June 21st, 2012
Alarms went off at 4am. We had to be in Danbury at 5am to load up the kitties and head over to Denny’s for breakfast. After a late start we hit the road at 7am.
New York went by quick. Craig and I were the follow car; reporting back about any swaying issues with the trailer and acting as guides to when it was safe to switch lanes. All was going pretty well.
Then we entered Pennsylvania. Where do I begin…carnage is a good start. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much road kill consistently along the side. Construction, holy crap they closed a lane every 30 minutes or so.
First, drunken cone placement. They were all over, never actually on the white line. Tractor trailers kept knocking them over and sometimes they’d flip back into traffic. One proceeded to flip right out in front of the Civic with no time to change path and I hit it. Gratefully no damage.
Jersey barriers and one of the scariest part of the trip so far. My family has their SUV on a tow dolly behind their 26′ moving truck. We had to pass through a section of construction with jersey barriers and the moving truck kept swaying back and forth with the two dolly fish tailing behind it. Craig and I watched as this all happened, gasping and trying to figure out to how to say something without making the situation worse. Several times mere inches were between a jersey barrier and the tow dolly.
But wait there’s more…a story could not be complete without some furniture! At a completely random point where the cars on the road had thinned, we came up on what looked like a big piece of rubber from a tire. No, it was a wooden chair frame right in the middle of the lane. I reacted quick and no damage done.
Now the scariest part, a FedEx tandem tractor trailer. He came up in the fast lane, hovered near my Mom and Dan in the moving truck, passed them and proceeded to leave a very strong wake of air which violently rocked their moving truck from side to side. The tow dolly twisted with each severe sway. Balance was recovered and we lived to make it to Ohio.
I can only hope this was the “working the kinks out” start to the trip. We’d really like to make it to Arizona alive and in one piece.
The day finished off nicely though. We all visited with old family friends from Ohio at a nearby restaurant and got treated to a vintage car groups meet at our hotel.
…and now for some much needed sleep.
August 5th, 2010
We spent the weekend, courtesy of friends at a beach rental in East Lyme/Niantic. It was a nice break from life and great times with friends. Our friend’s kids kept Craig busy wanting to play games and go exploring. While at the beach Dunkin Donuts flew their banner over head several times.
It was really peaceful to be in a private community where you can walk around, leave the house unlocked, everyone waves and says Hi, and people follow the speed limit. There was also something rejuvenating being near the water and having the expectations lowered significantly for two days. More photos on Flickr.
July 25th, 2010
April 22nd, 2010
April 17th, 2010
In my efforts to lose weight and get my health back, I opted for an impromptu hike nearby last weekend. We’ve tried to hike at Black Rock twice before but our timing wasn’t the best (frigid winds in the winter). I came armed with my map found at the CT DEP‘s site. We headed up the blue trail on the western side of the park.
As usual with CT, it starts off gradual for about 50 feet and then up! This is a deceiving “short” hike. The funniest part was on the way back down we passed several people in their 20-30′s who said, “good grief I feel old”. I’m guessing too many of us sit behind our desks and computers too much. Then there was one guy who was pretty lean and limber and was doing the loop, up and over the mountain and back down, he passed us 3 times. Pretty damn impressive.
I’ve kept up with eating vegan and exercising minimally 3 times a week. My total weight loss is 12 lbs so far. My short term goal is another 8 lbs. The next goal is 45 lbs from that point. The final goal is another 25 from there. I’m sure there will be plateaus and I’m preparing already to mix things up.
October 3rd, 2009
September 18th, 2009
Wednesday had an unexpected downpour in the afternoon, right when Kelly and I were supposed to be meeting to shoot photos at Southford Falls. It didn’t look like it was going to pass in the next 15 minutes so we opted to reschedule. By the time I got home it was dry and I decided to head down there after dinner.
The park was empty and I was trying to beat the setting sun, but I’m very happy with the photos and how they came out.
All of the photos I shot were with my tripod, a wireless remote and a neutral density filter. The photo settings were all the same as well, f/22 for 30 seconds at 400 ISO.
May 11th, 2009
Last weekend Craig and I picked up sandwiches and headed up to Topsmead State Park for a walk and to enjoy the sunset. The last time we were up there, I drove my car through a good foot+ of mud and there was snow/ice mounds.
Now the grass a luscious green, the plantings haven’t come in yet, but the trees were in full green leaves. We explored a section of the park we hadn’t been to. I can’t wait to go back with my bike, and ride this never ending road.
There is a beautiful stone wall that runs the length of this road on either side. I loved the old trees.
We headed back to the main house to enjoy the sunset from the back porch. There were people playing frisbee and families enjoying the grounds. As the sun started to set, I realized there was this beautiful glow off the windows.
I’m finding it very hard to capture a sunset straight on, I need to read up and experiment more. Before we left I walked up to the big apple tree and noticed the silhouette it’s branches made. I like how the branches resemble a printed pattern.
We walked back to the car in the dusk light, and I snapped this one last shot from the parking lot.
If you live in the area, I can not recommend enough visiting this park.
April 19th, 2009
Several weeks back my photography friend’s, Shanna and Kelly, decided it had been too long since our last photography field class. Sadly enough, Shanna couldn’t make it today, but Kelly and I headed over to Harkness Memorial State Park to shoot photos. I went to college on this side of the state and discovered this park with Craig while driving around and exploring the area. Since that time I love to come over and visit. There’s a mansion on the property, gardens, a long stretch of lawn and ocean front.
We decided to head over a little later and let the morning storm clouds pass. When we arrived it was sunny and a light breeze. Perfect for our photo walk. Craig kindly came along and allowed me to shoot photos of him. I am very happy with how the photos came out today.
I shot all of today’s photos with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 50mm 1.8f, Canon 100-300mm, Canon 18-55mm kit lense and tripod. I used primarily for the sky photos a graduated neutral density filter. I also shot, but not shown here, 120mm format black and white film with a Diana F+ camera. I’m hoping to work on those soon. I post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 2.0.
Processed with a Lithograph preset in Lightroom.
HDR of the park from the ocean side.
Craig coming to get me.
April 1st, 2009
I’m pleased to have been invited to a local photographer’s gallery showing. It’s a funny story how I met Ted… I was in Southwest Harbor, ME last summer, shooting the harbor full of boats and getting eaten by mosquitos, when I overheard the other photographer say he was from Connecticut.
We got chatting and discovered we only lived one road apart for a few years. I have yet to have a chance to take Ted up on going out for a photo walk, but I am very excited to be able to go see his photography at the Common Ground Caffe in Litchfield.
If your in the area please take some time and go see his beautiful work.