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We pose some questions:  Haven't you noticed the effort by the State of Connecticut to slowly but surely undercut the need for having individual towns?  After that, what? 
Back to our topic...w
hat happens in Weston, Connecticut during the summer?  Not much!  Through the years we have found that Weston becomes a private playground for those who stay home.  
Everywhere you look it is beautiful.   Not exactly Paris, but close...

WELCOME TO WESTON, CONNECTICUT.

July in Weston;


August in around town and maybe elsewhere?

September and it is back to school...
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*  - Of course, during times of construction whether on School Road or on your neighbor's property, this may not be the case.  It has been our philosophy to take things one day at a time...and today everything is A-OK.





WHAT'S UP?




WESTON TOWN HALL
In keeping with the comments from the Administration in Hartford (above), note the town name is missing!





SEPTEMBER



Is this the first step in the process of removing The Tree
We note that the nearest resident to the tree wants to save it...Tree Warden Public Hearing in August 1998.

NOTE:

Tree Warden Public Hearing scheduled for November 10, 2016.  SPOILER ALERT:  If you were wondering if Weston has changed in 18 years since first The Tree was on the chopping block, the answer is YES.
 
The difference between the two public hearings was like night and day.  Now the Town of Weston was capable of videotaping it themselves as well as putting it on its own website;  the Tree Warden was completely prepared and professional, and also used the Town website to communicate his research far in advance of the Public Hearing.  And the people of Weston (some who had been at the 1998 Public Hearing) were still as passionate and favorably inclined toward saving the Tree.



A last plunge.






AUGUST

T.S. Eliot notwithstanding, for school-aged children from Weston, CT, August is the cruelest month - summer vacation is coming into its last two weeks...


      

All ears, indeed (l)!  Item pulled from August 18, 2016 Selectmen's agenda.
Those who came for Hearing to "V to Vent" (see picture at right) did. 
"V For Victory" (r) - trees are "all ears" too!  TREE WARDEN HEARING posting; picture story re:  previous Oak Tree (same tree) hearing



NEXT DOOR
As I may have said already, Weston, Connecticut is beautiful in a very natural way, and green is our favorite color.  And every part of Weston is a natural festival or at least interesting!



   

TROUT BROOK VALLEY AS  A TOPIC FOR GRAPHIC DEPICTION;  MY YARD AIN'T BAD, EITHER!  GROUNDWATER PROTECTION IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FOR WESTONITES.
Not shown - the photograph of the scene, the watercolor from our "Trout Brook Valley" series, as well as the giclee!  Trout Brook Valley was another activity in which the Town of Weston played a major part re: halting development of an important natural feature.

 
MY "YARD" WESTON, CT SEEMS LIKE THE FORESTS OF THE FONTAINEBLEAU (NOT THE MIAMI HOTEL)
Does nature lend itself to even greater emotion in black and white How about the inversion of color?  Weston, CT has scenes making it easy this summer to get into a personal version of the Barbizon School - above the deep woods visions and vistas, a favorite topic!


    
REFLECTIONS...ON AIR POLLUTION OR AS WE NOW CALL IT, GLOBAL WARMING?
The summer clouds over the Weston, Easton and Redding reservoir at the left...at the right, a graphics preliminary sketch from a series of "Skies over Paris."
 


SKIES OVER PARIS:  LA DÉFENSE
Now we've got it!  Even the clouds over the Greater Paris region seem to billow.

    
GARDENS
In Paris, clouds pursing their lips...looked like it to me - and virtually speaking French, for example, rising at the end of this sentence, n'est-ce pas?  The more we closely observe, the more we are struck by the purity of color - and if memory serves, it really was!




ISLANDS IN THE SEINE
Recalling a visit to Paris in August, strolling the cobblestone streets of  Île Saint-Louis, we fell in love with
6, Quai d'Orléans.



FERMETURE ANNUELLE
August in Paris is like summer in Weston, Connecticut.  The locals are out of town!!!  Shadows darken, so it seems.






JULY ARTISTIC SUBJECT MATTER...
 

      
GREEN
Weston landscape is all about natural light and dark.  And the colors of the darks in the woods cry out for sharp observation!  And what the eye captures is not what a camera sees!  Reaching for sunlight.



P&Z DEVELOPING OPEN SPACE CLUSTER ZONING REGULATIONS OR "TEXT CHANGE" WITH CONSULTING HELP.

     


3D EFFECT, OR AXONOMETRIC PROJECTIONS, ESPECIALLY BY HAND, ARE SO 20TH CENTURY

Art is a useful planning tool.  Not so sure the latest twist in aerial photography is exactly CT's cup of tea.  Unless, of course, we read of this story and wonder where development is actually being planned.  Which makes my observation spot-on! 

And this Summer the Planning and Zoning Commission is getting serious about cluster zoning for open space preservation purposes, getting up to $5000 in a special appropriation from the Selectmen to retain consultant to assist them refine their own work and research to date.

We note that a "knowledge of topography" is credited to Turner's ability to simply depict nature - before anyone dreamed of Sanborn maps!