Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - The harvest yet to be...

The color red predominates the fun and colorful meme Ruby Tuesday Too. I am a bit ahead of myself here, these are from our tomato harvest in 2012 - but it is a sign of things to arrive in August. My old friend Mike and I spoke on the phone the other day, and he is to arrive not later that 23 May to assist us in planting tomato seedlings for 2014 - it has been a cool Spring and we hope planting in late May will avoid any killing frosts. We plant tomatoes, peppers and herbs in large storage containers that make it easier for me to harvest the sweet Romas and such from the wheelchair for that fabulous summer salad of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Which I dream about all year :)

Whimsical Windows - The classic red barn

Toby hosts the architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and I revert to the past in a couple of ways. The structure is a classic red barn located in tony Easton CT - the shape, color and style have lasted and always look great. What is the other old thing? This was scanned from a print developed in October 1985, which like the barn itself, has held up quite well over the decades. Classic touches include the cupola perched upon the roof and split-rail fence - such a building endures nicely over many generations...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Easter past




For Shadow Shadow Sunday 2, I revert to Easter past and early Spring shadows, spanning the 20 years from 1948 to 1968. The earlier pics showcase my dad and his sister, Aunt Terry on Easter Sunday 1948 in front of their homestead at 1645 Oregon Avenue in Steubenville Ohio. They are dressed in their finery including hats and suits.

The newer photo is their dad and my namesake, Grandpa (aka: Ralph, the Sage of Steubenville) in front of our East Hartford home in 1968. All were dressed nicely in honor of the beauty of the day and the new life that Easter represents...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Convenient Cookery

Quick, convenient, tasty with a few reds...

Ruby Tuesday Too returns with its proviso of a little or a lot of red...and I am ready with a few hints of red, and delicious ones at that. We had little time to prepare dinner, so a quick look around the kitchen to make an easy meal. Starting with the freezer, and the frozen cooked shrimp (pink, a derivative of red :), frozen bell pepper strips (green, yellow and red). From the refrigerator, the chopped garlic in a jar. From the pantry for the rice, chicken broth and the ruby goodness of diced tomatoes. In short order, the rice and accoutrements were now a prepared meal. And unlike the others in our home, I added the crushed red pepper to add a hint of heat. And red wine appeared too. The chef purists may disagree with our approach - however it was red, tasty and convenient...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Stairs, arches and doors


For Toby's fun architectural meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I offer an interesting take on old yet stylish. The always lovely Patti captured an interesting trip to historic Essex Connecticut and stayed at the Griswold Inn and its 1824 building. Of course, with the wheelchair I wouldn't have been going neither up nor down the stairs :). Cool architecture, portal and inn at the bottom...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SOOC - Instrumental Salvation

The Salvation Army Band, from Hartford, CT, plays on...

SOOC - Straight out of the Camera Sunday brings me back a mere two days after a Salvation Army dinner Patti and I attended. And we were treated to live music, a Salvation Army Band played before and during dinner, and it was a treat. In this photo, insufficient light makes an interesting effect: the conductor's baton almost looks to be in motion as he leads the eight-piece brass ensemble.

The term Salvation Army band has always intrigued me, as I first heard this when I was wayyyy younger (maybe you can guess my age :) I listened to AM radio in the mid-late 1960s and the Simon and Garfunkel song Hazy Shade of Winter where I heard the lyric (between 0:57 - 1:01 on the video). And there is another appropriate phrase about "Carrying your cup in your hand"...Now I understand better what I heard in 1966...



Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Salvation




Shadow Shot Sunday 2 this week arrives two days after Patti and I attended a fundraising dinner for the Salvation Army in Meriden CT - a great organization that helps to effectively meet many needs on a local level. For SSS2, we offer subtle shadows from inside the dining room - the tablescape seems not so shadowy - but I see a slight hint emanating from the wrinkles of the tablecloth. Really :)

The vertical view shows more - the lighting plays shadowy tricks with the logo, the centerpiece kettle and the mugs. A nice event with nice people and nice shadows...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Sunshine State Sunburst

On the way to West Palm Beach on a Delta Tri-Star, Dec. 23, 1980
Toby hosts the fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for portals of interest. Last week I unearthed and scanned 41 prints from a trip to Florida to visit friends in December 1980.

This window view was taken on a Delta Airlines flight somewhere over the Atlantic coast of the Sunshine State. Time has not been kind to this print, so I edited in into black and white - however, the sunburst that peers around the edge of the window is equally bold in monochrome or in color...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

SOOC - Sunrise over Carolina



SOOC - Straight out of the Camera prompts me to return to the distant past and a recently scanned photo. The day is 2 January 1981, the time is around sunrise, and I am sitting on the starboard side of flight 674, upon a Delta Airlines 727. It had been a long New Year's Day 1981 and this was the third of four flight legs between West Palm Beach and Hartford beginning at 3:00 AM. Tired as I was, I had to capture this…note the arc of the earth's curvature as the orange sunrise begins its pleasant intrusion into the day. The quality of the print is okay given its age - however the bold colors indicate the start of a fine day...

Shadow Shot Sunday - Surf + Sun + Sand = Shadow

I take a glimpse of the waves on the Atlantic in my walking days...01/01/1981
The Intercoastal Waterway
The subtle reflection in the tidal sands
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns on a sunny Spring Saturday today up north, warmth arriving after the conclusion of a snowy and cold winter. However, one can avoid the cold of winter by traveling to the Sunshine State of Florida where a cold day is not all that cold to the snowbirds who visit, as I did in 1980. Recently, I located quite a few film prints, and re-scanned them last week. Granted the primitive Canon 50mm I used back, and given the age and lack of proper storage of said prints, the quality of the scans is so-so. But good enough to rekindle fun memories of a fun trip...