Tag Archives: The Connecticut shore

Babies In The Barn

Restoring Old Sailing Ship
Restoring Old Sailing Ship
Restoring Old Sailing Ship
Restoring Old Sailing Ship

Recently we went to visit the Mystic Seaport (click here for previous article) again. In one of the old ship restoration barns I noticed some fairly brazen swallows darting through the open doors. They zig zagged around people as only they can.

Baby Barn Swallows
Baby Barn Swallows

Up in the eaves small baby swallows lined up waiting for a meal to be delivered.

Baby Barn Swallows
Baby Barn Swallows

A scaffold for the restoration was available so we climbed up and photographed them in the queue.

My new Canon 7D mkII is amazing in these situations. I do love my older Canon 70D, but it could never have taken these shots.

 

Out In The Reeds

As the summer begins in earnest the trees and bushes make it increasingly difficult to photograph some places.

Some areas on the shore line in Connecticut have reeds and grasses that can grow taller than a person. It’s also impossible to tell where the solid ground ends and the water begins.

Male Osprey - Click To Enlarge
Male Osprey – Click To Enlarge

These shots were taken from a distance and on a trail that winds alongside marshes. Soon we might not even get to see this much.

Glossy Ibis - Click To Enlarge
Glossy Ibis – Click To Enlarge
Glossy Ibis - Click To Enlarge
Glossy Ibis – Click To Enlarge

Of course the alternative is the New England winter. For now I’ll peek through the weeds.

The Egret Dance

Some day I will remember to video the dance and not shoot just stills.

Dancing Snowy Egret
Dancing Snowy Egret

For anyone who has not seen this let me explain just how foolish this can be.

A big white bird jumps in the air and screams a loud ‘croak’.

Landing in the water they do the Michael Jackson ‘moon walk’ backwards (or forwards depending on how you look at it).

Egrets knees bend forward, not back, so the dance and wiggling toes stir up something to eat.

The loud croaking is probably because it’s so much fun.

Couple A Icons

Monochrome Converse All Stars Coca Cola
Monochrome Converse All Stars Coca Cola

Found sitting on a seawall along the Connecticut shore.

I want to thank who ever left this for others to find. For some time I have been working on a series of images to be presented as American icons and have been stuck in a rut. Help was just sitting by the ocean.

I’m pretty sure these will be among the first images added to our new web site and on-line gallery.

Seaside Sanatorium

The Seaside Sanatorium in Connecticut was first opened in 1934 and was created for the care of children with tuberculosis. Please view this Seaside history page for details.

The architect Cass Gilbert designed the main buildings. He was also responsible for the US Supreme Court building, the Woolworth building in NYC, and many other well known museums.

Seaside Sanatorium
Seaside Sanatorium
Seaside Sanatorium
Seaside Sanatorium

All the property is currently owned by the state of Connecticut and in serious disrepair. Seaside is a collection of incredibly beautiful buildings sitting right on the water.

 

A Panoramic Scene

I have not needed the extra wide fields of view offered in a panoramic image often. Having a wide angle lens has allowed me to take some pretty expansive photographs. I was in love with that all on its own never considering panoramic shots.

The building in this image is huge and offers a full unobstructed view since it is right on the water front. The heading on this page actually cuts off  part of the image it is so wide.

Below is a panoramic shot of the building. This is 2 photo images merged into a single picture. Both of the master images were taken at 18mm (wide angle) even before they were ‘stitched’ together.

Please Click For Full Image
Please Click For Full Image

Since the original images were so wide and the color sparkling I couldn’t help myself from making a few ‘enhancements’.

This building is part of Seaside Sanatorium a long closed medical facility. The buildings are on the National Registry of Historic Places., and were designed by Cass Gilbert the architect of the US Supreme Court building.