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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Birds In Blue Bird Bath - Photograph

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This is 1 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, CT this past week. The park map is here.

Miniature Windmill and Stone Lighthouse - Photograph

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This is 2 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, CT this past week. The park map is here.

Brown Redwood Building, Door, Stone House - Photograph

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This is 3 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, CT this past week. The park map is here.

House, Stone Throne and Stairs - Photograph

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This is 4 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, CT this past week. The park map is here.

Merritt Parkway Toll Booth Plaza - Photograph

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This is 5 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, CT this past week. The park map is here.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

"Purple Grape Girl" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was "Purple."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Faded Flowers" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Letters & / or Numbers."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"My Fair Lady" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy On Tree Stump" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Those are more photos of Teddy that I took during our trip to Putnam Memorial State Park a few weeks ago.

I'm using a tag that I made as my ticket into this week's T-gathering:

"Tea Time" blog post link  (<== click on that link to find larger version of below image)


The weather started out muggy, but by the end of the week it was gone, replaced by comfortable day and night temperatures.

I made an Ocean Bathing Beauty tag and postcard.

I made a few other postcards: Faded Woman, Cardinal, Strange Encounter, and Fairy Dolphin.

I went to the Grace Richardson Conservation Area, in Fairfield, CT and got photos of a spooky looking Halloween tree, foundation remains, and a possible calling card left by deviants. According to a news report about 6 people being arrested there for "lewd and sexual activity" in mid-August, "the park has been advertised on at least one “City Hookup Guide” site as a meet-up spot along with other Fairfield locations, including the Jefferson Street Commuter Lot and McDonald’s at the Interstate-95 Service Plaza. Police are continuing to monitor the locations and internet advertising."

A Google review of the park address was added recently, saying, "You may want to leave the kids at home." Which is an apt description, because what is meant to be a public location for everyone to enjoy, including children, has been turned into a quickie meet up spot for strangers. Two years ago, one of the men arrested in Fairfield had been arrested in New Canaan, CT for walking around naked at Waveny Park. He sounds like the sort of person parents would love to encounter while taking their children for a walk in a public park. (sarcasm)

Over the weekend, we watched Frantic (1988) (DVD), Dark Skies (2013) (DVD), The Apparition (2012) (DVD), and Haunter (2013) (DVD).

I'm late posting today because I was working on a cell phone flashlight App. I realized that what comes standard on some smart phones wasn't on mine, so I made my own App and installed it on my phone. I can now do ghost hunting at night using my cell phone for a flashlight.

"Fairy Dolphin" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Sealife."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, August 26, 2019

"Strange Encounter" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Halloween Tree and Spooky Woods - Photograph

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This is 1 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Grace Richardson Conservation Area, in Fairfield, CT this past week. The trail map is here.

This is a very nice wooded hiking area with a stream running through it. Unfortunately, deviants have decided to use it as a hook up location. In mid-August, police arrested six people here after conducting surveillance after receiving complaints of "lewd and sexual activity" in this open space area. Two of the people say they are innocent.

Foundation Remains / Rock Cairns In Woods - Photograph

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This is 2 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Grace Richardson Conservation Area, in Fairfield, CT this past week. The trail map is here.

This is a very nice wooded hiking area with a stream running through it. Unfortunately, deviants have decided to use it as a hook up location. In mid-August, police arrested six people here after conducting surveillance after receiving complaints of "lewd and sexual activity" in this open space area. Two of the people say they are innocent.

Path In Woods - Photograph

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This is 3 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Grace Richardson Conservation Area, in Fairfield, CT this past week. The trail map is here.

This is a very nice wooded hiking area with a stream running through it. Unfortunately, deviants have decided to use it as a hook up location. In mid-August, police arrested six people here after conducting surveillance after receiving complaints of "lewd and sexual activity" in this open space area. Two of the people say they are innocent.

North Pond / Vine Wrapped Trees - Photograph

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This is 4 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Grace Richardson Conservation Area, in Fairfield, CT this past week. The trail map is here.

This is a very nice wooded hiking area with a stream running through it. Unfortunately, deviants have decided to use it as a hook up location. In mid-August, police arrested six people here after conducting surveillance after receiving complaints of "lewd and sexual activity" in this open space area. Two of the people say they are innocent.

Deviant Calling Card / Hook Up Meeting Location Marker? - Photograph

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This is 5 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Grace Richardson Conservation Area, in Fairfield, CT this past week. The trail map is here.

This is a very nice wooded hiking area with a stream running through it. Unfortunately, deviants have decided to use it as a hook up location. In mid-August, police arrested six people here after conducting surveillance after receiving complaints of "lewd and sexual activity" in this open space area. Two of the people say they are innocent.

When I noticed this bright yellow Callaway 4 golf ball on the ground in the woods, I didn't think anything of it, because the northeast part of this area is bounded on two sides by a golf course. One of the accused even claimed, "We used to take the children to go find golf balls years ago when they were little," which is what prompted me to take the photo. It wasn't until later, when I went through my photos, that I noticed the actual writing on this golf ball, which included the word "Whore" printed on it.

While this might look like a "Photo Shop" image, it's not: I don't post altered photographs. So either someone who uses the golf course uses personalized golf balls and hit this one into the woods, or someone hiking in the woods left it here. Perhaps it is a deviant calling card, marking a hook up meeting location.

