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Two views from my handlebars (coming and going)…

It’s amazing what a couple of days (and a few hours) can make. As you likely know, south and east of the city of Buffalo was hit with a near-record breaking snow storm…while the city itself received less than a foot. And today was above 60F. Anyhow, these are a couple of shots taken on my way to work and on my way home. The one below is technically not from my handlebars…I had just arrived home and it is a shot from my front porch.

Urban Simplicity.

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.

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.

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 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.

A beautiful evening and an anti-auto rant…

Cool photo, right? I took it while on a walk this evening. It looks sort of Star Wars-esque, doesn’t it? You’d never know that I took it while in the heart of the city. Anyhow, I had gone for a long walk tonight to clear my head (walked the length of the Elmwood Village here in Buffalo, from Allen to Forest and back again) and twice (yes twice) was almost struck by a car while crossing an intersection while the driver blindly turned while chatting on a cellphone. The first time it was so close that by the time the car stopped I had instinctively put my hand out (as if that would have done anything) and my hand rested on the hood of the car while its bumper pressed against my leg (no joke). There are too many cars on the road and too many people on cellphones while driving. Does every adult American really need a car? Two adults in the house…two cars; five adults in the house…five cars. Does every trip—no matter how long or short—really require a car? There are other forms of transportation. Sorry for the rant, but I had not one but two close calls tonight while I was simply out for a walk on a beautiful summer’s eve. I’ll put down my bullhorn now.

Urban Simplicity. 

The magic of light…

I find this type of thing really amazing. The same photo (or at least a really similar photo) taken about twenty minutes apart. I was standing on a lift bridge looking at the canal that runs parallel to the Niagara River (I may be wrong, but I believe this is the very beginnings of the Erie Canal). Anyhow, I snapped the above photo then went down by the river and chatted with a another photographer and a couple fisherman. And on my way back over the bridge I was taken by how the light had changed in just a few minutes so I stopped, stood in nearly the same spot, and snapped another photo.

 Urban Simplicity

A Few Things I Saw While Riding My Bike Today…

I of course do not know what part of the globe you are viewing this page from, but locally today (and yesterday and tomorrow) it was and will be hot and humid…really humid. Even the simplest actions caused incredible perspiration. The reason I mention this is that as the sun began to set I went for a ride to the waterfront with a camera and it felt so good to feel the breeze from first the motion of the bike and then that off the water (I also had a cold beer which wasn’t too bad either). Anyhow, these are all from Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront. I was standing at an interesting point where the Niagara River, Lake Erie, the Buffalo River, and the Erie Canal all meet. In the two sunset photos (above and second from the bottom) Canada in the distance.

Urban Simplicity.