Monday, August 3, 2015

Kenyon Street




Kenyon Street is a pretty street in Hartford's West End.


The light is pretty strong in July and August, so some of the colors are a bit washed out.



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lilly, Donald and Sheila

Donald and Sheila lived two streets from Elizabeth Park for 54 years.  Donald is in his eighties and has never lived more than two miles from the park.


Their daughter Lilly is heavily tattooed.  She has a tattoo of her father on her right bicep ("It makes me happy to know that I always have my father with me") and a tattoo of orchids on her left bicep ("because my mother used to raise orchids").




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bicycle

Some monthly themes are hard because no good ideas come to mind or, if they do come to mind,
a suitable subject doesn't find its way in front of my camera before the theme day arrives.


But, "bicycle" is hard in a very different way.  Bicycles are everywhere.  Which to show?  Why?
Here is mine.  This is from a couple of years ago, outside my hotel in Amsterdam.
Click here to see what other photographers do with the "bicycle" theme.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Fashionable Handcrafted Bicycle


A display window at Stackpole's, a Hartford clothing store, shows a handcrafted bicycle.
This is a "Haute" road bicycle, made in Colchester by MSH1, a bespoke bike manufacturer.

Tomorrow, visit the City Daily Photo portal to see photographers' interpretations of
the monthly theme, "bicycle."  And, today, visit James' website Weekend Reflections
to see other photographers' images with reflections.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Bicycle Planter


In two days, City Daily Photo bloggers will have another theme day:  "bicycle."
I like the one in the foreground with floral plantings.
But, I will keep looking.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mike

Mike and his wife own Bloomfield Bicycle shop.   When electric-assisted bicycles came on the market, Mike realized that people like him would benefit from a boost.  Some bike stores carry two or three electric-assisted bikes as a novelty, but Bloomfield Bicycle went heavily into electric bikes.
They are now the biggest seller of electric bikes on the East Coast.


Still, with long hours and 75 years in his rear view mirrors, Mike was gaining weight, had diabetes and high blood pressure.  His doctor read him the riot act.  So, three months ago Mike made a commitment to riding his bike at least 20 miles a day.  He has dropped 45 pounds
in the last three months and has tossed out half of his pills.  Bravo, Mike!

I see an electric-assisted bicycle in my future.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pretty Victorian Houses


Does anyone like this pretty Victorian streetscape in Hartford's West End?


How about this one?



Since the United States Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage
is a Constitutionally protected right,  the American flag has often been sharing space
with the rainbow-colored flag representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride.