Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
The Summer street fair season is in full swing as June comes to a close.
Derby is an older mill town as is our domicile Ansonia, which itself was part of Derby until 1893. The weather was a hazy and warm 88°F (31°C).
Yet the heat did not keep people from a closed off Elizabeth Street and the expansive (and shaded) city green.
Vendors of crafts, foodstuffs, home improvement contractors lined the street and green. Music on the street and the gazebo. Pony rides for the little ones.
And of course in this election year 2010, the obligatory candidates for Connecticut governor visited. It comes with the territory at events like this...
Really though, Patti, Allegra and I came for something to nosh on...
And this is the raison d'être to visit a fair like this. But what?
There was Polish (piroges, sauerkraut), Thai, Crepes, sausage and peppers, hot dogs, corn dogs, ice cream, popcorn, smoothies, pizza and fried dough - the usual at least in these parts.
I had pizza, the ladies fried dough. (A higher calorie count, of course :>)
There were a few fresh squeezed lemonade stands - our drink of choice, and delicious on this steamy day.
It was a fun time, even with the crowds. Days like this bring out everyone, and there are no class distinctions - people like to congregate on a nice day together, and I saw no problems about (several Derby PD bicycle officers mingled around though)
So we had a fine time, although all that sun did tire us out upon our arrival home.
Local rubies were to be captured except - we had no battery power in our camera. It seems that we fully discharged both sets of rechargeable batteries when we went to Boston, and forgot to recharge them. Happily we were able to commission Allegra to take a few shots for us. Thanks kid!
See lots more Rubies at Mary's fine meme!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Patti and I had fun last weekend as we visited Boston for a wedding. We had a great time!
Of course, we missed Shadow Shot Sunday. A really enjoyable blog, a shame to miss...But now we are back!
One thing about traveling to a unfamiliar place is the amazing amount of subjects for all your favorite photo memes. They jump at you from every direction, especially in this city of old and new.
Obviously, a detailed study should have been undertaken of the correct route as the roads and ramps of Boston have a characteristically complex and confusing layout...
As we were entering the curvy on-ramp to I-93, Patti queried me on doing all this 'to get a picture of a bridge'
The design is so geometric and stylish. The main towers seem as if wishbones, too dainty looking, not nearly strong enough to carry the ten-lanes of traffic it must support.
Yet it was over-engineered to such a degree that it will withstand a 400 mph (640 km/h) wind - the highest ever recorded in the city was 110 mph (175 km/h).
Strength and style coexist so nicely, and the observant eye will notice that each tower is offset from the other. The lack of true symmetry adds an engineered flair...
A great time was had by all, and Boston is a great place to visit again - only 140 miles away, all went fine with the wheelchair vs the cobblestones, the old hotel wheelchair accessible, and we had a fine time with people we don't often see. All made the brief getaway a treat! See shadow artistry at Tracy's fun site!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sepia Scenes allows for this monochrome to add a warm character to many subjects. The formality of the classic look is made softer.
This picture has been posted in color before, but impresses me every time I am in Hartford. It is the State Capitol of Connecticut, designed by noted architect Richard M. Upjohn, and first opened for the General Assembly in January 1879.
The Capitol was built at the then cost of $2,532,524. I could only imagine the cost to replace in the same materials today.This grand structure seems to wear sepia well, adding to its elegant and dignified style...