Friday, September 30, 2016

Mystic Bridge

Mystic, CT  2016

A favorite subject of mine, which has been featured in a number of my blog posts, from a slightly different view point and perspective. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Mystic, CT  2016

It's been a full 30 days since I posted my last picture of a yacht so here is this month's mega-yacht.  I came across the Impetuous during my last photo walk around Mystic.  She's 120 feet long has a crew of 4 and can accommodate 9 guests in 4 cabins.  Some amenities include a 17' tender, 2, two-man wave runners,  snorkeling gear, waveboards and other towables.   You can charter this yacht for a mere $60,000/wk...... plus expenses.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Mystic, CT  2016

A new bar will be opening soon in Mystic in this converted service station.  I first featured this service station back in March 2014 in this blog and it can be found here.  It looks like the new owners  have kept the key features of the service station, including the large garage doors,  the canopy over where the gas pumps used to be, and the large price sign.  I'm glad to see these buildings being re-purposed, but I wonder if Mystic really needs a new bar.  I guess I'll have to check it out after it opens. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Old House

Mystic, CT  2016

There is nothing sadder than a grand old house that nobody seems to want anymore.  When I see places like this, I wonder what it would've looked like when it was a home.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stone work

New London, CT  2016

WE ARE... A Nation of Immigrants

New London, CT  2016

I didn't capture all of photographer's Joe Standart's work currently on display in the vacant store front windows in New London.  I'll leave you with these final images.

Friday, September 23, 2016

WE ARE.... A Nation of Immigrants (cont'd)

New London, CT  2016

A few more store front portraits by Joe Standart's public gallery, "WE ARE... A Nation of Immigrants".  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WE ARE .... A Nation of Immigrants

New London, 2016

Photographer/Artist Joe Standart has transformed the otherwise vacant storefront windows in downtown New London into an outdoor public gallery featuring his portraits of local citizens who are also immigrants.   The display runs until November.  My photos do not do these larger than life portraits justice.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lighthouse Inn Stairs

New London, CT  2016

It has been years since anyone used these stairs leading to an outdoor deck at the rear of the Lighthouse Inn.  They don't even look safe anymore. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lighthouse Inn

New London, CT  2016

The Lighthouse Inn used to be a very nice place to stay and have a good dinner.  Today it only hints at its former glory having been vacant for a number of years.  Nature is encroaching and I'm sure it will take someone with a lot of money to renovate this resort.  Signs posted on the property tell of a public auction to be held in October.  The property will go to the highest bidder, no matter how low that bid is.   I have a soft spot in my heart for this inn, since I spent my first evening in New London here a little over 13 years ago.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New London Light

New London, CT  2016

It has been a few days since my last post.  Between work, family and my barbershop singing activities,  there has been little time to photography and blog.  I've also had a hard time getting motivated since it seems like I've photographed everything around here and have featured the same things over and over again in this blog.   In any event, I got out recently with a couple of missions in mind.  I've driven by this lighthouse many times, but finally got out of my car to see if I could get a decent photo.  It sits at the mouth of New London Harbor, on the Thames River, but it sits on private property and is surrounded by other houses, utility wires etc.  This was about the best I could do.  Then again, it's not really necessary that lighthouses be clearly seen while on land, right? 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

USS Ramage (DDG-61)

New London, CT  2106

As part of New London's Maritime Heritage Weekend,  the guided missile destroyer USS Ramage made a visit. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Calm Before the Storm

Niantic, CT  2016

The weather this week in southern New England has been dominated by Tropical Storm/Post Tropical Storm Hermine which is currently spinning in the Atlantic about 175 miles southeast off the eastern tip of Long Island with winds of 70 mph, just short of being officially labeled as a hurricane.    I went to the beaches here in town to see if I could get some pictures of waves crashing on the shoreline here but to no avail.  Despite the strong winds, Niantic Bay was very  calm. Nary a whitecap could be found, much less any real waves.  The storm is expected to meander off the coast through tomorrow, and it might had this way.  We're under a Tropical Storm warning, expecting high winds throughout the night.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

End of Summer

Noank, CT  2016

My wife and I always make it a point to visit Abbott's Lobster in the Rough once during the summer months.  This summer got a way from us, and we realized that with Labor Day tomorrow, we didn't have much time left to visit Abbott's before they're closed for the season.   So, we made the trip for their famous Hot Lobster Roll.  A fitting way to end the summer.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Eli Terry Jr Water Wheel

Plymouth, CT  2106

Eli Terry Jr was a clock maker who later turned to making locks on this site in the 1830's.  Power for the factory was supplied by this water wheel which is believed to be one of only two water wheels of this type in the United States.  The lock factory eventually became the Eagle Lock Co in 1854 and employed  1800 people. The company ceased operations in 1975.   Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this water wheel is all that remains.  

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Eyes Have It

New London, CT  2016

A number of vacant store fronts in downtown New London have been turned into an outdoor exhibition of the work of commercial photographer/artist Joe Standart.  This exhibition is entitled "WE ARE....A Nation of Immigrants" and is one of two exhibitions of Standart's photography in New London this year celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his seminal work "Portraits of a City: The New London Project".  You can read more about Joe Standart and his work here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Madison at Sunrise

Madison, CT  2016

Thursday is bagel day at work, so I stop here the first thing on Thursday mornings to get our weekly bagel fix.  This particular Thursday, the sun was just coming up.