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Things that can be carried on a bike (#598) and a brief comment…

On the bike…Four framed photos, a large pizza, and a book bag.

The below photo is one of the photos I was carrying. It is part of a series of “Photos from a Moving Train.” This one is autumn along the Hudson. The photos will be hanging in the College Street Gallery (CSG) for the next six weeks. The CSG is part of the Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk, and the opening is this Friday at 7pm. Hope to see you there. For a map, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#598) and a brief comment…

On the bike…Four framed photos, a large pizza, and a book bag.

The below photo is one of the photos I was carrying. It is part of a series of “Photos from a Moving Train.” This one is autumn along the Hudson. The photos will be hanging in the College Street Gallery (CSG) for the next six weeks. The CSG is part of the Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk, and the opening is this Friday at 7pm. Hope to see you there. For a map, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Encore plus de neige

For some reason Mother Nature will not release her snowy grasp on much of our country this year. There has been talk of an impending storm for days and last night it was upgraded to a blizzard. Today the Governor declared Western NY under a state of emergency. So far we have well over a foot of new snow. It’s difficult to capture in the pictures the wind. I had to brace myself against trees or firmly plant my feet before trying to snap a photo. Today when there was a brief respite in the heavy snow I went to a local food store (which was closed) and took my camera. Shortly after taking these photos it started to snow so hard I could not see more than a city block ahead. But as ferocious as the weather can be, I still find it beautiful. And no, I was not on a bike.

Urban Simplicity.

Encore plus de neige

For some reason Mother Nature will not release her snowy grasp on much of our country this year. There has been talk of an impending storm for days and last night it was upgraded to a blizzard. Today the Governor declared Western NY under a state of emergency. So far we have well over a foot of new snow. It’s difficult to capture in the pictures the wind. I had to brace myself against trees or firmly plant my feet before trying to snap a photo. Today when there was a brief respite in the heavy snow I went to a local food store (which was closed) and took my camera. Shortly after taking these photos it started to snow so hard I could not see more than a city block ahead. But as ferocious as the weather can be, I still find it beautiful. And no, I was not on a bike.

Urban Simplicity.

Just another link…

As if you didn’t already have enough links to click on or sites asking you to follow, I offer another. I’ve been a member of Flickr since 2011but have never really used it, until now that is. I’ve begun organizing some of my photos and will continue to post. At this site you can see them in full color and high resolution. So if you are interested in seeing more of my photos, or are excruciatingly bored, feel free to visit.

Urban Simplicity.

Things on a bike in a gallery…

File this under shameless self promotion (it has taken me years–decades even–to get better at this). Anyhow, this is one of my photos that will be featured in a series of Things that can be Carried on a Bike at Queen City Gallery through the month of January in the Historic Market Arcade Building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo. The opening is this Friday, 1.10.14

Urban Simplicity.

Yup…it is cold and snowy (and a few things I saw on my walk)

The above temperature is what we woke up to here in WNY. I know it is not nearly as cold as the Mid-West, but geeze ‘o man it is cold. I went out in it only briefly today (to split some logs for the wood-burning stove and then to the store fore a bottle of wine…necessities on both accounts), and no I did not ride a bike; I walked. It’s not that there is that much snow–we’ve had far more than this–but it’s the wind, the incredible wind, that makes it difficult when it is so cold. But at the same time it can be so very beautiful. Anyhow, on my short walk to the store I took a few photos and thought I’d share. And yes, as is usual custom in Buffalo, the bars stayed open and were quite full of revelers. So I stopped in for one on my way home.

Urban Simplicity.

First Friday…

Okay, so this is another Buffalo specific post and a bit of shameless self-promotion (sorry). But if you happen to find yourself in Western New York during the month of December and like galleries you may be interested in visiting the College Street Art Gallery and Co-op. It’s a teeny little space at the corner of Allen Street and College (244 Allen Street). The gallery is part of the Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk. Anyhow, the above photo is one of four of mine which will be hanging there through the month of December. The opening is Friday December 6th.Hope to see you there.

