It was a beautiful spring day in the city. High somewhere in the low 60′s, partly sunny or partly cloudy depending on your point of view.
(Digression – Why the internet can be great. So which has more sun a partly cloudy or partly sunny day? Off I go down the google hole!)
I’m back. So…while you waited did your glass become half empty or is it half full?
It seems that officially, meteorologistly speaking…partly sunny and partly cloudy mean the same thing! It depends on the speaker. Now, I always assumed that a partly cloudy day was less sunny then a partly sunny day but many people out there in internet land make a convincing counter argument. If your glass is partly full or partly empty which has more liquid in it? I would say the partly empty glass is more full then the partly full glass so isn’t a partly cloudy day therefore more sunny than a partly sunny day?
Could be! Who knows?
Anyway. The temperature at the river was the same as the rest of the city but…
the wind was blowing in the high teens or low 20′s so it felt a bit brisker. That didn’t stop these kids from PS 75 who took an art trip to the river
to make their own driftwood and flotsam/jetsam art! I didn’t ask what grade they were in because I just assumed second or first. If it was a third grade class they almost certainly would have been trapped in a classroom being taught the finer points of taking a bubble test, – sorry I mean learning the math and english appropriate to the grade level of their required make or break test - which is being given shortly. They certainly would NOT have been wasting time on such frivolity as Art (or for that matter History or critical thinking or deep reading).
As they headed back to school for dismissal I headed up to Riverside Park and shortly thereafter the fun continued with a wider range of ages.
We had our first “blizzard” of the season.
Blizzard is a term that has become as overused as hero. The Weather Channel continues its obnoxious habit of naming snow storms, but I bet they don’t name the storms that only hit North Dakota or Buffalo or Maine.
There are definitely places that had a blizzard but 6.4 inches in Central Park does not make the cut. It snowed and it was very pretty.
The Cherry Walk looking south
A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
It snowed in the city this morning.
I have been rushing about and unable to get to the river or do much shooting for myself at all but mis-scheduled today so that I had an appointment at 7 AM and then a clear schedule until 1 PM after which I am booked until close to midnight. Should have taken a nap, but instead I went through Riverside Park down to the river. I figured I would see how the 800 handled the weather (wonderfully) and I put on my fixed 50 so I could take some “in-scene” portraits of folks out in the weather.
Okay, that may not have worked out…
Here we are just 4 days away from Winter Solstice; actually 99 hours and 36 minutes when I took this shot; and what do I see? A harbinger of spring, perhaps?
I mentioned the other day that I took a really nice walk on June 29th from 102nd Street up the river to 181st. It was a glorious day and all sorts of people were out. Two items of particular interest to me involved art. One official and supported by the city and one unofficial and supported by most of us who walk (or kayak) the river. Many of you who have been kind enough to follow my journey for some time know that I am fascinated by all the driftwood art that pops up on the banks of the river. People tell me that there are at least two and probably more artists who do this work which based on style alone makes sense. I had never seen either or any of them until the 29th. At around 118th Street I found him. He didn’t want to talk to me which I understand since I don’t necessarily want to talk while I am working but he had no objection to my shooting him.
As I walked further north I came to Riverbank and then to the continuation of Riverside Park . On warm summer days this area is home to barbecue Ever few yards is another group cooking and partying up a storm. The majority of the folks are Dominican-Americans but you see everybody. I am not 100% certain it is legal but there are always a few cop cars and a fire truck in the area in case the need arises so it is at least semi legal.
I shot some pictures of a sculpture which is part of the “Art In The Parks” program that I choose to call Yoko Ono Variation 375 although its real name is High Rise by Charles Ginnever. When you see it I think you will understand both names.
Regina Spektor is kind enough to sing us out today.
In many ways this picture is the start of The Quotidian Hudson. I am in the process of “finalizing” a book of my river journey (although until I go to Lake Tear Of The Clouds I cannot say it is finished) and in writing the preface…well to quote the first line: “In July 2010, while Katherine and I were in Riverside Park enjoying a Martini and Manhattan, a quiet sunset snuck across the sky above the Hudson. I started shooting”
My mistakes are my life – Samuel Beckett
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is dance.
Click the word “dance” and go to Ailsa’s blog where you can see her wonderful photographic interpretations and where you can see all current submissions.
One day as I was coming up from the river and had just crested the hill in Riverside Park, something caught my eye…
a few select views of the world of dance:
dance | photo theme hop
Travel theme: Dance | So where’s the snow?
4-9-13 TEMPORARY SUMMER
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?
That was yesterday. Today I went to Riverside Park and these two gentlemen asked me to take their picture. Their friends photo bombed it.
Before this I had, of course taken a walk down the Hudson.
All creatures great and small…
A few days ago I was in Riverside Park and down by the river looking for spring. I didn’t find it but I did find these.
Tall and Tan and Young and Handsome
Love is in the concrete
Looking over the water