Named after the island home of the Greek god of the winds, This mansion was built in 1906 and purchased by Edward and Mary Harkness in 1907 and served as their summer home. Today the mansion is rented out for weddings, conferences, private parties, seminars, luncheons, and teas.
We have been in the middle of a stretch of some very mild and warm weather this past week. Temperatures have been in the 60's during the day, which is not common for this time of the year in Connecticut. It was a nice day for a walk around the historic Harkness Memorial State Park, a park I have featured in this blog before.
Charles Goodyear is prominently displayed in the Mattatuck Museum. I learned that Goodyear developed the process for vulcanizing rubber right here in Connecticut. The portrait below is actually painted on rubber.
Waterbury is known as "The Brass City" and once was the home of a thriving manufacturing industry. I guess it's only fitting that a totally brass phone booth was made. Little of the manufacturing remains in Waterbury today, much like phone booths.
I thought it was an appropriate day to post a photo of our first president. This is on display at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. I wonder what George would think about the current state of affairs in US politics today.
The weather this week has been crazy here in Connecticut. This photo was taken last Sunday on what was a very pleasant winter day with very moderate temperatures. Yesterday the temps were in the mid 50's ℉. Today we had a major blizzard that dumped any where from 8 to 17 inches of snow throughout the state. Tomorrow it will be cold with some more snow in the forecast. Thus is winter in New England.
Since I first discovered digital photography and began reading and following some of the many photo blogs dedicated to digital photography, I've been following the blog and work of Connecticut photographer Carl Weese. Carl has spent a number of years traveling throughout the US documenting the remaining drive-in movie theaters and those that have been abandoned. You can read about the project and view his work here. I passed this scene recently and immediately thought of Carl's project. It is obviously a make-shift drive-in theater, probably only open in the summer and as such didn't make the cut for Carl's work. The scene was very reminiscent of a number of Carl's photos, which often featured the large screen as a key feature. This is my humble attempt to capture some of the essence seen in Carl's work.