Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

Essex, CT  2018

I originally posted this image back in February, but it is much more appropriate today.  Happy Halloween!!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

New London Harbor

New London, CT  2018

By the mid 1800's, New London was one of the busiest whaling ports in the world, being exceeded by only New Bedford, MA.  Between the years of 1718 and 1908, 257 ships sailed from New London on over 1100 separate whaling voyages one of which lasted 11 years!  I'm sure much has changed in New London since 1908, but I can imagine this must be close to what was seen by the whalers upon returning from a long voyage.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Electric Boat

Groton, CT  2018

The US Navy builds and repairs its nuclear subs here.  The Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics is one of the largest employers in southeast Connecticut and they're hiring. That's good for the local economy.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

MV John H

New London, CT  2018

I'm sure I've posted images of this ferry in previous blog posts.  The MV John H was built exclusively for the Cross Sound Ferry in 1989.  It is the largest ferry in the fleet capable of carrying over 100 cars and 1000 passengers.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bulk Carrier

Long Island Sound, 2018

I wasn't close enough to identify this bulk carrier.  It looks very small compared to the open seas.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Plumb Isand

Plumb Island, NY  2018

The US Department of Agriculture once operated a research facility on Plumb Island.  I don't think any research goes on here now, but the island has served as a focal point for a number of "conspiracy theories" on the type of research that was carried out here. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Awaiting Departure

Orient Point, NY  2018

We arrived early enough at the ferry terminal to get on the smaller ferry, which was leaving immediately  rather than wait the 30-40 minutes for the larger Susan Anne, pictured to the left.  This got us back to New London in plenty of time for a nice dinner.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Service Station

Greenport, NY 

You don't see classic service stations like this still in use these days. This one has all the modern conveniences but retains a classic charm in my opinion. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

One Woman Winery

Southold, NY  2018

Just like a book cover, you can't judge the quality of wine by the size and opulence of a winery's tasting room.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Macari Vineyard Tasting Room

Mattituck, NY  2018

This vineyard featured their rose wine.  I wonder who would buy the really large bottles shown here? 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fermenters

Jamesport, NY  2018

Can't brew beer without these things.  They always impress me.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Jamesport Farm Brewery

Jamesport, NY  2018

This farm brewery actually grows their own hops here for brewing.  

Sunday, October 14, 2018

North Fork Trolley

Jamesport, NY  2018

The trolley makes for a good way to get around visiting and tasting wines on the North Fork of Long Island. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Diliberto Winery

Jamesport, NY  2018

It was hard to tell where the tasting room ended and the mural began at Diliberto Winery.  It was like sitting in an Italian street cafe.  Well worth the visit just to see this mural. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Palmer Vineyards

Riverhead, NY 2019

Our first stop of the day for a tasting was here at Palmer Winery in Riverhead, NY.  The wine industry in Long Island is relatively young, compared to the other great wine producing regions of the  US and the world.  The first winery opened in only 1973.  Today there are 56 producers of wine located on Long Island. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Greenport Harbor Brewery

Greenport, NY

Craft breweries are popping up everywhere these days.  This looks like it once was an old firehouse.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jail

Greenport, NY  2018

The jail was built in 1917 and contains all the modern conveniences at that time.  There are three cells, two for men, one for women.  The basement contains a sleeping room for traveling salesmen and hoboes.   It's located right next to a local craft brewery. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Crazy Beans

Greenport, NY  2018

My wife and I had a great breakfast at Crazy Beans in Greenport.  I highly recommend  it.  You can see the people waiting outside, so it must be a popular place.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Camera Obscura

Greenport, NY  2018

One doesn't see one of these everyday.  It was across the park from the carousel pictured in yesterday's post.  It wasn't open when I visited, but definitely worth a return visit to Greenport soon. 

Camera Obscura (noun)
1. a darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object onto a screen inside. It is important historically in the development of photography.
2. a small round building with a rotating angled mirror at the apex of the roof, projecting an image of the landscape onto a horizontal surface inside.