The elevator is out of order

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Elevator is out of order © Steven Willard 

British Museum, New Haven, Connecticut, designed by Louis I. Kahn.

I-phone image processed in Snapseed

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One of my favorite spots

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Familiar site © Steven Willard

I think it’s safe to say that if you are a photographer and have spent some time in New York City, you have been here. Guesses?

Olympus OMD EM-1 with f1.7 20mm lens.

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The Russians were here

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St. Sergius Chapel, Southbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Just off Interstate 84, in Southbury, Connecticut, is a small collection of houses that look a bit out of place, and the focal point of that collection is this tiny Russian Orthodox chapel that was built in 1930, financed in part by aviation pioneer, Igor Sikorsky.

Churaevka, named after a mythical village in a book by George Grebentschikoff,  was imagined, along with friend Count Illya Tolstoy, son of Leo Tolstoy, as a getaway for Russian expats to get together in woods that reminded them of home. The cottages, laid out along streets with names like Russian Village Road, Kiev Drive, and Tolstoy Lane, were originally planned as a retreat for a collection of artists, writers, musicians and dancers who had managed to escape the revolution and World War I. Here they entertained guests like composer Sergei Rachmaninov and the actor Michael Chekov. In addition to the chapel and cottages, there was also a print shop built by Grebentschikoff, which published a Russian language newspaper.

The Historic District counts 46 buildings, some converted from summer cottages to year round residences.

In my numerous visits to the chapel, I have never been able to gain access to the interior. While I sometimes find the door open, there is a grill that keeps visitors out, that, and the dimmly lit interior, has thwarted my efforts to photograph the inside successfully. I haven’t given up.

Olympus OMD-EM 1 with Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.

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A break before seasons end

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Flag and Farmall © Steven Willard

It won’t be long before the tractor gets pulled into the barn for the winter

Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II with Zuiko f2.8 12-40mm Pro zoom, processed in Snapseed.

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How things are

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Not what we’re used to © Steven Willard

Greeted at the door wearing a face mask with hand sanitizer. It’s hard to feel welcome. This is Rhinebeck, New York today, streets blocked to make space for merchants to bring their goods outdoors and restaurant tables out on the sidewalks.

Olympus Pen F with Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed.

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Coleus

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Coleus in Black and White © Steven Willard

Surprising, the effects of black and white conversions.

Olympus OMD EMI MkII with Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro zoom processed in Snapseed.

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Another #10

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Another #10 © Steven Willard

If you live in England #10 might mean something else entirely.

Olympus OMD EM1 MK II with Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro zoom

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Nature takes it’s course

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Nature takes it’s course © Steven Willard

The town mows this field to the edge of a small hillock that separates it from the woods that grows on the other side of a river. It’s there that Nature is allowed to do as it chooses.

Olympus OMD EM-5 with Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro lens processed in Snapseed.

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Overhead

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Overhead © Steven Willard

Curious that on a recent trip to the garden center what I found most interesting was the roof of the greenhouse.

Ricoh GR III processed in Snapseed.

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Bronze Age

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Door Handle © Steven Willard

Near noon on a summer day, the bronze handle to the door of the church is warm, as though all the parishioners who have ever entered left evidence of their touch.

Olympus OMD EM1MkII with M> Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens, processed in Snapseed.

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