“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”
Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I started The Quotidian Hudson its Constitution stated a picture a day. No more than one picture a day. Apparently those of us who drafted the Constitution were very into ropes and rules that winter. At some point fairly early in the process I decided it was a dumb rule and held a Constitutional Convention where we amended indeed eliminated, the rule and set no limit on what might be done.
However on January 30th, 2011 the “one picture rule” was still in effect. The two pictures below did not make the cut that day.
It really was winter in January of 2011.
If you are interested in seeing the picture that did make the cut… go here
I took this image this morning not knowing how appropriate it would seem after watching Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood play the Macbeths in Rupert Goold’s filmed adaptation of the 2008 stage production of Macbeth which has just been released on Netflix and DVD. Macbeth -PBS The interpretation is very much focused on the internal needs and lives of the leads and the bitter coldness and power of their imaginations and the society they create. Both performances are extraordinary as are the performances of most of the supporting players, especially Christopher Patrick Nolan as the Porter, Michael Feast as Macduff, and Martin Turner as Banquo, and I cannot recommend this film enough.
Ah, okay boss, but what does this have to do with the Quotidian Hudson? The power of the mind. Yesterday was a lovely, spring like day. Today was very February. It was not a special day, cold but nothing extreme, windy but not excessive. We have had many worse days as recently as last week but everyone on the river was grim. The runners looked pained, the dog walkers (but not the dogs) looked unhappy and were complaining.
Why? Well, I would suggest it is because we are human beings, we are very adept at adapting and utterly brilliant at developing false ideas. I can’t tell you how many people told me yesterday that it could hit 60 degrees on Friday and so…it only stands to reason that if it is 56 on Monday and will be 60 on Friday then all the days in between must be similar and indeed, (Hosanna!) winter is gone! No more freezing days, no more ice on the path. Why? My mind has decreed it so!
It almost felt like spring today. 40 degrees at 7:30am, snow melt on the bike path, many people out running, biking – no roller bladers or boarders yet though - still a number of people hit the black ice and went down. Of course there are ancillary effects to all this melting. Flotsam and jetsam (and worse). So far I hve focused on pretty – time to see the “other side” of our river. As people we find it hard not to leave our mark…
Just a reminder – click on the image for a larger view.
Took the “A” up to 181 and walked on the iciest footbridge and path in the city today just to get to the Little Red Lighthouse and under the bridge. I arrived at a good time as the Hudson was flowing upstream.
The other times I have been here I haven’t been able to get more than 10 feet north of the lighthouse. Today, the guard did not care that I went out on the rocks and north of the Coast Guard facility. For some reason, it was a completely exhilarating experience. I have to get my work blog done because only posting one picture today is really a problem…
In the 13 years that I have visited the 108th Street sledding hill I have never seen so many kids sledding and such great snowman making snow. 19″ of snow followed by a clear day can do that. It was cold, the river was extremely icy, but it was party time!