The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will play for the NFL Championship at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February, 2, 2014. The week leading up to big game turns into a media circus and for the football fan the NFL has created the largest “Fan Festival” by blocking off over a dozen city blocks in Times Square with a variety of events. I will try give a glimpse of the things I encounter along the way with a series of Instagram photos.
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Melissa Greenbacker can’t take a day off because of arctic-like temperatures. She has 20 calves to take care of at Greenbacker Farm in Durham. At 7:00 a.m., as the sun is just peeking over the horizon, Greenbacker dresses in layers and heads out into frigid 5-degree weather to care for her young charges who live in hutches next to the farm’s dairy barn. After giving them water, milk and grain, she cleans their hutches. To help keep them warm, she dresses them in jackets during the coldest months and gives them a double layer of hay. “I take better care of the calves than I do myself!” she said. ”You can’t do anything about the weather, so I just keep thinking about the warmer months to come.” As for the cows, they prefer colder weather. ”Over 70 degrees, they start to feel heat stress,” she said.
Greenbacker is a 12th generation farmer at the dairy farm that dates back to the 1720s. Originally located in Meriden and Wallingford, the Greenbackers moved to Durham in the 1980s to a 410-acre spread that straddles Rt. 68. A Cornell graduate with a degree in animal science, she opted to return to the farm after graduation rather than becoming a veterinarian because she loves working on the farm even though the work is hard and unending. But the weather? “It’s part of farming,” she said.
Berlin struck first after Michael Lathrop scored with 11:25 remaining in the first period against Farmington at Middletown high School Monday evening during their CCC soccer semifinal. Colin Cheesman scored the tying goal with 4:20 left and then struck the winning goal for Farmington with 34 seconds remaining in the second period for a 3-2 victory and Farmington will play RHAM on Wednesday night at Middletown High School for the championship.
Harvest days are ending, winter is drawing near, yet in between is surely the most special time of year.
They call it Indian Summer, and it seems to fit the bill, for it’s as if the Lord took a feathered brush and painted all the hills.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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.
The annual WILI Boom Box Parade began in 1986 when no marching band could be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade. Five weeks later, the “Boom Box Parade” concept was born as WILI plays the marching band music on the air, while thousands march and watch, loudly playing their radios or boom boxes.
I’ve known Wayne Norman for quite a long time, especially from my time covering the UConn men’s basketball and football teams, but I find Wayne to be in his element when he is the official or unofficial “Grand Marshall” of the Boom Box Parade. He is always leading the way and usually in some ridiculous costume but this year his butterfly outfit had a very simple and meaningful design on the back… Read More »
Many people have asked me “How do I take good fireworks photographs”. I usually tell them “You get lucky”.
Ken Sasso of Meriden is framed by exploding fireworks while capturing the image on his 4×5 view camera at the Middletown Fireworks Festival. To find out more on how to succeed in taking photos of fireworks… Read More »
Remember the drought of May? The rains of June have washed away that memory. The heavy downpours throughout the region have created flooding along the state rivers. Raincoats, sweaters and boots are the order of the day today but this weekend is expected to be gorgeous. Fingers crossed.
Brightly colored umbrellas popped up everywhere in downtown Hartford Friday afternoon brightening up a gray day as the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea barreled into town. The storm drenched states from Florida to Connecticut, causing some flooding and alternative plans for outdoor events. The storm was expected to leave 2-4 inches of rain before tapering off Saturday and a return to sunny skies.
Lloyd Allen, a farmworker for Johnny Appleseed’s Farm in Ellington, raises dust as he plows a field on Pinney Road in preparation for planting corn in the next few weeks. The lack of rain has made the dirt appear to be a pile of dust. Will it ever rain? The weather folks say tomorrow.