Thursday, August 31, 2017


Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

The  stream boat Sabino was returned to service this summer after undergoing a 2 year renovation/restoration which included the installation of a new, custom built boiler.  Built in 1908, she is powered by the same two cylinder Paine compound steam engine installed when she was built. In 1992, the Sabino was designated as a National Historic landmark.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

While it is fun to look at and admire these antique marine engines, the real fun comes in starting them up and watching them run as shown here.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Single Vertical Marine

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

These antique steam engines require constant maintenance.  This particular engine was built by a John Titus in Oyster Bay, NY back in 1891.  It consists of a single cylinder and generates 16 horsepower. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Wolverine Semi Diesel

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

I'm not sure what makes this a "semi" diesel.  The specs are as follows, for those much more mechanically inclined than I.

1926 Wolverine
8-1/2" Bore, 12-1/2 Stroke
2128 Cu. Inches (35L)
Air Start, Burning Wick Ignition

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Christian Brothers Doctor Pump Engine

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

This engine is featured every year at the Antique Marine Engine Show.  It was built around 1903 and was originally on the steamer "Guntersville".

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sara Beth

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2017

They let anyone dock at the seaport..... just sayin'

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gutbucket Musician

Mystic, CT  2017

During the recent outdoor art fair in Mystic, CT a folk music band entertained the passer-by's with some traditional folk music.  The band consisted of a guitarist, a banjo player, a singer,  and this fellow who played the "gutbucket" also known as a washtub bass.  He plucks the chord attached to the stick causing a note which resonates in the washtub below.  He's able to control the pitch of the note by pulling and pushing on the stick thereby increasing or decreasing the tension on the string.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Bridge is Up

Mystic, CT  2017

It never ceases to amaze me when I see this historic bridge raise to let the boat traffic go up and down the Mystic River.  During the summer months this happens every hour at 40 minutes past the hour.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

More Aerial Advertising

Niantic, CT  2017

Along with sky writing, another  familiar scene along the Connecticut coast line in the summer  are signs like this,  towed behind a plane.  I wonder how many spending time at our beaches see banners like this and immediately leave the beach and head to the closest Shop Rite to buy a lobster?  That is a pretty good price for a lobster, however. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sky Writing

Niantic, CT  2017

I wasn't sure if I could capture this or not.  Skywriting has come a long way from the time when a single plane or two would do acrobatics to write out messages in the sky.  Now five planes flying in formation actually create a huge, flying dot-matrix printer in the sky, releasing perfectly timed puffs of smoke to form the letters.  This skywriting is common along the the Connecticut shore in the summertime and advertises one of the huge Native-American owned and operated casinos located near by, The Mohegan Sun. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Niantic, CT  2017

I never knew one could get crepes served in so many different ways.  This was just one of several food vendors at the recent "Celebrate East Lyme" fair here.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Scenic View in Black and White

Somewhere in Vermont, 2016

The color version of this scene was first posted over a year ago and can be found here.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Birch Trees

Gorham, NH  2016

Birch trees were made to be photographed using black and white film, don't you think?   One problem  I've run across with using film is that I tend to forget to finish the roll in a timely fashion.  This image sat in my Pentax ME Super for a year until I finally got around to finishing the roll and had it processed.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Morgan in Black and White

Mystic Seaport, 2017

For a change of pace, I like to shoot black and white film from time to time.  Scenes around Mystic Seaport just look right when shot in Black and White.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Win This

New London, CT  2017

I saw this Mustang at a couple of festivals this year.  It was being raffled off as part of a fund raiser for a local Lion's Club.  I have a hard time believing this car is already considered to be a "classic" or "antique", since I was young teenager, just becoming interested in cars when the Mustang was introduced.  I even learned to drive a stick shift in my father's Mustang.  I almost bought a raffle ticket.