For today’s post, we’ll go back to the end of June when we as earthlings bore witness to the closest “super moon” of 2013 – or in more scientific terms the moon was at the perigee (closest to Earth) of its orbit while in the full phase. Honestly, it’s nothing truly rare, despite the Internet hype that usually precedes its arrival – it happens once about every 14 full moons. Even with the frequency of them happening, I wanted to photograph this event, but not just in the astronomical sense – I also wanted to include the railroad in the photograph. And one spot sprung to mind where it would be possible – the new Niantic River Drawbridge on the Niantic/Waterford town line.
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Over the summers here in Lebanon, the town library (Jonathan Trumbull Library) usually has events for the kids every week, ranging from crafts to movies to animal demonstrations to performers. This week’s act needed a little larger venue to perform some of his act – since it involved sharp objects and fire. So instead of the usual show in the lower level of the Library, it was moved outside onto the adjoining Town Green, giving him plenty of room to put on his show. And he sure did use it all…
Continue reading Bending Gravity at the Library
The Valley Railroad/Essex Steam Train in Essex, Connecticut is famous for their steam powered excursion trains along the Connecticut River (see some of my other posts on the Valley RR here). But they also offer other types of rail excursions – most as limited run specials like the Circus Train and Eagle Flyer. But there is another that they offer during most of their operating season – I’m referring to the Essex Clipper Dinner Train.
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Over the past couple months, The Lucky Frog in Willimantic, CT – a restaurant and bar – has started up an open jam session on Wednesday nights. With the venue 5 minutes from home, I managed to make it out to a few of the jam nights to snap a few frames, as well as consume a few beers, along the way. Intermixed in all of that were family, some old and new friends and great music to bind it all together. Oh, yeah, and some pretty good wings.
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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.
Continue reading Getting back into the swing of things…
The start of January 2013 brought some cold temperatures to Connecticut, and it also brought some vacation time to me. On the third day of the new year – a day that started out with the mercury diving to about 5°F – I decided to head out for some train shooting. And me being the glutton for punishment, I figured my first shot should involve a good 10 minute walk along the Thames River. What the hell, I was on vacation…
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Happy New Year everyone! To kick off 2013 I’m posting the final installment of my 2012 Photo Recap. This edition solely contains my night work on the Valley Railroad as they were running their hugely popular North Pole Express trains in the months of November and December. And to celebrate the new year, I’ve selected 13 photos from the various runs to feature in my final recap post.
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Part four of my five post 2012 photo recap – and this one will cover the last three months of the year. But wait, if this covers the last three months, what will the fifth installment include? If you recall in my first recap post (here), I mentioned the last one will feature my night photos along the Valley Railroad in November and December. But before we get there, here’s my six picks for the final three months of 2012.
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – October to December
And here we are, continuing on with the third of five installments recapping my favorite photos from 2012. My picks for the third quarter of the year include only one from my home state of Connecticut. The rest were taken in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – and two involved heritage units. I guess I gave away one of those shots with this post’s thumbnail to the left. Read on to find out what the other heritage unit is that I photographed – and, no, it’s not a Norfolk Southern unit either.
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – July to September
And we continue on with the 2012 photo recap, with this post moving onto the second quarter of 2012. During this three month span the subjects ranged from the usual railroad photos, to submarines, a new bridge, a locomotive shop and a two-day photo charter. So does that mean I’ll pick more photos? Read on and find out…
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – April to June