Getting back into the swing of things…

Hey everyone!  Yep, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here on the old blog.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out shooting – just the opposite!  Granted, I’m not out every day like I have been in the past – life gets in the way much too easily these days – but I have been getting out to shoot the railroading scene here in southeastern Connecticut from time to time.  While I continue to collect my thoughts, and decide what to post up here next, I figured I’d put up a post with a smattering of photos from the first half of 2013.  Scroll on down, and check out 17 shots from earlier this year.

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The Houssy and Keystone Arch Trail

On Saturday November 6th we decided to take a ride to nowhere – no plans, no objective, just the four of us and a full tank of gas.  We figured we’d head northwest – the weather was supposed to be nicer out that way.  But even if it wasn’t we’d be out for a nice ride.  Even figured that we could bring the dog along for the ride – would be a nice change of scenery for her.

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A few new angles for Amtrak and the NECR

Part two of my catchup posts involves some new angles I scouted out on Friday – one was in the morning on the New England Central, and two were in the afternoon on Amtrak’s Shore Line – one in Niantic, and one in Old Lyme.

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Might be time to build an ark

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to…well, I guess you could drink this if you really had to (apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge).  If you’re anywhere along the eastern US coast, you’ve been subjected to days and days of rain.  Well, all that rain, along with melting snow up north, is causing us some flooding problems down here in the Nutmeg State.  Just seems to be water everywhere it shouldn’t be.

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Melancholy Monday

Today was a dreary, foggy, drizzly Monday, and one that I thought I wouldn’t get a chance to head out.  Well, some things this morning happened sooner than I th0ught, and some other things happened later, making the cosmic convergence possible.  OK, not cosmic, but, well, you get my drift – things fell into place.  Well, almost…

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Spring has sprung

Quick one tonight – actually the shot is from yesterday, the first day of spring.  The little one (Callie, age 5) called me over to see a crocus bloom in the yard yesterday before we went out for a ride.  So with it being the first bloom of the year, and the first day of spring, I grabbed a shot.

The first bloom of spring 2010
The first bloom of spring 2010
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Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
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Yesterday and today turned out to be gorgeous days spring days (actually felt a little more like the start of summer, but either way it was nice!).  Yesterday we worked around the yard, and today we took a nice hike up around Bicentennial Pond in Mansfield, CT doing a little letterboxing.  Photos from the hike will be coming in a day or two…stay tuned.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

Sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm

Today my wife called me at the office about doing something after work today with the kids.  A friend of hers told her about a place out in Griswold, CT that literally acres and acres of sunflowers.  I figured it would be a nice cap to the day, so she made sandwiches and I met her and the girls out there after work for a little picnic before we went out into the sunflower fields.  Plus, all the proceeds from the sunflower stuff was going to a worthy cause.

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Rainbow at the house

Tonight we had to go out to a graduation party in Glastonbury, and drove through that nasty thunderstorm (the one that spawned the tornado warning for the Willimantic area).  We must have gone through close to the middle of it – wind, lightning, torrential rain and near golf ball sized hail.  Anyways, after the party we made our way home, and as the girls were getting ready for bed, we had a nice little surprise.

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