Friday, August 23, 2019

"Cardinal" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Birds."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

"Faded Woman" - Postcard

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I made the first postcard using the faded woman with paper tears on her. Then I found a higher resolution image of the same woman, which didn't have any flaws on her, so I used that in the second postcard. The background is the same for both. I think I like the first one better, because I intentionally made it look faded and worn, like the woman was.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Ocean Bathing Beauty" - Postcard

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I made this using the same images as this tag. The quality of the woman image was very poor, but I liked how she looked, so I used her anyway.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Ocean Bathing Beauty" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was "Anything goes."

This is my fourth entry for the challenge. The quality of the woman image was very poor, but I liked how she looked, so I used her anyway.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

"Tea Time" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was "Anything goes."

This is my third entry for the challenge.

I made this using the same images as this postcard.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy On Picnic Table" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Those are more photos of Teddy that I took during our trip to Putnam Memorial State Park a few weeks ago.

I needed a ticket into this week's T-gathering, so I made a tea art piece:

"Tea Time" blog post link  (<== click on that link to find larger version of below image)


The weather got progressively hotter and more humid this past week, culminating in a Heat Advisory for Sunday and Monday. Around 4:30 PM Monday (yesterday), a severe line of thunderstorms formed and came through the area.

Shortly before the storm reached my house, my cat became extremely agitated, worse than I've ever seen him react to a thunderstorm. I became concerned, because they say animals can sense weather danger. I accompanied him to the place where he usually hides, but at first he clung to my side as he paced around me while I petted him. At the sound of the first lightning bolt striking in close proximity, he scrambled under a piece of furniture where he remained hidden for the duration.

I thought the storm had passed, but he still didn't come out. Then another lightning bolt struck very close by, so he knew it wasn't over yet. Fortunately I didn't lose electricity. There was a lot of tree and power line damage in a large area of Connecticut, and some flash flooding on roads due to about 0.9 inches of rain falling in about a half hour. You can see all of the lightning strikes on this map, assuming the link works correctly and shows yesterday (update: the link isn't working correctly).

I had fun making some Storm Area 51 on September 20, 2019 postcards and a raid map: Alien Storm Troopers, more Alien Storm Troopers, an Alien waiting to be freed (what could possibly go wrong freeing him?), and an Alien and Flying Saucer. (If you haven't heard about "Storm Area 51" do a search on that phrase, and you'll find articles about it. "They can't stop all of us!" I'm not on Facebook or else I would've signed up to indicate I would be "attending" the event. However, I heard the Air Force didn't have a sense of humor, and the Facebook event page got pulled down by Big Brother.)

I made a few other postcards: Whispers, Celestial Woman, and Tea Time.

I also made some tags: Yellow Roses and Flower Girl.

Teddy and I went to Trout Brook Valley Preserve, but we didn't see any bears. The trail I took to try to reach a scenic overlook turned out to be too steep for me to navigate, so I had to turn back. But I did see a heart shaped leaf on the ground, and a tree that looked like one of the talking trees from The Wizard Of Oz. Teddy insisted he heard the tree mutter something about apples, but I didn't hear anything.

I think the reason why Connecticut (CT) has Black Bear warning signs, and places like New Hampshire (NH) don't, might be because Black Bears are slowly making a come back in this state, so we aren't used to them being around, especially in the southern part of the state, unlike NH, where they are used to them being around. (Back in June 2011, a mountain lion was struck and killed by a car on the Merritt Parkway near exit 55 in Milford, CT. Initially, the DEP claimed it was someone's escaped exotic pet, because there aren't any mountain lions in the wild on the east coast. However, "DNA tests came back and determined this cat had come all the way from the black hills of South Dakota.")

I saw another heart shaped object on the ground, this time a large rock at the beach.

I also took a photo of the moon this morning.

Over the weekend, we watched Gaslight (1944) (DVD), Black Widow (1954) (DVD), Dangerous Crossing (1953) (DVD), Call Northside 777 (1948) (DVD), Laura (1944) (DVD), and Village of the Damned (1960) (DVD).

I'm late posting today because of Teddy. I couldn't get on my computer for awhile because I found him using it, studying nautical maps and tide charts. When I asked him what he was doing, he said he wants us to go to Charles Island, to see the ruins there and look for ghosts. I told Teddy the island is only accessible from shore via a sandbar (tombolo) at low tide, so we need to find out how much time before and after low tide that sandbar is exposed for walking across, before we even attempt to make the crossing.

"Tea Time" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Butterflies."

This is also my ticket into Bleubeard and Elizabeth's T Stands For challenge found here. My actual entry for that is here.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Red Heart Rock - Photograph

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I took this photograph at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

This is the second heart I've seen this week, and the second time I almost missed it, because just like the first time, I needed to look down to notice it. Someone painted a red heart outline on this rock, highlighting the fact that it has a heart shape to it, which I never noticed before.

Waning Moon - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the waning moon this morning.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Thunder Storms Rolling In 16:13 EDT - NYC, NJ, CT tri-state area


It's getting very dark here. I can hear thunder in the distance. The above image was the radar map at 16:13 EDT (4:13 PM EDT) in Connecticut, USA. It looks like the Yonkers, NY has a heavy cell over it.

16:33 EDT  (4:33 PM EDT) radar:


Lightning map can be seen here.  Screen capture is below: