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Photographing Race Rock Lighthouse

The Race Rock Reef and Fishers Island is 2 miles off the coast of Connecticut, 11 miles from the tip of Long Island NY. Access to the island is either by boat (there is a small scheduled ferry) or plane.

As luck would have it my Brother In Law, Chris, happens to be a pilot with a plane. He was kind enough to fly me there. He might have taken a glance over to see the look on my face as he banked into the patch of sand.

Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse

The light itself is said to be an excellent example of 19th century lighthouse engineering. The foundation took 7 years to complete (1878)  and sits about 1 mile off Fishers Island. In 1837 there were 8 ships lost on this reef which is why the huge task of building the light was considered worth the expense.

The shots in this article were taken from the shore at the end of the runway which is closest to the light. We did walk quite a bit doing these different photographs. For full disclosure I will reveal Chris does provide folding bikes as transportation during his trips. In this case they would not have helped since we were in the sand dunes. Besides, after riding approximately 5 1/2 feet I had a positively spectacular crash and opted for the tried and true.

Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse
Cardinal
Cardinal

This was a great way to photograph Race Rock in spite of the bike incident and flopping around the runway. It also gave Chris a good story to tell.

 

 

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (2)

This is the second article on The Church Of The Good Shepherd, the Colt family church built in 1867. Click here for the first in this series of three.

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Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

Even shooting in darkness to capture the beauty of the windows the details and design here was amazing.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

When the Church was first built most all light was provided through the windows. The ceiling, every wall, and doorway contains a mosaic. Most all depict in some way the memorial to Sam Colt and his 3 young children.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

Since the church was closed to all but us we were able to move throughout the sanctuary to capture many different  perspectives.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

In the final article I hope to include at least one photograph of the Parish house which sits on the church grounds.

 

 

 

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (1)

In 1867 the Church Of The Good Shepherd was opened in memorial to Sam Colt, Colt Firearms, and their three decease children by his wife Elizabeth. Today the church is on the Historic Registry and still serves the people of Hartford Connecticut.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

The church building is close by to the original Colt factory building and Colt factory housing in downtown Hartford. It was designed by Edward Tucker Potter a well know architect at the time. Several others buildings designed by Potter are also on the National Historic Register.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

The outside of the church includes small design elements that represent the Colt family and their famous firearms.

Inside the church is like a museum of incredible stained glass windows, hand carved wood, and high arch ceilings.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

We were given the unique opportunity, and honor, of a photo shoot here. There really is no way to describe this beautiful building, but we have tried to show it through our photography.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

In order to display the remarkable stained glass, long views of highly polished wood, and the  awe-inspiring colors we shot in darkness using only the outside light filtered through the stained glass.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

We were able to capture much of the beauty of this church and a  series of 3 articles will be posted here.

Why I Photograph Wildlife

These photos are the answer.

I have several projects, some will be posted here, that are near ready for final post processing. None wildlife. So before I dig in I wanted to add these to the site.

I get great satisfaction from photographing a historic site, great architecture, or fascinating landscapes. However, I always come back to watching the birds and animals around me.

Leopard
Leopard
Really Strange Looking Bird
Really Strange Looking Bird

Even the slightly odd ones.

A Great Blue Heron At The Opera House

Around here most Blue Herons avoid people and busy locations. However this one didn’t seem to be bothered at all.

Great Blue Heron Connecticut
Great Blue Heron Connecticut

The Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam Connecticut, is right on the Connecticut river. There is a large restaurant next door, a busy bridge, and heavy foot traffic is normal. The Opera House is well known in the Musical Theater world having started many productions for Broadway.

However, being on the river and the marshes this is also the home to Blue Herons, Osprey (seen fishing right from the front door), and other wildlife.

Great Blue Heron Connecticut
Great Blue Heron Connecticut

This Blue Heron here seems to thrive in the marsh located behind the Opera house. I walked along the road taking these photos as he wandered around ignoring me and everything else around him.

Great Blue Heron Connecticut
Great Blue Heron Connecticut

Any other time we would need to be deep in the mud. But not here, at least for now.