Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Bit of a Snotty Night...

It started snowing again this afternoon, continued into the night, and then, if that wasn't bad enough, it started to rain.  Yikes!  We were supposed to go to a meeting tonight, so I went out and cleaned off my car, and started the engine to defrost the windows.  My car was parked at the end of the driveway, behind Kathy's car, and when I walked away from it, I saw this interesting lighting.  So I went in and grabbed my camera.  The phone rang, and the meeting was cancelled, so we lucked out.  If you click on this and get a larger image, you can see the rain in the headlights.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Movies - Not Like Los Angeles!

It was Monday night so we decided to go to the movies, to see "Still Alice."  Julianne Moore won an academy award for "Best Actress" for this film.  We were kind of early to the theater, and the multiplex seemed empty, except for one person in the ticket window, and one person accepting tickets for the whole place.  We went into the theater, and there was no one else there!  So I thought this would be funny to take a picture showing this.  Before the film started one other couple came in.  That was it for the audience.  In Los Angeles, we have to call and reserve a seat and buy tickets before arriving at the theater.  Some difference!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You Have Probably Been Wondering...

...how the demolition has been going.  It has been going well.  The section of the building on the right is getting shorter and shorter.  And the section of the building on the left is getting completely hollowed out.  It will be really interesting to see what they do next to the left hand building.  I drove by the building in a light snowstorm today, and I loved the atmospheric effect that the snow has created.  This photograph is quite different than any other that I have taken from this vantage point.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Iconic Scene

We went up to Milford, Connecticut today for a baby shower.  That is a ladies only affair, so I needed to find something to do while the party was going on.  First I went out photographing.  This is the iconic view of the First United Church of Christ, and the duck pond.   I have been photographing this scene since I first started using a camera when I was in the 6th grade.  Of course back then I was only shooting black & white film.  If you own a camera, and live in Milford, you have photographed this scene.  I have posted a photograph of this before, during warmer weather, but today both the pond and the waterfall were frozen.  So I posted the black & white as a memory of my beginnings, and I have also posted the color image.  You can pick your favorite.

Friday, February 27, 2015

What is She Looking At?

This Bebe and today she hopped up onto my chair and just sat there like this.  For maybe ten minutes or so.  She sleeps in my chair sometimes, and so she usually jumps up, and then turns around a couple of times in a little circle, and then lies down.  But I have never seen this.  I can't imagine what she is looking at.  Ah, the mysteries of cats...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After The Ice Storm

This is one of the photographs I took a couple of days ago when I spoke of going nuts because there were photographs everywhere I looked!  This is the iconic Japanese maple in the driveway, of course, and I found even more photographs when I walked down to the frozen harbor.  It is fun to find so many photographs so easily.  Usually this is a tough time of year to come up with interesting images.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Collimation Lecture

At our astronomy meeting tonight, we had a lecture on how to collimate a Newtonian telescope.  My friend John, standing at left, was the lecturer.  He is a master Amateur Telescope Maker and mirror maker.  "Collimation" is the process of aligning the optical elements in a telescope for the best performance - in the case of a Newtonian, the two mirrors which make the telescope work. Here John talks with another member, as a third member, in the foreground checks the alignment.  I love this photograph because there is so much going on in it.  This is about the most action you are liable to find in one of my photographs!