Goin’ with the Wind

We’re at the mercy of forces beyond our control. The stars of this 2016 photo essay can relate. 

It’s important to know which way the wind is blowing.

To get current on that, look to New Haven’s weather vanes, though you may have to squint. Curving golden arrows point the way above United Church on the Green and Yale’s Silliman College. A sharper black version spins over the New Haven Museum’s octagonal cupola.

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A copper owl weathered to a seafoam patina perches over Sterling Memorial Library, above a compass rose that swirls like the guard of a decorative French sword. A couple miles away, near the border with Hamden, a Dachshund the color of a well-traveled penny rises over a rose of its own.

Back downtown, attached to an arrow with a head like a heart, are a pair of Victorian gentlemen, one with top hat and umbrella, the other with bowler and cane. They shoot the breeze over Yale’s Timothy Dwight College, while being good enough to let the rest of us catch the drift.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. This story originally published on March 15, 2016.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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