St. Joan of Arc Church, Hamden

_DSC5842 (4)A brief moment in time…  It will seem like an instant; a place of healing, warmth and kindness.   I will never forget.  Six months, hardly long enough to become acclimated to a job.  But this is not an ordinary job.  I have the most beautiful, aesthetic drive between home and work.  Each day I pass Butterworth’s Farm and their grazing horses.  Returning to where I grew up.  The church is situated in a beautiful spot surrounded by woods.

Though it could end soon, I cannot say enough about the parish and people who built this church.  Their love, devotion and dedication to this piece of who they are.  This is personal, part of their lives to be treasured and shared.   Through the years, others came and shared and contributed to it’s  nature; but, the first group of parishioners were dedicated to their dream and many are still here.

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Litchfield County Sunday

We took a drive through Litchfield County on Sunday so Greg could checkout flyfishing prospects at the Housatonic River.  It was a beautiful day and we saw some interesting wildlife through:  Litchfield, Goshen, Cornwall, Salsbury;  especially, Under Mountain Road and River Road.  First the Buffalo Farm, then the Common Mergansers on the Housatonic.  Met a teacher from the Gunnery and we talked for a while.  Then further up we came across more Mergansers, Wood Ducks and what we think was a Mink.  I have been trying to get better photos of Mergansers and Wood Ducks who are very shy.  Unfortunately, they were all on the other side of the river.  Coming home, saw a Black Bear standing on a side road as we passed!  Greg couldn’t back up fast enough!  The bear had already turned and headed back up the dirt road (toward a house).  I did manage to get a few shots of him.  But so wish we were driving slower and I had gotten an instant shot of him.

Egrets and Osprey returning to Hammonasset

The Osprey have returned to Hammonasset and quickly began to stake out their nests.  It was impressive to watch.  Saw at least one Egret and it is safe to say Spring has finally arrived.  With all the rain lately, there was a beautiful Mallard couple enjoying their own little pond.  They were so busy feeding did not pay too much attention to anyone approaching.