Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mushrooms

 I am getting used to a very different environment around my new house.

One tree has a crop of unusual mushrooms around its base.

And a single tall mushroom rises from the grass.  

There were mushrooms back in West Hartford, but these are quite different.  I'm not going to eat any.

Monday, October 19, 2020

One Block

I like the bird house that mirrors the house itself.


The owners of this house line their stone wall with small pumpkins.


 Good bones, a nice paint job and an appealing front garden.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Light and Shadows

 I stopped my car and turned around because of the bright morning light on the leaves in the lawn.        Then the sculptural shadows on the country road got me excited.

Later, I thought the image might be a good one to put through Waterlogue, to get a painterly effect.

I'm happy with the result.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Aldrich

 Though relatively small, Ridgefield has its own art museum, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.


A current show features Frank Stella.  Stella is known best for his big, colorful and geometric paintings.  The Aldrich is displaying a series of star sculptures, some big ones outdoors and many more inside.  The stars are also geometric but quite different from the paintings for which he is best known. 


This huge star sculpture is one of Stella's recent ones, made from carbon fiber.


One room shows a Stella star painting, the kind of work for which he originally derived his reputation, contrasted with a colorful star sculpture. 


Stella is now in his 80s.  The Aldrich included one of his paintings in an exhibition early in his career and has shown other works in numerous other exhibitions.  This is its first exhibition devoted solely to Stella.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Big and Little Brothers

 

I have seen several versions of this double-gabled house in Ridgefield.
Wilton Road West.


A tidy little brother is on North Street.


A big brother is on Wilton Road East.

The biggest brother is on High Ridge Avenue, where the big kids hang out. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

In the Mood for Fall

 On Main Street, one of my favorite Ridgefield houses is decked out for the Fall.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Good Living

Many big and beautiful houses line Main Street in Ridgefield, south of the downtown commercial district. 


One of my favorites is across the street from The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

The architecture is quite nice but the best features are the lovely landscaping and the huge greenhouse.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Books on the Common

 Sure, I buy some books on Amazon or in a Barnes & Noble big box store, but my favorites are locally owned independent bookstores.  R.J. Julia in Madison, CT.  Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT.

Ridgefield has an indie bookstore that matches up with the best.  Books on the Common is on Main Street, across from the Town Hall.  I have never left empty-handed.  My family knows that when they need a birthday or Christmas gift for me, Books on the Common is the place to go.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Downtown

Frugal New Englanders didn't waste much of anything. 

 In Ridgefield's downtown, lots of the commercial buildings were originally residences.  

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Jesse Lee Methodist Church

The Methodist church has a prominent location on Main Street south of the downtown.  

Jesse Lee was an itinerant Methodist preacher who founded more than 30 Methodist churches in New England.  He preached in a different location in Ridgefield in 1789.  The church moved here in 1968.  

Saturday, October 10, 2020

New Neighbors


My newest neighbor was curious about who is living here now, so she came into my back yard to introduce herself, along with two of her youngsters (only one of which fit into the photo).





Friday, October 9, 2020

Millstone Farm



Millstone Farm is primarily a wholesale farm located in Wilton, Connecticut (the town immediately south of my new home in Ridgefield).  I drove in and looked around.

Drew has been the farm manager for seven years  Before that, he was a wilderness guide out West..

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Stone Walls

 Stone walls are a common presence in an old New England town like Ridgefield that mixes old farms and country living with impressive newer homes and suburban life.  Stone walls of all kinds.  


From the big stones stacked beside the road by farmers clearing their fields in the 18th century . . .

. . . to a stone wall built a century ago in front of a farm house . . . 

. . . to the kind-of-formal stone walls in front of a well-loved older house . . .


. . . to the neat stone walls built by masons for the owners of a new estate home . . .

. .

. . . to a fortress-like leave-me-alone stone wall like this one.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Introducing Southwest Daily Images

 First, there was Hartford Daily Photo.  Then, I bought a winter home in Naples, Florida, and this blog became Naples and Hartford in Season.  Now, my summer home has moved from West Hartford to Ridgefield, a lovely town along the border between Connecticut and New York.

So . . . this blog is now Southwest Daily Images.  

Southwest?  What do Naples and Ridgefield have to do with the Southwest?  

Well, Naples is the center of Southwest Florida and Ridgefield is in Fairfield County, the southwest corner of both Connecticut and New England.  I have much to discover about this part of New England.  Come and learn along with me.

(Touch of Sedona, Southwest Gifts and Healing Center is a small shop on Main Street in Ridgefield.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Summers Now in Ridgefield, Connecticut

 I have moved.  The new house is in the southwest corner of Connecticut, in Ridgefield.  It is in a wooded area backing up to a preserve.

Though the pandemic has interfered with my normal living patterns, I will still spend more of the year in Southwest Florida, from mid-October through mid-May, but now the summers will be here in Ridgefield,  10 - 15 minutes from my daughter, her husband and my two little granddaughters.

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Lights Go Out in West Hartford

 

Today the house that has been home in West Hartford for forty years passes into new hands.

The new owners are a fine couple with two teenagers.  I know it will be as good for them as it was for us.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

William Scott House


An afternoon with bright sunshine and harsh shadows.

Wilton, Connecticut 

Circa 1800

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

Cass Gilbert Fountain

 The designer of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Cass Gilbert, was a noted architect in the early 20th century and a summer resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut. 

Gilbert lived at the intersection of Main Street and West Lane and donated to the town a fountain that sits in a triangular island at that intersection.

The fountain is a leading symbol of the town.  Unfortunately, it also serves as a target for poor drivers, who keep driving into it despite the curbing, plantings and elevated platform.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Covid Days

 My days during this nasty coronavirus pandemic are pretty simple.  I wear masks.  I keep a careful distance from everyone, except my family.  (And, since I recently moved, I spend a lot of time emptying boxes and trying to figure out where things are.)

But sometimes life intrudes.  My laptop wasn't charging, so I had to visit the Apple Store.  Apple follows exacting protocols.  Temperatures taken at the entrance.  Lines of well spaced guests.  Masked guests, masked employees.  The Apple guy quickly found and fixed the problem.  Outta there.  

The October theme for City Daily Photo bloggers is responding to COVID-19.  Click here to see other photographers' approaches to this theme. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Police Station

 Ridgefield is an old New England town.  In the downtown, many structures that were originally residences have either been moved or repurposed to make way for business and commercial uses.


On the hillside above East Ridge Avenue stands a large Victorian-era building that was once home to George Lounsbury, who had served as Governor of Connecticut.  In 1925 the mansion was bought by the State of Connecticut to house the Troop A Headquarters of the State Police.  The State Police moved out in the 1970s and the Town of Ridgefield bought it and renovated it to serve as the town's police station.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Westport



I took a day trip to Westport, a toney town on the Long Island Sound in the southwest corner of Connecticut.  The shopping district runs a couple of blocks deep on the east side of the Saugatuck River.

The high end furniture store, Serena & Lily, occupies a big house on the outskirts of the shopping district.