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Pics Of The Day #968

Compo Beach, in this morning’s snow … (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and Nash’s Pond (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

… and Ford Road (Photo/Michael Tomashefsky)

The Mink Of Ford Road

Alert “06880” reader — and avid fisherman — David Ader writes:

I’m a recently retired, now former financial strategist, who has decided to fish until I get bored.

I’m not bored yet.

I like to fish along Ford Road because it’s convenient, beautiful, and there’s not too much garbage for me to clean up to keep the place neat.

David Ader’s favorite spot on Ford Road. Unlike many fishermen, he’s not afraid to give the location away.

For the last while, especially in the morning, I’ve fished beside a mink who keeps me company. The mink bounds along the shore, stops to stare at me in sort of an acknowledgement, and in contrast to the osprey, kingfisher and once in a while bald eagle, doesn’t compete for the trout I dutifully throw back when I catch, which is rare enough.

Today I was saddened to find this fine furry fellow squashed in the middle of Ford Road. That’s a bit gross, I admit, but there was something really lovely going on.

As I watched him from a rock near the bridge that leads to Bridgewater, I saw all the cars and trucks passing by slow down to give the mink wide berth. Some slowed to a real crawl to look at it. Others just went by, still with a sense of respect or at least curiosity.

A cyclist on a very expensive bike, wearing racing clothes, stopped and just stared by himself for a moment.

The mink, in the middle of the road. (Photos/David Ader)

I heard a story that may be apocryphal: Some years back, enviro-activists freed minks from a mink “ranch” somewhere in this county; the minks we encounter are descendants of those coats that never were.

It’s possible, though I imagine cage-raised minks couldn’t survive in the wild and that this one’s line runs back to the beginning, to Indian times surely.

A few months ago I was picking myself up from the bank, having slipped in the river under the eye of that mink, or a relative perhaps. I picked up a stone that was clearly made for some purpose by the original inhabitants.

I liked the mink for its own antics, but too like to think that he’s a holdover from Westport’s more ancient heritage.

I hope another one, or two, show up when the weather warms up.

Oh, I did catch a large rainbow trout as well.

Pics Of The Day #914

Foliage at Ford Road …

… and Sherwood Island State Park (Photos/Andrew Colabella)

Photo Challenge #219

Last week’s gorgeous , snowy and sparkling winter scene could have been taken many places in Westport. That’s the beauty of our town.

But — as Barbara Greenspan, Fred Cantor, Rebecca Ellsley and Andrew Colabella noted — Michael Tomashefsky shot his lovely image of the Saugatuck River on Ford Road. It’s one of the prettiest spots anywhere. (Ever since the embalming fluid factory left, it’s a lot more pristine too.)

Click here for the photo. And don’t forget to drive along Ford Road — slowly — whenever you get a chance.

This week’s Photo Challenge may be one of those I-know-I’ve-seen-it-somewhere images. If you think you know where in Westport it is, click “Comments” below.

Pic Of The Day #200

Fishing off Ford Road (Photo/Richard Wiese)

Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #72

Last week’s tranquil-looking photo challenge was”sort of” easy.

A number of readers “kind of” placed it in the general area of Ford Road/the Glendinning office building (now Bridgewater headquarters). Props to Tom Reed, Eileen Lavigne Flug, Jill Turner Odice, Nancy Hunter Wilson, Richard Stein, Wendy Cusick, Jeff Giannone and Tom Wall.

No one actually said that Peter Tulupman’s shot was of the Leonard Schine Preserve. It’s a wonderful spot — apparently hidden from many. Learn more: http://www.aspetucklandtrust.org/17116.

This week’s photo challenge is our 1st-ever 2-fer. It’s important to see both the big picture —

Oh my 06880 1 - May 15, 2016

— and the plaque:

Oh my 06880 2 - May 15, 2016

This week’s photo challenge comes courtesy of Bob Weingarten. He’s best known for photographing old homes for the Westport Historical Society — but he couldn’t resist these shots.

If you know where you’d see this scene, click “Comments” below.

Just Another Day In Paradise: The Sequel

Compo and Old Mill were not the only local places looking lovely this weekend.

An  “06880” post earlier today spurred a couple of alert reader/photographers to send in their own images of fantastic already-well-into-November scenes. Enjoy!

Catherine Onyemelukwe drove by this Ford Road scene earlier today. It was so beautiful she stopped, turned around, got out, and captured the scene forever.

Catherine Onyemelukwe drove by this Ford Road scene earlier today. It was so beautiful she stopped, turned around, got out, and captured it forever.

Life in Fairfield County is good -- and gorgeous. (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

Life around here is good — and gorgeous. (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

The view from Saugatuck Sweets' plaza, across the river. Sweet indeed! (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

The view from Saugatuck Sweets’ plaza, across the river. Sweet indeed! (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

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Gone Fishin’

Fred Cantor captured this timeless scene yesterday, off Ford Road:

Ford Road - Fred Cantor