12-26-14 Weekly Photo Challenge

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

So many ways to go with this one but, earlier today Dominica popped into my head and then when I saw warmth this only seemed natural:

The Valley of Desolation:


The Valley Of Desolation – Dominica

which leads to:


Boiling Lake – Dominica

Boiling Lake.

That is warmth for me…

Other views:








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.


Other views of glow and letters












10-30-13 Travel Theme: Stone

There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls.

Amelia Earhart

Ailsa’s theme this week is stone.  I figure that this gives me a good reason to go back to the river which I haven’t featured in what feels like weeks. First off, I want to boldly go where photographers are not supposed to go according to every portfolio review, critique or class I have ever sat in.

Boro Walk

Please control your horror. It is true. These rocks are dry. This is from around 108th Street or about 4 miles north of New York harbor. The engine is the one I have been watching for almost three years now.

This next shot is about 2 miles south of Henderson Lake in Adirondack Park. The feet are mine.

Journey's End_Source of the Hudson

Finally, what is a Travel Theme post without a Dominica shot. This is the beach at Secret Bay.


And now check out these other stones:










10-19-13 Travel Theme: Brown

“The only color I don’t have is navy brown.”

Yogi Berra

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is brown

Boring color, right? Not really. When you start to look brown is everywhere and there are so many shades and tints. Here are a few of mine.

First i want to revisit Dominica – you may be beginning to realize that is not metaphorical.

A house in town


A little bar up the Indian River


Closer to home Duck over Hudson


and finally a vendor at Lincoln Center (I forget what festival this was)


Other brown views you may enjoy:

Brown- Ailsa’s Travel Theme | The Rider

 Travel Theme: Brown | dadirridreaming

Travel theme: Brown | Journey Around The Globe

Travel theme: Brown « Hanels’ Travels and Photography

Travel Theme: Brown | Postcards from

 Travel theme: Brown | Destino

Brown Out | Beyond the Brush

 Travel Theme: Brown | K2inCanada’s Blog

8-31-13- Weekly Travel Photo Theme Challenge: Distance Sea

I thought I would combine Ailsa’s weekly theme: Distance with this week’s photo challenge: Sea and see what I could find.

Since I went very cold yesterday I thought we should go warm today. I think the photo from the beach of Secret Bay on the island of Dominica fills the bill…

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Here are some other views…

Travel Theme: Distance | Paths Unwritten

Travel Theme : Distance – Kejauhan | bambangpriantono

My.Vivid.Visions | Travel theme: Distance – City

Distance- Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme | The Rider

Weekly Travel Theme: Distance | Max510’s Blog

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreams of my Inner Ocean | An Upturned Soul

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea: Local Sea-neary | Colonialist’s Blog

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | kittykatblogbag

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | weird & cool stuff seen while out & about

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | getsetandgo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Pa-BLAM!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Sea | Milka Pejovic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | 2812 photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | A Taste of Morning

“Weekly Photo Challenge: (Sea)” | Irresistibly Fish

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Far Away

4-14-13 Really-Wow

“And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.”

I have spent much of the past 72 hours scanning through the last 2 and half years of photographs in preparation for a contest submission and my eyes hurt.  Basically the only things I stopped for were eating, sleeping and, thankfully, a visit from Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and kids who were in town for 24 hours. It was a relief to get my head out of the computer and see people who actually moved and talked even for a little while.  However I am about to dive back in.

Here are a few of the images that I have been working on.


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Working away-4

Working away-6

Working away-2

2-17-13 Travel Theme: Mountains

Ailsa’s theme this week is mountains

Mountains come in many shapes and sizes both in reality and metaphorically.  Metaphorically I ran into a mountain today when I finally installed Photoshop CS6 only to discover that my computer’s graphics card can not handle it and Apple tells me that I cannot upgrade the card.  That was a mountain to conquer to get today’s images.

Reality?  The first shot is from 2009 on our way to the Newburgh to Beacon Hudson Swim looking over West Point and the Hudson…


The next three are from the hike to the Boiling Lake in Dominica

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My guide

My guide

Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake

6-12-12 Travel Theme: Oceans (A Digression)

Ailsa over at Where’s my Backpack? threw down a new photo challenge in honor of World Oceans Day. This gave me a chance to dig through some older pictures.  The scans were done on the fly and on the cheap. It doesn’t bother me. Hope it doesn’t bother you.

