Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Park Walks: Lakewood Park

Waterbury, Connecticut

Lakewood Park, at the south end of the Great Brook Reservoir, is a quiet place in winter. I get the impression that it's quite old and may have had more activity in years past. A bit of looking around online shows that it's still a popular spot for swimming from the small beach in hot weather. Still an interesting place to explore on a cold December morning.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Park Walks: Silver Sands State Park, 12/23/17

Milford, Connecticut

Silver Sands turned up in my map-searching for southern New England parks, one of only a few shoreline parks on Connecticut's Long Island Sound coast. When I arrived there was rain and sleet with temperatures just above freezing, but the light was fascinating—dark but somehow glowing. Exploration was limited to half an hour or so. I had a rain jacket, but not enough insulating layers to fight the conditions for very long. Still an interesting walk around the park, a destination to return to in other conditions.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Years Day Concert

Washington, Connecticut

The New Years presentation by the Washington Friends of Music, a concert by the New Baroque Soloists.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Park Walks: Burr Pond State Park, 11/30/17

Torrington, Connecticut

A cold morning with ice on the pond, along with late autumn fallen leaves.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Park Walks: O'Sullivans Island, Part Two

Derby, Connecticut

An old railroad bridge crosses the Naugatuck River just a few hundred yards north of its merge with the Housatonic. Both rivers were industrial corridors in times past. Now there's some urban renewal here and there but little industry remains.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Park Walks: O'Sullivans Island, Part One

Derby, Connecticut

A chilly morning, 12/317, under a heavy overcast sky with temperature just above freezing. Recently I'd noticed that O'Sullivans Island had been reopened as a recreation area after being closed for years during environmental cleanup. It's actually a peninsula, not really an island, that extends into the water at the junction of the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers.

The water was high and there was quite a bit of flooding along the shore and some interior areas of the park.

There's a free-access boat launch adjacent to the park area and fishermen frequent the island as well now that it's open, but there are issues about the fish in the Connecticut rivers with their history of heavy industrial development and pollution.

The mirror surface of the water echoed the ominous deep overcast late morning light.

[more to come]