Urban Simplicity.

Sometimes I Gotta Use My Feet…

If you’ve been to this blog before then you know that I like to ride bicycles as transportation. A lot. And I often comment on how much more a person sees while on a bike rather than being stuck in a plastic and metal shell more commonly known as an automobile. Many of my photos, in fact, were taken while on my bike, which would be nearly impossible if I was driving a car. Well, to drop this down a few octaves further, sometimes I just have to walk…sometimes I just gotta use my feet. Walking, especially when there is no actual destination or time-frame, can be meditative for me; a great way to clear my head and/or think about things. Last night was such a walk. Armed with a camera and an iPod for music, and slightly fortified with a few beers in my belly, I went for a really lovely late evening autumn walk. And here are a few of the things I saw a long the way.

Urban Simplicity.

Squawkin’ for Momma, and What are You Lookin’ at? (and other things)

(More shameless self-promotion…sorry in advance.) So I know people view this little blog from all over the globe, but a few do view it from the very same city in which I reside. So if you happen to be in Buffalo, NY  during the month of November I’m just saying that these are two (out of four) of my photos that will be hanging in the College Street Art Gallery. The show will open on Allentown’s First Friday Event. Hope to see you there. Peace. 

Urban Simplicity.

Harvest Moon…

This is the view of the harvest moon from the end of my street in the middle of a medium-sized city on the eastern side of America. I find it really interesting and truly amazing that no matter what part of the globe you are reading these words sometime within a 24 hour span you too will see this very same image in real life. While autumn does not officially start for a few days the harvest moon unofficially ushers it in. A change of seasons; summer is behind us and autumn ahead of us. Time to move forward.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to harvest.

Before the party…

I was the first one in the kitchen today. This is not always the case but it was today. I enjoy it; I find it soothing. It was a busy day today–I knew this before I arrived–but in the early hours of this hundred-year-old kitchen by myself I find it tranquil. And as usual, I had a camera with me so I snapped a few photos. It relaxes me, at times, to look through a view finder. Anyhow, I thought I’d share a few of the photos.

Urban Simplicity.

The View from My Handlebars (and a song)…

The artist (Matt) covering the side of a building at Allen and Park Streets, announcing (screaming) this year’s Echo Art Fair. And yes, I’m dating myself, but whenever I hear the word “echo” (OK, maybe not every time, but often), I think of the song Echo Beach, by Martha and the Muffins.

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"Tis the Season…

Yes, whether we like it or not, it is that time of year again. The weather is getting colder. And with it lighter foods give way to heartier ones, and one of my favorites is soup. I’ve posted this recipe before, or at least variations of it, but it is so delicious and easy to make I thought I’d post it again (it is a crowd-pleaser). The recipe–and the picture above–both utilize butternut squash, but this recipe works great with nearly any hard squash…it’s great with pumpkin. I add a bit of sugar in the recipe, but if you stay away from sugar simply omit it (or add more if you’d like it sweeter). A fresh chili or two is great also (but not included in the recipe)…spicy and sweet and creamy compliment each other. I also used heavy cream in the recipe, you can make it lighter with the use of milk or no cream at all, but it wouldn’t be as rich. And lastly, if you want to make this vegetarian or vegan , substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth (don’t use water, it would be too bland) and soy milk to replace the cream. Anyhow–and just to reiterate–this recipe is delicious and easy to make…and it’s a great one to experiment with as well.

Butternut Squash Bisque with Apple and Toasted Walnuts
Yield: 6 cups
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, peeled and diced
2 tablespoonsflour
2 tablespoonssugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds peeled and diced butternut squash
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
1/2 cup small diced apple

Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat and add the onions. Sweat the onions over medium heat for 5 minutes or until they are translu­cent. Add the flour and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and diced pumpkin; sauté another minute. Add the stock and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is very tender. Add the cream and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes longer. Puree in a blender or food processor. After ladling the soup into warm bowls, garnish it with the toasted walnuts and diced apple.

Urban Simplicity.