17-01- WPC: Ambience

Not a fan of HDR but I have been playing with the updated version in LR…




17-01-03 Trans_Lucent Dreams

“Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.” – Chuck Klosterman
“I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.” – Mark Twain

I am always extremely impressed with those definitive people who can say with confidence on January 1st that: “this was my best/favorite work of the past year.”

I seem to always feel: “Well, yes, that is true today but how about next month? Or next week? Or tomorrow? I will have changed by then. So, I expect my opinion will as well.”

Pretty wishy-washy, I guess.

Anyhow, a few of my favorite images made in 2016 from my project “Trans_Lucent”  as of 1/3/17 at 9:00 am…





15-03-05 Weekly Travel Photo Theme Challenge [Environment Reward]

Now I realize that most of my fellow New Yorkers and Northeasterners are a bit tired of the winter. I am not. I think it has been a brutal winter but in NYC it has been cold but not that snowy. Today we actually got a bunch of snow (6″-8″, I believe) and for the first time all winter I was able to go for a walk in the storm. Sadly they closed the walkway over the George Washington Bridge. I’m not sure if that was because of the storm or because not 1 but 2 people jumped off it yesterday. One from the lower deck after exiting his car and a few minutes later, one from the upper deck after exiting his bike. However I got to tramp around in the woods and then walk the greenway down to 155th Street.

One of the many things I like about NYC is that you can find “wilderness”/country inside the city. So this fits Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Environment and for me it was a Reward to do this which is the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.

As always…click the pic to make it full size.

Here was my first reward

Here are other environments and rewards:











12-14-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

 The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
Marilyn Monroe

In response to this week’s challenge, I thought the back cover was appropriate.

Nothing twinkles like sunlight hitting petroleum floating on water!

Boro Walk

 Other twinkles:










12-5-13 I Bet You Didn’t Know This

After months of truly lousy connectivity, innumerable phone calls and technician visits I finally bit the bullet on Monday and decided that the internet was going to work in this apartment no matter what it took.  After days of phone calls and technician’s visits and transfers from the call center in India to the call center in ? where the level 3 technicians reside, moving the modem and router about the apartment, pinging, pinging and more pinging I think we finally have internet back up and running and to make it all worthwhile, running much better than it ever has. (Knock on a forests worth of wood). That is by way of saying it may take me a while to catch up with all of your published writing and shooting over the past days.

That has nothing to do with the title, does it? I am about to let you in on a little secret that only some folks in NJ and NY who live near the river know.







The river does not have its own water supply! We, the taxpayers, supply the water. These gentlemen usually only work at night. Must be an emergency…

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7-16-13 The 10th Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim

Hudson Swim

As some of you know Katherine (that would be my wife of 28, and partner of 36, years) swam the Hudson to benefit River Pool in 2008-09-10 but was unable to do so for health reasons the past two years.

Well- SHE IS BACK. This year the swim is on Saturday, July 27th If you can donate to the cause of River Pool,  that is great, but whether or no, please send your encouragement and good wishes.

I will have pictures of the event as soon as I am able after it happens. It is always a great day. 250 swimmers and about 100 kayakers, plus the sloop Woody Guthrie and usually Pete Seeger comes out to sing them on. I don’t know if he will be there this year as his wife Toshi just passed away the other day at the age of 91 (they meet in 1943!) but he and Toshi are always there in spirit.

You can learn more about River Pool HERE.

12-17-12 Part Three – Winter Carnival

The previous two posts – ice skating in Bryant Park and night shots on 34th Street, both took place on 12/17. Tonight’s post does as well. When I arrived at ICP (it was the last night of the Digital 2 class I assisted), there was an event happening on the Plaza. I do not know who sponsored it, it could have been Grace as it is the Grace Building. It could have been HBO as they have a plurality of the space. It could have been the BID (Business Improvement District). The only thing I am sure of is that it was not ICP.

I am pretty sure that whoever put the event on did not expect 50 degrees at 6PM on December 17th in NYC. Thank heavens that global warming and climate change are both myths and/or theories just like evolution.

However, you book an event – you go with the event.

Some really good ice sculptors were at work under the lights.

Each sculptor seemed restricted to one tool. A chain saw, a router, etc. I approve of that. The application of ropes and rules is a great stimulus to creativity.

Ice Scupture_ICP-101

Ice Scupture_ICP-102

Ice Scupture_ICP-100

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8-27-12 Nature’s Way

It’s nature’s way of tellin’ you something’s wrong

It’s nature’s way of tellin’ you in a song

It’s nature’s way of receiving you

It’s nature’s way of retrieving you

It’s nature’s way of telling you something’s wrong

It’s nature’s way of tellin’ you through the breeze

It’s nature’s way of tellin’ you dying trees

It’s nature’s way of receiving you

It’s nature’s way of retrieving you

It’s nature’s way of telling you something’s wrong

Randy California


12-28-11 Of Wind And Water, Clouds And Wood

Wild rivers are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the
authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.
Richard Bangs, River Gods 

Today was the first day of winter. At least that is how it felt. Wind gusts of 40mph, temperature in the low to mid 30’s.  Very few people were at the river running or biking today.  Some very brave people on The Circle Line Boat were on the top deck as it headed back to its home base.  I shot for about an hour. Four very different views. This post has two of them.

Nuclear Family