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Photo Challenge #172

It’s been a while.

But last week’s photo challenge stumped even long-time experts/frequent winners Michael Calise, Fred Cantor and Jacques Voris.

For years, Barbara Sherburne has owned a watercolor by Mitchell Hager. She brought it with her when she moved from Westport. It made a great challenge.

The illustration showed a home and barn on Long Lots Road, a couple of houses down east of North Avenue. (Click here to see.)

Everyone is right: It looks like it could be on Morningside Drive, Cross Highway or North Avenue. After many hours, Cheryl McKenna came up with the old Adams house on the corner of Long Lots and North Avenue (later owned and, famously, renovated by Martha Stewart).

That was close enough. The watercolor showed the property next door.

The house still stands, on Long Lots. The barn, though, is gone.

This week’s photo challenge shows not a place, but a guy. If he’s familiar, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Peter Barlow)

Hail, Yes: In The Wake Of Today’s Storm

From Green’s Farms to Saugatuck Shores, today’s quick but very intense storm produced some amazing images.

Plus plenty of downed wires.

As of 7:15 p.m., over 400 Westport CL&P customers were without power.

This was the scene on Hyde Lane, between Long Lots and Maple Avenue. With the downed transformer, outages were reported throughout the Hunt Club area:

(Photo/Nick Blaikie)

(Photo/Nick Blaikie)

Nearby, this tree on Long Lots road near Peabody Lane blocked traffic — though a neighbor tried to help:

(Photo/Randall Hammond)

(Photo/Randall Hammond)

Several miles away, a tree on Great Marsh Road — across from the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club — was split by lightning:

September 6 2014 storm - tree hit lightning Great Marsh Road

A car was struck by a falling tree near Southport. Fortunately, no one was hurt:

September 6 2014 storm - Dale Najarian car

John Kantor, owner of Longshore Sailing School, reports: “No hail on the immediate coast, but big time rain and some strong gusts. We chain down our boats for weather like this so they don’t leave our zip code, but it didn’t prevent a capsize or two. No damage. Just a pulse raiser. After Irene and Sandy this was a relatively minor inconvenience.”

(Photo/John Kantor)

(Photo/John Kantor)

Bart Shuldman took this photo, as rain and hail pelted down:

(Photo/Bart Shuldman)

(Photo/Bart Shuldman)

Meanwhile, the Sasco construction site near Super Stop & Shop was awash:

(Photo/Steve Rubin)

(Photo/Steve Rubin)

More thunderstorms are possible tonight. Be careful out there.

Josh Prince’s Longitude, Gratitude — And Garbage

Alert “06880” reader Josh Prince loves to ride his motorbike through Westport and Fairfield.

He blogs about his jaunts too, on Longitude & Gratitude.

We’re blessed, he says, with “genuinely fair fields, plus lazy, rolling hills, old-growth forests, New England onion farms, wetlands, a gorgeous but gentle saltwater coastline, Revolutionary and Civil War-era homes, and tumbledown stone walls everywhere you look.”

The other day — forced off his Vespa Granturismo by the dreaded polar vortex — he took a combination walk/jog on Long Lots and Hulls Farm Roads. Josh went “just fast enough to break a sweat, but slow enough to observe the stark, mid-winter beauty” of the area.

He found it.

Along with plenty of litter.

Josh documented his travels with a few dozen photos.

For example:

Josh Prince 1

Josh Prince 2

Josh Prince 4

Josh Prince 3

The next day — realizing the trash wasn’t going to pick itself up — he grabbed his iPod, work gloves and a few black bags, and headed back.

Josh wrote about what he learned:

1) You need more than 1 bag.

2) Wet  newspapers — still in their plastic — weigh as much as a cinderblock.

3) Don’t bother with cigarette butts. They’re tough to pick up; there are a bazillion of them, and if you set out to achieve a pure state of trashlessness, you will be physically and emotionally doomed.

4) There is a direct correlation between the height and elaborateness of a home’s wall or fence, the size of the property fronting the street, and the amount of trash.

These homeowners may not actually ever see the trash. They drive into their driveways, close their gates with a remote, and that’s that.

A 2nd possibility is that they may not choose to see the trash. Everything that’s on their side of the wall may be pristine, but on the road-side of their walls? Someone else’s problem.

A 3rd possibility is that they do see it, are aware of it and just as disgusted by it, but they still don’t do anything about it.

Ta da!

Ta da!

5) I have no idea who actually litters, and I’m actually not that interested in trying to understand (or reprimand) them. Their actions are so beyond  comprehension that I’d rather not obsess about their mindless, selfish, antisocial behavior. I’m not going to bother to write my senator to introduce a cigarette butt bill. I’m not even going to get angry.

There’s zero satisfaction, productivity or progress in that. But there’s a ton when you decide to pick stuff up.

(To read Josh Prince’s entire blog about garbage, click here — the scroll down.)

Losing A Long Lots Lot

A short stretch of Long Lots Road always makes me smile.

On the south side — just past the hill behind Bertucci’s — sit a half dozen handsome homes. Built in the 1920s, they’ve aged well. They look lived-in, and well-loved.

I admire the trees on each property too.

I better look closely at #28 Long Lots. It may not be there much longer.

The property was sold on September 17. A demolition permit for the 2-story colonial is already in the works.

If it’s like most teardowns, the yard will also be leveled. Gone will be an enormous, 100-year-old white oak/sycamore, arcing over Long Lots Road. It’s one of the most famous, and beloved, trees in town.

The handsome tree at 28 Long Lots Road.

The handsome tree at 28 Long Lots Road.

Emails are circulating, urging tree lovers to contact the selectmen and Public Works director Steve Edwards to “make sure the town stays ‘green.'”

I know there are Westporters who are happy to see trees go. During the past few storms, falling trees have closed Long Lots Road with regularity.

But this one seems worth maintaining (and, for sure, trimming). It’s so striking. And with Long Lots a major thoroughfare, it’s got so many admirers.

There’s no question: If this tree falls, everyone will hear it.

Just Sign Here…

Yesterday, “06880” readers mourned the loss of 2 sycamore trees, on the Post Road between Starbucks and the diner.

(Some did, anyway. Other readers said “mind your own business.”)

Today’s post is about growing things. Specifically, advertising signs. They’re less than a mile from the felled trees, on the traffic island at the intersection of North Avenue and Long Lots.

North Avenue and Long Lots Road, Westport CT

An alert — but anonymous — “06880” reader writes:

There are 8 signs posted there, and it’s not even election season.

Doesn’t the town have rules against this? Only 2 of the signs are for school plays. Who enforces this? Can I make a few dozen signs for my business, and plant them all over town? What are the guidelines and penalties (if any) for placement of private signs on public land?

The reader continues:

I see a landscape company wanted to stand out from the crowd in the center island. So they put their ad right under the stop sign.

North  Avenue and Long Lotos Road, Westport CT

Hey — look on the bright side! They’re a landscaping company. At least they didn’t chop down the tree!