Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy craft

We found a bunch of prints in a box on Monday. From the summer of 1999,  this bunch of pixelated photos brought back memories, and I am sharing a couple for this week's Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Here is August of '99 at an air show at Barnes Airport in Westfield MA. The Thunderbirds performed on this warm day and we are seeking shade under the wings if the aircraft on static display. Here, daughter Allegra (10), son Cam (8), Patti and I (in the chair) watch the goings-on with shadows all around and a CT Air National Guard A-10 in the background. As I remember, it was an excellent day and nice memories...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Hunt 2017.2.5

Friday is here as is Teresa's fun photo meme, Friday Hunt. She provides the prompts and we happily seek same...

Starts with 'F'. After perusing my files, I found three that ought to work :) On top, my father was a reporter for UPI and gad the opportunity to be a passenger on a USAF fighter, more specifically, a Republic F-105, and write about it. Dad is on the right. I don't know who the pilot was, but his handle was obviously 'The Texan'. I believe this to be in 1960 at Nellis AFB near Las Vegas. I'd love to find that article in print...
Next is a car I saw in a local parade in 2014. It is an original Fiat 500 Cinquecento, the cute and tiny two-cylinder air-cooled postwar Fiat. It looks friendly and even flashy in its brilliant red paint. Today's Fiat 500L looks small, but is actually 23 in (58 mm) longer. Cute is as cute does...
This is at a food-truck festival in Shelton CT last year. And, this one is from Fryborg who sells unique tasty french-fries and sandwiches. Two years ago I ordered special Fries covered with andoule sausage, pickles and a spicy Creolaise sauce evoking New Orleans. Fabulous! If you want this truck at your event in southern CT, you have to order it months in advance - it is that popular. Carb laden comfort food :)
New. I had to think about it a bit, but chose New York City. Patti captured both in 2013 as a passenger seat along the infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in 2013. We see this new Freedom Tower and a classic look at the famous Manhattan skyline that make us think of NYC
Self portrait. This was taken in 2010, but my features are not all that different today. All but my hair that is...way more gray today. Thanks Teresa!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday - Potpourri

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns in a sunny and warm season and a variety of shadows appear without provocation - and hopefully we notice them when carrying any photo device. Clockwise from top left: Patti's gnomes leave ferocious shadows - however, in reality, they're rather friendly chaps; Allegra sitting in a 1915 Model T in the shade - her 1999 Chevy Malibu is way more modern (A/C, etc), but without the charm; At the ice cream barn at the historic (1639) Field View Farm in Orange CT; Next to Ansoia City Hall, a new sign has been posted this year - with the shady oasis nearby. These may be located in and around average and prosaic places - but they add style and character to any scene...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Hunt 2017.2.5

Friday returns and it is time again for the fun photo meme Friday Hunt, hosted by Teresa. The prompts this edition are great and I am ready...

Starts with 'E'. The first is a town I grew up in suburban East Hartford, CT. The house on Wickham was the Villers abode, and I have two from 1963, around Christmastime, before and after a snowfall. I was aged 9 (Grade 3, O'Connell School) on the bicycle. See the kids jumping rope - TV was only only electronic device and mom made us go outside "to get some air"...

Drops. Here is in 2003, along I-195 as I am driving the family is on our way to a Cape Cod. It rained on the way, and who wants rain at the beach? As I recall, the plentiful rain drops ended before we arrived in Hyannis. 
Happy. The first day pf school, August 30.1995. Our son Cameron starting Kindergarten, our daughter Allegra (much more experienced going into second grade :) posing with genuine smiles as they await school to begin. Happy indeed!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shelton History Center




I like vintage - in lots of things, especially old cars and buildings. So for Shadow Shot Sunday 2, I go back a couple of weeks to a car show at the Shelton (CT) History Center. The architecture is great including the 1872 Trap Falls Schoolhouse, 1822 Brownson House, 1860 Wilson Barn and the (unknown) tool shed showcase history without and with shadows. Of course, the much newer (but still old :) cars draw me in as always. I like the custom 1956 Ford F-100 truck, the red 1959 Edsel (I have seen since 2009 and even posted about it back then) but my favorites were two: the restored 1957 milk truck and a gorgeous Pink 1957 Ford Thunderbird that includes Betty Boop. It was a hot day with enough shade for a brief cool-down). Plenty of shadows to enjoy with the history...

The scenes and day were just right for an article in our Valley-Voice newsletter

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Hunt 2017.2.4

Friday arrives as does a favorite meme, Friday Hunt hosted by Teresa. The prompts are intriguing, and I am ready!

Starts with D. I have chosen a vehicle that starts with ‘D’: Dodge. In fact, I have owned a few, and Grandpa had many of them too. Clockwise from left: Grandpa’s 1947 Dodge with Dad and Aunt Terry, likely on US 40; My first new vehicle, a 1979 Dodge Omni late that year; my second Dodge and first wheelchair driver vehicle, a 1989 Dodge B250 4/20/1996; My current ride, a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with Braun wheelchair conversion. A bunch/flock/gaggle of ‘D’s...
Favorite. This is an old pic posted before that I had to capture. The scenario is sitting in the starboard side of Delta flight 674 - on 3 January 1981, about 6:45 AM between Atlanta and Philadelphia. The old Canon rangefinder captured the winter sun starting to rise. This is a bit pixelated perhaps, but a favorite of mine.
Photographer’s choice. In 1983, I captured a friendly Dog named Brandy, a nice golden retriever drying off after a swim in Big Stony Lake in northwest Minnesota. She looks to have enjoyed the water, and I am partial to the blurry canoe approaching the shore. A nice dog, day and memory!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sultry Gaggle

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns in a hot and humid spell in Southern CT. On Pickett's Pond in Osbornedale State Park in neighboring Derby, a gaggle of geese seem to be weighing their options as to wether to stand or swim. Perhaps a cooling swim is what these land-lubber waterfowl need. If I were in their webbed feet, I might too...