I have photographed this rusty gear on a number of occasions during my photo walks in Niantic. I thought I might have posted it once before on my blog, but after having searched my posts here, I could not find it, so I posted it today. I'm not sure if it is meant to be a sculpture, or art. It could just be a left over piece of machinery left here to rust away.
Architects used to name their buildings with the name prominently displayed. I can find little information on this unique building in New London. It did house a music store at one time. Don't you like the urns on the roof?
This reflection shows the Shetucket River as it meets up with the Yantic River in Norwich to form the Thames River. The harbor here, Chelsea Landing, was first laid out in 1684 and due to having access to Long Island Sound, became an important trading center with the West Indies and places abroad. The arrival of the railroad in 1840 began the slow decline of the harbor as a significant center of trade. Today the harbor caters to pleasure craft. I'm sharing this with Weekend Reflections. Have a great first weekend of the New Year.