Monday, February 25, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - February Blumen/Flowers

Tina hosts the fun meme Pic Story in which we match our pictures to correspond with her chosen weekly theme - which is February Blumen/Flowers. For today, I go back to 2011 and a bouquet of flowers sent to us after Patti's successful surgery. I don't know what the varieties were in the arrangement - however, their beauty with the outdoor lighting (or flash :) falling over them is certain...nice theme!

Ruby Tuesday - Slight reds in a sea of green

Ruby Tuesday 2 returns for the week as I return back to last summer in the warm Ansonia Uplands. The floral growth leaves is with leaves of green. However, a little red shows up in the Stop sign, the house next door and if we stretch the definition of ruby slightly, the pink flowers. Little ruby, warm memories...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Seminary

Toby is the host of the great meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors - we look for architectural gems in portals and otherwise. Today is a late summer look at the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield Ct. When our children were in the University of hartford, this olde world building was on the way home fro campus, perhaps 1-1/4 mile/2 km from the campus. One day I drove up from the road and saw something that feels as if it dates back more than a couple of centuries although this complex was actually opened in 1930. A classic European look, a great building in any era...see more portals at Toby's excellent meme!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

SOOC - Sun, surf and sand

Surf casters, Atlantic Ocean, Jensen Beach Florida, 1 Jan 1981
SOOC - Straight Out of the Camera - takes me back again to the world of film...and the sunny surf of Florida in the wintertime. The time is New Year's Day 1981 in Jensen Beach. The surf casting fishermen are enjoying the 71ºF (22ºC) southern warmth. This view was a stark contrast to the next morning's flight arrival in Hartford where 2 inches (5 cm) cm of snow had fallen the night before and the temp was a cold 16ºF (-9ºC). Stark indeed, the Canon 50mm rangefinder creating a view of relaxing in the warmth...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Scanned Sunset Shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday returns...the fun of scanning old prints is in the memories, yet do I remember the event? Here in a shadowy sort of, I think I recall the what, where and when of this view. The place is in the passenger seat of a Subaru GL hardtop, the place on Interstate 90, Massachusetts Turnpike between Boston and Worcester, the time late in 1981 or early 1982. Either year, it would have been taken with a Canon 50mm rangefinder and most likely a roll of Kodak ASA100 film. Given all that, the sun just falling over the treeline is dramatic and the hint of shadow falls across the westbound lanes of asphalt as the sun sets. Although my exact memory is not so clear, the barely edited print itself is in reasonably good shape...see more shadowy views from any era at the always fun SSS2

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Happy Birthday big sister...

Wordless Wednesday arrives on 20 February...Happy Birthday to firstborn and big sister Michele...See Tina's WW!

Brigantine, New Jersey
1243 Collette Place, St Paul, Minnesota
Omaha, Nebraska
203-11 42nd Avenue Bayside Queens, New York City

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - Roofs

Colt Building alongside I-91, Hartford, CT
A closer look from the highway at the 'Onion Dome'...Photos by Patti
Tina's Pic Story returns as we post to her meme to the chosen weekly theme, which this week is roofs. On our travels as I drive, Patti takes pictures of interest along the road, and I have found two views of the same roof that nicely fit the theme.At the left, alongside the I-91 expressway is the onion dome of the old Colt Armory building, completed in 1867, the familiar Onion Dome shape is seen from a distance. The next is a closer look at this blue beauty with its golden stars and orb. A great old roof in pics...

Ruby Tuesday - Bear sightng

Ruby Tuesday 2 returns and as I am not thrilled with the past weeks snowy landscape, the warmth of Summer past I where I'll drift off to today...

Awhile ago, a vacation pose by our son at a putt-putt golf course where he poses with a course hazard, a mighty bear, Cam doesn't seem scared. See sensational seasonal or serious rubies at RT2!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Water's edge

Cool home on the harbor in Barnstable, Cape Cod
Toby hosts the fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for portals and architecture of note. This is not our home, however certainly one I would not mind residing on a summer holiday. This view was captured by one of our children as the took a Duck tour around Hyannis Harbor on Cape Cod. What appeals is its location on a quiet harbor, big windows with expansive water views and with the light house presumably offering a look toward Nantucket Sound. Undoubtedly out of our price range - at least we can all dream :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Polar opposite of...polar

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns one week after our historic Blizzard of 2013, and because of this week's snow and chill compel me to revert to vacations past where escape from the heat (and no snow), the polar opposite (couldn't resist :) of what we have now. Where the cooling water is what we seek, especially children on vacation on Cape Cod, 2001 (L) and 2006 (R). At least the snow is melting ever so slowly these days...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - Fences

Tina's Pic Story is back - the theme this week provided by Tina is Fences. This iron fence is on the street side of the Elm Street Cemetery or Old Episcopal Graveyard in Ansonia. It is reputed by some to be the oldest burial ground in the US; The oldest remaining marker is that of Rev. John Bowers, a clergyman who died in 1687. I do not know the age of the fence, guess from the 1800s. It is a fascinating place to visit as the headstones tell stories of area residents from centuries before. A fence that surrounds history...

