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After the storm…

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Like much of the northeast, Buffalo got pummeled with snow last night. Thick, heavy snow. Though it is late in the season it still looked beautiful to me (maybe it’s because I had a snow day off of work). Anyhow, I walked to a coffee shop this morning and brought my camera. Here’s a few things I saw. Click any for a slightly larger view.

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A walk in my neighborhood…

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All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Yesterday evening was so nice, and I was feeling somewhat stunned from some meds I was on but still needed to get out of the house, so I went for a walk. I have always loved to walk in cities. I may walk a bit slower than I once did, and it may take me longer to get to a destination, but still I love to walk. Walking in cities is always inspiring to me, and I am lucky enough to live in a historic neighborhood where the architecture itself is inspiring. Anyhow, I simply meandered the streets like a tourist in my own town and snapped a few photos. Here’s a few of the things I saw. Click any for a slightly larger image.

A few views from my handlebars…

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The view from my handlebars 5.28.14

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Allentown

Buffalo, NY

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A Photobomb and a Few Words…

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I may have mentioned before, but for me at times photography is a form of stress relief and in some cases even therapy. There is something about looking through a lens and focusing on something–whether it is a full city scape or a close up of a leaf–that takes me inward and to a soothing place. Not always, but sometimes. And I’m also finding it can be a bit of comic relief as well. Anyhow, yesterday, after working a day-long shift facing a stove I thought I’d snap a few photos on my way home as a way to chill out a bit. The first photo I took is the one above. I had the camera on a tripod and set on self-timer as it was dusk (l’heure bleue), which is my favorite time because the light really shimmers and intensifies. And as the camera was beeping and ready to shoot a guy–who I do not know–runs in front of the camera just as the shutter opens saying, “I wanna get me my picture taken.” Thanks random guy…this still makes me smile and laugh.

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A couple things that I saw while walking this evening…

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Despite the calm look of these photos it was quite wind this evening, and I shot these just before it started to rain. I had gone out for a walk as this was by far the warmest evening of the year thus far (66F).  I of course took a camera with me, and these are a couple of the things that I say; Allen Street and Days Park.

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A few things I saw while walking this morning…

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First Friday Photo…

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A bit of self promotion here (sorry). This is one of four photos of mine that will be hanging in the College Street Art Gallery here in Buffalo. This photo was shot while standing on the balcony of the Notre Dame on a trip to Paris with my son in 2012; the other three photos are from that same trip. The gallery, which is in my favorite neighborhood of the city (Allentown), and the neighborhood in which I live, work, and play, is a participating gallery in the First Friday Gallery Walk. The opening is this Friday (4.4.14) at 7pm. The weather is supposed to be pleasant. So if you happen to e reading this from Western New York or Southern Ontario I hope to see you there. Here’s a map.

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The Good Neighbor…

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So here’s a picture of my bike parked in front of Cafe 59 on Allen Street in the neighborhood in which I live in Buffalo. No big deal, right? Well it is, and this photo speaks volumes. Not only does the owner shovel both of his sidewalks (it’s on a corner) he also shovels the sidewalks in front of the restaurant he owns across the street. And he also thoroughly shovels out all the bicycle racks in front of his restaurants (something like five of them…get one for your business). Anyhow, this is a rarity. Often times I end up sort of piling my bike on top of a snow mound to lock it against a pole in the snow. And when I went in and thanked him for shoveling the bike parking, he simply replied: “Bicyclists deserve good parking, too.” Nice. It’s things like this that really make a difference in my life.


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