My Side Garden

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My Side Garden © Steven Willard

I have always liked the English country garden. Do you know what I’m talking about? Not the formal prissy things that need a full time gardener. No, I’m talking about the sort of garden one might find in front of a thatch roofed little place in some Cotswold village. The flowers would all be old fashioned, not something you are likely to find in the front pages of popular catalogs. The gardens always look just a bit disheveled, maybe “casual” is nearer the mark. I picture Miss Marple with an ancient trug* on her arm gathering blossoms for her table. The light is soft, just a slight breeze and the sound of a few bees working late as the sun starts to set on a late Spring evening.

*No, that is not a misspelling.

Olympus OMD EM5 with 15mm body cap lens. I processed the in camera black and white jpeg in PS EXpress and Snapseed. Can you tell I paid less than $20 for the lens? The gardeners among you will no doubt recognize that everything growing in my little patch is a weed, but aren’t they lovely?

Along the Housatonic River

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River Pothole, Kent Connecticut © Steven Willard

Just upstream of Bull’s Bridge, a covered bridge across the Housatonic River a few miles south of Kent, Connecticut, is a diversion dam operated by one of the electric companies. When the need arises they can virtually shut off water to the natural riverbed, and in the process, reveal a number of river potholes to the curious photographer. This is one of those locations that could keep a photographer coming back over and over, finding more potholes and perspectives, the limit being the alarm that sounds when they open the sluice gates and the sudden rush of water.

Pentax K10D with kit zoom.

Cabin in the woods

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Cabin in the woods © Steven Willard

Wouldn’t you like to have a quiet spot just big enough for one comfortable chair and a lamp to read by? Close enough to walk to easily, but far enough that you won’t be distracted by everyday stuff. No phone alllowed!

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Meeting House

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Meeting House, Washington, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Usually when I happen by this church, the doors are closed, but this time I was fortunate enough to find them open, and even more fortunate that the time of day was providing light inside.

Olympus OM-D EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 Pro. Processed in Snapseed.

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By the side of the road

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Roadside © Steven Willard

Roadside images are plentiful around here, I only have to “bother” to stop. This time what attracted my attention was on the other side of the road; fortunately I turned around.

Pentax KII5s, processed in Snapseed and Stackables.


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Boneyard © Steven Willard

When the electric company diverts part of the Housatonic River, this part of the riverbed is exposed and accessible; you just better pay attention and not get caught when they open the floodgate!

Canon G10 processed in Snapseed.

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The Little Things

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Little Things © Steven Willard

Sometimes it’s the little things we remember about a building. Maybe it’s the door handles, or the tile work in the bathrooms. Perhaps it’s the light switches or the cabinet pulls in the kitchen. These are the little things down at the human scale where we can touch them, and they often speak to us in ways that are more meaningful than tall columns or dramatic arches and domed ceilings. This ornate offering is a detail of a gate post I came upon in Washington, Connecticut.

OLYMPUS OMD EM1, 40-150mm f2.8 zoom, processed in PS Express and Snapseed.

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