It’s been so cold here in New England that I can’t even think of a halfway decent intro to this photo post. So, I’ll just leave some apropos lyrics by the King of Somewhere Hot, Mr. Jimmy Buffett — who, at some point prior to his caribbean coronation, suffed from the same bit of iced-up malaise which is affecting me right now.
Oh, I know
I should be leaving this climate
I got a verse but can’t rhyme it
I gotta go where it’s warm
– Jimmy Buffett, “Boat Drinks”
Warmer temperatures cannot get here soon enough. Stay warm, my friends.
Point Beach – Milford, CT (click for larger version)
Having a strong preference toward the summer months here in New England, I’d rarely call our recent cold snap “beautiful.” However, when I looked outside this afternoon and found the entire shoreline frozen with a perfectly clear sky as its backdrop, it was impossible to resist the urge to grab my camera. So, I suited up, waded through the 2-plus feet of snow, and heading down to the glacier, er, beach. While I’m still attempting return sensation to my extremities and thaw my frozen tear ducts, I think the experience was worthwhile.
While transitioning to a new calendar year, it’s common to take a look back and reflect on all of the happenings of the past 12-months. Sometimes you reflect on the earth-shattering moments that truly altered your life (good or bad). While, other times you realize it was some of the small, everyday quiet occasions that made the year so enjoyable. Of course, it’s quite another thing to stroll around the city and take notice of the literal reflections we often walk by and take for granted. This pothole caught my eye the other day. The water in it was somehow clean and undisturbed while the broken pavement formed a perfect frame for the reflection of the winter sky above.
Happy New Year to all of my friends and followers. May this year bring your many glorious moments to reflect upon.
Every city, large or small, has a soul. Nowhere in Connecticut is this more evident than New Haven. It’s a wonderful city with a wealth of culture supported by a vibrant arts, entertainment, and dining scene. And, while New Haven is a great place to see up and coming bands or sample new-age fare, it’s soul is truly powered by the past. Nowhere is this old soul more evident than on the campus of Yale University. Yale’s history can be traced back all the way to the 1640s, when the colonials made efforts to establish a college in New Haven, in order to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. Gothic architecture dominates the cityscape here and, against a gray December backdrop, these Old World structures bring about a sense were’re still surrounded by the souls of scholars from colonial times past.
It was a surprisingly gorgeous mid-December day here in New England. The sun was shining and the air was crisp, but not too cold. As such, I decided to take my camera out with me as I walked between meetings at my ‘day job’ and try to look at some of the usual sights with a more careful eye.
I’ve always found this sculpture fascinating. I don’t know if it’s just due to it’s uniqueness, or the odd dichotomy of such an artistic work being placed smack dab in the center of a federal building campus (when I think fed, I don’t exactly think style). The sculpture is by Alexander Lieberman and, according to the gsa.gov website, this is what Lieberman has to say about it:
In this sculpture, elongated cylinders recreate the loftiness found in Gothic cathedrals. Lieberman
intended the public to walk around the sculpture, and experience a sensation similar to what he felt
when he visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. “That is one of the reasons why I have called the
sculpture On High because I feel that the sense of physical elevation is associated with spiritual
elevation.” The red color of the sculpture provides a focus within the federal building as a point of
meditation and wonderment.
I have to admit, I felt some of that. But, more or less, I was just happy to be outside.
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right”
It has indeed been a long, cold, lonely winter. It feels great to get back outside and start shooting again. And what better way, I figured, than to head down to my beach and do some shooting. The image below is a 12-image composite I recently shot. The air was warm, the smell of salt water water permeated the atmosphere, and the seagulls & cranes each squawked joyously over their respective lunchtime catches of the day. I hope you enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed shooting it.
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While backing up and cataloging some files today, I came across this panorama that I shot nearly a month ago. I was out on the beach with my wife & nephews and a small storm started blowing in. It was just one of those fantastic moments of contrast: light was turning to dark, high tide was becoming low tide, and the warm summer day was being transformed by a chilling wind from the approaching storm.
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