Saturday, September 21, 2019

Colt

West Hartford-based Colt Manufacturing has announced that it will stop selling its semi-automatic assault-style AR-15 rifle into the civilian market.  It will continue making them for the military 
and law enforcement markets.  Why any civilian thinks they need an assault weapon is beyond me.


Hartford has many places named after Samuel Colt.  This is a statue of Colt as a young man 
and as an adult. located in Colt Park in the south end of Hartford.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Chairs


Chairs in an empty dance studio in No. 24 EcoSpace,
a community arts space on Farmington Avenue in Hartford.

Go visit Weekend Reflections.  It is ten years old this week.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Invest


"Invest" and drive a hot orange Jeep Wrangler Rubicon?
Wanna bet this guy trades in bitcoin and loses his shirt?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Scott's Jamaican Bakery

George Scott died a few days ago at 92.  He and his wife were educators in Kingston, Jamaica, but they couldn't rise their kids on Jamaican teachers' salaries, so they emigrated to Hartford.


Forty years ago they started Scott's Jamaican Bakery on Albany Avenue in Hartford, the center of Hartford's African-American and Caribbean communities.  There are now three stores and a wholesale bakery business.  Mr. Scott was a leader in his community.  Rest in peace.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Butterflies

Yes, I am repeating myself.  But, I am so happy that butterflies -- especially monarchs -- are so plentiful this year.  Many different places, many different flowers.  These were in Elizabeth Park.







I have seen monarchs enjoying sedum, verbena, coneflower, phlox and many others.  Even dahlias.




A butterfly similar to the monarch is flitting around in the same places.  Thanks to Google,
I have learned that this is a painted lady (Vanessa cardui).

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Waste

I'm back in Connecticut.


It drives me nuts that a major block in downtown Hartford lies fallow ten years after a network television broadcasting station moved to the suburbs and the building was demolished.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Mycenae and Epidaurus

The last day before heading back to the States was in Mycenae and Epidaurus, archeological sites about 30 minutes out of Nafplion, Greece.  

Mycenae is home to a UNESCO World Heritage citadel, the setting of Homer's Iliad.
It is also home in mythology to Agamemnon.  It is a beautiful site with ongoing excavations,
high on a hillside overlooking Nafplion and the Aegean Sea.


The Mycenae site is entered through the lion gate, constructed with huge stones.  
In the center is a triangle with two lions facing each other and a column.


A granary from 1300 BC is in remarkably good shape.


There are many overlooks back over the hillside to Nafplion and the sea.


And up the hillside beyond the archeological site.


A short distance away is the Treasury of Atreus, also know as the Tomb of Agamemnon, constructed in the Bronze Age, around 1350 BC.  Also made from huge stones,
inside is a high stone wall shaped like a huge beehive.


Not far away is the impressive ancient theater of Epidaurus.  It was built in the 4th century BC, 
holds about 14,000 spectators and has excellent acoustics.   Even today the theater 
offers sold-out performances of the famous Greek plays.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Santorini

Santorini is a caldera formed by volcanic eruptions.  We arrived on the southern end and visited sites in Thera, in the middle.   It is a favorite island for visitors.  Unfortunately, Santorini is overrun by those visitors.  I arrived on a small ship, but thousands of others poured out of big cruise ships.


Houses, churches and stores drip down the sides of steep cliffs.




I was going to photograph a ship and the sea from up above, when I noticed
a shirtless young man posing for his girl friend.


You couldn't pay me to live in a house at the edge of a sheer cliff.
Especially in a region with a still-active volcano.
But, I was fascinated by the sedimentary layers, all laid out for the observer.


Oia is the town at the north end of Santorini with the famous whitewashed cube houses and churches with bright blue domes.  We didn't go there, but we passed by on the way out of town.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Rhodes

Rhodes, a relatively large Greek island, is so far east in the Aegean Sea that it is almost in Turkey.
It is known as the home of the Knights of Saint John, who ruled from the 14th into the 16th century.
Like many other Greek islands, it passed into the hands of different conquerors
frequently, so many that I didn't try to remember all of them.




Today, it seems to be dominated by tourist shops and tavernas, with aggressive shop owners calling out to passers-by and trying to lure them inside.  Didn't work with me.



In 1912 the Italians wrested control of Rhodes from the Ottoman Empire.  In the 1930s the Italian fascists rebuilt the Knight of Saint John's castle, with the intention of making it a vacation home for Mussolini.  The Second World War ended and Mussolini died before it was ever occupied.



One thing the fascists did well was finding beautiful ancient mosaics and 
reinstalling them in the palace.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Patmos


Patmos is a charming Greek island close to Turkey.    




Saint John was exiled to Patmos.Saint John the Theologian Monastery and the Cave of the Apocalypse are dedicated to him.  As with most of the religious sites in these islands, 
photos are allowed in the courtyard and exterior but not in the religious areas.



I couldn't persuade any of the women on the tour to buy one of these pretty scarves.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Mykonos

Mykonos is overrun with tourists.  It is hard to take photographs that have not been taken many times before and probably better.  So, here are a couple of the usuals and an attempt to be different.


White, white and more white.  And blue, some provided by man but most by Mother Nature.


It was windy and choppy.  This was taken near the point at the end of the old town.


I liked the play of light and shadows.


Many winding streets are lined with whitewashed stores and brightly painted doors.
There is a never-ending flood of tourists, but I waited for a moment when there was a brief pause.


Old windmills at the end of the old town are favorite targets of tourist cameras.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Delos

Delos was an important religious and trading island for millennia.  
It is now abandoned except for archaeologists and tourists visiting by cruise ships.


Only about one fourth of the area has been excavated.  What has been found 
is extensive and in strikingly good condition.


There are no lions in the Greek islands.  They were erected as symbols of strength and the reach of their trading activities.  These are reproductions.  The originals are nearby in a museum.