11-28-13 Happy Thanksgiving


7-28-13 Travel Theme: Sweet

While I work on making some photographs from yesterday’s swim, I thought I should take up Ailsa’s theme this week:  Sweet.

In looking through the Hudson Swim pictures I came across several that would do but nothing beat these two. First I must preface this by saying that I am not a dog person.  However our friends Kathy and John brought Chloe with them and after Kathy finished the swim… (first DSLR then iPhone)

Boro Walk

Boro Walk

Even I have to admit that is pretty sweet.

Here are a few other views:

Sweet Rickshaw | Travel with Intent

Istanbul’s Sweetest Side | The Travelbunny

Travel Theme – Sweet | Colin Butterworth

Travel Theme: Sweet | Jinan Daily Photo

Travel Theme : Sweet/Manis | bambangpriantono

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Sweet | Travel Monkey

Travel Theme : Sweet | Moments In Your Life

Travel Theme: Sweet | Postcards from

6-12-13 River Water

Ask the river, where it comes from? You will get no answer. Ask the river, where is it going? You will get no answer, because the river lives inside this very moment; neither in the past nor in the future, in this very moment only!”

Mehmet Murat ildan

Perhaps you have noticed that i have been posting pictures from the archives. That is simply because I have been living in the digital environment (as someone or other puts it) for the last two weeks. I am trying to finalize this first part of my present journey with The Hudson, seeing what I really have seen and seeing what I need to seek out going forward.  It is a very strange thing t look back on three years of photographs. I forgot some that I really love and have fallen out of love with some I adored.  Not the model’s fault! Just the wandering eye of the picture maker.

Here are a few pictures of the river that are particularly charming me at the moment.



and my current favorite.


1-25-13 Travel Theme: Walls

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.
Ellen DeGeneres

“Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.”
William Goldman

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is: walls.

One of her examples was the pieces of the Berlin Wall in New York City. That sent me back into my old photo books for a scan.

American Sector - Berlin

American Sector – Berlin

That led me to look through a few other books. That took me to Turkey.

This is probably the least interesting wall in all of Ephesus but for some reason, I like it.

Decided to bring it home to NYC and the:Wall-3

Keith Haring’s Crack Is Wack wall.

I will be revisiting the theme this week and will attach some links then.





Every year as the summer starts to wind down, Lincoln Center offers a three week free outdoor program of a variety of music, dance, theater events, called cleverly enough, Licoln Center Out of Doors.

Last night was ISTANBULIVE IV with

The Secret Trio

It started to rain (drizzle really) during their set

One of my favorite audience members

and continued drizzling for the first part of Ilhan Ersahin’s Wonderland featuring Hüsnü Senlendirici set,

Guess who is the leader of the pack

Finally the headliner was introduced. Her name is Selda Bagcan and this was her US debut. She was introduced as being the Edith Piaf of Turkey or the Joan Baez of Anatolia which is a wide swath of music. The audience appreciated The Secret Trio and loved Wonderland but they went nuts when Ms. Bagcan appeared.

Many in the audience seemed to know the words to all her songs and she invited them to join in on the chorus of most of the songs.

This is what really makes NYC so special for me. Without going more than 5 miles from my front door, I can see the world. Every day some culture is expressing itself and inviting the rest of the city to come and play.


Last year on 7/28/11 I went to Croton Point Park. Fell again, Hurt myself again. Saved the camera again. This shot has nothing to do with that. It is just some kids swimming in the Hudson.

11-24-11 How To Prepare For The Big Feast

The River Is Always Ready

The Boys

Futbol or Football?

The Girls

Aerobic or Strength?

As for us – we didn’t prepare, we just dove in…


Kibbe Nayeh


I hope that everyone in the US had a great Thanksgiving and everyone everywhere else had a great day.