This looks like it might have been a fishing boat at one time. Perhaps it still is, but it doesn't appear to have all the equipment one sees on a working fishing boat. I think now it is strictly a pleasure craft.
Normally these trains sneak up on me and I'm woefully out of place an unprepared to take any photos. I knew this one was coming and saw it off in the distance so I was able to be a little more prepared.
I found this interesting sculpture along the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at the Great River Park in East Hartford, CT. There are a series of sculptures on both sides of the river depicting various events in the life of Abraham Lincoln. This sculpture is entitled "The Circuit Rider" and is by Peter Busby depicting Lincoln's time as a circuit rider. The transparency gives the sculpture a ghostly appearance which even is more apparent when photographed.
Amtrak trains run through Mystic daily on the Northeast Corridor Line between Boston and Washington DC. I even believe some trains might actually stop at Mystic once or twice a day. Most, however only stop in Westerly, RI or New London, CT. As a result, this tiny train station doesn't see much activity. It has served many functions, in addition to being a train station during the years I've lived in the area. It currently looks like it's being remodeled on the inside.
Long time followers of this blog might recall the picture of this granite house, posted back in March 2014.
At the time I wrote what little I was able to find about the history behind this structure. You can read about it here. Recently I happened to drive by this house again, and I couldn't believe what I saw.
Old Mystic, CT 2016
Someone is restoring the house. You can see a roof has been added, along with doors and windows. Other structural modifications are being made as well. It's still very much a work in progress, but I was happy that someone is bringing this home back to life again.
The house has been in the same family for 160 years, and the current family members are restoring it. More information about the history and restoration can found in this article.
This building has been pictured in my blog before, but not from this angle. This is capitol of the state of Rhode Island. The current State House is the seventh state house of Rhode Island, and second state house to be located in Providence. It was built between the years 1895-1904.
At each end of the Niantic Boardwalk there are some nice beaches which are very popular in the summer time. This is the beach at the west end of the boardwalk, known as the "Hole in the Wall Beach", since in order to reach it, you have to walk through the hole in the wall, otherwise known as a tunnel beneath the railroad tracks.
This is what the Niantic Boardwalk looked like after Tropical Storm Irene came through back in 2011. The walkway was primarily a gravel path running along the rocky beach. From this photo, you can't really see the damage. It got worse after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. You can see for yourself the improvements made to the original boardwalk below.
Niantic, CT 2016
Steel piles were driven along the boardwalk to reinforce the now concrete walkway. It looks very nice now.
I've been waiting for this for a long time. The Niantic Boardwalk was heavily damaged, first by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, followed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This year the remaining repairs have been completed and the entire 1-mile length has been re-opened for walkers and joggers.
A lot of benches one finds these days are made from recycled plastics, as is this one here. The look pretty nice, and I'm sure they'll wear pretty well and will require less maintenance in the long term, but I feel they lack a little character.
The photography gods have conspired against me lately. I haven't had the time to get out and photograph lately, and on top of that, I've been recovering from a nasty respiratory virus. As a result, my blogs posts have not been as regular as I would like. I hope to resume regular posts this week. This sculpture on the grounds of the Lyman Allyn Museum is by Allyson Holtz and is entitled "Star and Sea".