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A few things I saw while riding my bike this past week…

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“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” — Arthur Conan Doyle

I shot all of these photos over the pasts week. Some in the early morning on my way to work, while others were in the evening. Some are from when I was running errands or getting from point A to point B. Still others are from a quick jaunt to the waterfront. They are not in chronological or any other order. Click any for a slightly larger view.

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The view from my handlebars…

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Yesterday was unseasonably warm here in Buffalo. Hot, even. 85F in April. But it felt good. I had the day off, and after having lunch with my son, I rode over to Forest Lawn Cemetery for a bit of solace and to snap a few photos. I have posted and commented on this cemetery in previous posts and feel that we are lucky to have it. It sits in the middle of the city but one is transported while there. Besides all the souls that reside there, it is also an unofficial bird and wildlife sanctuary, and in many ways a human one as well. The feeling I have there is sort of like being in an outdoor sanctuary of a church…peaceful, yet inspiring. The sculpture above is one of my favorites. The artist is John Field, and the caption for it reads, “And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then you shall truly dance.” To see more photos of this place, click here, here, here, here, or here.

 

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The views from my handlebars on a late winter’s eve

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So I had the day off today and was out running errands on the bike bike (surprise, right?). Normally by this time of the year I am so tired of the snow that I can’t wait for it to end, but it has been such a mild and mediocre winter that mostly what I am waiting for is the gray and wet to end. Anyhow, it started to snow and I had my camera with me so I took a few photos, and here they are. Click any for a larger view.

I went for a bike ride on New Years Day and here are a few things I saw…

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Yesterday morning, being New Years Day, I woke feeling somewhat introspective as I’m apt to do. So I went for a bike ride and brought my camera. The streets were dead quiet. I rode to Buffalo’s East Side which is an area of the city that has not seen any of our area’s resurgence. If you have any ancestral lineage in Buffalo, chances are you have ties to the East Side. Both sides of my family, in years gone by, have lived on the East Side. Pedaling and coasting through these deserted streets on New Years day was really meditative in a way; I felt as if I were in some sort of post apocalyptic movie scene, but I wasn’t. Many people still live here. The images of the bombed out looking building below are of the old Buffalo Central Terminal train station. My dad, along with countless other young men, departed from this station on their way to WWII. It’s said that the train station is haunted, and on this day I could feel their presence. The photos are in no particular order. Click any for a slightly larger view. To see photos from previous bike rides through these neighborhoods, click here, here, here, or here.

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The view from my handlebars…

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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.

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A few things I saw while riding my bike today…

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From top to bottom…

The soon-to-be new headquarters of the Delaware-North Company.

Grain Elevators on the Buffalo River as seen from the Ohio Street lift bridge.

What I believe is a Peregrine falcon hunting on the river.

The Michigan Street Baptist Church.

Buffalo, NY as seen from Ohio Street.

The Shamrock Run as they cross the Michigan Street lift bridge.

A building in the Cobblestone District.

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The view from my handlebars…

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I saw this on my ride to work this morning…x marks the spot.

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Two views from my handlebars (coming and going)…

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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.

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The view from my handlebars on a crisp autumn evening…

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View(s) from my handlebars, while on a bridge…

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I went out tonight to take photos of the super, super-moon (and yes I know it is two days early but it still looked pretty cool), and I rode down to the historic Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge, which crosses the Buffalo River. I had nice views of both sides, the most difficult part was having to wait for traffic as the bridge bounced and would blur the photos. Anyhow, here’s a few of my favorites.

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The view from my handlebars on a blustery but beautiful evening…

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A few views from my handlebars…

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The view from my handlebars 5.28.14

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Allentown

Buffalo, NY

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The view from my handlebars…

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Buffalo, NY…

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Playing with light (or the light is playing with me…or the incredible view from my handlebars)…

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A couple weeks ago I rode out to the tip of Bird Island Pier in the Niagara River during the daytime and during an unexpected fog (click here to see those photos). And tonight–being determined to teach myself all the manual controls of my DSLR camera–I rode back out as the sun set to snap a few more photos. It was really interesting–and a bit challenging–to play with the camera as the light played with me as the sun set and the light changed every couple of minutes. Anyhow, here are a few of the results. Click any for somewhat larger views.

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A few photos from a mini-excursion (or, a few things I saw while riding my bike today)

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After I left work today, and wanting to enjoy the rest of this beautiful spring day, I rode my bike to Broderick Park and Bird Island Pier. The park itself is interesting because it played a somewhat major role in the underground railroad. Situated on the shore of the Niagara River where it meets Lake Erie it was often the last stop for slaves before they made it to Canada for freedom. And off of the park is the pier which juts out at least a mile into the lake running under the Peace Bridge and parallel with the river and the Black Rock Canal serving as a sort of break-wall. Anyhow, as I stood at the end of the pier it was interesting to see a large cloud of fog roll in off the lake and shroud the city (illustrated in the two photos below). Withing about 15 minutes I could barely see my hand in front of me (no photos of that as there wouldn’t have been much to see). And then as quickly as it rolled in, it receded or passed through. Anyhow, here’s a few photos of what I saw. Click any for a slightly larger view.


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A few of the things I saw while riding my bike and walking yesterday….

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Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day, and it was one of those days where I had so much I wanted to accomplish that I became a bit overwhelmed and decided to go for a bike ride instead. Therapy. And you’ve probably figured out by now that I really love to explore my own city. All of these photos were taken at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and Times Beach Nature Preserve. What is really interesting is that this “wilderness” is located within the city limits and is only a 30 minute ride from my house. It is separated from the city by the Buffalo River which makes it seem sort of distant. But if you look at the one photo (fourth from the bottom) you can see how close it is too downtown (for those not from the area, that is City Hall pictured beyond the trees). Click any photo for a slightly larger view.

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A few things I saw while riding my bike today…

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Well, Old Man Winter had one more blast last night…a few inches of the white stuff. I hope this is the last of it for the season. Six months of winter is enough. Anyhow, the day today was relatively warm (40F) and I had some errands to run. Here’s a few things I saw along the way.

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The View from My Handlebars and Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#578) and a few words…

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I had to be at my job a bit earlier that usual today. I love the early morning, but my problem is I love the night too (and it’s difficult to enjoy both, I suppose). Anyhow, I took the above photo on my short ride to work this morning just as the light was beginning to show. It was a nice way to start the busy day that was ahead of me. On the bike below is a large box of food on it’s way to a local food pantry. About halfway through my work day I rode it over to the pantry. It was a nice respite.

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