12-13-16 Patterns

From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath.
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me lies,
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies.

Paul Simon

“If your friend says of some picture, “Yes, but what does it mean?” ask him, what his carpet means or the circular patterns on his shoes”

Stephen Potter



4-16-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s
a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Paul Simon

This photo challenge – Change – may get several entries. Today however I choose to go with a very basic and easy Digital photographic change of state.

I am sure that some of you have seen both of these before.  (My apologies to you).

This shot is from the St. Vincent/David Bryne concert we went to last fall.


40 or so minutes in LightRoom


As always, a few other posts to view.

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  3. Change | Empire of Lights
  4. changes | yi-ching lin photography
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge : Change | Simply Me
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | FrontRangeScribbles
  7. 14|4 Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Family Photos Food & Craft
  8. Photoworld 14-4-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Solitary Spinster
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | litterthoughts
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | MzZOOMER
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | JUST JDY
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Queenie
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge – Change | jwdwrites
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change … A Puppy Grows Up | Eyes to Heart
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge – CHANGE / Word-A-Week – DAWN | Travels and Trifles
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Change | Heart’s Home
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Untold Contemplation
  20. Change is Afoot | The Palladian Traveler
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge – Change – The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  22. Weekly photo challenge: change | Mud Pie
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Pa-BLAM!
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change « Lagottocattleya
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Shooting Venice and Berlin
  26. One New Change | Shop with Intent
  27. Chronicles of Illusions
  28. Weekly photo challenge: Change | elPadawan ~ around Prague
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | throbbingsofnoontide
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Norwegian life through the lens
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Winning Shots
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Travel. Garden. Eat.
  33. A Change Is Gonna Come | The Human Rights Warrior
  34. April 12 New Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Nadeen’s Corner
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Under a poplar
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change| loose & small… | Simply Charming
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | fojap
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | simplycaptured9
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | A New Day
  41. Change | mumox
  42. Weekly photo challenge: change | Cloud and Mountain
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | janna hill
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Shaking the tree
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge–Change | A New Day Dawns
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Platypi Photography
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Julia’s Place
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | A Thoughtful Paper
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | northumbrian : light
  50. piece by piece | yi-ching lin photography
  51. Weekly photo challenge: A change for the butter | Things I love at Trader Joe’s
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | ERIN O’LEARY PHOTOGRAPHY
  53. Branches, buds, and blooms: Appalachia in April, a Photo Essay | Butterfly Mind
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | North of Park
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change – Day to Night | Jia Shen Photography
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Foto de Moto
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge : Change | Maniniyot
  59. Change and elusiveness | elspethc
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | SC Surf Butler
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Something Unspoken
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Insanity at its best!
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | बंजारा
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Learning, Running, and Creating
  65. WPC: Change | eljaygee
  66. C8H10N4O2 | Cardinal Guzman
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Tranquil Dreams
  68. change | yi-ching lin photography
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Code For Confession
  70. Barely a Cloud in the Sky. | Luddy’s Lens
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare CHANGE | Serendipity 13
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  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Nature Mom
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | For the Archives
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change « Sasieology
  76. nuri!123 | Weekly Photo Challenge: Change
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | The Daydreamer
  78. Change is what life’s all about … | Playing for Time
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | aNadventures
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | Little Blue Suitcase
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | mightwar
  82. Art Is Changing My Life | An Evil Nymph’s Blog
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Change | { a Memory Bliss }
  84. Art Is Changing My Life |
  85. weekly photo challenge: change | It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau

2-13-13 Patterns


The night sets softly
With the hush of falling leaves,
Casting shivering shadows
On the houses through the trees,
And the light from a street lamp
Paints a pattern on my wall,
Like the pieces of a puzzle
Or a child’s uneven scrawl.

Up a narrow flight of stairs
In a narrow little room,
As I lie upon my bed
In the early evening gloom.
Impaled on my wall
My eyes can dimly see
The pattern of my life
And the puzzle that is me.


From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath.
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me lies,
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies.

And the pattern still remains
On the wall where darkness fell,
And it’s fitting that it should,
For in darkness I must dwell.
Like the color of my skin,
Or the day that I grow old,
My life is made of patterns
That can scarcely be controlled.


Words by Paul Simon

1-23-12 Gee, But Its Great To Be Back Home

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.  ~Buddha

Today was fun. I needed to go downtown so I took the river walk. I hadn’t been all the way down to the water for almost 5 days and it felt wonderful. Settles me right down. 

The only downside?  I have been averaging 15-20 shots a day. Today I took 111. It is extremely difficult to choose the contenders for the blog and then “work” them and then select just one picture in under a day (at least it is if you have any life at all and are not getting paid to do it!)…

So I didn’t…Choose that is…

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter” – Paul Simon

Of course to get to the river I first have to go through Riverside Park…

Lots of animals by the river today…I am sure there would have been more except for this one.

Clay Court Cat

Lots of beasts on and above the river too…

“Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
It’s simply pretend
That you can build them again”

12-7-11 Did Anyone Remember Pearl Harbor?

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Paul Simon

Living in New York, living in the USA, I frequently hear and read that 9/11/01 is a day that “We will never forget”. There was an earlier  day that “would live in infamy” that we would always remember…A few editorials, one or two friends posted something on FB, a few blogs but….

We humans are built to forget and live in a future looking place. It is one of the reasons I find the current political climate so depressing. The Democrats want to recreate FDR, the Republicans want to take us to the mid- 19th Century (except Ron Paul who wants to go much further back…), The Corporations, our real rulers, are looking back to feudal times…no one is looking forward. A very small but telling example is the collapse of our manned space program. We need the Russians and Chinese to take us into space?  What is that about?

All I hear from politicians is what we can’t do; how if we would just do as they say , not as they do, we would live on “that shining city on the hill”; how stupid, venal and greedy everyone is especially teachers and other public sector workers aka the people who educate our children, make the trains run on time and deliver the mail (just a thought..I don’t think the founders meant for the Post Office to MAKE money. I think they meant it to be a government service that would connect all of the citizens of the USA not just those who can afford Fedex, UPS and high speed internet.)

And finally, please write your congressman and senators and ask them to revoke the senate passage of the evisceration of the 4th and 6th Amendments. If you haven’t heard about this the Senate included, in their version of the Defense Authorization Act, a provision that would allow for American citizens, living in the US, to be held indefinitely without being charged with a crime, if they are suspected of being terrorists. As Rand Paul pointed out, if you are missing fingers the DOJ says you might be a terrorist…

Check out two clips from Jon Stewart, who is a lot better at this than I am… Daily Show Clip 1 Daily Show Clip 2

Sorry about the commercials in the links.

7-29-11 Still Life…

Through the corridors of sleep
Past the shadows dark and deep
My mind dances and leaps in confusion.
I don’t know what is real,
I can’t touch what I feel
And I hide behind the shield of my illusion.

So I’ll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall.

Paul Simon

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Melville, Moby Dick


A big shout out to “The Accidental Cootchie Mama”. I hope you all have a grand time at Click the Cootchie Party 2.0

5-22-11 Was A Sunny Day

Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the people passing by
’twas a sunny day
All the birdies in the trees
And the radio’s singing song
All the favorite melodies

Paul Simon

May 22nd. 52 degrees Fahrenheit; overcast.

I am taking a photography class at the  International Center of Photography and we were showing our work last week. A particular picture of mine came up, May 5 bright, sunny, endless sky, endless river, and the teacher remarked that this was very different from most of my other work which used a much darker palette.   He did clearly catch a truth and have a real insight about the work I have been making but I do feel that some of that has been pushed on me by the reality of the weather.