Let’s start with the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica back in the early 90’s….

Then head off to the island of Sifnos in the Mediterranean in 1995

Then jump a century to Wellfleet MA and the Atlantic in 2011

From March of 2012 Dominica gives us The Caribbean (just around the corner from Secret Bay)

Finally we jump back in time to 2005 and an ocean

of people at The Del Mar County Fair.

3-31-12/4-2-12 Gee But It’s Great To Be Back Home

When I had reached the top, above Dominica‘s Boiling Lake (for images of it click back one day), with my bruised knee, and sore calves, I was looking down on this amazing natural phenomena – the sound it makes is incredible – and despite the pain, everything was just about perfect at that moment.

However, there was a party of 3 Germans and a Spaniard who had arrived a bit earlier … and they insisted on chattering, loudly, and smoking.  Here we are, having just walked up and down mountains for 14 km, at an amazing place in nature, and they are talking about the Spaniard’s business back in Chicago and smoking a well-known American brand of cigs.  At least they packed the cigarettes back out.

As they were getting ready to head down, one of them asked  me where I was from. I said New York City. The Spaniard responded. “New York – man, that means chaos to me”.  Without a thought I said, “It means home to me.”

I love to travel. If I could afford it, I would travel 90% of the time.  But what makes traveling for me is knowing that behind me or in front of me, is my home, my place, waiting for me.  It hasn’t always been NYC. Once it was Boston, later Southern California, and in the future it may be somewhere else, but right now NYC is home and it is always nice to return.

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3-25-12/3-30-12 Seize The Day – Run Away

So, we were scheduled to take a 6:30AM flight to San Juan on Sunday the 25th.  That would get us into San Juan at 11:00 with an hour and 25 minutes lay over before getting on the plane to Melville Hall in Dominica.  At approximately 2:30 on Saturday, I received an automated call from American Airlines informing me that, due to crew regulations, our 6:30am flight would not be leaving until 8:30am… Now I am no math genius but a quick count on my fingers told me that we were going to miss our connection to Dominica and there is only one plane a day…

I called American who told me that, indeed, my math was correct and it looked like we were SOL…unless we could get to JFK by 4:30 since there were still seats available on the 6:30pm flight to San Juan. They said they could probably get us a hotel when we arrived.

Of course, Katherine wasn’t home and Abigail and I were not packed, it can easily take an hour to JFK from our apartment and we had to decide … right now. I managed to track Katherine down, we discussed for 30 seconds and decided to go for it.  Called AA back and said, “book it, Dano”.  Abigail and I hurled stuff in to our suitcases, we got in touch with our cat feeders and said “hey, you are on,”, picked up some necessities at the drug store and we were off.   Made it to the ticket counter by 5pm and were in San Juan by 10:30pm. Of course, none of us had eaten lunch or dinner but, hey…

As we got off the plane we spoke with Cora Vilmari, a wonderful ticket agent for AA, who arranged a hotel, and vouchers for taxis to and from the airport, dinner and breakfast. So, in reality, everything worked out for the best. We didn’t have to get up stupidly early to catch our plane, we were rested as we arrived in Dominica, Katherine and I got to watch the cream of San Juan strut their stuff at the casino next to our hotel and we had room and board. Of course, it turned out that I had packed one t-shirt, (but 9 pairs of socks!) Abigail had not been able to find her sunglasses, her backup camera was not with us etc. but hey, so it goes…

What follows are a few (well more than a few) highlights of the trip.  Skim at your leisure…

“You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone. We are alone in the most beautiful place in the world…”

Jean Rhys (Born – Roseau, Dominica – 1890-1979)

Bat Hole - Secret Beach

Trail to Boiling Lake

Valley Of Desolation

The Boiling Lake (2nd largest in world)

Boiling Lake

Iguana Alert

Candle Scene - Pirates of The Caribbean 2 (Jack's Memorial)

Calypso's House was here (Note 2x6 in background of picture - scrim hung there)

Fire (Our Indian River Guide)


Trail to Trafalgar Falls

Screw's Spa

Secret Bay

Flew into Door - Recovered and Flew Away