Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Ford's Folly

The wonderful Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted by Hey Harriet, allows us to see how shadows can contribute to photo art. I had posted this view earlier in the (US) summer, and like it so much that I do so again. This was a car show at the Shelton (Connecticut) Historical Society in July. The subject here is a 1959 Edsel Corsair on display.

Before I was involved with the fun of SSS, I actually was enchanted by this car in this setting, and confluence of shadows along its flank. Maybe a tiger's stripes? The lighting effects caught my eye - when a shadow jumps at us, we take notice!

What was an Edsel? Those of a certain age might remember these relics (I might even be old enough to remember :>). It was a car that was positioned between the US Ford and Mercury brands. It was discontinued for 1960, and Ford lost a staggering US$200 Million, which is about US$1.5 billion in today's currency! Of course, Ford's loss then is this photographer's gain now...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Looking at the Sky - Rainbow Rarities

Rainbows don't occur often enough, The nice thing about these colorful arcs is when they occur - after the sound and fury of the summer storm has moved by. For Looking at the Sky, Tisha's stylish meme, any rainbow will do after the mayhem. I like the subtleties in this. It is not the classic rainbow of bold colors set against an azure sky. Instead the pastel colors seem to split the divergent sky. The closer to the storm is above, the sunny softening of nice weather appears below. This light rainbow gives us the look of hope...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Grumman Gem

Many years ago, I attended an air show at the old Rentschler Field in East Hartford. This was a fun day in the fall with great static displays, including a 747, and plenty of smaller crafts. There were wonderful aluminum birds in stunning aerial displays as well, from 1920s bi-wing stunt planes to more modern planes, like this Navy F-14 Tomcat, made famous in the movie Top Gun. My Sepia Scenes selection was this F-14A which was manufactured not far from our host Mary in Calverton on New York's Long Island. The day was of blue skies, but I like the sepia here. The full afterburner takeoff is powerful as they often takeoff in foggy nautical skies. The sky here seems to be a sepia fog - the pilot not letting the murk interfere with his mission today, eliciting the 'oohs' and 'ahs' of the delighted crowd below...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Edible Rubies

Ruby Tuesday is fun, and tasty if the addition of food is introduced. The top item is a quick scallop casserole that I assembled yesterday. This included the seafood, , unsalted butter, cracker crumbs, sauteed potatoes and onions, fresh oregano and - voila - roasted red peppers. So the minimum ruby requirement has been met! The crackers when baked give a sepia tone, 'tis true. But enough red is apparent for compliance...

The red is enhanced by the grape tomatoes, alas store bought as our last garden fruit having been consumed last month. Sitting upon spinach leaves and lightly dressed, the ruby is a bit more apparent here than with the entrée. See more rubies, harvested by many photo artists at Mary's great meme!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Fore!

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives and not a minute too soon. Of course, I have submitted snowy yet shadowy scenes for previous posts on this fun meme. But of course it is Autumn north of the equator (not the lovely Spring we see Down Under), and since Winter approaches, I was looking for a warmer weather shadow. I found it! This is me at Main Street Mini Golf in Hyannis on Cape Cod. I enjoyed this place, as it is old and quaint, the wood bumpers are weathered and the right size for me to play a round from the wheelchair. It was August 2003, and a glorious day on the Cape with plenty of sun and sea breezes from nearby Nantucket Sound. And shadows! One of my foursome, Patti, daughter Allegra or son Cameron, captured me trying to make par. Family vacations are always fun, and with the sun above, shadowy captures a nice souvenir...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Looking at the Sky - Mountain Skies

Looking at the Sky gives us a reason to view the heavens in any weather and/or on any plain. The view is the blue skies over Mount Monadnock in the southwest New Hampshire town of Jaffrey. This is a print of a trip I made with friends in the fall of 1981. I was walking in those days, but my legs said 'whoa' to reaching the top of this rock pile. Had I made it to the top,the views radiate 100 miles in all directions. The area is beautiful, and this peak at 3165 feet (965 M) above sea level is actually in the Berkshires and not the White Mountains in the beautiful Granite State. No doubt, the sky says that it was a beautiful day on my visit. A wonderful mountain, to climb or simply admire...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Catnip Thief

The neighbor cat, Libby, stopped over to abscond the catnip that was potted for our felines, Linus and Rigby. Our pair are house cats, and only breathe the outside air through window screens - Libby, a very friendly animal, roams a bit from her domicile. The catnip thief is tan, an almost serious sepia monochrome. So, for Sepia Scenes, Libby figures predominately as she rolls around the aromatic mint more formally known as Nepeta Cataria. We didn't tell our cats about this incident, prefurring to surprise our boys with fresh catnip instead...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Musical Rubies

