After the rain.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
The building next to Ikea and US Route 95 in New Haven stood empty for 20 years. It was once the headquarters of Armstrong Rubber Company. The building is a famous work of brutalist architecture by esteemed architect Marcel Breuer before brutalism fell out of favor.
Thursday, September 21, 2023
The clinic was created in 1913. It is named for a Yale graduate from New Haven who was one of five children in a family, all of whom spent time in mental hospitals. When Clifford Beers left the hospital, he wrote an autobiographical account of his hospitalization and the abuses he suffered.
Clifford Beers Clinic is one of the largest providers of child, adolescent, and young adult mental health care in New Haven County.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Monday, September 18, 2023
Sunday, September 17, 2023
When built in 1868, the Betts House was the biggest in New Haven. It was acquired by Yale in the 1960s but sat empty for four decades. In 2002 it was extensively renovated and put back in use. Today it is the home of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.
Attached to the house is the Greenberg Conference Center, a modern facility named funded by and named for Maurice Greenberg, the retired CEO of American International Group.
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Thursday, September 14, 2023
I often show big elegant houses or historic houses. A friend recently asked me to show tiny houses. Ridgefield is a wealthy town and many of the houses are big. Frankly, the fine architecture or the historic connections are what catch my eye. But, today is for a small house. OK, Kate?
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
The painter and sculptor Frederic Remington became famous for his paintings and sculptures of the Old West, but he lived most of the time in the Northeast. Remington wanted to leave New Rochelle, New York, for a quieter place and chose Ridgefield. He only lived here for six months before his death.
Remington's Ridgefield home -- Oak Knoll -- was on Barry Avenue. (The front yard is pretty badly overgrown, so I couldn't photograph the front.) Oak Knoll Road and Remington Road are off Barry Avenue, close to Remington's house.
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Monday, September 11, 2023
Someone peeked into my office and said a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center building.
Must be a small Piper Cub, I thought. Turned on the television.
No. Our world changed that day. Never forget.
From the archives of June 27, 2014.
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was a 40 year resident of Ridgefield. His 1963 book "Where the Wild Things Are" is one of the best-selling children's books and is on many children's bookshelves.
Sendak's house is in a quiet, wooded part of Ridgefield. For years there has been talk of creating a Sendak museum, so far without action, though there is a large stone-faced addition out of sight to the left of the house, which holds Sendak archives.
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Monday, September 4, 2023
Sunday, September 3, 2023
Strokkur is a very active geyser in the Haukadalur Geothermal Field. Nearby is the now dormant Geysir, the geyser that gave its name to the phenomenon. Strokkur is now the most active geyser in the field. It goes off every eight to ten minutes and shoots 80 to 120 feet into the air.
Saturday, September 2, 2023
Turf houses were in use for about 900 years in Glaumbaer, a farming community in the north of Iceland.
This collection of farmhouses at Glaumbaer was added to the National Museum of Iceland's collection of protected buildings in 1947. The outbuildings house old farm implements. The main house has furnishings perhaps typical of the first half of the 20th century. I was too tall to walk through it.
Friday, September 1, 2023
Thursday, August 31, 2023
We have seen basalt columns all over Iceland. They form after volcanic eruptions when the magma cools. Most often the cooling takes place from the top down, creating vertical basalt columns.
But in the Vatnajokull National Park, there are remarkable formations in which the basalt crystals formed circular patterns from magma that cooled from all sides concurrently,
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
We visited a small fish shop in Haugenes, a very small village on a fjord in the north of Iceland.
The owner is the third generation to operate the fish shop. He gave us an excellent -- and often humorous -- history and explanation of the ways in which cod fishing has changed in Iceland over the years.
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Monday, August 28, 2023
Godafoss is one of Iceland's best waterfalls, a short but wide waterfall fed by the glacial Skjalfandaflioti River. Impressive as Godafoss is, we are told that the one we will see tomorrow is much higher and wider. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Sunday, August 27, 2023
First full day in Iceland. We visited two nice waterfalls in the southeastern part of the country.
Seljalandsfoss looks pretty standard from the distance. But, get closer and you can see the force with which the water smashes into the pool below. And this waterfall's special feature is a small cave behind it, which permits visitors to have the unusual experience of seeing the falls from behind.