4-18-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (Take Two)

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest (4.1.146-58) – William Shakespeare

The photo challenge this week is change.   This is my second go round with this theme. If you would like to see the first it is here.  This time I take a slightly different view of the subject.





Takin' It To The Streets

As always: here are a few other points of view.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change ~ Growing in the Garden | In Da Campo
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change + Plant = Flower | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (into Calvin Klein’s) | Thrifty Finn
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge – Change! | rarasaur
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | PragueByKaty
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Postcards from Scotland
  7. Weekly photo challenge: Change | A Number of Things
  8. Change: Wow – and what a change! | Journey to New Zealand
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Imperfect Happiness
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | cancerinmythirties
  11. Smooth Operator | Views From My World
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change! | Chasquita
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Peanut Jelly Sandwich
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Rainbow Bakery
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE (Autumn) | A drifter off to see the world
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Photo & Tour
  17. constant | yi-ching lin photography
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (Seed Update) | Nature Mom
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Penne 4 Your Thoughts
  20. Peace Wisdom Prosperity
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change II | northumbrian : light
  22. Change of life | Le Drake Noir
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Faye Hicks’s Blog
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | i play camera
  25. CHANGING TIDES | bluebrightly
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Benjamin J White
  27. Go and Make a Difference in the World | Not The Sword But The Pen
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Jill’s Well
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | The Evolution of X

12-29-12 Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures 2 – People

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events –

Albert Einstein

As mentioned yesterday, I am running out 2012 with some of my favorite photographs of the year most of which did not appear in the blog. Coincidentally the theme of the photo challenge this week is: My 2012 In Pictures. Today I am showing some of the people I found interesting this year. – before 7/1/12.

Law Enforcement - Occupy Wall Street - Union Square

Law Enforcement – Occupy Wall Street – Union Square

Union Square - OWS

Union Square – OWS



OWS - Union Square - April

OWS – Union Square – April

Model - B&H Fashion Photo Walk - Central Park

Model – B&H Fashion Photo Walk – Central Park

Vendor: Wellfleet Flea Market

Vendor: Wellfleet Flea Market

The Watchers - ICP

The Watchers – ICP

Prospect Park

Prospect Park

9-17-11 You Can’t Make This Stuff Up



So, on the 1st Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street‘s taking of Zuccotti Park, a tape of Mitt Romney emerges. He is speaking at a fundraiser. The “money” quote was:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

I prefer these two however…

“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.” (FYI: the reason Dad was born in Mexico is that his Grandfather, unlike Mitt, did not believe that marriage was between a man and a woman. He though it was between a man and many women. When polygamy was banned he headed to Mexico.)

And the winner is…

“We … we, uh, use Ann sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.”

I didn’t go down to wall Street to watch the protests. I went instead to Union Square to see those who stayed behind.  Ran into Norman Rockwell again (last picture).

N. Rockwell


7-11-12 Weekly Photo Challenge Movement

” The great owners, nervous, sensing a change, knowing nothing of the nature of the change. The great owners, striking at the immediate thing, the widening government, the growing labor unity; striking at new taxes, at plans; not knowing that these things are results, not causes. The causes lie deep and simply – the causes are a hunger in the stomach, multiplied a million times; a hunger in a single soul, hunger for joy and some security, multiplied a million times; muscles and mind aching to grow, to work, to create, multiplied a million times.

John Steinbeck

The Grapes Of Wrath

This weeks photo challenge was extremely appropriate for me as I am reading one of the great American novels about movement and change.  We don’t have Okies moving west in desperation from the dust bowl and the bank foreclosures but we do have people from all parts of the country losing homes and living in cars. Perhaps not as much movement as most of us thought over the past 80 years…(Click on the book title above for a great review of the movie vis-a-vis today.)

I was in Bryant Park yesterday and the Carousel was swinging…


This shot will be the first or last picture of my book on The Hudson (if I ever get it published…)

5-1-12 May Day – OWS – Not Dead Yet

Hands down, the best and most potent sign seen at Occupy Wall Street’s Joint March and Demo

May Day.  I spent most of today with Occupy Wall Street and their allies in labor and various Immigration groups.  I believe that their death has been over reported.  I have already heard Fox News saying that there were 1000 or less participants,  (which was patently absurd,) OWS and its allies will probably claim 10- 15,000 or more.  I don’t do crowd estimates but I would align myself with 7,500-10,000.

I started the day in Union Square with labor and Immigration, then went up to Madison Square Park for OWS Free University, then followed the OWS march from Bryant Park through Madison Square and down to Union Square to join up with the other groups.  There were also marches over the Brooklyn Bridge and a few others. By the time I had to leave the march from Union Square down to Wall Street had  not begun but was getting organized. Haven’t seen that many cops in a good long while.  Below is a small sample of my pictures from the day. I will have the rest up on Flickr soon.

Set up on Flickr as of 1:30pm



4-18-12 Ramping Up

“There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.

