Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Blue Hills

Back in the 1700's, this area of Connecticut was known as the Blue Hills.  I hadn't really seen the connection until this morning.  Hiking on Sleeping Giant, looking south to New Haven through the haze, the hills did have that bluish tinge that would have marked the area.

PHOTO FRIDAY - Primary Colors

Sunday, December 26, 2010

We'll leave the light on for you

Empty birdhouse just waiting for a tenant at the Broken Arrow Nursery Christmas Tree farm 
in Hamden, CT

Thursday, December 23, 2010

'Tis the Season

Christmas is a supposed to be a joyful and happy time, together with family and friends. While you're stressing out at work, running around shopping and planning dinners and parties and breakfasts after the parties, and, and, and ....    Stop a second, close your eyes.  Picture the crackling fire, the glittering tree, your favorite people all around.  Take a breath.

See?  Christmas really is your favorite time of year.

Monday, December 20, 2010


I was flipping through old photos (can you really "flip through" a memory stick?) and found shots from earlier in the summer - a fire out back on a cool evening, marshmallows on a stick for dessert.  The great thing is you can daydream a little watching the flames dance, and then when you're ready - S'mores!!  It doesn't get much better.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow Covered Dawn

It's scenes like this that get me in the mood for the Christmas season.

Winter day dawning near Ch√Ętel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland.  Driving into work, I came over a hill and around the bend to this view.  Street lights starting to twinkle off, roiling snow fog pulling back to uncover the town, the dawn light reflecting off the Church windows.  If you had the gear, this is where you would stop, set up and frame the perfect shot.  Or if you're like me, you just pull over, stick your Blackberry out the car window and snap the picture.

The day unraveled pretty quickly from there, but for a few minutes... Nice.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday Morning

While the photo isn't the best I've ever taken, I had to post the story behind it.  When my kids were little, they were up and ready to play much earlier than my wife or I would have liked.  Weekends, I got up early to feed and play with them.  And watch cartoons.  Well, the kids have grown and now we have kittens.  Kittens who think 5am is breakfast and play time.  So here it is, Saturday morning.  Up at 5:30, breakfast finished, watching cartoons.  And then it clicked, I've done this before.  Mighty Mouse - now that takes you back.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Winter's Near

Nothing like a quick snow to remind you what's coming (as if the short days and dropping temp wasn't enough).  A couple of inches in the early morning, then melted and gone from the streets and yards by afternoon.  Out in the woods, it hangs around a little longer.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Now or then?

Just a shed by the road.  Strip out the cars parked next door, the trash cans at the street, and it looks like this could have been taken years ago.  Does that make it a classic?
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