Tuesday, January 31, 2012


A flock of Canada geese take off from Paper Goods Pond, catching the golden light of the the setting sun as they go.
Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE (just minor adjustments)

Monday, January 30, 2012


At Whole Foods on Saturday, this jovial fellow was showing off the enormous halibut he was about to fillet. Halibut always reminds me of the summer of 1976, which I spent as a medical student doing an externship under the guidance of a family doc in Machias, Maine. It is a small town on the coast not far from the Canadian border, about as distant and foreign in anyway one can conceive from Brooklyn, New York, where I'd been living and going to medical school. I was boarding in a room over Joyce's Lobster House. My boyfriend (now husband of 32 years) came up to visit me. He had been born and brought up on the East Side of Manhattan in an Irish blue collar neighborhood, so this was exotic territory for him, too. We had dinner at the Joyce's the second night he was there. He ordered the hal-i-but. The formidable Joyce stalked out of the kitchen and announced to him, "Hawl'but? You don't want the hawl'but." I can't remember what Joyce told him that he wanted...but that's what he had.

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: Hipstamatic, Dynamic Light, PhotoToaster

Sunday, January 29, 2012


The New Britain Museum of American Art is an unexpected treasure in a weary post-industrial city. The first museum in the country to feature strictly American art, it exhibits works from the colonial period through the present. John and I are members, so we often stop in on for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

Top photo taken with iPhone 4s, processed with Simply B&W and BleachBypass
Bottom Photo taken with Canon EOS T3 with Lensbaby Muse, processed with PES

Saturday, January 28, 2012


The iconic white steeple of a New England Congregational church.
Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Friday, January 27, 2012


The granddudes are theoretically cleaning up the Legos after they dumped them all over the living room. Naturally, Mamo (that's me) found a way to make it fun--use a toy dump truck!

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: a few apps including TiltShift Generator...maybe also PhotoToaster, Dynamic Light, Bleach Bypass, and XProcess. I kinda lost track.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Objects/How I see, myself

How I see? Myself, I need these glasses. Without them, the world is just a soft, hazy blur. With them, I can see crisp detail and edges and glitter. I can see individual leaves and blades and stones, instead of a uniform fuzzy green or grey. I can read signs; and I can read books without bringing them right up to my face. AND I can take pictures! Without my glasses, photography would be impossible--I am way too nearsighted to be able to see what I might want to point a camera at with out them.

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: Hipstamatic, Magic Hour

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Even a relatively small waterfall, like the one that cascades over the dam that forms Paper Goods Pond, is tremendously powerful.

Camera: Canon EOS T3 with Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Monday, January 23, 2012


A woman hauls her luggage through the lobby of Hartford's Convention Center.

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: PhotoForge2, Dynamic Light

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blog problems

People seem to be having problems commenting on my blog. I'm hearing that a place to comment simply doesn't appear. I haven't changed any settings on the blog--and I certainly haven't disallowed any of you wonderful fellow challengers. Other Blogger people seem to be having the same issue, so it appears to be systemic. I don't know how to fix it. After over three years here, I don't want to shut down and start over elsewhere.

I know it's an inconvenience, but until it gets sorted out, I do post all the photos here over on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbaracoughlin/ and on Tumblr at http://bfcphoto.tumblr.com/

So if it isn't working for you here, please consider trying there. And thank you always for your interest.



The first seasonal snowfall fall of the year (we are not counting the freak nor'easter in October that brought down so many trees and paralyzed the state for a week.)

Friday, January 20, 2012


A few seagulls swoops over a street in Queens, NY.
Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: Dynamic Light

Thursday, January 19, 2012


An AeroGarden is agriculture on a very small scale. They are individual hydroponic gardens that come complete with lights--about the only way I can grow anything indoors in our house with its sparse ambient light. But they allow me to grow herbs, lettuce, flowers, chili peppers and cherry tomatoes all through the long, cold, gloomy New England winter. This is the edge of a leaf of Red Sail lettuce. The Red Sail is one of a few heirloom lettuces that I've got growing in the AeroGarden in our kitchen. (I confess to being an addict--I have seven of the things, six at home and one in the airless, lightless, soulless cube at my office.)

Camera: Canon EOS T3 with Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

City Life/The Office

Late afternoon light filters through the blinds from the office of one of the supervisors at the building where I work.

Monday, January 16, 2012


A stenciled direction that simply explains where you are and how to get out.

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: Hipstamatic, PhotoToaster

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Ours friends' granddaughters and a close family friend put on improv play called, "Popular Girls."

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: Hipstamatic, PhotoToaster

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Urban/City Life

Queens, New York.

Camera: iPhone 42 Processing: PhotoGene2 and a few other apps...I played so much I forgot which ones!

Friday, January 13, 2012


The frenetic movements of the chicken create a blur as it pecks and struts about.

Camera: Canon EOS T3 and Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Beginnings/Real Life

This is my brand new baby nephew, Derek, born this morning at 9:09 EST. I'm going to admit up front that I did not take this picture. My brother emailed the original to me not long after the little dude entered the world. I did the processing with the Iris app on my iPhone. I know this is cheating--but I wanted to show off the 13th grandchild of my parents' marriage and my children's 21st first cousin.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Urban/Stop sign

A stop sign reflected in a puddle.

Camera: Canon EOS T3 with Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Monday, January 9, 2012


Spindly trees cast fascinating shadows on the translucent walls of the walkway to the Medical Arts & Research Building at the UConn Health Center. Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: PhotoGene, PhotoToaster, Iris

Sunday, January 8, 2012


These are either sheep that look like goats or goats that look like sheep. Maybe one of each. Don't ask me to tell the difference--I grew up in New York City.

Camera Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Together, Aidan & I built a wooden racing car. He read the instructions, his little brother handed me the parts, and I wielded the screwdriver.

Camera: iPhone 4s. Processing: Dynamic Light, PhotoToaster, TiltShift Generator

Thursday, January 5, 2012


It's a new year, and all these people made all these resolutions....so the gym will be packed for the next few weeks.

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: PhotoGene2, PhotoToaster

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


This young man riding his bike seems to exemplify the dreamy moodiness of adolescence.

Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Monday, January 2, 2012


This is the beginning of a long, long , LONG line at LL Bean today. It seems they melded returns in with sales, so the end of the line snaked around the store. We had no idea it would be that busy, but John needed some new shoes. He wanted to get out of the house and felt like he could handle the trip.

Camera: iPhone 4s, Hipstamatic app

Sunday, January 1, 2012


It may be winter and this apple tree bare, but already in it are the beginnings of the new season, blossoms and then fruit.

Camera: Canon EOS 3T with Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE

Beginnings/Children's Toys

OK, I swore I was going with the 52 week premise, but when I looked at the 366 list, it was just SO tempting. So maybe I'll go with 52+: I'll concentrate on the 52 list, but see where I can merge it with the 366. This is all just so much fun!

Anyway, this is my younger granddude, Craig, playing with the Duplo train we bought about 20 years ago for his Uncle Chris. Toys like this are the beginnings of dreams, and dreams are the springboard to the future.

Camera: iPhone 4s Processing: PSE