Ruby Tuesday, Mary's fun meme, and the past - a perfect pairing! We are transported to Allegra's eighth birthday at the end of 1996 (the year is correct, check out the family computer, a blazing 286 with 12" screen). There rubies all over the place, solid and patterns the birthday girl in a red plaid skirt to the right. A bunch of Allegra's third grade friends and acquaintances were invited. Of course, we did the musical chairs activity a bit differently. I handled the musical duties and decided that Pop Goes the Weasel was not uptempo enough, so the song was substituted by a 1930s Big Band/Swing version of Well Git It. It is really fast, and the children are moving fast to capture the diminishing number of chairs. Follow the pace of the video, and the smiles of the party goers, just imagine keeping up with the music. The eight year olds could - and did!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Snowy Shadows

It doesn't snow all the much in Ansonia (Southern Connecticut), averaging a slight 47 inches (119 cm) per season - this is not a real winter wonderland like the I-90 Snow Belt of Upstate New York. A snowy backdrop makes for a fine palette for shadowy shapes. So, Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Hey Harriet, lets us look with awe at shadows of all kinds. This is fairly early in the day after a mild storm and children Cameron and Allegra have cleared a path to the road (with a pair of teenagers, no one would expect us parents Patti and I to be moving snow. right?). Our house is at an ESE heading, so the southerly sun casts an impressive shadow from our neighbor's oak tree over the front yard. Further down the road is the shadow from another tree. As I get older, I am not enamored with Winter - except, that is, for the nice views on the morning after the snow. See lots of shadowy artistry at this fun meme!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Looking at the Sky - Sledding Sun

Here, the winter sky does not predominate, but is what sets the mood for the sledders. Awhile ago, son Cameron and a neighbor friend were sledding down the short, sort of steep hill in our backyard. Not much sun remains today, but on a cold day the burst of sun makes the outdoor activities more interesting and more inviting. With a sun like this in January, kids of all ages would rather play in the cold instead of being bored inside the warm abode...See Tisha's wonderful photo meme, Looking at the Sky, and explore the heavens!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Spectacular Span

Sepia Scenes allows this subtle sepia monochrome to permeate and enhance the view. This gives the engineered and intricate artistry of timeless designs, the classic creations, their beauty to better stand out.

Today we are traversing westbound on the always impressive George Washington Bridge between Manhattan and New Jersey carrying the important routes of I-95, US 1 and US 9 over the salt water Hudson River fjord. I have used these picture before, but the fantastic shapes look great in sepia. The blue sky would be a (pleasant) distraction here.

The web of structural steel is complex, the cables accenting the vertical tower height of 604 ft (184 M). The roadway itself sits 213 ft above the waterline. The side view from the eastern approach (Henry Hudson Parkway) gives a delicate view of the huge structure. Stylish and strong, the span was opened in 1931, and is so stout a second roadway deck underneath opened in 1962. About 300,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day - so strength and style coexist nicely!

(An excellent history, with mention of the red lighthouse underneath, can be found here.)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Retro Rides

Ruby Tuesday allows us to see the world in red. Lots or little, whatever or wherever. So of course, the car lover in us looks for rubies at car shows. This car show was at Emmett O'Brien Regional Vocational HS, about 1500 feet from our house. Their new fire truck that just went into service belongs to Webster Hose Company. This is the fire unit that covers our neighborhood in Ansonia. As a fund raiser for the all volunteer company, why not have a show on a beautiful and crisp October day? No better reason in my opinion.

There were many more modern hot-rods in attendance. However, my usual preference is for vehicles from the 1950-60s. American cars of the day were of terrible quality - but they had style! I love this 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible in a brilliant ruby. In what other era could you see a car with a jet moving horizontally across the Chevy's flank with the contrasting white contrail following. The Impala leaping over the racing flags completes this beautiful (if overstyled) auto.

Not to be missed (if that were possible) are the graceful fins, the hallmark of fine styling detail back then...

The 1956 Ford Fairlane is aqua, not ruby, but the Ford emblem offers a bit of ruby within. Another styling detail that is all show with little practical application is the teardrop piece above the logo. This is a spring loaded piece you need to move to insert the trunk key. But if you needed to open the trunk in the winter, you would be out of luck - the ice would freeze this detail shut, like the trunk...bad idea, but looks nice

The 1966 Ford Fairlane shows off its engine size over a pair of checkered flags. This car with a V-8 would be slower than most four-cylinder cars of today. Back then, the go fast styling invaded even the smallest detail

Finally, I go back even further to an amazing 1941 Oldsmobile. The old style looks nice, curvy and big. I like the Oldsmobile script in the art-deco style. Too bad this brand ceased production in 2004. The license plate was the style used in Connecticut until 1957, and enhances the styling of the car dressed in a burgundy ruby...

