Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Guilford, Connecticut

Guilford is one of Connecticut's pretty shoreline towns, with a big town green lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, municipal buildings and at least three churches.

First Congregational Church flies colorful banners expressing the congregation's openness.

Just off the green, Perk on Church -- a coffee shop that occupies half of
 a repurposed Quonset hut -- extols its sustainable values.

Closer to the waterfront, a most unusual apartment building known locally as the spaceship
thumbs its nose at passerby's from a prime spot on a little knoll.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


One of my preferred benches was taken when Lola, Sequoia and I visited Elizabeth Park recently.

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Monday, August 14, 2017


Joe is the third generation in his family to run Imperial Decorating and Upholstering.
His wife and two sons also work in the family business.
My dining room chairs will have some new 
clothes in time for the holidays.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Eunice and Gabriel

Eunice (yoo-NEES) is from Glastonbury.  Her friends have been telling her for years that she should see Elizabeth Park.  I met her on the day she finally decided to visit with her son, Gabriel.

That is Sequoia photobombing behind Eunice.  Sorry.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Baby Giraffe

A giraffe center outside Nairobi, Kenya, cares for endangered Rothschild's "white socks" giraffes.
A mother grooms her one-day old baby. 

The same photograph, before cropping.  They are called "white socks" because
their legs are white below the knee.

Two weeks in Kenya and Tanzania looking at animals.  Today I had both wifi and some free time.
Next posting opportunity is probably in four days.  Until then, there are daily posts from Connecticut.

Friday, August 11, 2017


This house might have caught my attention anyway, but add some good gardening and
 pergolas on each side and it really stands out.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bikes with Style

Outside the New Britain Museum of American Art, artist-decorated bicycles waited for riders
from the city's bicycle-sharing program.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017


At an Elizabeth Park concert, this striking woman suddenly stood while everyone around her sat.  
My camera shutter clicked.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge

Another visit to Simsbury's Bridge of Flowers.

Originally designed and built in 1892, the bridge spans 183 feet and carries a 12-foot roadway 18 feet above age Farmington River.  It was replaced by a modern bridge to the north in 1992.

This year's plantings alternate boxes with "warm" colors and boxes in "cool" colors.

Monday, August 7, 2017

DIG Chess

At the basketball game I showed yesterday, tables were set up along the baseline for chess.
There were kids from the YMCA in the North End of Hartford and volunteers teaching them.

The program is DIG Chess.  Dan Alexander learned to play chess in his wealthy hometown in Fairfield County.  He played chess professionally.  To give something back to local youth,
Dan founded DIG Chess.  He charged the kids to participate.  The program grew fast.

In a move that would make Robin Hood proud, Dan has taken DIG Chess into impoverished neighborhoods of Bridgeport and Hartford.  He uses the proceeds from teaching 
privileged kids to subsidize the Hartford and Bridgeport programs so 
those kids learn to play chess for free.  Read about it here.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Greater Hartford Pro-Am

The Greater Hartford Pro-Am is a summer basketball league that features
college players and some professionals.

Some current or former players from the University of Connecticut usually play,
but I didn't recognize any the night I was there.

It is good basketball.  I always think I will get some action close-ups, but the pace of play is fast and players and fans keep moving in front of my lens.  But, I thought I got some good wide angle scenes. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Flamig Farm

 Flamig Farm in Simsbury has a petting zoo.  Feed and pet the animals.  
Just the thing to entertain a two year old.

Feed the piglets.

Feed the lambs.

Feed the cows.

Feed the chickens.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Last night I went to Firebox in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood.

I sat at the bar and had a meal.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rosedale Farms and Vineyards

Rosedale Farm has a farm stand in the historic Weatogue neighborhood of Simsbury.

Rosedale Farm partners with the Max Restaurant Group to offer several Chef-to-Farm outdoor dinners in the Rosedale vineyards every summer.  I visited one afternoon when diners were gathering.

They sell wines from their own vineyard.  The 2016 Simsbury Celebration white wine won a prize.
Heublein Tower is illustrated on the bottle's label.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pond House Cafe

The Pond House Cafe in Elizabeth Park has a patio ringed in planters that provide diners
a lush and colorful privacy wall from the more public areas of the park. 

The restaurant's logo is an irregular spiral.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Barbara is 79.  She is battling cancer.  She moves slowly with the help of a walker.

But, she smiles a great big smile, and she loves bright colors and youthful clothes.
Barbara is young at heart, the August theme of City Daily Photo bloggers.