Alert “06880” reader Trey Ellis is a nationally known writer, political pundit, social critic and university professor.
He’s also a Westporter, with a pretty good eye for our town’s natural beauty.
Yesterday, he snapped this image from Old Mill Beach.
Click on or hover over image to enlarge. (Photo/Trey Ellis)
Once again — as with all his work — Trey’s perspective is special, and unique.
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Severe thunderstorms moved through Westport early this evening.
Finally, a bit later…
Compo Beach, looking west. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
Sure, it was hot today.
It’s summer. What do you expect?
(Well, we did not expect a “heat dome,” probably because we’ve never heard of it before. It’s probably an invention of the Weather Channel, just like winter storms with names like Juno and Xerxes.)
Here’s what Compo Beach looked like at various times today.
Enjoy — and bookmark this page, so you can enjoy it again in January. And February. And March…
Sunrise at the beach. (Photo/Dayle Brownstein)
It wasn’t too hot for this egret… (Photo/Amy Schneider)
…or for these guys. (Photo/Dan Woog)
The marina was active today — but also very serene. (Photo/Dan Woog)
Life is good, as the sun sets. (Photo/Dan Woog)
Peter Hawkes — a member of Staples High School’s Class of 2011 — was struck and killed by lightning Tuesday evening in Colorado.
Peter Hawkes, in Staples’ 2008 yearbook.
Hawkes — who appears in the Staples yearbook only during freshman year, in 2008 — was on the Indian Tree golf course in Arvada. Witnesses saw 4 bolts of lightning and 2 men huddling under a tree during the fast-moving storm, which caught golfers by surprise.
A woman with lifeguard training applied CPR, but to no avail.
According to CBS Channel 4 in Denver, this was the 15th death in the US from lightning this year, but the 1st in Colorado.
(For the full CBS story, click here.)
Dark clouds gathered in downtown Westport late this afternoon — and alert “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella was there to capture them.
Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
The brief storm passed, bringing cooler air and sunny skies.
Friday and the weekend should be hot — and clear.
A bank of clouds this morning seemed to presage a gray day.
Just before noon though, the sun broke through.
The rest of the day brought different clouds: beautiful, white, fluffy ones.
As usual on a summer Sunday, Compo Beach was the place to be.
(Click on or hover over images to enlarge. All photos by Dan Woog unless otherwise noted.)
A timeless scene.
On such a gorgeous day, why are all these boats still docked at the marina?
Another timeless scene.
Plenty of room to be alone.
And to all a good night. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
You never know what you’ll find at Compo Beach
But whatever it is, it’s always special.
Click on or hover over photo to enlarge. (Photo/Dan Woog)
For the 51st summer, Westport welcomed United Nations diplomats, staff members and their families. Our jUNe Day guests enjoyed soccer, swimming, tennis, and visits to spots like Earthplace and downtown.
Every year on jUNe Day, flags of visitors’ nations replace the American flags on the Post Road’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.
So who was Ruth Steinkraus Cohen?
The founder and — for many years — guiding spirit behind the annual event.
There could be no better tribute — and no finer day for our guests.
As beautiful as they are, I don’t post a lot of Compo Beach sunset photos. I’ll leave that to other local media.
But this one was too special to resist.
Tonight, alert “06880” reader/longtime Westporter/avid beach lover David Squires was enjoying a home-cooked dinner at South Beach, near the kayaks.
The sun went down. He watched it, through the bottom of his jelly jar/wine glass.
After his last sip, he took this lovely, unique shot.