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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.

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.

Moon stalking, a correlating poem, and a few other things…

As you likely know–if you happened to be outside last night or the night prior–there was another super-moon, this time it was the harvest moon. It’s glow was intense to say the least. The night was scheduled to have clear skies so at sunset I hopped on my bike with my gear and rode to to the pier along the lake and the river. As the moon rose over the skyline it was really breathtaking. And it was interesting to watch the sun set over Canada while the moon rose over the U.S. in the other direction. Anyhow, I took dozens of photos, these are a few of my favorites. Click any for a slightly larger view. A poem by Mary Oliver is at the bottom of the page.

Harvest Moon, by Mary Oliver
No sky could hold
so much light–
and here comes the brimming,
the flooding and streaming
out of the clouds
and into the leaves,
glazing the creeks,
the smallest ditches!
And so many stars!
The sky seems stretched
like an old black cloth;
behind it, all
the celestial fire
we ever dreamed of!
And the moon steps lower,
quietly changing
her luminous masks, brushing
everything as she passes
with her slow hands
and soft lips–
clusters of dark grapes,
apples swinging like lost planets,
melons cool and heavy as bodies–
and the mockingbird wakes
in his hidden castle;
out of the silver tangle
of thorns and leaves
he flutters and tumbles,
spilling long
ribbons of music
over forest and river,
copse and cloud–
all heaven and all earth–
wherever the white moon
fancies her small wild prince–
field after field after field.

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L’heure bleue et nuit…

Okay. So you may be getting tired of seeing photos of Buffalo’s waterfront. Sorry. But I have been so drawn to it this summer. I find it relaxing. Yesterday after a very crazy-busy and super hot-and-humid day of running a round a kitchen and facing a stove, I wanted nothing more than to have a cold beer and feel the breeze off the lake. So, yup, that’s just what I did. And if you’ve visited this site before then you know that my favorite time of day to take photos is at dusk, or what is often called “the blue hour” (l’heure bleue)…it’s that incredibly beautiful time of day–dusk and dawn–when everything takes on a blue hue. It only lasts about a half hour or so before the day turns into night and it is gone. 

From WikipediaDuring the blue hour, red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth’s surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists.

Indeed, some devote entire websites on taking photos during this time. Anyhow, I’ll stop blathering on about it, but it really is a magical time. The above and below photo are of Buffalo Harbor, and the bottom photo–after night had fallen and I was on my way home–is an image of Buffalo Navel Park. Click any for a slightly larger view.

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Three Flags, the Shark-Girl, a Gaggle of Geese, a River in Two Countries, and a few other Things I saw while Riding my Bike this past Weekend…

I’ve mentioned it before but I have to say it again, taking photos for me is like a form of therapy or meditation. I love focusing on something and trying to capture what I see with the camera. With that said, these are a bunch of photos I took this past weekend while riding my bike. It was Labor Day weekend in both the U.S. and Canada–and I was really trying to enjoy the last official weekend of the summer–so on Saturday I rode up to Crystal Beach for a swim, stopping on the Peace Bridge to snap a photo of the Niagara river while I had one foot in Canada and the other in the U.S. I also spent the evening last night at Canalside here in Buffalo. And interestingly, in both Canada and the U.S. I saw off-shore rainstorms (one of which I got caught in later)…they were beautiful. And lastly, if you are not familiar with her, Shark-Girl is a somewhat new art piece on the waterfront in Buffalo. I saw her for the first time yesterday and I’m not sure how I feel about her. Anyhow, click any photo for a slightly larger view.

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Moon Stalker…

Okay. So first of all I have to apologize for all the moon photos. But I really couldn’t help myself. If you saw the super moon you know what I am talking about. It was just so incredibly beautiful. This is really a continuation of this post, where I went out and took photos in the moonlight while standing on the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The photos on this page were actually shot over the course of two night, all from the same vantage point of the Bird Island Pier but at different times and using different camera adjustments. The only three photos that were not facing east towards Buffalo are pretty obvious in this group…two below this text is an image of the point where Lake Erie spills into the very mouth of the Niagara river and begins it’s 25 mile trek to the Falls, and below that is the Peace Bridge, and the last photo is the sunset looking west at Canada. Sorry again if I’m boring you with so many photos…it’s so peaceful out there on the pier at night and I shot more than a hundred photos. These are just a few of my favorites. Click any for a larger view.

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Moon Stalker…

Okay. So first of all I have to apologize for all the moon photos. But I really couldn’t help myself. If you saw the super moon you know what I am talking about. It was just so incredibly beautiful. This is really a continuation of this post, where I went out and took photos in the moonlight while standing on the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The photos on this page were actually shot over the course of two night, all from the same vantage point of the Bird Island Pier but at different times and using different camera adjustments. The only three photos that were not facing east towards Buffalo are pretty obvious in this group…two below this text is an image of the point where Lake Erie spills into the very mouth of the Niagara river and begins it’s 25 mile trek to the Falls, and below that is the Peace Bridge, and the last photo is the sunset looking west at Canada. Sorry again if I’m boring you with so many photos…it’s so peaceful out there on the pier at night and I shot more than a hundred photos. These are just a few of my favorites. Click any for a larger view.

