Most Ancient Cemetery

Every small New England town has one. The ‘Most Ancient Cemetery’. Which is exactly how the town sign will read too.

The one near me is dated around 1712 – 1713. We consider anything pre-revolutionary war old. I’ve seen sites dating back to the 1300’s yet this still seems ‘ancient’ to me.

Most Ancient Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Most Ancient Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

There was definitely a style to the headstones in the early to mid 1700s.

Most Ancient Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Most Ancient Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

It’s probably a bit morbid but I find these old grave stones fascinating. I have a headstone photo hanging in my office I shot well over 30 years ago.

At least I’m consistent.

B-29 Bomber Art

From pin up girls to the Sunday comics WW II B-29 bombers had art work on the planes somewhere. There are only 22 bombers left now, just 1 can still fly.

The following photos are from reproductions or renovated planes.

B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge

All we needed was the Andrew sisters or Glenn Miller playing while we photographed these.

This old photo of ‘Raidin Maiden’ displays a good example of the quality of the art in the field at the time.

Raidin Maiden - B29 Bomber WW II
Raidin Maiden – B29 Bomber WW II

Each painting always included the number of bombing runs and operations the plane participated in.

B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge

The New England Air Museum has an incredible collection of this folk art, as well as one of the few remaining B-29’s.

B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge

 

Essex Salt Marsh

Salt Marsh Essex Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Salt Marsh Essex Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Shot using mid range ND Grad filter.

Salt Marsh Essex Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Salt Marsh Essex Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Salt Marsh Essex Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Salt Marsh Essex Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Like most photographers I have relied on post processing to apply any filters needed for sky, water, etc. I had forgotten the difference since I no longer use film.

Of course I tried various colors and strengths. The basics still work best.

Last Of The Hummingbirds

It is now August, a dry and hot month in New England. While it may seem early to say the Hummingbirds are leaving anyone that photographs them can see the decline in numbers already.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Many of the males have moved on already. In any given group of birds you might find a single male.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

The flowers here have gone by or are starting to. The woods still have the small wild flowers, however Hummingbirds burn food so fast they often eat 1.5 to 3 times their body weight in food per day! In order to gather enough nectar, they must visit hundreds of flowers every day.

When they leave New England they keep going south until they hit Mexico or Central America. With a trip like that they probably should have left some time ago.

 

Warning, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear In The View Finder

The Valley Railroad Company tracks run by one of the marshes we like to stop by.

If we time it right it’s possible to stand by the tracks and capture a few nice shots as the train rolls by. In distance we will hear the old whistle in time to walk down the road.

Steam Train Passing Through Deep River Connecticut
Steam Train Passing Through Deep River Connecticut

More than once I also heard the whistle warning me to back off the rocks and get out of the way.

 

 

Contrast And Grain

Some images don’t fit a current theme or subject, or maybe they just stand on their own. I have taken many photographs because the subject felt right, but the photo needed to be put aside for a future article.

I think these fit into that category. I do like the feel of each one. Color detracts from the pictures here, it’s all about ‘Contrast and Grain’.

Please click an image for a larger view to display the small details.

Connecticut State Library
Connecticut State Library

Light brown stone and water stains give the statues of learning on the Connecticut State Library a softer tone than the stark and glaring brightness seen on a sunny day.

Country Barn In Monochrome
Country Barn In Monochrome

An old and weathered barn in a monochrome look brings out all the feeling of the rough wood.

Old Pier Window In Black And White
Old Pier Window In Black And White

When this window photo was viewed in color it meant little, a discard for sure. However, after it was processed in a black and white the rain splattered dirt, cob webs, and even old insects were completely clear. I’m sure this is one you either love or hate. I have had both reactions evenly.

Pier Pylon In Monochrome
Pier Pylon In Monochrome

Last here is a simple pier pylon waiting for one of the tall ships usually tied up here in the Mystic repair yard. There are a few hints of color, everything is low toned.

Comments are available on this article and I would be interested to see if I am the only one who likes this type of work.

 

 

 

 

Picture Perfect Pose

Great Egret Connecticut - Click To View Full Image
Great Egret Connecticut – Click To View Full Image

Pose:  ‘to assume a particular attitude or position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn’

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Great Egret Connecticut – Click To View Full Image

Preen: ‘to swell with pride; gloat or exult’

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Great Egret Connecticut – Click To View Full Image

Pompous: ‘excessively elevated or ornate’

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Great Egret Connecticut – Click To View Full

Great Egret: ‘all of the above’

 

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