Ruby Tuesday - Snowy Red

Ruby Tuesday 2 occurs this week after the Blizzard of 2013 - at our home in Ansonia, we received about 35" (89cm) of the fluffy and frozen precipitation. Yet with all the monochromatic white snow all over, a pair of rubies stand out: an overmatched Toro electric snow thrower and Allegra's bold red Plymouth Neon peering out on Saturday. The kids worked very hard to clear the driveway with shovels and the small thrower, school days throughout the state cancelled through Wednesday. Cabin fever best remedied with blog posts :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Snowy Scenes

Toby hosts the great meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors in which we looks for portals of interest. As Connecticut is awash in snow, the results of the Friday Blizzard of 2013 leaving about 32 inches/81 cm of the fluffy white on our town - the most from one storm that I remember, and that includes the storm in Feb 1978. So I haven't been outside the garage door but am using the old iPhone for today's post; views from L-R are: through front storm door, yesterday 15:40 EST (snow has been removed); out front window today about and out rear slider door. Roads are still being plowed, so I will stay another day looking outside at the snow...I do hope the groundhog was right about Spring soon :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

SOOC - The clearing commences...

SOOC - Straight out of the Camera - is back and the recently delivered snow is more than I have seen in CT before. Even with two big kids and a meager snow thrower, the cleanup will extend through tomorrow. However, straight out out of the phone shots at wheelchair height from the garage door are impressive as clearing the snow starts to be cleared...The reward for their effort will be roast chicken and mashed potatoes - comfort food a small price for their labors :)

Shadow Shot Sunday - Snow, snow and snow

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and if I may...I am kind of tired of the fluffy frozen precipitation. But like the post, the memes should be delivered in any weather. Of course in the Northeast US, everyone is taking digital pictures of the fallen snow...

Last night, we opened the garage door and I captured flash shadows of her measuring the snow, which at 9:40 PM measured 11 inches (28 cm)...this morning, I'd say 30 in/76 cm, but cannot tell for sure due to the drifts. 

However, as the sun is peeking through the cold gray sky, a solar shadow emerges out the front window. Yes, the snow rises to railing height outside - yet a shadow is still a shadow...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tina's WW - Birthday 1983

A fourth birthday party was held awhile back with cake, candles and Smurfs party hats on all. Still charming...See Tina's WW

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - 'L' is for...

Linus and lazy...
Lawn and light
Tina's Pic Story is back - we provide the photos while she kindly provides the theme for this week, which is the alphabetical 'L' today. I am using two pictures to describe four themes: Linus (is) lazy and the front yard Lawn bathed in light. The themes complement the pics perfectly I'd say :)

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Bed Made (back then)

Ruby Tuesday 2 takes me back to 1997, and child Cam's room picked up and the bed made up neatly.The bedding of the day of course includes a bunny, a panda, a penguin, Snoopy and a ruby tartan clad bear - a ruby reminiscence of a seven-year old's room in the day...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Above the Big Dig

Above the Big Dig in Boston, captured by photo princess passenger Patti
Toby is the host for the fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, in which we look at architecture of interest. This summer view was found along Atlantic Avenue in Boston. This road actually sits over the Big Dig tunnel underneath that replaced the elevated I-93 Central Artery that cast shadows everywhere, this open street is full of light to view the architecture of the past.

In the foreground to the left at the is the Boston Grain and Flour Exchange Building, completed in 1892. Behind that is the Custom House tower (1915). The former looks like a castle, the skyscraper once the tallest building in Boston at 496 ft (151 M). Calling them 'distinctive' understates their style. I am unsure of today's use of the Exchange; the tower is the Marriott Custom House suite hotel…for me, the lesson is to have a designated photographer passenger ride along on any drive down the road…

Saturday, February 2, 2013

SOOC - Beached

SOOC - Straight Out Of the Camera - takes us back to the past decade and daughter Allegra exiting the waters of Barnstable's Craigville Beach on Cape Cod. Given her smile, the bobbing on the float in Nantucket Sound was a success...