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A cardinal enjoying the weather….

This is one of the cardinals that lives in the garden where I am employed. There’s a male and female (maybe we’ll see more come spring). Anyhow, as the weather broke the freezing point today for the first time in a long time, the garden was alive with birds and squirrels. So on my lunch break I went out and snapped a few photos. I believe this is the female and I’m not sure where her mate is. This is also as close as she would allow, anytime I would try to get closer she would flutter away. I can respect that. Anyhow, I thought I would share.


Urban Simplicity.

Two views from my handlebars (in really cold and snowy weather)…

These were taken on two separate nights; the top photo last night and the one below tonight. The weather has been pretty much unchanged…bitterly cold and somewhat constant snow. But I am not complaining about this as I work in a kitchen and would actually take this weather over 90F and humid. There is something truly serene about riding a bike in this weather; hearing your tires crunch on the frozen snow and feeling the cold air on your face. But I’d be fibbing if I said that temperatures hovering in the single digits or low teens (Fahrenheit) for the past few weeks (or has it been months?) has not been trying. Anyhow, I still find it beautiful.

Urban Simplicity.

Two views from my handlebars (in really cold and snowy weather)…

These were taken on two separate nights; the top photo last night and the one below tonight. The weather has been pretty much unchanged…bitterly cold and somewhat constant snow. But I am not complaining about this as I work in a kitchen and would actually take this weather over 90F and humid. There is something truly serene about riding a bike in this weather; hearing your tires crunch on the frozen snow and feeling the cold air on your face. But I’d be fibbing if I said that temperatures hovering in the single digits or low teens (Fahrenheit) for the past few weeks (or has it been months?) has not been trying. Anyhow, I still find it beautiful.

Urban Simplicity.

One of Four plus One…

Okay. So it’s time again for a bit of self-promotion (sorry). These photos are part of a five-photo series that will be hanging in the College Street Art Gallery through the month of February. The above photo (which was taken here) is one in the series Greenwich Village at Night; the below photo (which was taken here) is also part of the series but didn’t make the cut, hence the “one of four plus one.” But I still like it so thought I’d offer it here. Anyhow, the gallery is also part of First Friday’s Allentown and the opening is this Friday (2.7.14), so if you happen to be in the 716 please feel free to stop by. If you need a map of directions follow this link. And also, if you are ever questioning whether photos on this blog are for sale, yes they are. These and others that hang in the gallery have to be purchased through the gallery owner, but any others can be purchased directly through me; contact me and we can make arrangements (there is an email link in the upper left sidebar). Anyhow, hope to see you this Friday.

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The view from my handlebars, or the beauty right in front of me, or a few things I saw while riding my bike today…

It’s always sort of invigorating to finish a project no matter how big or small. This morning, for example, I finished a short paper that I had to write and I thought I’d reward myself with a bike ride and take a few photos. I rode first through my neighborhood and the downtown area, then on to the outskirts through the more industrial area (yes those deer are in the city). Heavy wet snow fell the entire while but it felt good. Great, actually. It felt good to be out in the elements and see what was right in front of me.

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(iPhone) Photos from a Moving Train…

 So I was in NYC this past weekend again and these are photos I snapped with my iPhone along the way. It’s amazing what a couple of days and a few hundred miles make. The two above were taken on the way there (even though the warm colors it was still frigid outside) and those below were taken on the way home during a snow storm and further upstate.

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Something I saw while riding my bike today…

 So I was on my way home today when I stopped at a traffic light and was waiting. It was a really nice day out (unlike what is heading our way). Anyhow, as I was waiting I was sort of zoned out when in the back of my head I noticed all these chirping sounds. I looked to my right and there was a bush covered with sparrows a mere 10 feet from me. Beautiful, I thought. It also reminded me of the Bible passage, Matthew 6:25. Anyhow, I snapped a few photos and thought I’d share. Click any for a slightly larger view.

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Buffalo Creek on Christmas Day


Yesterday and the day prior I drove a car (yup, it’s true…Buffalo Car Share). Two of my sisters live about 25 miles from me and this is the best way to get to them on a cold Christmas day. Anyhow, I used the opportunity to snap a few photos along the way. All of the photos are of Buffalo Creek. The two immediately below were taken from the bridge pictured above which crosses the creek on Blossom Road in Elma. When I was a kid (teenager) friends and I would swim in this creek in the summertime and have wild parties there at night (the stories I could tell). And the bottom two photos were taken on the bank of the creek at Charles Burchfield Park in West Seneca.

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Past and Present….or a bit of photographic time-travel

This is the continuation of a brief series I have sporadically posted where I print out an old photo and go to its location, hold up the original and try to match it to current day and snap a few photos. I have always enjoyed history, and personally I think this is pretty cook.

The buildings are as follows: Above and first below, the Brisbane Building 1896; the Old County Hall 1905; our current City Hall being built in 1930; the Hotel Lafayette 1900 (and you can see from the original that there have been additions added on); and Lafayette Square 1900;

For more in this series, click here and here.

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Three photos from a moving train…

Beautiful NY State. It really is. I took these photos last week while on a train from NYC to Buffalo. I love the fall colors before the snow came. The bottom photo I think is particularly interesting in that that camera focused in a the stream and everything else is a sort of blur because of the motions. Anyhow, I just came across them and thought I would share.  

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Greenwich Village at Night (pictures and words)

I was in NYC this past weekend, and no matter what city I find myself I am always drawn to it’s funkier neighborhoods. I love their color, flavor, visuals, and eccentricities. If I’m in Toronto, for example, I usually gravitate to Queen Street West or the Kensington market. The half-dozen times I’ve been to Paris I’ve stayed on the Left Bank. When I spent a very brief time in New Orleans in the late 1980’s I had an apartment in the heart of the French Quarter. And the neighborhood in which I currently reside–Allentown–has these same qualities but on a much smaller scale. So it should come to no surprise that when I visit NYC I usually end up in the Village, I always have. Technically not all of these photos are from Greenwich village, a couple are from Union Square, which of course is the next street over. The above photo is one of my favorites. It’s a group of Hare Krishna followers who are in Union Square every time I go there, they have been for as long as I can remember. I often listen to them sing and watch them dance for a minute or two. And this time I took their photo. After I did I dropped a couple dollars in their collection bowl. And as I turned to leave a young woman thanked me and offered a candle for me to place on a small altar with a hundred others (to the left of the photo). There was a small cushion to kneel if you’d like, and say a prayer. I did. It was lovely really. To kneel briefly in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this incredible city and say a silent prayer. When I closed my eyes it was as if I shut everything out and I went in, if even for just a few seconds. As I stood and turned to leave again, she thanked me again and asked if I were hungry. I declined, but it was truly lovely. Anyhow, while there this weekend I took a few photos and thought I’d share. Click any for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.