Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jonnycake Center

Westerly, RI  2016

I'm always impressed when old buildings are restored and put to good use.  This sawtooth building is home to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly, RI,  which operates a huge thrift store here and provides other community services.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Favored Scholar

Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT  2016

A sculpture which caught my eye in the Lyman Allyn Museum.  It's by sculptor John Rogers.  

Monday, March 28, 2016


Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT  2016

A sculpture on the grounds of the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London by the sculptor Darrel Petit. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT  2016

This is the largest  of a series of ship models created by Italian immigrant Pasquale Montesi who settled in Norwich back in 1898.  Montesi learned to sail as a youth in the Italian navy and had quite and eye for detail and a great memory.  He created each of his ship models completely from memory, without the aid of plans or blueprints.  None of his models were actually modeled after a real ship.  He carved all the wood by hand when not working in the fish store he opened in Norwich.  This particular model measure over 12 feet long and 10 feet high .  The detail is quite remarkable.  What's even more remarkable is that Montesi never learned to read or write.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Employee Parking

Norwich, CT  2016


Norwich, CT  2016

The store fronts give the impression that this old building is no longer occupied.  The satellite dish suggests otherwise.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunlight Building

Norwich, CT  2016

This building used to be home to the Norwich Bulletin a daily newspaper that has been in continuous publication since 1796.  The paper now goes by "The Bulletin" has expanded it's circulation to just about all of eastern Connecticut.  Offices were moved from this building in 2013 to the historic old train station in downtown Norwich, featured in this blog post.

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Waterford, CT  2016

This doesn't look like much, but it serves as a way for fish coming in from Long Island Sound to by pass the dam here and swim upstream to spawn.  It provides access for river herring, sea-run brown trout and alewife to over 8 acres of freshwater spawning and nursery areas.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

Present Day Mill

Waterford, CT  2016

This is the latest incarnation of the buildings on the site of the Jordan Mill.  Though no longer a mill, there still is a business located here

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Waterford, CT  2016

Any graffiti artist can use a stencil.  Even I can can use a stencil.  This was found tucked away, out of sight.  It looks like an image of Kathryn Hepburn to me, but I'm not sure.  I haven't seen any others stencils like this around town.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Jordan Mill Pond

Waterford, CT  2016

Permission to build a grist mill near this site was granted back in 1709.  Mill operations actually started in 1737 and continued up until 1918.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Barn

Niantic, CT  2016

The Book Barn is a local establishment in Niantic that buys and sells used books.  This is their downtown location, which is one of at least four Book Barn locations in Niantic.  The original Book Barn is not far from here and is quite a bit larger, encompassing many buildings. I've been living here for about 7 years now, and I've seen this used book store expand beyond the original site to downtown and other sites.  The used book business must be pretty lucrative.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven CT  2016

I remember the days when dinosaurs were all depicted as green or gray creatures.  Current theories suggest that they might have been very colorful.  I guess we'll never know for sure. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Peabody Museum, New Haven CT  2016

No museum of natural history is complete without at least one brontosaurus.  This one was so big, I couldn't get him all in one picture.

Monday, March 7, 2016


Peabody Museum, New Haven CT  2016

I don't need to go to a museum to see this fellow.  They are everywhere here in Connecticut and I often see them grazing right along side I-95, one of the busiest stretches of road in the country.  I did need the museum though to get a picture like this.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Torosaurus Latus

New Haven, CT  2016

This fellow is found guarding the entrance to the Yale Peabody Museum.  I learned that this particular species of dinosaur is pretty rare.  He lived about 66-65 million years ago and is closely related to the more familiar triceratops.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Yale Peabody Museum

New Haven, CT  2016

Finally made some time to visit the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT.  It's well worth visiting if you're in New Haven.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bicycle Built for Two

Niantic, CT  2016

It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'd look sweet, on the seat 
of a bicycle built for two

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)
music and lyrics by Harry  Dacre

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Painted Whale

Niantic, CT  2016

This whale was created by a community art project done a number of years ago in the city of New London and now has a home in Niantic.