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The view from my handlebars. A few photos and a few words.

So a couple things. Firstly, I haven’t been taking as many photos these last few months because of a few reasons, but mostly because at my not-so-new job I don’t always have a secure place to store my camera so I don’t always carry it with me. But there are other reasons as well. And as a person that needs some sort of creative output on a daily basis to survive (no joke), photography is a form of therapy for me. I woke today to a rather bleak morning. It was Sunday, grey, and the fourth Sunday of Advent. And as I lay in bed I wasn’t sure if I was motivated enough to get up, shower, and head to church. But I did, and am glad that I did for so many reasons. I brought my camera and the air felt crisp and clean as I pedaled; it felt good. But between the grayness and the holidays I was feeling a bit melancholy. So as I pedaled I whispered to the Universe…”Show me your beauty, I really need it.” And she did. Sometimes it’s the everyday things; things you see or do each day, but when viewed with a different view, can bring light into your life. It did for me today. And yes, the picture below is a rare selfie. I passed a mirror on my travels and I saw my own reflection and thought it looked sort of cool in a mirror outside. The mirror is at a sharp and narrow corner and is there so drivers can see if another car is approaching. Anyhow, it’s proof that I do actually take many of my photos from my bike. 

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

A few things I saw while riding my bike today…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

A few things I saw while riding my bike today…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars and a few words…

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
~Ansel Adams

So I–along with about twenty other people–are partaking in Buffalo Fun-a-Day…doing some sort of art each day for the month of February (in my case, photography) and in March there will be a show at Sugar City. Anyhow, the reason I mention this, is that after work tonight I thought I would ride over to the Richardson Towers to take photos of them as the sun set (and to use as today’s Fun-a-Day photo). To see previous photos of the Richardson Towers, click here or here. Anyhow, when I got there it was cold, really cold, as it has been. But the light wasn’t hitting the towers as I had hoped…I probably had 15 or 20 minutes before it changed. And I didn’t feel like standing there shivering while waiting for the light (in warmer temps I would). From where I was standing, looking at the towers were north, and then I glanced to my left (west, where the sun was setting) and saw the above photo perfectly framed and full of light. The tree of life, I thought. I have my photo, I also thought. So I snapped a few photos with stinging fingers (no need to set up a tripod as there was still enough light in the sky), and then rode to a local watering hole for a couple beers to warm up before my ride home.

Urban Simplicity.

Stop Making Sense…a few things I saw while riding my bike today.

I don’t have to prove…that I am creative.
~David Byrne

So I mentioned recently that I–like so many others–have been ill with the common cold. And because of this I have been basically doing nothing around the house…sort of self-sequestered. And because of this my spirits have been low. If there are two things that bring me down they are physical inactivity and creative inactivity…so this has been the perfect storm. Thus said, this evening I bundled up–layer upon layer–and loaded some camera gear on my bike and went out on a very cold evening for a very slow ride and a few photos. Physically I am not cured, but emotionally and spiritually I am. It is, in fact, just what the doctor may have ordered. Click any photo for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

People in tents on ice, a feral black cat hunting, a herd of city deer, and a few other things I saw while riding my bike yesterday…with a brief but pro-bicycle commentary.

So first a couple things. One is that this post is a sort of continuation of this previous post where I went to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor in search of the elusive snowy owl (I didn’t see one either day). In the previous post I used a car to get there–which was great because it was dangerously cold and windy–but yesterday I rode my bike the six miles each way as the wind was less and the temperatures were higher (but it was still damn cold). I started to think that maybe I was a little crazy (people are always telling me this–either with words or looks–because I choose to ride a bike year round) but then I saw all those people in tents on ice–entire families–and realized I might be the sane one. Anyhow, and I’ve said this before, but I see so much more on a bike. When I took the car I basically saw the waterfront (the destination), but on my bike I witnessed–was part of–the entire trip there and back…and the area this is in, which is currently being developed, still has a sort of wild/industrial/feral/post-apocalyptic feel to it; many of the photos were taken along the railroad tracks that run along Ohio Street. A good example of this (seeing more on a bike) are the deer images…these are three of about a dozen photos of them. I had just crested a bridge and thought to myself, “I hope I see a deer or two,” as I’ve seen them in this area before. If I were not on a bike I would have never seen them, but I was close to the side of the bridge and sure enough I glanced over and there was an entire herd of them walking along the tracks. I stopped my bike and watched as they gracefully meandered under the bridge. When they came out the other side I got off my bike and walked to the end of a train that was parked there and watched them. They were so graceful and beautiful to watch; I must have watched them forage for food for about 15 minutes…how could I ever eat them, I wondered? Cars zipped past, their occupants unaware of this beauty right next to them. Then after a bit, and after I took a few photos, I tried to get closer and they ran away. On my way home I stopped at one of Buffalo’s newest hipster bars, Ballyhoo, which is on the far edge of downtown, mainly to warm my hands as I had my gloves off to take photos, and had a couple beers. By the time I left it was almost dark and it started to snow a little; the flakes and cold air felt good against my face the way that a winter evening does, and I stopped to take one last shot, this time of Chippewa Street, which is only a mile from my house. When I got home my middle-aged body was tired from pedaling into the wind (both ways it seems) while wearing heavy clothes. And even though I didn’t see a snowy owl I saw a lot more. I feel like I should carry photos with me so that the next time a person asks why I ride a bike year round (or they give me “that look”) I can show them the photos and say, here is why…this is why I ride a bike.

Urban Simplicity.

A cold evening ride and a few things that I saw…

Last evening after I left work–after rushing around a busy kitchen all day–I really needed some fresh air and the evening felt so crisp and nice I grabbed my camera and went for a brief ride. I headed down to Canalside because I wanted to see the brand new ice rink that just opened. While there I rode through the Naval Park and past the USS Croaker (pictured below), and on my way home I rode down desolate and quiet Main Street, which is currently being rehabbed to bring cars back but also inclusive to bicycles and pedestrians (second from the bottom). Anyhow, the ride was just what I needed, and I thought I’d share some of the pictures I took along the way. Click any for a larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

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.

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.

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

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.

Urban Simplicity.

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

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.

Urban Simplicity.