Monday, September 10, 2018

Union Station-New London

Enough about me.  Time to return to regular programming.  This shot was taken late May as I awaited departure on the ferry to Orient Point, NY

New London, CT  2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

More Doctors

Yale-New Haven Health as a very large Urology Department.  During my hospital stay after surgery I was visited by a number of doctors, interns, residents and physician assistants.  It was hard to tell  exactly what each was.  I was grateful  to have such good doctors.

Cynthia was one of the first to see me after surgery.

Probably the tallest urologist I've ever seen.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Still More Care Givers



This ladies really enjoyed their work.  They were always smiling, even while working the night shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Care Givers

I while there were many doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and techs involved in my post surgical recovery, here are a couple of my favorites.  I wasn't able to capture everyone who helped me, but I thank them all even though They're not mentioned here.

One of the many techs looking after me.

Sue has been nursing over 37 years.  She hardly looks old enough.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Meet Dr David Hesse

Dr David Hesse
New Haven, CT 2018

I can't say enough about Dr. Hesse.  He convinced me that surgery would cure me of the bladder cancer and that I could maintain a good quality of life afterwards.  So on June 5, I underwent 10 hours of surgery, where Dr Hesse and his team of surgeons performed a prosto cystectomy removing both my bladder and prostate and creating a "neobladder" from parts of my intestine.  It is one of the most complex surgeries done at Yale-New Haven, St Raphael's Hospital.  Afterwards the results of all the pathology showed no signs of cancer outside of the bladder.  I was cured, and Dr Hesse said I would live to be an old man.  I've spent the rest of the summer recovering and dealing with some complications resulting from the surgery and learning to adjust to my new bladder.  It hasn't been easy, but definitely worth it.  Thank you Dr Hesse and Dr Portman.  You both are truly life savers.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Meet Dr Gerald Portman

Dr. Gerald Portman

My health issues began actually last October when I noticed some blood in my urine.  After a series of visits to urologists, in January Dr. Portman performed a resection of the bladder and removed a tumor which turned out to be malignant.  A second resection confirmed the cancer was local to the bladder and hadn't spread.  The good news is I caught this early and bladder cancer is very treatable and curable.  I was lucky.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day 2018

It has been a long time since my last post.  The reason for this will become apparent in the following series of posts.  It has been long, tough summer for me battling some major health issues.  I think I finally got things under control and have found a little time and energy to resume blog posts, although I can't promise they'll be all that regular.

New London, 2018

Ok, this is most patriotic picture I have, but it was taken the weekend of Memorial Day, not Labor Day.  It was the last time I was out to do some photography before the summer.  Oh well, if I wasn't so honest, you'd all think it was Labor Day.

Friday, March 30, 2018


Madison, CT  2018

Regular followers of this blog might have noticed that my posts have been rather sporadic in 2018.  I see that my last post was dated March 19, and since I started blogging, this has been the longest stretch of time between posts.  For a number of reasons, I've decided to take a break from blogging, at  least for the next month.  I think my photos have become a bit stale, and I find myself returning to photograph the same subjects.  Weather has been a factor the last two months, not allowing good opportunities to photograph and I've had some health issues to deal with as well.  So I think a break will do me good.  I would like to thank all my followers for visiting, reading and commenting on my photos.  I do appreciate it, and I will continue to follow all your posts as well, and will comment from time to time.  They serve to inspire me.  I do plan to resume regular posting, but it won't be for awhile.  Thanks!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Garden Center

Waterford, CT  2018

Definitely a seasonal operation.  Spring comes this week.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nor'easter III - 2018

The third Nor'easter storm in the last week and a half has closed down the entire state of Connecticut.   The eastern part of the state got the most snow from this storm.  Power outages aren't quite as bad as the first two storms to hit here though.  We've been lucky here so far.

There is a car under that snow.  

View of the front yard

View of the back yard.

Mystic Bank

Mystic, CT  2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Jonathan Edwards Winery

North Stonington, CT  2018

I could have stayed home on this dreary Sunday and enjoyed a glass of wine, but it's much more fun to go to the source.  

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Niantic, CT  2018

We had a pretty bad storm here on Friday with high winds, rain, and snow, depending upon where you were in Connecticut.  Along the coast, we had only rain and wind.  These "nor'easter" storms are New England's equivalent of a hurricane, and sometimes can be just as damaging.  We lost power  for a few hours last night, and I awoke to find this tree didn't fare too well with the high winds.  It wasn't big enough to cause any significant damage, but nevertheless, by mid afternoon, it was cut down and chipped. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

27-29 Bank St

New London, CT  2018

There appears to be some new life in downtown New London these days. There's scaffolding and huge trash bins in front of one of the historic buildings which has fallen into disrepair over the years.  I was able to peak between the scaffold supports to see this facade, long hidden from view.  I'm not sure what that plans are, but it would be great to see these grand old buildings restored and brought to life once again. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Essex, CT  2018

A little out of season, I think, but he was 1/2 off.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Essex Olive Oil

Essex, CT  2018

Has anyone else noticed the sudden rise in popularity of olive oil, especially the "artisanal" or "craft" types of olive oil?  There seem to be dedicated shops to olive oil popping up all over.  They must really like olive oil in Essex, since this shop is one of two within one block of each other in Essex.  

Monday, February 19, 2018

Essex Savings

Essex, CT  2018

It's nice to see a local bank still in business after all these years.  Many have been swallowed up by the big banking companies. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bay Markers

Niantic, CT  2018

I'm not exactly sure what is being marked by these sign posts in the middle of the Niantic River.  It could be a channel.  I thought the colors stood out in contrast to the rest of the scene on this dreary morning. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Chicago, Il  2018

It has been a few years since I've flown into or out of O'Hare.  The terminals are looking a bit dated compared to other airports I've seen recently.