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The view from my handlebars…

Some years ago I worked with a waiter who was from France, and he told me one of the things he noticed straight away about Buffalo was its trees…how even some of our busier streets have such beautiful and grand trees. The weather has been so incredibly idyllic and autumnal these last few weeks I have been in awe of the magnificent colors of the trees. And–as I’ve said on numerous occasions–one tends to see more when they are on a bike or foot. Anyhow, the above photo and the first two below were taken this evening on my way home from my second job (they were all taken on Linwood Avenue, which has a great two-way bike lane), and the bottom photo was taken in the morning on my way to my first job (Elmwood Avenue). This evening I was in fact so taken by the colors that I was looking up and almost ran into the rear of a parked car. Click any photo for a slightly larger image.

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars…

Some years ago I worked with a waiter who was from France, and he told me one of the things he noticed straight away about Buffalo was its trees…how even some of our busier streets have such beautiful and grand trees. The weather has been so incredibly idyllic and autumnal these last few weeks I have been in awe of the magnificent colors of the trees. And–as I’ve said on numerous occasions–one tends to see more when they are on a bike or foot. Anyhow, the above photo and the first two below were taken this evening on my way home from my second job (they were all taken on Linwood Avenue, which has a great two-way bike lane), and the bottom photo was taken in the morning on my way to my first job (Elmwood Avenue). This evening I was in fact so taken by the colors that I was looking up and almost ran into the rear of a parked car. Click any photo for a slightly larger image.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#677), and a few things I saw along the way…

On the bike… two 8′ boards, a new log rack, a tripod, a camera bag, a smoke detector, duct tape, and 3 liters of red wine.

I had to go the the big box hardware store today, which is about 4.5 miles from my house, so I brought my camera to make it more interesting. Sometimes it’s not so much about the destination as it is the journey. At least that’s what I’ve read. Anyhow the photos below are as follows. The building below is where Spot Coffee is located, the photo isn’t so much abut that building or business as it it the billboard located on it’s roof. Next is the Church of the Assumption in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo (as seen from an overpass). Below that is the iconic HH Richardson Towers (also known as the Buffalo Psych Center). Next is Colonial Circle. Then a random railroad track photo. And finally, the view of the evening autumn sky from my front porch, shorty after arriving home. I haven’t made it to the gym in more than a week for a few reasons, but today I road probably 12 miles on a really heavy bike into the wind while loaded with a few things. I was huffing and puffing. And now I am tired 😉

Urban Simplicity

Sister Autumn

Sister Autumn

Sometimes you arrive so gradually

That I barley notice

There’s a slight shift

Balmy days

Give way to cool nights

Warm breezes

To chilly winds

Early nights announce you

But I don’t listen

You deceive me

Flowers still bloom

There are leaves on trees

But here you are

As if the door was left ajar

And you slipped in

Quietly

And sat down

With just a whisper

But now that I look

I see you

And I smile

Warm days and chilly nights

You are my favorite

But you know this

Your embrace

With freshness in the air

Is all-encompassing

And it comforts me

I hug you with all my senses

And I don’t want to release you

Because it’s your brother

Winter

Whom I’ve begun to dread

And he’s just behind you

For him

There is preparation

But for now

I solely embrace you

Sister Autumn

With your incredible beauty in decay

Signaling another cycle

Another year’s end

A reminder

But for now

Your embrace is enough

It fills me

And I overflow

Urban Simplicity

Sister Autumn

Sister Autumn 
Sometimes you arrive so gradually
That I barley notice
There’s a slight shift
Balmy days
Give way to cool nights
Warm breezes
To chilly winds
Early nights announce you
But I don’t listen
You deceive me
Flowers still bloom
There are leaves on trees
But here you are
As if the door was left ajar
And you slipped in
Quietly
And sat down
With just a whisper
But now that I look
I see you
And I smile
Warm days and chilly nights
You are my favorite
But you know this
Your embrace
With freshness in the air
Is all-encompassing
And it comforts me
I hug you with all my senses
And I don’t want to release you
Because it’s your brother
Winter
Whom I’ve begun to dread
And he’s just behind you
For him
There is preparation
But for now
I solely embrace you
Sister Autumn
With your incredible beauty in decay
Signaling another cycle
Another year’s end
A reminder
But for now
Your embrace is enough
It fills me
And I overflow