Walt Whitman

I was at the Union Square Greenmarket today and spring has definitely arrived in the tri-state area.  Ramps have been easily available for several weeks but just this week asparagus has flooded the market. Two weeks ago one or two farmers had a small supply. This week everyone has a grand supply. I bought enough ramps to eat for several meals and pickle two pints and enough Asparagus to preserve at least 3 pints. Canning season is here.
If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it’s that the terrorists can attack us, but they can’t take away what makes us American – our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General (John Ashcroft) can do that.
4/18/11 Fort Tryon Park

4-14-12 – 2.5 Days In 6 Hours

Katherine really wanted to see tulips so today we visited the Conservancy Garden, billed as the “only formal garden found in Central Park.” It has three sections, one designed in the British style (south), one the Italian (center), and one the French (north).  The tulips were spectacular as were the gardens in general.  The garden was awash in deeply pregnant women and their swains, a bushel of brand new parents, young couples getting their pictures taken, and all of the others (like us) who just wanted to enjoy the beautiful day.  Here are a few pictures of the garden.

As we headed out of the north end of the garden (French!) we stumbled upon a wedding.  The Garden is renowned as a place to have a very public wedding…

After we left the Garden we headed across the park below the Harlem Meer.  We were about half way around when we saw a crowd/mob across the Meer and lots of cops.  Occupy Wall Street had a planned meeting at the south end of the park and our first thought was that it had transitioned all the way to the north end. However, as we got closer we could see that it was mainly teenagers, mostly African-American and Latino, so it was doubtful that it was OWS.

Katherine asked a young man what was up. he said it was an event called “Rebel”, where kids got dressed up and came out to take each others pictures.

A bit later I saw a woman talking with these two young women…

They said it was all about getting a heart pin (a number of kids were wearing them) and a card, but I was unable to discover much else.

Finally Katherine stopped a couple who said that it was an event thrown by Glyn. He was an internet geek, as were they, 18 and his thing had just taken off. They had come all the way up from the Jersey Shore to score hearts.  The young woman…

had craved a heart into her hair…

they also told us that we could find Glyn at l3nf on Tumblr.

All told a fun and stimulating walk…

4-11-12 March Into April

When I, a thoughtful and unblessed Presbyterian, examine the Koran, I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters. When a thoughtful and unblessed Mohammedan examines the Westminster Catechism, he knows that beyond any question I am spiritually insane. I cannot prove to him that he is insane, because you never can prove anything to a lunatic–for that is a part of his insanity and the evidence of it. He cannot prove to me that I am insane, for my mind has the same defect that afflicts his. All Democrats are insane, but not one of them knows it; none but the Republicans and Mugwumps know it. All the Republicans are insane, but only the Democrats and Mugwumps can perceive it. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. – Mark Twain

OWS - People's Library-Union Square

It does seem only fair that since we had April in March we are now having March in April…don’t you think?  My only hope is that we don’t have February in May.

Raise your glass to the hard working people
Lets drink to the uncounted heads
Lets think of the wavering millions
Who need leaders but get gamblers instead

m. jagger/k. richards



Miniature Golf – Pier 25

4-4-12 Sometimes They Pick Themselves

I took a lot of very good photographs yesterday – he said immodestly.  This is not one of the best in formal terms but there are times that content trumps everything else.  Even without seeing the other pictures I took, I hope you agree that this one just cried out: “Pick Me, PICK ME!”

Now back on April 4, 2011 I was over on the Western Shore of the Hudson in Edgewater, New Jersey

3-22-12 Who Needs To Be Good When You Can Sell (Tebow Edition)


I don’t particularly follow football. I used to but when the players got so bulky they no longer resembled any human being I knew or had ever seen in real life, I sort of lost interest.  I probably wouldn’t have liked the gladiator contests in ancient Rome either…

I love baseball and don’t understand why doping is such a big issue in baseball and track when clearly they are not the major offenders…However I still read about football in the sports pages and even if I didn’t the Tebow nonsense of last season permeated the culture. So yesterday, The New York Jets (New Jersey’s 2nd team), after saying they had no interest in Peyton Manning (which meant that he had no interest in invading his brother’s territory or in the Jets) and giving their mentally fragile starting QB, Mark Sanchez, a $40 million extension, trade for Tebow?

Now, by all accounts, he is a very nice young man who loves his mother, is a good friend, a good teammate – perhaps has never read Matthew 6:6: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”, – but, all in all, a nice fellow who simply is not an NFL quarterback.

It’s circus time in old NY! The headlines are already salivating, not over what he can do on the football field, but how many jerseys he can sell, how much will he help ticket sales, and imagine the two young Christians merging Linsanity and Timsanity and all the endorsement possibilities!  Most sports writers and opposing teams seem to think it is an awful idea for the Jet’s chances of actually, say, winning a Superbowl and believe that it may ruin Sanchez – there is a minority who think it is a good move – but who cares!  $$$$$$$$$$$$$ makes the world go around.

The other big sports news in NYC also concerns $. The Mets owners will not have to repay $300 million in phantom profits to victims of Bernie Madoff and, in the end, may actually come out $16 million ahead.  Oh yeah,  think I heard that The Knicks are 3 games out of first, The Rangers are barely in first place and spring training is in full swing…

Not sure how I got off on that rant… I may be spending too much time talking to the OWS folks…

Another beautiful day in NYC today….

It started out foggy

with an 80% chance of bubbles

but soon the sun came out and people did their best to work outside…

Over at Union Square and Occupy Wall Street, the mood was more playful today –

“Ah – I might as well jump. Jump!”

“Go ahead, jump. Jump!”

Not that politics and protest were off the table…

ain’t that the god’s honest truth…