Saturday, October 21, 2017

Faces in the Center

I carried my camera in West Hartford Center.

Mary was having a professional "branding" portrait photograph made as she sat outside Treva.

Like many photographers, Heather doesn't like having her own photograph taken. 

I like it when an outgoing person sees my camera and "volunteers" to be photographed.
Dave is a funny guy who refuses to give honest answers to questions.
"Q:  What did you do for a living?"  "A:  I was a criminal."

Bill is Dave's more serious friend, a retired lawyer. 
You can make your own joke about lawyers and criminals.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Big House

Driving in Farmington, I caught a glimpse of this place over my shoulder, so I doubled back.
Not sure what I would do with all of the rooms.

Visit Weekend Reflections for more photos with reflections.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween at the Pond House Cafe

The operators of the Pond House Cafe in Elizabeth Park have quite a fondness for Halloween.
Every year they add more skeletons and tombstones to their displays.

This year they have a big cemetery between the restaurant and the pond.  The tombstones have puns like "Doug Graves," "Clara Voyant" and "Dee Cayed."  It is their business, of course,
but I wonder if all of the skeletons bring more diners into the restaurant.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

State Capitol and The Other End of a Horse

The State of Connecticut has a $3.5 billion deficit and has gone 109 days without a budget.
The governor and the legislature aren't even meeting or talking about it.

The State Capitol and the other end of a horse seem appropriate.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ship of State

I can always count on this guy to put on a big Halloween show on his lawn.

Matt Warshauer is a history professor at Central Connecticut State University who thinks
the American ship of state is in trouble.  On every pirate ship, someone walks the plank.
On his, it is James Comey.  A DACA student is next.

The Mad King is (kind of) in charge of the ship.  He is rigged to breathe smoke, 
but not when I was there.

Monday, October 16, 2017

We Heart Local

The locavore philosophy -- favoring locally sourced foods -- has caught hold in many places.  It is especially strong in New England.  I stopped for lunch recently at The Popover Bistro and Bakery.

There was a simple menu for breakfast and lunch, featuring vegan and organic foods.  
I liked the blackboard that showed where most of their foods came from.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Tommy's Tattoo Convention is taking place this weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center.

I went by on Friday afternoon, before the convention began.  Sarah and Mikey were hanging out.
Sarah has numerous tattoos, some reflecting her Buddhism and others based on Goth-style
movies that she likes.  Mikey has a fascinating left arm illusion tattoo, 
with skulls that morph into human figures. 

Sarah, Emily and Mike are tattoo artists from Philadelphia.  Their tattoos don't have any specific meanings.  They just liked the art and thought the tattoos were cool.

Cory is a tattoo artist from Groton, Connecticut.  He was fine with being photographed,
but he is a man of few words and didn't want to talk about his tats.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Organ music filled the empty Trinity College chapel.

An organist, Thomas Ospital, was rehearsing for a performance last evening.

Bach.  Mozart.  Fauré.  Debussy.  An original composition.  It must have been heavenly.

Thomas Ospital is organiste titulaire at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris and organist-in-residence
at Maison de la Radio (Radio France Music Hall).

Thursday, October 12, 2017


The kitchen garden behind the Pond House in Elizabeth Park is deliciously overgrown
as the end of the growing season approaches.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Austin Organ

Founded in 1893, Austin Organs Inc. builds pipe organs using the Universal Airchest System developed by John T. Austin. The longevity and reliability of an Austin Organ speaks to his ingenuity; many of their instruments from the late 19th century are still in use today.
The factory is a big pile of red bricks on Woodland Street in Hartford. 

Everything is designed and manufactured on-site, from scratch.  Curt gave me a tour.
This is the room where lumber is received and planed into lengths for further tooling.

The cabinetry for a big organ commissioned by a Houston church is being crafted here.
This one is perhaps two floors high and the equivalent of six big rooms.
It takes about a year and a half to build the organ, which costs nearly $2 million.

Two men meticulously finish parts of the pipes by hand.

 Three women attach leather to wood blocks.  The organ's pedals will make these parts expand and contract, operating some of the keys.  (Or something like that . . . don't hold me to the details.) 

Dan does the voicing.  When he receives them, the pipes are just metal cylinders.  They make screechy noises.  When he finishes, each makes a clean and distinctive note of 
the desired pitch and tone.  Very cool to listen to a before and after.

The factory is a fascinating blend of old and new.  Many of the machines date back to the 19th century, but the planning and execution is guided by sophisticated engineering and technology.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Elmwood Community Church

The clouds framed this simple church quite nicely.

This photo is from last week.  The remnants of a tropical storm are expected to arrive today.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

You Are All Welcome Here

Pretty nice way to communicate this church's values, don't you think?

Immanuel Congregational Church, Farmington Avenue, Hartford.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dan and Estelle

Dan and Estelle are from North Carolina.  They were in Hartford for the wedding of her best friend from childhood.  And, of course, the whole wedding party stopped in Elizabeth Park for photographs.

Friday, October 6, 2017


A gable and a dormer of a Victorian building on Hartford's Farmington Avenue.

A brownstone Richardsonian building on Hartford's Main Street.

Hinges on the door of a church on Asylum Avenue in Hartford.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


I wandered through The 224 EcoSpace, a community building at 224 Farmington Avenue in Hartford.
A very nice portrait exhibition was hung in a meeting room.  No information about the photographer.
It was a quiet time of day with few people around to ask about it.  I need to go back.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

West End Again

I like driving through Hartford's West End on a nice day and enjoying the variety of the homes.