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

1-23-13 Cold Meat And Vegetables

“It was so cold this morning, I saw a chicken with a capon.”

Carl deSuze, WBZ-AM radio morning drive time DJ some morning when my mother was driving me to school.

Winter finally arrived this week on the East Coast, but all we have in NYC is cold and wind. It was somewhere between 10-14 this morning. Not a drop of snow though.

The look of the Union Square Greenmarket changes significantly in this weather.

A bit early for me

A bit early for me

Organic Vegetables under plastic

Organic Vegetables under plastic

To cover and heat or to hang with nature?

To cover and heat or to hang with nature?

I know we forgot something

I know we forgot something

Winter -4

7-6-12 Canning And So Forth

The Greenmarket had a canning demonstration today. I spoke a bit with the young chef, Robin Puskas, leading the demo…

and later when i was home took a count. We have put up 5 pints of pickled Ramps (doesn’t include the two that did not seal properly that we were forced to eat already) , 13 Pints of pickled Asparagus (doesn’t include the one that didn’t seal and the two given away to Jenna and David, and Roy and Anne) 3 Pints and 20 half pints of sour cherries (great for Manhattans on cold winter nights and on ice cream and cakes),  a pint and a half of pickled green beans (FYI: we water bath can since we have a tiny kitchen) and 5 quarts of frozen strawberries.  We have also started our annual Rumtopf. Long way to go yet but a good beginning…



An offering to the gods?

6-13-12 Stuyvesant Square

“The attack did not succeed as well as I had hoped, no small impediment having been the loss of my right leg.”

Peter Stuyvesant

I have to say that is a quote!

There is a little pocket park (really two parks as 2nd Avenue runs between them) between E 15th and  E 17th Streets known as Stuyvesant Square. I stopped by before heading to the Greenmarket.

Then I headed over to the Greenmarket.  The good news is that the market is flooded with cherries and New Jersey farmers have started bringing peaches. The bad news is that the market is flooded with cherries and New Jersey farmers have started bringing peaches. This is way too early.  The mild (non-existent) winter has accelerated the crops.

Did he follow me or did I follow him from Stuyvesant Square?



Twilight over the Hudson from the High Line

6-6-12 Smiling Faces (Sometimes They Don’t Tell The Truth)


If I may…A moment of remembrance…

“People of Western Europe: A landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations’ plan for the liberation of Europe, made in conjunction with our great Russian allies … I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us. Keep your faith staunch. Our arms are resolute. Together we shall achieve victory.”
– broadcast by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944.

Now back to our usual programming…Happy Folks at the Union Square Greenmarket

5-16-12 Of Selfies and Minnie and Bocce – Oh My

Today, for no particular reason, while on my way to the Union Square Greenmarket (where I later found the first Sugar Snap Peas of the season) I decided to stay on the subway and take some shots while crossing the Manhattan Bridge. What will probably not come as a surprise to most is that shooting off a moving subway while crossing a bridge leads to a LOT of truly awful shots.  However I did find a few that I liked.

I don’t often take self-portraits (let’s say hardly ever) but just as I clicked the shutter the subway rocked and I came up with this, which I rather like…

Later, on my way to ICP I went through Times Square which has a big rat problem…

and then took a moment in Bryant Park to watch some guys play a little Bocce.



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