Mayflower II comes to Mystic Connecticut

Yesterday the Mayflower II was towed into Mystic marina for repairs.

Usually she docks in Plymouth MA, surprise there. However Mystic marina and seaport have one of the few facilities dedicated to building and maintaining these old ships. In fact much of the work is done in the same way as 200 hundred years ago.

Size Perspective in Photography

In taking this shot it was hard to really see the size of the statue. This is in Koblenz Germany of Emperor Wilhelm 1 (1897). You can tell it’s big.  But how big?

Wil_1So you would look for a different point of view.

Wil_2It’s still a question on just how big. So again, a new location.

Wil_3This from the air.  Yeah it’s pretty large. Yet…

Wil_4Now you see. Around 1/2 mile away, up a small mountain, and the other side of the Rhine river. It’s big, no it’s really big!


The last two days multiple woodpeckers have been here. At first I didn’t realize there were several Red Belly’s until I looked closely at different shots.


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Downy woodpeckers are also pretty common here.  I did manage to catch one as she dropped out of a maple tree.


Red Belly Woodpecker
Red Belly Woodpecker

A Rail Line

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Recently while walking through Rocky Hill I came across part of the old rail lines. Some tracks are used, though not very often, and others are just there, in good order,  almost waiting for a train.

I had no idea the tracks were there and found them by taking a trail I never follow. I have not yet taken a very long walk following the tracks, yet. It is definitely on my to do list.


Yellow-bellied Sliders

If numbers were the deciding factor these guys would own the swamp. They are everywhere, in all sizes. Some are big, really big. I think they are the last choice for an alligator meal. But the smaller ones, well you get it.

Yellow-bellied Sliders - Click To Enlarge
Yellow-bellied Sliders – Click To Enlarge

The old platforms can be covered with them. It’s so common we tend to look past them now.

Yellow-bellied Sliders - Click To Enlarge
Yellow-bellied Sliders – Click To Enlarge

We do notice when they climb or balance in odd places.

TPJ Photography