Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wendy's Place

Chatham, MA

We found this unusual park bench in Chatham, MA.  It looks very inviting and quite comfortable, even though it was made of granite.  It was a lovely spot to sit and rest.  Wendy must have been well loved to be memorialized with such a bench.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cupola Garden

Falmouth, MA

This cupola serves as a centerpiece for the Cupola Garden,  a garden maintained by the Falmouth Garden Club.  I'm not sure if it serves a another purpose or not

Friday, September 28, 2012

Main Street Barbershop

Falmouth, MA

I found this pretty colorful barbershop in Falmouth, MA.  I don't think I've seen a barbershop displaying 6 barber poles before, and on top of that, there was a pretty good reflection in the window.  I'm linking this to Weekend Reflections.  Have a nice weekend everyone.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Stainless Steel Art

Hyannis, MA

I think just about every stainless steel kitchen utensil imaginable went into this creation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Vacation in Every Pint

Falmouth, MA

Whenever I travel, I like to sample any local craft brews that I might happen to find.  I couldn't resist buying a "growler" of Cape Cod Beer, which is brewed in Hyannis, and I believe is the only microbrewery on the cape.  I purchased their Beach Blonde Ale, and had a number of vacations during the week following my visit to Cape Cod.  It's a good thing it's only available on Cape Cod, and some other towns close to the cape, otherwise, I'd be on vacation a lot. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Signs of the '50's

Falmouth, MA

I think both these objects look like they came directly out of the '50's.  The neon sign is a classic.  I'm sure some of my more mature readers will recognize the the object pictured in the lower picture.  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gorton Pond

Niantic, CT

I drive by this pond everyday and have often noticed the wonderful reflections found in the early mornings and evenings when the water is still.  Today, I finally made it down to the pond on foot after a nice long hike and was able to take some nice pictures.  I'm linking this to Weekend Reflections  where you'll find some other very nice reflections.  Have a nice weekend and thanks for looking.

So Long to Summer

Chatham, MA

Today at 10:49am, EDT, autumn officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, while spring begins for those of you living south of the equator.  With summer officially ending, I thought I would post some beach scenes to give readers something to remember this summer.  Autumn is my favorite season of the year.  The weather is still warm, but nights and early mornings are crisp.  The leaves will change color soon, baseball playoffs are coming, and football season is underway.  Pretty soon the holiday season will be upon us.  I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and will enjoy the fall season.  

Friday, September 21, 2012


Chatham, MA

These fellows would brighten up just about anyone's garden.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Water Pump

Chatham, MA

I wanted to pump some water here, but this was just an ornament.  

Monday, September 17, 2012


Chatham, MA

I'm not sure exactly what kind of flying insect this sculpture is meant to represent.  It sort of looks like a butterfly.  I guess that would make it an Iron Butterfly..... wasn't there a rock group by that name? 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cape Cod Sunset

North Falmouth, MA

I recently spend a weekend at a resort on Cape Cod.  The resort featured a nice beach and we were treated to some spectacular sunsets while we were there.  I find it hard to properly capture a sunset and on this occasion I was able to do some experimenting with various exposure settings.  Even though I'm satisfied with these images, they still don't quite capture the experience of being there. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sand Dunes

Harkness Memorial State Park
Waterford, CT

I haven't visited a lot of beaches in Connecticut, and having lived here for close to nine years now, I would say that Connecticut is not known for it's beaches.  Most of the coast line along Long Island sound is pretty rocky, but there are some stretches of sandy beaches, like here at Harkness Memorial Park.  Still, these sand dunes are a far cry from the dune and beaches along the Jersey shore that I remember as a youth. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sister Yachts

Mystic Seaport

These sailing boats were designed and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., back in 1914, I believe.  They made for a nice reflection during their visit to Mystic Seaport for the annual Wooden Boat Show, this past June.  You can see other great reflections here.  Thanks to James for hosting Weekend Reflections.  Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

West Garden II

Harkness Memorial State Park
Waterford, CT

I had visited Harkness Memorial State on a nice day back in January of this year and posted a number of pictures taken that day, including some of this garden. The garden wasn't so green back then, but one could see more of the Italian-influenced architecture back then.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Garden Stairs

Harkness State Park
Waterford, CT

I have posted pictures of scenes from Harkness State Park previously.  It's a beautiful state park and each time I go there I find something new and interesting.  These stairs were somewhat off the beaten  track, and bit overgrown.  They lead to what I believe is the West Garden at Harkness.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Beach at Harkness State Park

Harkness State Park
Waterford, CT

Although this beach seen at Harkness State Park looks very inviting, for some reason, there is no swimming allowed here.  I'm not sure why.  One has to be content to just walk the beaches here, and admire the views of Long Island Sound. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Stone Bridge

Devil's Hopyard State Park
East Haddam, CT

Not far from Chapman Falls, pictured here earlier this week, is this stone bridge.  I'm amazed at the amount of work that must have gone into building this. I've seen lots of stone walls throughout this part of Connecticut, but this is one of the most impressive examples I've seen of stone work. The bridge was built to carry a local road over a gully or intermittent stream. I thought that there was a hiking trail that went through the tunnel and emerged on the other side, however as I walked beneath the bridge, what little trail there was quickly gave way to mud and wetlands.       

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Chapman Falls Pot Holes

Devil's Hopyard State Park
East Haddam, CT

Followers of this blog know about my interest in geology and the various rock formations found throughout Connecticut.  I had read about the pot holes found around Chapman Falls and wanted to see them for myself.  There are some fine examples of pretty deep, cylindrical holes formed over thousands of years by natural processes, although legend would have us believe these pot holes are the work of the devil himself.  According to the legend, the devil got angry after his tail got wet in the river here, and he stormed away very angry, with his hooves leaving these "foot prints"in the rocks.  Today these pot holes are like natural little pools, where people can refresh themselves in the cool water.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chapman Falls

Devil's Hopyard State Park
East Haddam, CT

One of the main attractions at Devil's Hopyard State Park is the picturesque Chapman Falls, pictured here.  The Eight Mile River falls over 60 feet at this spot.  I'm sure the waterfall is much more dramatic after a heavy rainstorm, however after a couple of weeks of relatively dry weather in Connecitcut, the falls is a little more than a trickle.  Still it's a beautiful spot.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Covered Bridge

Devil's Hopyard State Park
East Haddam, CT

I've posted pictures from some of the other Connecticut State Parks close to my home.  This was taken during my first visit to Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT.  This covered bridge is located just below Chapman Falls and traverses the Eight Mile River.  I have not been disappointed in visiting any of the state parks of Connecticut.  Each one I've visited is unique and offers beautiful landscapes, interesting geology, well marked hiking trails, and a fascinating history.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Niantic Sunset

Niantic, CT

I think it's hard to photograph a sunset.  I know there must be some magic settings one can use to properly expose a sunset.  I'm sure I've read them somewhere, but I can never seem to recall what they are when I'm actually out there taking pictures.  I know you can do multiple exposures and manipulate them in Photoshop but I'm not that good at Photoshop.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lucretia's Spring

McCook Point Park, Niantic, CT

Not far from the Nehantic Burying Grounds there is this marker, commemorating Lucretia's Spring.  According to the marker the spring is named after an Nehantic Indian maiden who waited at this spring/well for the return of her husband from a fishing trip on Long Island Sound.  He never returned. One local businessman traces his Nehantic ancestry through a Lucretia Bogue, who many have claimed was Indian or part Indian.  She was born in 1863 and died in 1952.  I'm not sure if this is Lucretia Bogue's spring or not.