11-25-14 A Sign Of Red Hook

This may be my favorite sign in the city.

Seen on a bridge over the Gowanus Canal (back in the past referred to as Lavender Lake due to its pungent smell, now apparently supposed to become the Venice of Brooklyn.)

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11-24-14 Bits and Pieces

Had to go down to Chelsea this afternoon. This greeted me as I got off the subway.

Talk about your scofflaws.

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Since I was down there I went to visit my old friend, Pier 54.

Deterioration continues apace. I am breaking several photographic rules in this picture but I like it.

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11-22-14 Weekly Photo Travel Theme Challenge: Colorfully Angular

Travel Theme: colorful

Photo Challenge: Angular

Previous Attempt (Challenge): right here

My apologies to those who already saw this shot on my Facebook or G+ page. This is the sunrise as seen from my iPhone the morning after my birthday.

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Other angular or colorful views.

http://sixpixx.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/the-daily-post-challenge-angular/

http://irunugly.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

http://belgianstreets.com/2014/11/21/angular/

http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/colourful/

http://thirdpersontravel.com/2014/11/22/colourful-travel-themed-photo-challenge/

http://wrightouttanowhere.com/2014/11/22/travel-theme-colorful/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/travel-theme-colourful/

http://rygalo.com/2014/11/22/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

http://normashilpi.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/angles-and-triangles/

http://indahs.com/2014/11/22/plaza-viejas-planetarium/

51 years …

11-21-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Angular.”

The 3rd floor at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn

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Other angular views:

http://danbochat.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

http://largeself.com/2014/11/21/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

http://moondustwriter.com/2014/11/21/theres-always-an-angle-photography-poem/

http://vackrare.com/2014/11/21/angular/

http://lolako.com/wordpress-photo-challenge-angular-a-driftwood-shelter/

http://rigmormortis1998.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/photo-challenge-angular-lysekil-sweden/

http://hereisandrea.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

http://msdiplomacy.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/angular/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

http://memorycatcher.me/2014/11/21/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

11-18-14 Travel Theme: Belonging

I could write a volume on this topic but that isn’t what I do. What I do is make talking pictures (I hope).

Ailsa’s theme this week is belonging. Last May I was at a B&H Event Space fashion photo demo/shoot led by Robert Harrington in Madison Square Park and took some time away from the models to look at some things that truly belonged there. This park denizen caught my eye.

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Here are some other viewpoints that belong:

http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/travel-theme-belonging/

http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/travel-theme-belonging/

http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/travel-theme-belonging-in-kerala-onam-festival/

http://rapuran.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/travel-theme-belonging/

http://justanotherdayintheworld.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/travel-theme-belonging/

http://timwolversonphotos.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/belonging/

http://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/travel-theme-belonging/

http://prettypacked.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/miss-you-lot/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/travel-theme-belonging/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/11/16/travel-theme-belonging/

11-17-14 Ballad Of A Thin Man

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I have been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan in the car recently. iTunes shuffles and up it comes, mine is not to question why. The gentleman does have a way with words and is definitely underrated as a musician.  One line of his particularly sticks with me these days and today I decided to write about it after a little unintentional push from Andra Watkins (have I suggested recently that you should buy her book, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey Of Meriwether Lewis? No, well you should. It is excellent. You can find out how to get an autographed copy if you click here.)

Anyway, her husband, the redoubtable MTM is an avid bicyclist. Unfortunately, as of a few days ago, he is also an avid patient after a young woman, wearing headphones, walked into the bike path and in avoiding her MTM broke his collarbone.

Okay, that is too bad, dude, but what the heck does that have to do with Dylan?

Well – once upon a time, Dylan wrote a song, the one I stole my headline from. It is a great song. The most familiar lyric is:

“Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones ?”

However, today we are talking about earbuds and headphones and all the ways we cut ourselves off from the world around us. Once this was regarded as a bad thing as can be seen in the last two lines of the last verse…

“Well, you walk into the room
Like a camel and then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
And your nose on the ground
There ought to be a law
Against you comin’ around
You should be made
To wear earphones.”

He says it like wearing earphones is a bad thing, a punishment.

Imagine that.

11-15-14 Afternoon Delight

As part of my birthday week celebration Katherine took me to “A Private Wine Tasting” at the Italian Wine Merchants. Topic was the Killer Bs of Italy (Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and the newcomer to the group, Bolgheri.)

A very enjoyable two hours filled with information, great cheese, speck, prosciutto and, oh yeah, a few wines.

As you can tell from the high quality of these shots…a good time was had by all.

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