On August 5th a new book titled: “Guide To New York City Urban Landscapes” by Robin Lynn and Francis Morrone was published. (Introduction by Pete Hamill) Most of the photography is by an excellent photographer named Edward A. Toran. However on page 137 you will find this image of mine.
I am mildly stoked.
I am not going to be able to follow through on a commitment I made to myself. This does not make me happy.
I said yesterday that today I would definitely write about the Two Row Wampum Renewal campaign in a thorough manner and show pictures of the 200 or so kayaks and canoes landing in Peekskill in the shadows of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. You will get a very few pictures tonight but unless you click the link above, no real explanation of the event the southern half of which started in Troy, NY on July 27th and will end at the UN on Saturday, August 10th. I hope to be able to do so tomorrow but only time will tell.
Last week I wrote (Here) about Katherine returning to swim the Hudson after a two-year gap. The swim is 6 days away and she has been training hard. I wanted to give you all a taste of what the swim looks like before it starts so here are two shots from just before the 2008 swim.
I also wanted to give a shout out to the woman with the gorgeous green/blue/aqua eyes, The Accidental Cootchie Mama (a great blogger and a great writer). She and her witty and charming husband MTM did a quick NYC visit and were kind enough to both fit me in for lunch and make a donation to River Pool in Katherine’s honor.
I am finally working on the Quotidian Hudson Book Project again. This has caused me to go back through the blog from day 1. I look at the first picture I put up and scratch my head a bit. I know what I was trying to say with it but I can’t remember if I actually thought it was any good or used it because it fit the theme.
Today, I can say that I do not think it is a good picture. It represents the blog to some extent but it is flat and doesn’t really say anything. If I was able to go back in time and reshoot this I would get a lot closer and reframe it completely. I can’t even get this crop where I would want to be but the concept of the image is closer. (Because it is cropped down so tightly it is blurry and pixel short.)
We live, we learn, we move on…
“October is nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
In keeping with the above it seems that after 122,757 miles the Graciemobile is set to retire. Just like an old man, its veins are leaking, its bones are frail, its kidneys need replacing and its plugs are having trouble sparking. After I dropped it off at the shop and before I got the diagnosis, I walked down to the river and up to 72nd Street. It was definitely an October day. Bright sunshine, cool temperatures and a brisk wind.
I took a shot from the front but decided it was a bit risqué for this PG-13 rated blog. All I will say is she likes to share…
A last burst of life…
The portal between two beings…
One more weekend of free kayaking before the season ends…
First as a parenthetical note…if you want to read about big kayak adventures go check out Wind Against Current. Johna and Vlad really kayak. Katherine and I just toodle.
Through a bit of luck, I happened to visit the Freshkills Park website practically the moment they posted their free guided kayak tour of a small part of the slowly developing Freshkills Park. Currently the only way to be in the park is through guided tours (water or walking). Closed in 2001, Fresh Kills which is on Staten Island was the world’s largest landfill (aka garbage mound). When completed in 2040 or later it will be the second largest park in the New York City system (Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is the biggest).
Our Parks Department guides Carrie Grassi and Michael Callery ably assisted by Tina (and another woman whose name I did not catch…oops) from Kayak Staten Island led the tour of 30. There was a 60 person wait list and Carrie told us the tour filled within an hour of being listed.
Later today or tomorrow I will have more pictures, especially of the Osprey, up on Flickr but for now…Come paddle with us.
If you are in the NYC area on July 14th (next Saturday) check out City Of Water Day. Events on both rivers. The main areas will be Liberty State Park and Governor’s island so The Hudson is well represented even before the various activities taking place on and in it.
Abigail is going on a three day school kayak trip with 11 other kids in her grade tomorrow. They kayak the Hudson and start out near Beacon. It is part of their Experiential Education class. She claims to not be looking forward to it (which is probably true as the weather is supposed to be bleeh at best) but I suspect, in the end she will enjoy it.
However, that meant that the early morning, late afternoon and late night, were filled with, ” I need…” and “Where did we put…” and “I forgot…” so there was not a lot of time to get out and shoot.
I decide to try an interior still life that covered the last three days of kitchen fun…
Pickled ramps and sourdough. The ramps in red were blanched and preserved in red wine vinegar bath (red wine/sugar/water) with a garlic clove, red pepper flakes/sour salt added to the jar. The ramps in white were brined and preserved in a white wine vinegar bath (sugar/fennel seed/coriander seed/ dried red chiles/) with sour salt added to the jar.
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