Okay, this is probably the last old car show in these parts until warm weather in 2010. Like Patti suggests, I could have named this blog Carhead 55...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Tarmac Trouble

Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Hey Harriet, is a great meme, letting us capture shadows and the complex shapes of any object blocking out the sun. Even on an old print created from film!

The time is 1983, the place is on a runway at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport, the shadow from a United Airlines 737 from Chicago sitting on the now-closed runway. The passengers have deplaned and are waiting for the bus to transport them to the terminal.

Why were on the runway is an interesting story. Upon the landing at 145 MPH (230 KM/H) and roll out, the plane experienced a bunch of flat tires on the main landing gear. No danger, but a bumpy inconvenience for sure. These days, security could preclude capturing this shadow of a Boeing on a runway (even on digital). Luckily, I was able to get this beauty on film on my Pentax K1000. The print is old and losing the bold colors some, but the shadow stands up well!

See many shadows at this fun meme!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Looking at the Sky - Steeple Sunburst

Looking at the Sky is a heavenly meme. We look at the sky and appreciate an expansive beauty that could not ever be captured on a mere piece of canvas. We often can see interesting relationships between sky and earth. Such as the brilliant sunburst intruding above the steeple of the First Congregational Church in Derby Connecticut. The solar burst is a pleasant intrusion to the monochrome sky blue sitting overhead. See the sky in many iterations at Tisha's meme!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Where were you in 1956?

I really enjoy Mary's Sepia Scenes, as the images often come alive in the monochromatic sepia. Including the NJ seaside town of Brigantine.

What do I see at the table today? Well, there is the big sister Michele and Little Brother Ralph, posing for Grandpa's photo shoot. Cute we are, naturally at age 2 years 7 months and seventeen months. But I see the 1950s Formica tabletop and vinyl chairs, no doubt with chrome legs, the dinette style of the day. The high chair lasted through all of us seven kids into the mid 1960s. I do not know what to say about the window treatments, although undoubtedly, they were of high style in the day...

The photographer (of grandchildren) without equal is posing in the nearby resort of Atlantic City, sans casinos, in September 1956.

In the background we see some of the great AC hotels. Grandpa had a thing about the Traymore, as we have other pictures of the sage of Steubenville also known as Ralph I by the same landmark. I do not know about the Brtighton, but both buildings are long since imploded for the modern glass and steel hotels of today.

Sepia brings the past alive!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Collegiate Rubies

Ruby Tuesday returns, and red is the order of the day. What is more red that the school colors of the U-of-Hartford - white and red. It is the 2009 Parents/Alumni Weekend at the school, and we made our trip on Saturday, and Patti's mom (aka: Gooma) took the one-hour ride with us. This year is two weeks earlier than last year's day, and today it is raining outside with very little Autumnal foliage yet. So the rubies are inside the Gengras Studing Union building on campus.

The Coca-Cola umbrella at the outside patio is lonely in the overcast. The red Mums outside contribute to the ruby hue. But what can you say about two of my favorite ladies as nice as they look here. Another is 'Gooma' Marion, sitting with her granddaughter? The jacket she is wearing is red and Allegra is in style with her Vera Bradley bag. I am not familiar with this brand, and dads are not as brand conscious about accessories (unless they attach to a yard tractor or golf bag...).

However Allegra and her mom approve of the style. Daughter likes the style as her smile attests.

Both are active in the campus TV station.

STN2 stands for
Student Television Network on Channel 2.

Allegra is a video editor, Cameron is the chief engineer. Both are non-paying positions, but and they enjoy these activities very much.

Finally, Cameron has little red apart from his cheeks, but he was part of the day, too. By using the camera at wheelchair height, his large frame looks even larger. Forget the weather, it was a fun family time together. See many rubies at Mary's always fun meme!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Newborn Niceties

Hey Harriet's great Shadow Shot Sunday prompts me this week to visit the archives of memories originally captured on prints of film...

The wonder of of all. Our firstborn, Allegra, in her first day at home on January 1, 1989. A Happy New Year, of course. That is me looking in awe. Mom Patti took this picture, the flash leaving a well defined shadow on the off-white plaster wall. Of course, our darling daughter Allegra has grown nicely into the college Senior, who would prefer not to graduate - who would?

The differences between then and now are quite pronounced as she has become a poised woman of beauty with many opportunities.

Of course, my look now is of more gray and more paunch.

As we look back, the wonders do not cease....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Looking at the Sky - Parking woes

The briny sea breezes at Kalmus Beach in Hyannis are inviting. The slightly hazy sky with the cooling humidity from Nantucket Sound, mixing a slight gray hue to the fair-weather blue above. Otherwise a perfect 77°F (25°C) on the Cape Cod sandbar. I parked my van there even as the obnoxious Gull had other ideas - I had the disabled permit hanging from my mirror, he did not. See Tisha's most excellent meme Looking at the Sky for more heavenly views...