17-01-05 First Cold Night of 2017

Has put me in mind of warmer times…


Karaoke on Coney Island. She sang “You Don’t Own Me.” Every woman over 30 in the audience sang along.


The nuns weren’t actually singing in Brooklyn Bridge Park but who could resist?


15-09-23 New York City – My View

The other day several of us were talking about what we would tell a visitor to NYC they must see while they were here. Statue of Liberty? Empire State? Central Park? World Trade Center? MOMA? The Met? Lincoln Center? We agreed they were all good but…they aren’t really New York. If you are in Paris, you “have” to go to the Eiffel Tower but after you have been…do you really know anything about Paris?

During the discussion I realized that I have not shot very much in the city this year. A lot of Cape Cod, a lot of Mexico City, lots of portraits but not much city. However I just charged back through 2015 and came up with a few shots that I feel represent NYC much more than any building.

Here is a small piece of my New York.

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3-27-14 Bank Of America Tower (BOAT) Hula Hoop!??

It was cold and windy in New York City last night. Not a night to stop and shoot without reason. I was walking down 6th Avenue (aka (by who?)- Avenue of The Americas) towards 42nd Street and passed by the BOAT (Bank of America Tower). This building is the third tallest in NYC and has a platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating which makes it a model for building green. Several times I have attempted to shoot in and into the lobby and large people in uniform have told me to go away.

I was hurrying along with my head down against the wind but something caught my eye and I looked into the lobby. I neither know why this happened at 9:45 pm in the lobby of a major skyscraper,  nor do I have any idea of the participants but this is what I saw.

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Cindy Adams would say “only in New York” but I know better.

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

3-19-12 – Twelve Hours To The Spring Equinox

The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow.  Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.  ~E.B. White, “Hot Weather,” One Man’s Meat, 1944

Land Shark!


3-19-11 Extreme Low Tide

2-20-12 A Missed Opportunity

I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.


Today was a very pretty early spring day so I walked through Riverside Park at lunch.  Squirrels and people everywhere.   (President’s Day – about 1/3 of the workforce had the day off and it is school break time).  As I walked along I saw an old couple about 50 yards ahead of me. The gentleman was throwing food to a squirrel to get it to come out on the path.  As it did, a hawk shot down at it, practically hitting the woman with its wing.  The squirrel just got to safety. I unfortunately did not get the shot of the hawk striking and had to content myself with this…

A bit later I saw what I can only call a looking for trouble rodent…

Did I mention it was a beautiful spring day and lots of people were out?


2-17-12 But the Hills That We Climbed Were Just Seasons Out Of time

“Let us go in together,
And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
The time is out of joint” – Shakespeare


He likes the poor things of the world the best,
I would not, therefore, if I could be rich.
It pleases him to stoop for buttercups.
E. B. Browning—Aurora Leigh. Bk. IV.


As I went walking by the river today. I saw the flowers above…

I saw a man practicing for summer…

and at the start of a 3 day weekend, I saw the entrance to the Freedom Tunnel, just to the east of the river and the Henry Hudson Parkway and there was a long enough break in traffic in both directions simultaneously that I was able to get a clean shot.


Oh, and the Republicans want to take us back to 1950 when the only birth control a woman needed according to Foster Friess (Rick Santorum’s billionaire sugar daddy):  was?

“Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly,”


 The State of Virginia goes insane

The time truly is out of joint…

2-11-12 Winter Faces

I fully expected to be able to write about the arrival of winter to NYC today with pictures of the 3″ of snow and happy little children pretending that was enough to build a real snowman and sled  all day, after all the weather people promised…

weeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllll, some white stuff did fall from the sky and it got cold tonight and will stay below freezing for close to 24 hours…but nothing stuck. Instead, lets take some time in the subway and check out the riders via iPhone4.

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