Urban Simplicity

A few things I saw while riding my bike today, and a few words, too…

“There is a time for everything,
 and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1  

So a couple things. This may be the most photos that I’ve posted at one time (at least in a while), but I couldn’t help myself…I enjoyed them all. Autumn is my favorite season. And also, these are actually in response to a thought I’ve had recently regarding being car-free. When one is without a car in a northeastern climate such as the one in which I reside, I find that when the weather is foul my world becomes small (cold, wet rain is my nemesis). But, on the other hand, when the weather is nice I find myself relishing in it…rejoicing even. Thus was the case today. It has been chilly and rainy for the past couple days–making it somewhat miserable to travel by bike–but today was an idyllic autumn day. So on my way to the community center for a steam and swim I took the long way…the really long way. I rode around beautiful Delaware Park and snapped a few pictures. It was so nice out…perfect, really. I love the days when they are cool, crisp, and sunny. There really is nothing like a northeastern autumn day. Anyhow, I’ll stop waxing about it. Click any photo for a somewhat larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Bird(s) on a wire…

I was in my backyard this evening and heard some birds (crows) squawking and I looked up and they were on a wire just above me. They seemed to be having some sort of domestic dispute. It was evening, and it was beautiful to watch. So I took their photo.

“Oh like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.”
~Leonard Cohen

Urban Simplicity.

A few things I saw while riding my bike this evening…

It was chilly and blustery this evening. Really blustery. I had gotten out of work early and then abruptly invited to an impromptu bachelorette party (yup) and when it ended just as quickly as it began I found myself a few beers in and it was only 5pm. I couldn’t just go home, I thought. So despite the chill and the wind I packed up my camera gear and rode down to Canalside.With the summer season being over it was essentially empty, and it was truly beautiful. Anyhow, I took a bunch of photos at dusk and and then early dark. Theses are a few of my favorites. Click any for a somewhat larger view.

Water and Light…

As I type these words it is a rainy and blustery day outside. But a mere two days ago–when these photos were taken it was more like a late summer evening. I had ridden my bike down to the waterfront to capture the sunset and have a couple beers, and as the sun set over Canada–like the enormous fireball in the sky that it is–the light kept changing, and it was incredible. I snapped a bunch of photos, but these are a few of my favorites. Click any for a somewhat larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Getting neutral and dense…slowing down a waterfall

So these are a few photos I took today at Glen Falls in Williamsville, NY. I rode there for a couple reasons. One is that I was looking for a waterfall to photograph using my ND filter. But also I wanted the exercise. Glen Falls is a little more than 10 miles from my house and riding a heavy cargo bike 10 miles in each direction is for sure a workout. And yes, I can ride even with my injured leg. Luckily the burn is below my knee so I am able to bend my leg freely, and the physician said that as long as I don’t overdo it bike riding will actually aid in the healing process as it will get blood pumping to the injured area. This said, it felt good to huff and puff against a slight wind as I have not gotten much physical exercise in the past nine days. So anyhow, I went there specifically to take photos using a ND filter. And if you need an explanation of what a ND filter is (I’ll use a simplified layperson’s explanation because that’s all I really know), it adjusts the light entering your camera but not the color. So, for example, if the light is diminished–tricking the camera into thinking it’s dark outside–one is able to take long exposures allowing things that are moving (such as a waterfall) to become blurred, whereas the stationary components within the frame remain natural. If you’d like a more detailed description of how these filters work follow this link. And if you’d like to see two other local waterfalls I’ve photographed with this same effect, click here or here.

Urban Simplicity.