Near the end of August, I spent some time taking care of my daughter’s cats while she was on vacation. It’s an easy task. The cats are both male and we get some serious slug time in, lounging in front of the TV and eating. On the way to and from her condo, I have a short drive through a very scenic section of Farmington, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn’t well suited to photography, for a few reasons:
Congestion due to the fact that taking this road allows you to avoid a much more heavily congested road that is also under construction.
My seeking to avoid awkward questions from law enforcement.
The first two reasons are self-explanatory. The third reason, well remember, Norm has yet to establish a fund for bail.
Some of the photos in the gallery are beautiful old New England homes. Private homes, and I am always sensitive to the fact that those people probably don’t want someone leaning over their fence, poking through their hedges or turning around in their driveway.
Other photos include an almost perfect fire station. It’s almost perfect because the beautiful arched doors are modern construction, but actually arched. Most of what appears to be arched overhead (garage) doors are rectangular doors, set into an arched opening. If the doors were red, black, or perhaps blue, the fire station could apply for perfect status. The cream color goes well with the building, but I can’t get excited about it. I passed by the fire station on three occasions when the light was perfect, but a Farmington Police cruiser was in the parking lot.
About half of the doors are on buildings that are part of Miss Porter’s School. If you’re not familiar with Miss Porter’s, it’s a rather prestigious preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12. As you can imagine, walking around during the early morning or in the evening, pointing a camera at a building where they are housing, feeding or educating young girls, isn’t a good idea. I still haven’t received my official “Thursday Door Photographer” ID, so I’d be frantically trying to explain the phenomenon that is Thursday Doors.
“You see, officer. Each week, people make their way to Norm Frampton’s blog site. They look at Norm’s Doors, and then they press the blue button near the bottom and they are taken to a page where they can add photos of their favorite doors, or look at the doors added by others. It’s a thing, officer, really. Lots of people do it…”
In the early 1980s, I actually passed through some of Miss Porter’s doors. The school, not the lady. There was a real Miss Porter. Miss Sarah Porter founded the school in 1843, but she died in 1900. In any case, when I worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell, Miss Porter’s School was an audit client of our office and we held our summer outings on the grounds of the school. I sat and ate seafood, burgers, and corn on the cob and drank beer at the same tables as Gloria Vanderbilt, Edith Hamilton (“Mythology” author. I mentioned her in my post about poetry), Dorothy Walker Bush (mother and grandmother of Presidents Bush and Bush) and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Although, it’s hard for me to imagine any of those women slogging down a beer, well, maybe grandma Bush.
So, today’s gallery is chock-a-block full of drive-by photos which have been straightened, cropped and otherwise enhanced in Adobe Lightroom. I left out photos that I have of a very beautiful stone church, because I have high hopes of featuring it one Thursday. I think I can walk around and take photos of a church without drawing too much attention.