Saturday, November 28, 2009

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – At last a crisp, clear late fall day.  This is the sort of day that gives seasonal weather changes a good reputation.  After struggling against against murky light for most of the week.  I spent the afternoon in Litchfield having lunch and photographing the town.  Tomorrow is supposed to be clear so I’ll come back for sunrise.  Today’s posting is from a walk in the woods a little latter in the day.

Birches Warren, Connecticut
Birches Warren, Connecticut

Friday November 27, 2009

NEW MILFORD, CONNECTICUT – Another grim, overcast day.  While driving on back roads from New Milford to Kent, Connecticut. I spotted an odd structure: a run-down wooden ziggurat.  I stopped to photograph it (despite the poor light).  As I was working a woman stopped her car and told me its story.  It was built by a man named J. Pol in the mid-1960s.  His teenage daughter became pregnant; the State of Connecticut alleged that he was the father and took custody of the daughter away from him; he denied it and built the ziggurat as a memorial to is life with her.

J. Pol Memorial New Milford, Connecticut
J. Pol Memorial New Milford, Connecticut

Thursday November 26, 2009

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – A family Thanksgiving dinner at home in Connecticut.

Thanksgiving is a busy time for me.  I’m the cook in the family so Thanksgiving takes a fair amount of effort on my part.  You can be assured that I actually do capture each image on the date indicated – at least one each day, but during this busy time I got behind up uploading.  Henceforth I’ll make every effort to post pictures within a day or two of the date they were taken.

Thanksgiving 2009
Thanksgiving 2009

Wednesday November 25, 2009

BETHLEHEM, CONNECTICUT – We drove to Warren, Connecticut, dropped groceries off and went to a pre-holiday party in Bethlehem.  The light at the party was much lower than I had remembered from last year – I had expected to shoot available light but fought a mostly loosing battle against darkness.

Party, Bethlehem. Connecticut
Party, Bethlehem. Connecticut

Sunday November 22, 2009

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – The Congregational Meeting House in Warren, Connecticut.  Warren was carved out of Kent Connecticut in the 1780s.

The Warren town website provides the following history: “Warren was settled in 1737 as part of the Town of Kent.  In 1750 a separate ecclesiastical society called the Society of East Greenwich was established and a church was founded in 1756. In 1786 Warren was incorporated as a separate town.
Even though for most of its history Warren has been an agricultural community, by 1810 Warren became known as an educational center with five private schools and an academy which produced 15 ministers and educators.  Over the last two and  a half centuries Warren’s population has fluctuated widely. By 1810 the town’s population had increased to 1100, but with the decline of agriculture and the local iron industry it reached an all-time low in 1930 with only 303 inhabitants.”

Wikipedia furnishes the following information on Warren: “As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,254 people, 497 households, and 353 families residing in the town. The population density was 47.7 people per square mile (18.4/km²). There were 650 housing units at an average density of 24.7/sq mi (9.5/km²).”

Warren, Connecticut
Warren, Connecticut

Saturday November 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, CONNECTICUT – Washington was established by the General Assembly of Connecticut in 1742 as “Judea”. Biblical names are common in Litchfield County – Bethlehem Connecticut is a neighboring town. The Congregational Church in Judea had its first meeting in 1741 in a log shed. A meeting house was subsequently built on the town green, completed in 1784; it was destroyed by fire; the present building was finished in 1800. In the late 17th century the name of the town was changed to Washington. The town cemetery is still named the Judea Hill Cemetery.

This is part of my plan to photograph every church in Litchfield County. I’ve selected an image for today that highlights the meeting house’s neoclassical detailing. I’m continuing to explore the quality of out-of-focus rendering.

Congregational Meeting House, Washington CT
Congregational Meeting House, Washington CT

Sunday November 15, 2009

NEW PRESTON, CONNECTICUT – Lois Conner, a friend and teacher, told me never to photograph in cemeteries. This image exploits the lovely rendering of the out of focus portions of the image possible with the lens that I’m using: the Lecia M 35mm Summicron.  Here’s a link to a listing of everyone who is interred in this cemetery: Interred in New Preston

Nancy Lee Cheney Calhoun, Nov 20, 1920 - January 11, 2000
Nancy Lee Cheney Calhoun, Nov 20, 1920 - January 11, 2000