Saturday, February 28, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Snowless Spring in 1948

Grandpa, Easter Sunday 1948. No snow!
Aunt Terry, Easter Sunday 1948, in the Spring
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and the snow sits in our yard at about the same height it did one month ago, unmelted on one of the coldest February in Connecticut. So, I looked for pics of a cold day without snow - thus I revert back to what I believe to be Easter, 28 March 1948. There are no leaves in Steubenville Ohio and no snow. I'd long for no snow on the ground and the end - of this season...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WW - Students and Teacher

Our artist friend Rich DiCarlo of Derby CT is also an art teacher, holding a watercolor class recently where the students are creating their artistry... see WW and WW

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Snowy Suburban

Winter is upon us now as it was 1963, and as I age I am not so fond of the season. Back then as a kid, it was very fun, especially the morning after a snowfall.

Thus, for the meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I revert back a number of decades and the Villers children are frolicking under the sun at our East Hartford (CT) home. And under the watchful eye of Grandpa, aka: The Sage of Steubenville, pictures were taken by our Dad.

Grandpa most likely gave his complicated Dresden built Exa SLR Camera to Dad with the admonition "Don't touch anything - just push the button." The request/order was complied with :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Snowy sunset and shadow


I was returning home yesterday afternoon and upon pulling into my parking place in the driveway and saw a near sunset view and having only my cheap droid phone (check the odd curvature of the house), snapped this from the driver's seat. The glow of the sky allows for a post for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. A soft pastel glow illumines the cascading ice and creates a soft shadow Cold but quite attractive...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Milestone

For the architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, we look at portals and such of interest - in any season. This actually was taken in January of this year, looking unlike the snowy winter we are currently (and unhappily) enduring with snow and biting cold. Here could be a sunny Summer day. This was taken by the always lovely Patti as the Ansonia retailer Spector Furniture celebrating 125 years in business (despite what the website says :). Celebrations can (and should) always include windows and doors!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

SOOC - Winter Moon over Derby

Winter is not a favorite season of mine as I am not a fan of the cold. Yet, there is an undeniable beauty of parts of it, such as a fresh white coating of snow and the cold but really blue winter sky. So for Straight out of the Camera - SOOC, I offer a recent pic that Patti took, a daytime moon over the (1889) Sterling Opera House in Neighboring town of Derby CT. Yes it is cold, but a look at space over a local landmark...

Shadow Shot Sunday - Tech overload


Unlike, say, four decades ago, electronic tech tends to overrule every thing else. So for Shadow Shot Sunday 2, a recent look at Patti's home office desk confirms that. At least shadows add a quaint old-fashioned bit of style to the electronic maze we travel these days...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Portraits of a Gentle Giant

This friendly equine, Huckleberry, is a gracious soul who accedes to the photographer's request . A humble and docile giant, a true gentleman...see WW and WW 
Dignified Beauty
Inquisitive Huckleberry

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Lighthouse Love

Yes, we look about at portals and other architectural items of interest for Toby's meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. And often there may be a story (of sorts) behind these openings. Such as here, taken in July 1986, not too long after the marriage of myself and the always lovely Patti. 30 years in 2016, it has been wonderful all along. This is the portal to a lighthouse along the Mystic River in southeast Connecticut at the Mystic Seaport, a restored whaling ship village from the 1800s. The smiles back then are as genuine as they are today :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Historical Warmth

Pumpkins stuffed with apples
Butternut squash pie
Fireplace turkey cooker
Cast iron cookery
Winter is not a favorite season for me - drafty house, two weekends of snow with more snow to arrive on Monday, and 30°F (-1°C) today is a warm day. Thus, I look for warmth in any venue. So for Shadow Shot Sunday 2, I look for warm shadows in the central fireplaces at the 1698 David Humphreys House in Ansonia. Warm embers and squash pie add the psychological warmth to me at least...

I have been nominated to serve on the Board of the Derby Historical Society, caretakers of the Humphreys House. So, I combed through our pics to create a slideshow of activities there...