This is the start of Katherine’s long birthday weekend so I left responsibilities behind today and went and sat in Central Park to get tickets to the Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It. I arrived at 7:00 AM just after the thunderstorms finished (for really good tickets I should have been there by 6:30) and was lucky enough to be in the shade of a very large tree as the temperatures climbed into the upper 90′s. Did lots of reading and lots of people watching. I remembered a Harry Belefonte song:
I remember summer morning
Dawning light and bright and gay
And the girls in their summer dresses
Walking, Walking on their way
I remember distant laughter
Afternoons of past Julys
And the girls in their summer dresses
With their secret smiling eyes
Tender arms so smooth and slender
Downy and brown from sunlit days
Wrapped in evening silvery splendor
Resting on tables in dim cafes
I remember midsummer night times
Midsummer night dreams I recall
But the girls in their summer dresses
I remember most of all
I remember sad September
Dying summers brave display
And one sweet girl in her summer dress
Who softly swiftly slipped away
After I drafted this post I left it behind and went and read some of my fellow bloggers. Carla, who blogs wonderfully about NOLA on her blog One Wild and Precious Life, seems to be thinking along the same lines I am today…check out the link back there and see if you agree. Even if you don’t it is still a good trip to take.
Working at Margaret Mead Green
the Rose Center of the American Museum of Natural History in the background
Going way back in time this is a shot I took when I first started contemplating The Quotidian Hudson…
Ailsa’s, ( Where’s my Backpack? ) travel theme of the week is parks. I am cheating just a bit and going with a National Monument: Canyon De Chelly in Arizona which is entirely within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation and is jointly administered by the Navajo Nation and the National Park Service. It was the home of the people who have been called the Anasazi, a term coined by the Navajo, or The Ancient Pueblo People which is the preferred name used by the current Pueblo people such as the Hopi and Zuni.
Many years ago now, Katherine and I traveled there, staying at the Thunderbird Lodge. We took an all day horse ride to White House ruins. A few photos of the day. Again a fast and cheap scan on my very old HP all-in-one.
If you would like to see the White House ruin through a different set of eyes, a gentleman by the name of Ansel Adams took a few snaps back in the day…
Spring returned with a vengeance today. Windy, wet, and lukewarm. Seemed a good day to go river walking. Great sky, great new river art (about 20 new pieces) and the river, as always, was its disreputably majestic self.
Not often you see both eyes…
Today’s shot brought to you by Hallmark
Long Live the Queen
I always enjoyed the Coney Island Mermaid Parade but hadn’t been in several years. Since we were missing the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday to take Abigail to camp I figured I would go out to Coney on Saturday and check it out. It is much bigger and lots more spectators but still the same parade.
I have not been my usual participatory WordPress blog self (either reading or writing) these past few days and today I barely managed to get a blog post in at all. I threw up one pic of the Mermaid Day Parade but it was the best I could do. There will be a full blog about the parade in the next 24-48 hours.
We have been busy getting Abigail ready for camp. Today we drove her up to Vermont and then came back. Basically we left at 11 and returned at 11. Not a bad drive all in all but a long day and tomorrow morning I have to return David and Jenna’s car so Jenna can take the kids on an upstate adventure. I will then retrieve the Graciemobile from the friend we loaned it to and see why it started acting up. (I hate cars. That is a big reason I live in NYC). Hardly anytime to blog and not much time to shoot but I did get a few good pictures of the camp campus and one shot of the town that I liked.
From Hoboken in 2011