Thursday, November 14, 2019

Great White Egret and Roseate Spoonbill

Two handsome specimens foraged in a marsh beside the golf course.
I need to adjust my camera settings to get more feather detail.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Swamp Buggy Races

How can I say I live in southwest Florida without going to the Swamp Buggy Races at
 Florida Sports Park at least once?  The Fall Classic was on Sunday.

  This is the 71st season.  There is a variety of swamp buggies, from modified Jeeps
 to big, professionally modified specialty vehicles.  

They race several laps around a track filled with a foot or two of water.  The Winter Classic is in January and the Spring Classic in March or April.

One tradition I missed is that the day's winner picks up the Swamp Buggy Queen and 
jumps with her into the water.  Guess I will have to return another time to see that.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day


A monument in Naples' Cambier Park honors local soldiers who died in the
service of their country in 20th and 21st century wars.

A nearby monument honors those who served in the Vietnam War.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma blew through Naples on September 10, 2017 with 130 miles per hour winds.
The flag at Naples Sailing and Yacht Club took a battering throughout the day.  It was twisted into
 a knot and its colors were destroyed.  Today the flag has a position of honor in the club.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Tower Art Gallery

The Tower Art Gallery is a longstanding artist cooperative gallery on Sanibel Island.
Sometimes it is fun to run an unremarkable photograph through
the Waterlogue app to see how it looks as a watercolor.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dolly's Produce Patch and Eatery

Dolly's is a simple but good lunch place.  Don't miss the pies.  I had pecan.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Back in Naples

I am back in hot and humid southwest Florida.  Some folks down here are grousing about the uncharacteristic heat.  But, after enduring major surgery six weeks ago and some complications, I am happy to have weather that lets me get outside and walk and start regaining my strength.

A big and slow-moving cormorant is an easy first Florida photography subject this season. 
 I always have to remind myself, "hooked bill = cormorant, straight bill = anhinga." 

This is my first post since September 26, the day of surgery.  
No promises about whether I can or will post daily.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Taking a Break

I am at the Cleveland Clinic -- one of the world's foremost hospitals -- recovering from surgery.
Doctors cut out a non-cancerous mass from my digestive tract.

 I hear the surgery went well.  But, I will be lying here in recovery for another week or so.

Nothing to photograph from a hospital bed, so N+H goes on hiatus.

Weekend Reflections.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Roll and Roll Hall of Fame

I had some more free time in Cleveland, so I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I misspent many hours of my youth singing along with the music 
Woo Woo Ginsberg played on Boston's WMEX.

One floor has studios where visitors can play guitars, pianos, drums, etc.

Nearby, a band of young museum employees backs visitors who want to sing.

Stevie Nicks.  Be still, my heart.

I am one of the few in my generation who will admit not being at Woodstock.

Elvis still draws crowds.

Beatles, Hendrix, Prince, Chuck Berry.  All the greats.

There is a special place in my heart for One Hit Wonders.
Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

I could have spent a week here.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Out of the Jurisdiction: Cleveland Art Museum

I am in Cleveland with some free time, so I went to the Cleveland Art Museum.  Wonderful!

The main building of the museum has a classical fa├žade.

A special exhibition about Michelangelo began this week.  It features his drawings.  This room shows some of Michelangelo's drawings that were used to prepare for painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. shown on the wall beyond the museum visitors.

A room of armor is an unusual feature of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 There is a fascinating suite of galleries about Medieval art.
This is a French sculpture of the Virgin and Child from 1385 - 1390.

This detail from a 1460 painting of The Trinity by Laurentin Girardin seems
strikingly contemporary in its composition and style.

And this is a detail of a 1909 boxing painting by Ohio native George Bellows,
who painted in Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Maira is a journalist from Venezuela.  She currently lives in Orlando but she is planning to move to Connecticut this fall.  (There is a guy . . . )  But, she is worried about the cold and the snow.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019


Heaven is a skateboard park in downtown Hartford.  Every surface is covered with graffiti street art.

Even walls higher than anyone can reach without a ladder.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Plymouth Country Club

It was a cloudy and windy day.  But, the golf was fun.  Until it started raining on the 13th hole.
A good excuse to call it quits and have a nice lunch.  Of course, once we quit, the sun came out . . .

Saturday, September 21, 2019


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 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" 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.