Saturday, March 12, 2011

Reflections of My Mind

In spite of the ridiculously high price of gas which promises to only get higher in the coming days, I decided that I needed to take a drive yesterday evening in an attempt to try to air out some of the cobwebs that have been cluttering up my mind. Now, I know that I just got back from a cruise to sunny places and the cobwebs should have been blown out then but alas, such was not the case so even though it was kind of gray and kind of dingy and kind of blah, I took the Nikon with me in the hopes that I could find something that might help me put into pictures that which I've been feeling. The following are what I ended up with:

Norwich State Hospital Grounds
Norwich State Hospital Grounds
Norwich State Hospital Grounds
Norwich State Hospital Grounds

All of the above were taken at the former Norwich State Hospital grounds which is currently undergoing demolition by the Town of Preston who bought the property back from the State of Connecticut. Personally I think it's a damned shame that the best they thought they could do with these beautiful structures with so much history is tear them down but what do I know? I'm just a person who finds beauty in strange places while carrying a strong belief that bulldozing over our past doesn't make it go away. State Hospitals served a very useful purpose and I would be willing to bet that they still would today if people weren't so afraid to acknowledge that yes, some people are different and structured environments were not a bad thing for them. I think that when Connecticut closed down the state hospitals and main-streamed everyone that they did a great disservice to those who called them home and probably did more harm than good but again, what do I know? I'm just one person with one opinion.

Continuing down the road I looked for something a little more peaceful and less haunting to try to settle my mood down:

Stoddard Wharf
Stoddard Wharf
A Singular Swan
Stoddard Wharf
Evening at Stoddard Wharf

The series of pictures above were taken at the Stoddard Hill Scenic Park Reserve located along the Thames River in Gales Ferry. It's not far from Norwich and a place I've been to many times over when chasing elusive trains that never seem to come down the tracks when I want them to; the railroad tracks separate the Thames River from the small cove that two swans make their home in. One of them was obviously nice enough to swim over and pose for a picture.

In looking at these pictures I've got to think that they captured my thoughts perfectly as though they're peaceful, there's just a touch of sadness in them as the sun set behind the clouds and night came up on the river. As to why I'm a bit sad, I don't know but I do know I've been spending a lot of time looking at water lately - both while on my cruise and now that I'm home again - and when I do I am reminded of a quote by W.H. Auden, "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water." I'm willing to bet that probably explains something right there, huh?

Anyhow, it's a new dawn and a new day and I'm not feeling anywhere near as melancholy as I was last night so I will see if I can get to work editing some cruise pictures as I'm sure you'd much rather see the blues and greens of the Caribbean than the gray of the Thames River - not that there's anything wrong with the Thames but it sure doesn't say "holiday", does it?

14 comments:

  1. nice series Linda, takes a great camera to do that stuff.

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  2. they could have turned them into condos or something or a school maybe?

    too bad...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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  3. Historic old buildings always have such interesting architectural features. I agree that bulldozing doesn't delete the past. It's still in our memories.

    Beautiful photos of the Thames..

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  4. Those buildings do look like pieces of history.

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  5. You sound very melancholy Linda. I usually feel like that when I've just been somewhere hot and sunny and return to damp and dismal. :(

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  6. Damn, I hate the Funk Feelings...gonna send you a message...

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  7. Not all the State Hospitals closed down. Some patients were transferred to Middletown - where there is another State Hospital. FYI, my Dad work in maintenance at Norwich and then Middletown, when Norwich closed.

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  8. I love that series of photographs of the railroad bridge, particularly the way that gap over the water changes as the light does.

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  9. I'm with Miss Bee. They certainly could've found somebody to put them to good use.

    Sorry you're still feeling icky.

    Big hugs :]

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  10. Do you realize the abuse that went on in many of those State Hospitals? Google Willow Brook, you may have some very different opinions. Just sayin'...considering I spent 7 years working with those mainstreamed individuals.

    Love the pictures though. Stunning as always.

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  11. I do realize that in certain hospitals there was a lot of abuse but I think that it might have been better to fix the problems at the hospitals then to throw a lot of people out into the general public and basically let them fend for themselves like they did here in Connecticut.

    No, the system wasn't perfect but the State Hospitals were cities unto themselves and provided jobs and homes and entertainment and healthcare to those who were there. I've got to think that a structured environment is better for those with special needs than not.

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  12. I'm not sure I appreciate the quote. I find it awfully sad to think that so many people do live without love. I'm one of those people who feel that without love I'm not living. I look at all your photos and I feel a vacancy in myself.

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  13. I always feel sad when those old buildings are torn down. So much history lost...gone forever. Wish they could be rehabbed, but that is frequently too cost prohibitive. Catch 22, right?!

    Sending hugs, honey...

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  14. You just have a way with that camera.

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