Monday, August 3, 2020

1928


They don't make them like they used to.
Pratt Street, Hartford.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Want to Buy a Fire Station?

Last week the City of Hartford put this old fire station up for sale.  It dates back about a hundred years. 
 It served as the fire department's headquarters until 2013, when a new public safety complex opened.


The fire station closed early this year.  The City hopes a developer might use the first floor 
for restaurants or entertainment and the upper floors for condominiums.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

City People



It was disappointing how few people were in downtown Hartford yesterday in the late morning.
Even more disappointing was how few of them wore masks.  
And correctly (over noses, not around their necks.)


I picked out some people who were wearing masks correctly to photograph
 for City Daily Photo's monthly theme of "City People."






Friday, July 31, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Annual Garden Mid-Season


The annual garden at Elizabeth Park got a late start this year,
but it is coming along.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Night Sky


On my walk last night, the moon was in the middle of an interesting cloud formation.
Not sure I captured the mystery of the feeling, but maybe this gives you an idea.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

Echinacea and Guests


A big Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly spends a lot of time 
flitting from one coneflower (Echinacea) to another.


A monarch butterfly made a cameo appearance.


Bumble bees are full-season residents.


But a yellow jacket was an interloper.


A green dragonfly paid a house call.


As did a silver-spotted skipper butterfly.


And a camera-shy goldfinch (through the window)!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Day Lily Season

 








Always interesting to see the variety of day lilies in July.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Heron Caught a Fish

On recent visits to Elizabeth Park, the great blue heron was either hiding or just sunbathing.  
But, on my most recent trip, after fifteen minutes of posing, he flew over to my side of the pond, stared at the movement in the water that indicated fish below . . .


 . . . and speared one.



Preparing to eat a fish involves some complicated juggling.  He has to maneuver the fish into
 a head first position.  This was an early move in his juggling act.


I was fiddling with my camera's controls when he lined the fish up and swallowed.  (I am SO mad at myself!)  But, I did manage to get an image when the fish was on its way down his long throat.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Bees Bees Bees







I have never seen so many fat and happy bumble bees as I saw in my visit to Lavender Pond Farm.


And a solitary silver-spotted skipper butterfly.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lavender Pond Farm







A visit to Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth, Connecticut, was a real treat.
Visitors generally wore masks unless they were in family groups.
The farm was crowded but everyone kept their distance.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A Masked String Quartet


On a rare quiet afternoon in the perennial garden of Elizabeth Park, 
an appropriately masked string quartet set up and began playing. 

Quite lovely.