The Bristol Parks and Recreation Department held their 3rd Annual Pooch Plunge at Rockwell Park Monday evening. About 30 dogs, and their owners, came out to cool off and take the plunge as a good way to end the summer season.
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Follow the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted two miles and discover the Indian Council Caves, a geological formation of giant boulders where legend has it that Native Americans held meetings there.
Large slabs of granite form a courtyard with gaps between the bolders forming caves.
I’m often asked this time of year what can I do to improve my foliage photos. I’m not really sure how to answer that since i do not take many “foliage” photos per se but what I try to do is incorporate them into my everyday photojournalism.
I also try to use the sun to my advantage and keep it at 90 degrees or more to my subject so that the color look more vibrant. Fortunately this time of year the sun never really gets high in the sky so almost anytime of day is good for photos. One of my favorite times to shoot foliage is after a light rain which seems to saturate the colors of the leaves and causes the shadow areas of the forest to go darker adding more contrast.
Two other useful tools that I would recommend are a polarizing filter and a graduated neutral density filter. I do not own or use either one but if you want better landscape photos I would highly recommend looking into them. The polarizer will cut down on the glare that can be caused by the sun reflecting off the leaves and will also add a richness to your sky. The neutral density will allow you to balance the overexposure of the sky similar to what a polarizing filter would accomplish.
More than a month after Norwalk native Peter Willcox was arrested by Russian authorities on a piracy charge during a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic, his wife, Maggy Willcox, talked to him on Monday for the first time since the ordeal began.
“He sounded strong and positive,” she said of her husband, the 60-year-old captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, which was towed to shore by the Russians. Dubbed the Arctic 30, 28 members of Greenpeace, plus a photographer and a videographer, have been in custody since two activists tried to hang a banner on an oil rig to protest drilling on Sept. 18. For the rest of Christine Dempsey’s story click here:
Wickham Park in Manchester was the setting for the CCC Cross Country championships Wednesday afternoon. Hall’s Ari Klau helped the boy’s team to the title and Tolland took home the girls. “We came here to have fun today and not worry too much about winning,” said Tolland coach Judi Lafontaine. “My girls are fighters and they don’t know how to do anything else but win right now.”
I retreated when I saw the dragon. Earlier I had visited the nearby Guida’s Restaurant for a coffee and ask directions to the Mattabesett Trail head, the waitress warned me of the bears and hunters, but not a dragon.
Peter Marteka, who wrote about the section of the Mattabesstt trail that crosses Beseck Mountain in this story, had told me he took that trail all the way to the old Powder Ridge/Powder Hill Ski area and back to his car in about three hours. So that was my goal.
I found that Peter walks much quicker than I.
After an hour of hiking, I had only just gotten to the main trail, which began its ascent up Beseck Mountain. Wandering off the trail twice didn’t help, and taking photo’s takes some time as well. While climbing up the hill, I turned back to make a picture of the path I had taken, and that’s when I saw the dragon pictured below.
Slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses nylon or polyester webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Many people suggest slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The line’s tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is usually flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping one’s footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for tricks and stunts. Slacklining has quickly become popular due to its simplicity and versatility and its ability to be practiced in a variety of environments. Those who participate in slacklining are often called “slackers”. -Credit Wikipedia
Beardsley Park in Bridgeport was the site for the 2013 North American Sieger Show where more than 200 World Class German Shepherds from all over the U.S. and foreign countries competed in a European-Style Ring Show. The three day event was held rain or shine.
Connecticut craft breweries have been popping up all over the state, to the delight of local beer lovers. Beermakers are exhibiting their brews at facilities around the Nutmeg State, offering tastings and tours and filling growlers for eager drinkers, Two Roads Brewery in Stratford is just one of them.
Nearly every day of the week, cyclists meet at bike shops around the state for a quick, or sometimes long, jaunt onto Connecticut’s well-worn paths and roadways.
Most are simple loops that stick to good biking roads. They have hills, though not too many, and some quirks: When biking in a group and approaching a new town, for example, it’s fair game to race to the town line.
“It’s all for bragging rights, and who has to buy the beer later,” said Matt Lawley, who manages Pedal Power in Vernon, which holds a evening ride on Mondays. “Everyone rides — that’s a big requirement for working here. And every chance we get to ride and share that with customers, it’s awesome.” For the rest of Brian’s story go here:
Thursday morning Harris “Bud” Neal led a group of State environmental officials, arborculturists, tree wardens, foresters and other tree service personnel through an area in Naugatuck that is infested with the emerald ash borer, an imported pest that has caused the state to quarantine at least three counties against movement of wood products.
A few things signal the changing of the seasons for me.
Crisp nights and brisk morning walks with the dog.
Sunsets and the start of the fall high school sports season.
Tuesday evening Conard and Berlin battled under the lights at Sage Park in Berlin where Matheus Souza led Conard with two goals in a 4-2 victory.
The CT DEEP’s upcoming Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Day reminds me of a fishing event I covered back in April, at the beginning of the 2013 fishing season, where Hartford children helped members of the DEEP stock the Keney Park Pond with fish. Here is a picture from that event, with more photos on the “VIEW MORE,” link below.
The upcoming event, to be held on September 28, 2013, is sponsored by the DEEP and Friends of Sessions Woods, and will be held at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington. For more information on that, click here.
It not surprising to see an African White lion in Middletown. Not if you know where to look.
A visit to Northeast Taxidermy Studios, in Middletown, is always an adventure. Owner, Joe Pitruzzello, has built a national reputation on preserving the majestic beauty of a hunters catch. Be it fish, big game, or small mammals, Pitruzzello has mounted them all. His custom style is to render the animals in the life like scenes they inhabit in the wild.
Pitruzzello worked on mounting this lion over a three week timeframe for a private collector out of Boston.
They fled their rural Burmese homeland and have since created an improbable urban oasis here in Hartford. The diversity of herbs, fruits and vegetables cultivated by the Karen People is impressive: papaya, bok choy, waterleaf, lemongrass, sorrel… An ethnic, persecuted minority also known as the Karen Tribe, this refugee community has taken root in Hartford.
The Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze in Middlefield opened for the season on Saturday. The maze, cut in the shape of a roller coaster, meanders through three acres of about 350,000 spectacular red and yellow sunflowers and is open daily until August 25. $1 of each admission is donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
For the third straight day members of the Connecticut State Police dive team have come up empty as they search the murky waters of Pine Lake in Bristol ofr evidence in the Aaron Hernandez murder case.
Investigators received information that they might find the weapon, which prosecutors say is a .45 caliber Glock pistol, used in the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd in the pond, according to an official familiar with the investigation.
The Smith Tree Farm Trails, in Canton, is a 64 acre preserve, located in the northwestern corner of Canton, and southern Barkhampsted. The trail winds around a steam and up a steep hill leading to a clearing with a wonderful vista. Click here for a trail map. This will be the next story in the Peter Marteka’s Connecticut Hikes. Click here for the link to Peter’s Connecticut Hikes page.
A family a bears wondering Arch Road in Avon, created an impromptu open-air zoo, but not of the petting variety. Most of the contents of an overturned trash bin had been picked over by the time I arrived on the scene, and the mother bear seemed to realize the commotion they were creating once the meal was done. With a glance to the line of cars, she led her young family back behind the home.
Rainstorms, that are said to be the worst in decades, have devastated areas of southwest China. Floodwaters have wiped away villages, caused landslides, and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. There have been at least 50 deaths and many people are still missing.