Monday, September 29, 2008

9-29-2008: Daughter's Truck and a Couple of Webs

My father finished restoring this truck for my daughter:

They aren't much, but here's my first attempts at shooting a spider web:

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sick Day

In bed feeling crappy. I'll be back tomorrow!

Friday, September 26, 2008

9-26-2008: George Rodgers Clark Memorial Park

Okay, I'm claiming jet lag for the last two days of inactivity. Went to the George Rodgers Clark Park in Clarksville, Indiana at the site where the "Expedition" began and where GR Clark had his last home. It features a cabin and gardens and a decent view of the river.

Nothing in the cabin (including the cabin) actually belonged to the Clark. However historical pieces and the cabin itself are period. These rifles are vintage:

I should have asked about this peas. They are likely some heritage type of plant:

The bedroom was a little eerie. But I still got a neat shot:

Finally, my favorite from today (and the hunting was excellent):

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

9-23-2008: Leaving NYC

Leaving NYC for home: 6:AM

Monday, September 22, 2008

9-22-2008: Socrates Park Take 2 & Empire State

There was a new installation at Socrates Park:

and honestly,

there was no bad way to shoot it.

Oh, yeah, I went to the observation deck of The Empire State Building.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

9-21-2008: Church of the Redeemer

Shots today from The Church of the Redeemer. Inside and out it is a beautiful Episcopal Church built in 1866. I felt very welcomed and in fact it reminded me of my first permanent Church home in Louisville.

Chinatown, Synagogue and Dance

Chinatown was a completely different land--only a few signs pointed to English even being a part of the culture there:

In Chinatown, there is a former Synogogue now a museum dedicated to the Jewish migration to New York:

Finally, I got to observe my daughter teach her intermediate class of young dancers, where it was obvious a dance teacher's work is never done:

Friday, September 19, 2008

9-19-2008: Museum of Natural History and Local Color

In the main lobby of the Museum of Natural History there's this guy:

Guarding the entrance is Teddy Roosevelt flanked by two Native Americans

There's an amazing amount of art in the subway. This is some of it with my Son-in-Law George unaware of his impending snackification:

Finally, the Trade Fair, on Broadway, in Astoria, is remodling, so guys are paid to sit and watch the merchandise set outside during the process. I see them in different shifts. I thought this gentleman was a very interesting study:

9-18-2008:Astoria and Beyond

Well, I've gone tourist. Sorry there are so many shots, but doggoneit I'm having a blast and there is so much to document. Started the 18th with the "Kings of Falafel" at 30th and Broadway. The best falafel I've ever had and everything else was top notch too! Here is the King of Falafel Sauces:

In the evening, George and I picked Kayeligh up from work and we went to have a night crossing on the Staten Island Ferry. Here they are clowning in the Bowery Station of the underground:

Here they are being real:

And here I am with Kayleigh on the deck of the ferry:

Earlier in the day George took me to a nearby Sculpture park "Socrates Sculpture Park" where I snapped this found art (an abandoned and dilapidated pier):

This large and fascinating installation:

And this intense (but very nice) artist working on a new sculpture:

Finally, we had a late supper at Omonia's (a Greek restaurant near their apartment) that was not only nice, they had the biggest and most beautiful display case of pastries:

Of which I had none due to my new policy on sweets and such. It was a full and wonderful day from my walk to 45th street and back to the apartment at 7:AM to walking home from Omonia's. I can't thank them enough for this much needed respite and recouperation. It came at the perfect time and is pretty much the BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

9-17-2008: 50 and Flying to NYC

Only took a couple of shots today--too busy flying and doing other things on my way to a week in NYC with my daughter Kayleigh and her husband George. This first struck me as terribly funny:

And I'm winging away to NYC! More pictures as the week progresses.

9-16-2008: Waterfront with Sandie, Amp and AGTG

Got this interesting shot:

A nice Candid of Sandie:

And this is my favorite shot from the day:

9-15-2008: The day after Ike

On the 14th for my Birthday bash cookout, the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through Louisville, Kentucky with persistent Hurricane force winds. Below is shot in Tyler park where Sandie and I were joined by Ampersand and her daughter AmericanGodTheGirl:

Here's Amp and AG shooting together:

Sandie took some time away from the camera accidentally leaving this nice shot:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

9-13-2008: Patoka Lake

Taken near Patoka Lake, Indiana--on my way to rehearsal at French Lick.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Birthday Haul & Goats

Okay. September 17th is my 50th birthday and friends and family seem determined to spend more on me than all previous birthdays put together. To that end the haul is:

Keeping track: One 2GB Ipod Shuffle, one insulated stainless steel water bottle (to keep away the nasty chemicals found in plastic water bottles), a Canon PowerShot A590 with manual focus (I expect there will be a serious learning curve), and a 1990 Honda Civic that gets almost 400 miles on a tank. Those who have thus far been immensely generous know who you are. The rest of you, stop slacking!

Above a close-up of the smaller (in size only, not in value), but immensely appreciated gifts.

Finally, above: Goats!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

9-9-2008: Return to Wyler Park

Went back to my walking park after a rain and got the following images: