4-28-14 Travel Theme: Glow (Laughter Edition)

Yesterday, amidst the low key celebrating, I took a short time to go down to the river while K took care of something (Yes, life doesn’t stop for significant days). It had been a beautiful day earlier but the wind had changed and clouds had moved in and it had become somewhat blustery. Thus the cherry blossoms in yesterday’s post.

While I was down at the Cherry Walk I observed a young biking couple who just stared into the trees and kept rubbing helmets and kissing.

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They kept doing their thing and I kept shooting the river and the bridge and the sky (an amazing sky, I must show it to you sometime.) After a while he approached me and asked if I minded taking their picture with his cell phone.  Of course I said yes. I mean who of us doesn’t? After I took three pictures from three different angles (I do that a lot in this situation) I asked, as I frequently do, if I could take their picture.  They said yes.

They couldn’t stop giggling and glowing.

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Some other glowing views:

http://elizabatz.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-golden-glow-myanmar/

http://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow-simple-poem-and-pictures/

http://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/welcome-to-walnut/

http://alienshores52.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://witrianphotofolio.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://tomboytravels.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow-of-the-sun/

http://froghopper.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://elizabatz.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-buddhist-glow-myanmar/

http://sunriseadventures.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://sherresartzone.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://unexpectedincommonhours.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/weekly-travel-theme-glow/

 

4-27-14 No Drama Sunday (Anniversary Edition)

“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” 
Walker Evans

Today is our Anniversary, Katherine and I. We decided to make it a quiet one.

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4-26-14 Glowing Letters

I am not interested in rules or conventions. Photography is not a sport.

Bill Brandt

 

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Letters. My first go was just over here. Ailsa’s Travel theme is glow.

I think this picture from an interestingly named spa in Dominica fits both themes and challenges.

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Other views of glow and letters

http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/wpc-letters/

http://bambangpriantono.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/travel-theme-glow-bersinar/

http://www.estherjulee.com/personal/viva-el-peru-the-daily-post-photo-challenge/

http://angelocrux.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/travel-theme-glow/

http://marthalisek.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/weekly-photo-challenge-letters/

http://madisonrolls.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/travel-theme-glow/

http://foto.rudenius.se/2014/04/3332/

http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/autumn-glow/

http://mittenedhands.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/disobedience/

http://katpegimana.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://austindetails.me/2014/04/25/letters-past/

4-25-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters (Greenpoint Edition)

“To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”

Dorothea Lange

This week is an odd one…LeTtErS

I found two in the archives from the winter that fit the bill.

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Other letters:

http://no1queenie.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/weekly-photo-challenge-letters/

http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/04/25/breclav-station-pic-du-jour/

http://colourbridge.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/world-is-my-village-and-humans-are-its-citizens/

http://situnis.com/malay-letter/

http://sfchapman.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/weekly-photo-challenge-letters/

http://moersalins.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/arabic-letter/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/freedom-from-mental-illness/

http://farmerfarthing.com/2014/04/25/weekly-photo-challenge-letters/

http://duniyaku.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/weekly-photo-challenge-letters/

http://travelmoments.net/2014/04/25/of-letters-and-signs/

 

4-24-14 Truly Tired Thursday

It has been a long week already and fortunately I have Lightroom tutoring and shooting gigs booked for the next three days.  I went to Central Park with @BH_Event_Space and (check out her excellent work) Brenda Tharp today. Lots more photos and maybe some stories another time.

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4-23-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top (Enterprising Edition)

Challenge: On Top.

My first attempt: Here

 On April 27,2012 another visitor became a New Yorker. It was surely on top that day.

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Other views…

http://svetlanagrobman.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://myfoododyssey.com/2014/04/23/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://derwentvalleyphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top-aonach-mor/

http://jennsmidlifecrisis.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/getting-on-top-of-it/

http://sreejithpnair.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/weekly-photo-challemge-on-top-of-an-elephant/

http://amcnabb.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top-2/

http://natureontheedge.com/2014/04/22/where-sky-meets-mountains/

http://lowcay.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://rindrianie.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

4-22-14 Earth Day

It is earth day today. It seems to me that it has become very commercial and has lost its original impetus. I may just be cranky due to lack of sleep so don’t quote me.

On Sunday when I was down at South Ferry and Battery Park, the fishermen were out in force.

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This little beauty was 33″

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4-21-14 Travel Theme: Round (Memorial Edition – Circle Game 2)

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town
And they tell him take your time it won’t be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Joni Mitchell

Last night’s Mad Men leads me to finish my Circle Game rumination. Abigail’s last six weeks of high school also push me here…

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is round. My first go round is here.

Yesterday, I went down to South Ferry and the Battery to see the mouth of the Hudson. Just off the entrance to the harbor are three monuments (last weeks photo challenge – here). The first is The American Merchant Marines Memorial.  The second is the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial. The third is “The Sphere”.  It is a sculpture by Fritz Koenig that installed in 1971 in the plaza of the World Trade Center between the towers. It was designed to symbolize world peace through world trade. During the attacks of 9/11 it was damaged, but it was relocated – unrepaired -to Battery Park on March 11, 2002.

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Here are other views of Round.

http://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round-spanish-style/

http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round-and-weekly-photo-challenge-on-top/

http://katpegimana.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

http://witrianphotofolio.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

http://fathersunny.com/2014/04/19/wheres-my-back-pack-travel-theme-challenge-round/

http://vackrare.com/2014/04/19/round/

http://vannillarock.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/round/

http://elizabatz.com/2014/04/19/travel-theme-round/

 

4-20-14 Phoenix

“When I was in school, I wanted to be W. Eugene Smith. He was a legendary staffer at Life, a consummate photojournalist, and an architect of the photo essay. He was also kinda crazy.  That was obvious when he came to lecture at Syracuse University and put a glass of milk and a glass of vodka on the lectern. Both were gone at the end of the talk. He was taking questions and I was in the front row, hanging on every word.  Mr. Smith, is the only good light available light?” came the question.  He leaned into the microphone. “Yes,” he baritoned, and paused.   A shudder ran through all of us. That was it! No more flash! God’s light or nothing!
But then he leaned back into the mic, “By that, I mean, any &*%%@$ light that’s available.”
Point taken.”
Joe McNally

I thought this quote was an excellent lead in to the pictures I shot at St John The Divine yesterday.  They have an extraordinary exhibit, Phoenix: XU Bing at the Cathedral, that will be up through 2014. These are two 12 ton sculptures suspended from the ceiling each constructed of debris from a building site.

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4-19-14 Travel Theme: Round (Circle Game)

 Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like when you’re older must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Joni Mitchell

 

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is round.  So many ways to go, so many directions that one can take…

Last summer season…a sun at Union Square Greenmarket

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This spring season…St John the Divine, stained glass windows over the entrance

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Other ways to a round:

http://cornishkylie.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round-the-sushi-bar/

http://hereandthere5.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/tourist-in-my-own-town-round-travel-theme/

http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/circles-in-stone-rollright-avebury-stonehenge/

http://albatz.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/word-week-photo-challenge-rounds-tea-malaysia/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/

http://roosdoring.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/