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A couple things I saw while riding my bike today…

 Well, I said I wouldn’t do any “work” today–Memorial Day–but I did. Worked in my garden, did some writing, stuff around the house, etc. So after dinner I was sort of driving myself a little nuts and thought I’d go for an evening bike ride. I of course snapped a few photos along the way. Here’s a couple of them.Click either for a slightly larger view.


Urban Simplicity.

A couple things I saw while riding my bike today…

 Well, I said I wouldn’t do any “work” today–Memorial Day–but I did. Worked in my garden, did some writing, stuff around the house, etc. So after dinner I was sort of driving myself a little nuts and thought I’d go for an evening bike ride. I of course snapped a few photos along the way. Here’s a couple of them.Click either for a slightly larger view.


Urban Simplicity.

A Photobomb and a Few Words…

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 Photobomb and a Few Words…

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…

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 couple things that I saw while walking this evening…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#573), the view from my handlebars, and a brief comment…

 On the bike…groceries, sundries, dog food, a gym bag, and an order of moo shoo vegetables.

So the weather was just beautiful today and this evening…40F which feels like a heat wave after the past few months. And I was particularly enjoying this sunset as I rode (and pulled of to the side of the road to snap a photo) because the day after tomorrow we are supposed to get another foot of snow. Good thing I still have snow tires on my other bike.

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Things that can be carried on a bike (#573), the view from my handlebars, and a brief comment…

 On the bike…groceries, sundries, dog food, a gym bag, and an order of moo shoo vegetables.

So the weather was just beautiful today and this evening…40F which feels like a heat wave after the past few months. And I was particularly enjoying this sunset as I rode (and pulled off to the side of the road to snap a photo) because the day after tomorrow we are supposed to get another foot of snow. Good thing I still have snow tires on my other bike.

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars, a few thoughts on Ash Wednesday/Lent, and things to be thankful for…

So there I was anxious and rushing to get home from the community center on yet another single digit evening so I could make it to the opening time of an online class that began tonight, but then I had to stop for yet another traffic light (pictured above). Why, I thought, did I hit another light? Doesn’t the Universe know I am late? The traffic light, of course, seemed especially long. But I couldn’t help notice the sunset. Incredible. Here it was something like 9F and I was straddling my bike shivering a little but looking at that incredible sunset–the same sunset that if you live in the same hemisphere as me could view along with me–it made everything ok. At least for a few minutes. And I started thinking about how today was the beginning of Lent; Ash Wednesday. Symbolically representing Jesus going into the desert and fasting for forty days. Well, I am far from fasting, though I have given a few things up. But I don’t just give things up for the sake of doing so (but if you do I am not trying to pass judgment); I like to add something, such as additional prayer, meditation, yoga, etc. And also random acts of kindness. But as I stood there straddling my bike, and my fingers grew increasingly colder and I looked at that incredible sunset, I thought that–as a spiritual practice–I really should appreciate gratitude more. Just the little things. Because I have so much to be grateful for. And at that very moment I realized how grateful I was for that sunset on this very chilly night. So I took out my iPhone and snapped a picture with shivering fingers.The traffic light seemed to take ten minutes to change (though it was probably only two), and I did make it home just in time for the online class. While I watched it I ate dinner while my two pugs sat at my side and wood stove heated the room. I was, and am, thankful for that as well. But as I rode home this evening I also realized that it was nearly 7pm and there was still light in the sky, and that each day brings a little more light as we progress towards spring. The cold darkness of winter will end soon enough. And after riding through this very cold and snowy winter, this is something to truly be thankful for. I’d love to hear what you are thankful for at this point in your lives (because there is so much).


Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars, a few thoughts on Ash Wednesday/Lent, and things to be thankful for…

So there I was anxious and rushing to get home from the community center on yet another single digit evening so I could make it to the opening time of an online class that began tonight, but then I had to stop for yet another traffic light (pictured above). Why, I thought, did I hit another light? Doesn’t the Universe know I am late? The traffic light, of course, seemed especially long. But I couldn’t help notice the sunset. Incredible. Here it was something like 9F and I was straddling my bike shivering a little but looking at that incredible sunset–the same sunset that if you live in the same hemisphere as me could view along with me–it made everything ok. At least for a few minutes. And I started thinking about how today was the beginning of Lent; Ash Wednesday. Symbolically representing Jesus going into the desert and fasting for forty days. Well, I am far from fasting, though I have given a few things up. But I don’t just give things up for the sake of doing so (but if you do I am not trying to pass judgment); I like to add something, such as additional prayer, meditation, yoga, etc. And also random acts of kindness. But as I stood there straddling my bike, and my fingers grew increasingly colder and I looked at that incredible sunset, I thought that–as a spiritual practice–I really should appreciate gratitude more. Just the little things. Because I have so much to be grateful for. And at that very moment I realized how grateful I was for that sunset on this very chilly night. So I took out my iPhone and snapped a picture with shivering fingers.The traffic light seemed to take ten minutes to change (though it was probably only two), and I did make it home just in time for the online class. While I watched it I ate dinner while my two pugs sat at my side and wood stove heated the room. I was, and am, thankful for that as well. But as I rode home this evening I also realized that it was nearly 7pm and there was still light in the sky, and that each day brings a little more light as we progress towards spring. The cold darkness of winter will end soon enough. And after riding through this very cold and snowy winter, this is something to truly be thankful for. I’d love to hear what you are thankful for at this point in your lives (because there is so much).

Urban Simplicity.