My World Tuesday: Loitering in Hartford

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Hartford is a little bit of everything--old new, wealthy, poor, established, homeless, beautiful, strange.... I'm an outsider, though, and I have my escape route when I've had enough. Not everybody can say that. It's likely the fellow who slept on the edge of the bandstand is staying there whether he likes it or not. (How he slept like that and why he faced the morning sun I can't even imagine.)

At Center Church is a statue of the Rev. Samuel Stone, who fled religious persecution in England and became a founder of Hartford. He negotiate the purchase of Hartford from the Suckiag Indians (whatever "negotiated the purchase of" means), and now he's standing guard over the graveyard and pointing....

Back at Bushnell Park, where our sleepy friend wasn't so sore from a night on a concrete slab that he couldn't lie in on a Saturday morning, is the swan sculpture. A friend says it's obviously and definitely a swan, and I'll buy that because--well, he says so. But I see baleen. That's my problem, though, because it's a swan.

A great place to enjoy the day, one way or another.

My World Tuesday

Comments

  1. nice. every monument has a story worth reflecting. bad historical experiences lessons learned.

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  2. I do not see a swan. Not even a hint of one. What's wrong with me??
    Glad to know there was a head to go with that body.

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  3. Great look at your world, Sandy! Interesting post and I always love your photos. Yes, I was glad to know there was a head to go with that body, too! I guess if I really stretch my imagination I might be able to see a swan -- maybe! Hope you have a wonderful week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. Great post..first time I am visiting your blog..
    Good to hear the story of the place..definitely A great place to enjoy the day,I guess!!

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  5. I like these photographs as they show the way you see the objects.
    As for seeing a swan or not, as they say; it is all in the eye of the beholder.;)
    Have a lovely Monday,
    xo

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  6. This is what I like about cities. You can see many things and traces of days gone past.
    An Award is waiting for you on my blog Enjoy:)

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  7. I see baleen too!! So maybe it is not a swan!?!
    Great pics
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. there is so much history everywhere that we don't even know about...

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  9. OK, it's a swan...if your friend says so.

    I wonder how many cities and towns were originally settled to escape persecution. And how many people living in them now feel persecuted. (I have never thought that thought before till now. Thanks for making me think.)

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  10. love the urban views.

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  11. Beautiful shots all in one place. Fantastic creations both old as well as new.

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  12. The sculpture has the lines of a swan and is beautiful. I could imagine a whale also . . . I especially loved that silhouette of the founder.

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  13. There is the outline of a swan and the general feel of one.
    Lovely place.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  14. It was just on the news the other night about how the homeless is getting worse and worse. Not a good thing. How about that economy. I like your baleen whale.

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  15. a contrasting world...

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  16. Great shots my friend.

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  17. I like the mix so much in this post. Not sure what I think the sculpture looks like but I like it. To me is pure motion in steel (or whatever it's made of).

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  18. Anonymous5:53 PM

    Some interesting views of your World. I also don't see a swan, but perhaps from a different angle it might.

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  19. Big cities offer such variety of life and living styles that it is sheer jaw dropping when you have the opportunity to observe. You captured some amazing examples of that..and religious persecution still exists in a big way, just carried out a little differently these days, unfortunately.

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  20. what a lovely post. it's always great to see such interesting places of the other side of the world.

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  21. Interesting! Nice to know the story behind statues and cities.

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  22. A swan, huh? I guess I'll be taking his word for it, too!

    Excellent pictures.

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  23. I love Hartford...
    Missed you Friday...:-(

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  24. The sleeping bloke made me do a double take. Thought it was some sort of strange contemporary art there for a minute. :)

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  25. aloha,

    thanks for showing us your world today, i like all the sculpture and the water views, it is a vivrant area to visit.

    i enjoyed the show and tour

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  26. Thanks for sharing these fine pictures of your world, Sandy.

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  27. i still stay it is a swan

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  28. I see baleen too!


    Great post, Sandy



    Aloha from Waikiki!


    Comfort Spiral

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  29. How the homeless survive in the dead of winter I do not know. I hear that some head to the southwest in winter like to Phoenix or Tucson. We have seen the homeless in Washington D.C. just steps from the Capitol and the White House!

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  30. Awesome captures Sandy. It speaks of life.
    Regards friend.

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  31. I think I see a swan too, Sandy...

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  32. Thanks for the info on the statue. Samuel Stone was my great-grandfather. I will have to check it out when I get back east.

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