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3-1-14 A Public Service

It seems like weeks since we have had snow in the northeast.  The weather folks are predicting that somewhere between 1 inch and 12 inches will fall from Sunday into Monday (way to cover yourselves, guys…)

Since you may have forgotten what a snow storm looks like I thought I might remind you.

Public Service-1

Since I know that no one can read everything in a day I thought I would remind you that Andra Watkin’s novel


was released today

You can read more about it at Andra’s place (Andra Watkins)

2-13-14 The World Is Not Black And White

And neither is the photograph.


“The very idea of “managing” a forest in the first place is oxymoronic, because a forest is an ecosystem that is by definition self-managing.”
Bernd Heinrich-

1-15-14 It Is Done When It Is Done (It’s Not The Vision I Had)

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”  ~Howard Ikemoto

Yes, we do.

I would think, since my background and terminal degree is in theater that I would know that there is a date fixed; a date when the curtain goes up and the work is shown to others.  Once upon  a time, I was very good at that.  x weeks to concept; x weeks to cast and design; x weeks to rehearse and build; x days to polish and tech; then boom: Opening Night! I could look at the work. I could think “Damn! What the hell was I thinking! Idiot!”: but it was in front of the audience, it was their work now to love or hate or more likely be indifferent to but…I was done. Time to move on.

Unless you are on assignment or have a contract in hand, the non-performing arts, photography in my case, are not like that.  You can continue to work with the negative or digital file into eternity and no one is the wiser. You can chew on the image, and chew and chew, deepen the shadow, burn, dodge, highlight, up the saturation, crop…throw it all out and start again and it doesn’t matter. You will never get it “right”. In the words of one of my theater professors at Pomona it always end up: “It’s not the vision I had.”

I took this image on January 26, 2011.

Ice Ducks-1

At one point it became this:

Ice Ducks-2

Then this:

Ice Ducks-3

and today, this:

Ice Ducks-4

4-9-1865 Lee And The Army Of Northern VA Surrender!


New York decided to skip April and head straight for late May these last two days (more of the same tomorrow) but no worries, they say we will be back to late March by Thursday.  However, as these are the first two days of warm weather folks have been rocking the parks. Lets go to Central Park, shall we?

Central Park Peeps-1

Central Park Peeps-4

Central Park Peeps-5

That was yesterday. Today I went to Riverside Park and these two gentlemen asked me to take their picture. Their friends photo bombed it.

Riverside Park Peeps-4

Before this I had, of course taken a walk down the Hudson.

Hudson River

All creatures great and small…

Hudson River

5-31-12 Interlude

“Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.”

5-11-12 Once (Is Not Enough)

My parents and I went to see the musical Once last night. Really well done and highly recommended if you come to the city. What does that have to do with this blog? Nothing, just a public service announcement.

It was Friday so I headed down to the Hudson. The weather had finally turned to passable so the park was jammed.

This girl was posing for a friend so I thought I would shoot her from a different angle.

An interesting snack tray

All it needed…

4-16-12 South Ferry/Battery Park

“One swallow does not make a summer,
neither does one fine day;
similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”


It was a beautiful summer day. True it is only April but I don’t know what else you could call a sunny day with temps in the mid/high 80′s. So as the day’s work ended I headed down to South Ferry and Battery Park.

Walk with me. I started at South Ferry (the transit station where you pick up the Staten Island Ferry) and walked Northwest up to the World Financial Center and back.

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3-2-12 A Double Date Grab Bag (Friday River View)

So… (anyone else noticed that I am starting to write a lot of these as if I was a stand-up comic?)

All winter (using that term technically and not to describe the weather we actually have had), I have been sneezing and hacking. (Very pleasant, right?).

I went to the doctor who told me I had a sinus infection – gave me some antibiotics, – the modern doctor’s version of chicken soup – the over prescribing of which (not to mention our feeding it to all the meat crop and thus to the top of the food chain – yup that’s us!) will get us in trouble very soon. The pills stopped things for a week or so.  But soon…sneeze, hack, sneeze, hack.  Went to a different doctor who suggested I had allergies and got me tested.

Indeed I do!

Dust mites (I thought everyone was allergic to them) – not much to do about that.

Box Elder Trees - Very popular tree in the Northeast and South – especially loves lowlands and river banks (This could be problematic…)

CATS! - Dios mio! I have lived with cats since I was 18. I am not stopping now (not to mention Abigail would kill me if we got rid of the beasty)

After that I had to hit the park and river (damned if you do…damned if you don’t)

First thing I saw was this little guy. I didn’t have the right lens but decided to show him to you anyway…remember that if you click the pic (once, twice) it fills the screen -

Then I walked down into the park (I really should have brought my zoom lens)…

…then I went down to the river. We have had an explosion of ducks in the past week.  In 30 minutes I saw 14 pairs…

Double Date

Of course those first dates can be awkward with all kinds of misunderstandings and missed signals.

I've never been so insulted!


and speaking of insulting…I don’t care what side of the culture war you are on.  Can we all agree that Rush Limbaugh is a grotesque example of a human being? I hope that if you, your mother, your sister, your daughter, your friend or any woman you know has ever used contraception to prevent pregnancy or for any of the many other medical needs address by the pill that you agree.  Five advertisers have already pulled their ads. I hope they all do.


2-23-12 Walk The Way The Wind Blows

Just had time late this afternoon to duck into the southern end of Morningside Park for a few minutes. I went past this building on Cathedral Parkway and looked up. I’ve been walking by for years but don’t know if I ever really looked at it before…

I got to the park, sunshine,  teenage boys out playing baseball and basketball (school vacation this week)…

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Pretty but wrong.

Little kids feeding ducks and geese…

I am not sure who was more surprised – the kid or the goose – Grandad was the only one who did not seem perturbed…

Don't Ask, Don't Tell?


1-23-12 Gee, But Its Great To Be Back Home

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.  ~Buddha

Today was fun. I needed to go downtown so I took the river walk. I hadn’t been all the way down to the water for almost 5 days and it felt wonderful. Settles me right down. 

The only downside?  I have been averaging 15-20 shots a day. Today I took 111. It is extremely difficult to choose the contenders for the blog and then “work” them and then select just one picture in under a day (at least it is if you have any life at all and are not getting paid to do it!)…

So I didn’t…Choose that is…

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter” – Paul Simon

Of course to get to the river I first have to go through Riverside Park…

Lots of animals by the river today…I am sure there would have been more except for this one.

Clay Court Cat

Lots of beasts on and above the river too…

“Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
It’s simply pretend
That you can build them again”

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