Saturday, July 22, 2017


I met Deb while I was giving the grand-dogs some off-leash time in Elizabeth Park.
Deb volunteers for organizations opposed to wild animals in captivity.

She was giving Fiddler some exercise.
Fiddler is a huge Newfoundland.

Deb lives in "the bunny house," which earned its name for obvious reasons.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Three Brick Houses


This house has a nice perennial garden in the front yard.
Can you see the squirrel cut-outs in the shutters?

The red tiled roof coordinates well with the red brick fa├žade.

This excellent example of a colonial revival house was probably built in the 1920s.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: An Overcast Day at the Cape

On the wall of Berta Walker Gallery on Main Street in Wellfleet.

Hot Cocoloate Sparrow, Old Colony Way in Orleans.  Don't miss it!

"Feed Me Lobsta and Tell Me I'm Pretty."
Best apron in recent memory.
Mac's Shack, Wellfleet.

On Route 25, Orleans.

Addison Art Gallery, a bit further down Route 25 in Orleans.

A picturesque cottage across the marsh at the Audubon Nature Center in Wellfleet.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Artist Cottages, Cape Cod

In Orleans' Market Square, there are perhaps ten small artist cottages open in the summer,
with rotating artists showing their works.  OK, most of the artists don't rotate.
There are just different artists renting the cottages each week.

Nancy Lyon does very careful and detailed work -- prints, scrimshaw, jewelry -- the common element being Nancy's attention to the small details.  A teacher, until this spring Nancy also had a gallery in Hyannis.  Now she shows her works online and in other Cape Cod venues.

Stephen Roth was in the cottage next to Nancy.  For more than 40 years Stephen has painted with a palette knife.  Unlike Nancy's precise and detailed work, Stephen's colorful works are bold.
He wipes his hands on his shirt.  This is his second one.  The first shirt lasted 24 years.

Jennifer Baudanza screenprints children's shirts in addition to other screen printed work.
There are lobstahs in Willa's and Hazel's futures.

And retired teacher Jayne Gallimore makes stained glass art under the name LydieBug Mosaics.
If I had a Cape Cod cottage, there might be lighthouses in my own future.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mayor Mike Bridge

Mike Peters was a longtime firefighter who was elected Mayor of Hartford in 1993.
Mike was immensely popular.  The bridge between the Connecticut Science Museum
and the Connecticut Convention Center is called the "Mayor Mike Bridge."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Riverfront

Like yesterday's photo of the Old State House, this shot from the riverfront plaza back into the downtown was taken Sunday afternoon.  The tented structure is intended to bring to mind 
the sails of boats that once plied the Connecticut River.

The most prominent building is the blue-green, glass, boat-shaped building of Nassau Reinsurance (which acquired Phoenix Insurance a year ago).  To its left is the freshly renovated Travelers Tower. 

A kids' train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine is at the riverfront some weekends.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Old State House

Hartford's Old State House has appeared here several times before.  It is worth showing it again,
because Sunday was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and just occasional puffs of clouds,
the light was perfect, there were very few people walking around,
and I was able to time my shot between the passing cars.

Update:  The Old State House was the home of the legislature.  It was replaced in the 1870s by a much larger State Capitol building.  Today it is mainly a museum and event space.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Community Renewal Team

This is part of a mural on the side of Community Renewal Team's building in Clay Arsenal,
one of the poorest neighborhoods in Hartford.

Linked to Monday Mural.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


She won the Red Dress Race for Women last year, too, and did so this year with an even more convincing lead.  Brittany Heninger is a 28-year old former UConn runner with a doctorate in physical therapy.  The second place runner finished 29 seconds behind her.

The race supports heart health for women and draws a lot of runners.

Not content with being photographed as they ran past, this tiara-crowned mother 
and two daughters stopped to wave.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


I'll bet you don't see many dinosaurs in your town.

The owner of a big house on Hartford's best street has dozens of sculptures scattered on the lawn.
Not my taste, but I am glad he is supporting artists.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hartford from the River

Let's begin the eighth year with a night photograph of Hartford's Riverside Park
 from the East Hartford side of the Connecticut River.

See more images with reflections here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Different View Of Elizabeth Park

Susie, Wessel and the girls are in Rhode Island for the Fourth, visiting a close friend and her parents.
Whenever I dogsit, I go to the undeveloped back end of Elizabeth Park.  The granddogs go off leash, chase squirrels, explore the woods and run around like banshees.

With a photograph of Elizabeth Park, I began this blog seven years ago.  Until my son's recent illness, I had posted every day.  My enthusiasm for wandering around with a camera has been low since John died, and I had drafted a final post ending the blog.  But, I am  going to give it a try.
No promises, but for now the blog continues.  Maybe I will get in the mood again. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bus Stop

Waiting for a city bus.

Behind them is a badly deteriorating and abandoned office building in downtown Hartford.  It was sold recently.  The new owners have announced ambitious plans to renovate it into apartments.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day

John Trumbull painted the signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1832.  
Thomas Jefferson is in the center, presenting the Declaration of Independence to John Hancock
A Trumbull exhibition at Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum just ended.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The girls

Two year old Willa.

Four month old Hazel.

Wonderful to have them close enough to see fairly often.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: R. J. Julia

Madison is a lovely town on the Connecticut shore.  It has an especially picturesque main street.

A highlight of Madison's main street is R. J. Julia, the best independent bookstore in Connecticut and maybe New England.  The people who work in the store pick the books to promote, and they place hand-written notes explaining what they liked about the books.

I already had a stack of unread books, but I bought three more any way.  Who could resist?