Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Back Yard, 1947

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 allows us to look for shadowy subjects be they grand or prosaic. I decided to look back to the year 1947 (a guess) to the back yards of two abodes in the LaBelle View neighborhood in the steeltown of Steubenville, Ohio.

To the left is my grandmother Agnes, performing the task of drying clothes on a clothesline outside, probably before the days of affordable clothes dryers. To the right is a neighbor, also doing the same thing. It appears that she lived in the garage apartment on La Belle Court, the back porch facing the back side of my grandparents  Oregon Avenue house. Shadows and smiles make for a nice day, housework or not :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Bearly able

This winsome bear (seen before and edited) was captured all the way back in 1983, at the Zoo in Omaha, on a terribly humid and hot (100ºF / 38ºC) This was a bruin in no mood to fight the heat it seems...see WW and WW

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Shorefront Abode

Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors returns and my subject today represents a style of living that appeals to me (if I had the $ to do so, that is :)

This was taken on a 'Duck Boat' tour of Hyannis Harbor on picturesque Cape Cod. This sits on a fairly secluded piece of land that is away from the big marina on the harbor - near, but just far enough away. And with no dock, uninvited nautical visitors cannot arrive unannounced either...

Nothing extraordinary about the design apart from the lighthouse. But this setting, away from the ubiquitous Nantucket/Vineyard ferries and assorted yachts, is to me waterfront living should be, quiet and almost away from the oft usual frenetic pace of life!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Fathers, Kids, Shadows

Tomorrow is Father's Day, perhaps a faux holiday to some, but not to this dad! The weekly meme Shadow Shot Sunday 2 allows for father's day shadows where I found a couple that include myself and the each child - not necessarily of the same era, but shadowy at least :) 

One is our first-born, Allegra, in her first days in our then Derby home, maybe a month old, January 1989. The other pics is son Cameron, where he was a college student at the University of Hartford at age 19 in 2010. Both have the requisite shadows, a dad and a kid. I like this holiday!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Parade Promotion

I was part of the 2015 Ansonia Memorial Day Parade committee and was able to drive the parade route (at the end), and since the always lovely Patti and I are using our tiny LLC to set up a (paying) website for The Valley Voice, currently a stand-along blog. So our artist friend Rich DiCarlo created a sign for the van with a logo he designed - so we had free advertising for a non-existant publication...have to start somewhere :) How does all this fit for Shadow Shot Sunday2? Plenty of shadows from underneath, around and over the just washed van and the Main Street parade route. Happy shadows indeed!

A slideshow of the parade, from its beginning (herding the various parade marchers into a semblance of order is akin to herding cats) to its Main Street is shown below...full of shadows!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - The Griffin 5K

The annual 5K walk/run for the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. This lad at age 8 ran the course and actually kept up with running mom and completed the course (Congrats!). Pink tractors and the lovely staff made this fundraiser a success...see WW and WW

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Surveying the aftermath from the 24th floor

This week's meme post for Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is a throwback to the time when tragedy was averted in the roof collapse of the Hartford Civic Center about 4:00 am January 18, 1978. Only a few hours after 4,800 spectators had watched a UConn college basketball game had left, so no injuries. An engineering error led to the weight of the snow pack on the roof to take it down...

This picture, in its faded original print and black-and-white edit, is interesting. The persons are my father and his mother looking at the ruins from his 24th floor office in Hartford's 'Gold Building' - the tangled and twisted structural steel is easier to see up there - and the reflections of the people and the windows of the next door (and long defunct) Hartford National Bank add an eerie feel to the scene. I believe these were taken in mid-late March 1978. An unique view of an urban disaster.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Interstate 91 in Shadow

Seeing as I utilize hand controls for driving (one on the control, one on the steering wheel), taking road pictures while driving my Dodge is never a good idea. So as per usual good practice, the always lovely passenger Patti, handles the photo gathering process. Thus, Shadow Shot Sunday 2 allows me to showcase prosaic and normal road pics as I safely traverse Interstate 91 North in Middletown Connecticut. These were captured in late April, and the shadows falling about inside and outside over the vehicle, road an even the driver. Spring shadows enhanced the day...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Linus at rest

Add a little sunshine, a softly padded carpet and no need to defend his territory, family member Linus McDonald is truly in his element. Relax away our furry friend...see WW and WW

Monday, June 1, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Passenger Seat Perspective

When I am driving my Grand Caravan, I do not use my phone, let alone take pictures on a road trip. However, the always lovely Patti does. So for Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I offer a panorama of downtown Hartford Connecticut on Interstate 91 North - from the passenger seat on an early Spring day. Nothing special, just a blue sky and equally blue Connecticut River alongside. It is a prosaic panorama that appears to have jumped into the frame...with lots of windows!