Friday, August 18, 2017

More Aerial Advertising

Niantic, CT  2017

Along with sky writing, another  familiar scene along the Connecticut coast line in the summer  are signs like this,  towed behind a plane.  I wonder how many spending time at our beaches see banners like this and immediately leave the beach and head to the closest Shop Rite to buy a lobster?  That is a pretty good price for a lobster, however. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sky Writing

Niantic, CT  2017

I wasn't sure if I could capture this or not.  Skywriting has come a long way from the time when a single plane or two would do acrobatics to write out messages in the sky.  Now five planes flying in formation actually create a huge, flying dot-matrix printer in the sky, releasing perfectly timed puffs of smoke to form the letters.  This skywriting is common along the the Connecticut shore in the summertime and advertises one of the huge Native-American owned and operated casinos located near by, The Mohegan Sun. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Niantic, CT  2017

I never knew one could get crepes served in so many different ways.  This was just one of several food vendors at the recent "Celebrate East Lyme" fair here.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Scenic View in Black and White

Somewhere in Vermont, 2016

The color version of this scene was first posted over a year ago and can be found here.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Birch Trees

Gorham, NH  2016

Birch trees were made to be photographed using black and white film, don't you think?   One problem  I've run across with using film is that I tend to forget to finish the roll in a timely fashion.  This image sat in my Pentax ME Super for a year until I finally got around to finishing the roll and had it processed.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Morgan in Black and White

Mystic Seaport, 2017

For a change of pace, I like to shoot black and white film from time to time.  Scenes around Mystic Seaport just look right when shot in Black and White.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Win This

New London, CT  2017

I saw this Mustang at a couple of festivals this year.  It was being raffled off as part of a fund raiser for a local Lion's Club.  I have a hard time believing this car is already considered to be a "classic" or "antique", since I was young teenager, just becoming interested in cars when the Mustang was introduced.  I even learned to drive a stick shift in my father's Mustang.  I almost bought a raffle ticket. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

No. 2000

According to the stats kept by Blogger, this will be my 2000th post since starting back in October 2011.  I think this calls for a little bit of a celebration.  I has been quite a ride since then, and I'm thankful for those who follow and comment.  

Niantic, CT  2017

These are some of the better shots taken during the Celebrate East Lyme festival here in town.  It was my first attempt at shooting fireworks.  Believe me, any decent shots I might have captured are attributed to shear luck rather than any great photographic skills I might have acquired since starting this blog.  As always, thanks for looking.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Amphibious Landing Demo

New London, CT  2017

One of the attractions seen during Sailfest was this amphibious landing exercise which was either carried out by Marines or Navy personnel , but  I guess it could also be an exercise carried out by the Army.  All of theses boats worked together to "land" at one of the docks as shown below.  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mystic Whaler

New London, CT  2017

One can't have Sailfest without at least one sailing vessel.   The Mystic Whaler is a reproduction of a 19th century coastal cargo schooner built in 1967 and rebuilt in 1993.  Today she's available for charters, dinner cruises, and other cruises around the New London area. She has all the latest amenities and is totally compliant with USCG regulations.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


New London, CT  2017

There's no excuse for going hungry at Sailfest. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Deep Fried

New London, CT  2017

Is there anyone else out there who think Oreo cookies are fine, just the way they are?  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Flower Power

New London, CT  2017

Here's something one doesn't see everyday.  It looks a little prettier than just adding solar panels to one's roof, but not by much.  I'm not sure I'd want something like this sitting on my front lawn.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sailfest 2017

New London, CT 2017

Summer festivals continued in New London the second weekend in July with their annual Sailfest.  There were over 100 exhibitors, artists, food trucks, etc.  

Friday, July 21, 2017


Niantic, CT  2017

The Acela train is Amtrak's "high speed" express train that runs along the Northeast Corridor line from Boston to Washington D.C.  It only stops in New Haven in Connecticut. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Art Fair

Niantic, CT  2017

Along with summertime in Connecticut there are festivals and art fairs somewhere in the state just about every weekend.  In Niantic the first weekend in July the is an Arts and Crafts Show, along with a Lobster Fest, all sponsored by the local Lions Club.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Morgan Sails

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

I've always liked the sight of a ship's sails towering over the nearby buildings.  I've seen this view many times, and have photographed it often.  I think this photo finally captures the sense of scale one sees in person.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

This boat is visiting Mystic Seaport for the summer and looks a little out of place docked next to the main exhibits of sailing vessels, which date from the mid to late 1800's and later.  This is a replica of a Viking Longship, launched in 2012.  It can be powered by wind using its square sail and can reach speeds of  up to 14 knots.  When there's no wind, the boat contains 25 pairs of oars, each oar powered by two men.  You can read all about the Draken here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Best of Show

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

This home made boat was awarded "Best of Show" for 2017.  It almost  looks too nice to be put in the water. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wooden Boat Show 2017 - Home Made

Mystic Seaport,  Mystic, CT  2017

There is always a fine display of home made wooden boats at the show.  Some have pretty interesting designs. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wooden Boat Show 2017 - Murmur

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

Murmur is a modern reproduction of the classic "Buzzard Bay 15" sloop originally designed by N. G Herrseshoff and built by The Herreshoff Manufacturing Co of Bristol, RI.  There were 92 boats built with different variations between the years 1898 and 1927.  This model was built in 2009 by Artisan Boatworks  in Rockport, ME and remains true to the original design and materials but does incorporate some of the latest technologies in wooden boat building resulting in today's Herreshoff '15 being stronger and requiring less maintenance.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017