New England Trip 2012 – Day 6 – Essex, Connecticut

New England Trip 2012 – Day 6 – Essex, Connecticut

I started the day by spying a wonderfully colored growth of poison ivy climbing up the fence in front of my car’s parking space.  It was intermingled with some equally wonderfully colored Virginia Creeper. Not something that might excite everyone but definitely some more images to add to our on-line Poison Ivy Guide.

After I got over the euphoria of finding colorful Poison Ivy, we headed up the Connecticut River to the interesting town of Essex, Connecticut (Location).

I didn’t photograph the other side of the sign so don’t try to look at the other side :-).

Hallowe’en was quickly arriving and almost every lamp post in town had its Hallowe’en decoration so I had fun photographing lamp post decorations while my wife checked out the interesting shops that lined the main street of town.


After a while photographing imaginary creatures on lamp posts, it becomes a bit difficult to separate imagination from reality 🙂


Although we had seen plenty of colorful leaves during our drive south from our Canadian home, most of the Fall flowers were past their prime.  It was therefore, really nice to see that the flower beds of some Essex homes were still in excellent condition complete with butterflies and bugs.

The Village of Essex is located on the shores of the Connecticut River and at the Connecticut River Museum they have what looks like a nice maritime museum to visit.  Unfortunately for me, the museum was closed when we arrived so, aside from looking around the grounds and looking at some of the vessels at the docks, there wasn’t much for me to see or photograph.


The Essex waterfront has played an important role in the history of this part of the United States and continues to play an important role both for commercial craft as well as for myriad recreational watercraft. A short distance upriver from the Museum, the folks at a marina were busy getting boats out of the water and preparing them for winter storage.  This year, there was the added urgency of getting as many boats as possible to safe locations in advance of Hurricane Sandy.


Essex was a nice spot to visit with lots of interesting pre-Hallowe’en decorations, lots of colorful trees and flowers and a wonderful selection to vintage buildings to admire. Of course, for those who follow my blogs, there is the Essex fire hydrant :-).

It was soon time for us to leave and head off to our next destination, Old Saybrook.

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
This entry was posted in Connecticut, Home and About, USA and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to New England Trip 2012 – Day 6 – Essex, Connecticut

  1. Ann Cameron says:

    It looks a wonderful place to explore Ron. I love all the Halloween displays.

    • Ron says:

      We had fun time visiting there Ann. It was about a week later that Hurricane Sandy caused mayhem in this area of the world. Not sure how much surge damage would have been done this far away from the coast but the wind and rain would certainly have knocked off most of the leaves.

      • Ann Cameron says:

        You travel to so many interesting places Ron. I can see that you are so much like me as I love to travel – never wanted to when I was younger, but I have the bug now. We were planning on another UK trip in March/April, but this operation has put it on hold maybe until 2014. I can’t wait until I can pick up the camera again and go wandering around the neighbourhood.

Leave a Reply