Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free manure

No, this was not shot in Washington DC. The concept of "free" is complicated in the nations capital, but we know there is plenty of manure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flowering red clover

Getting down to look at common things can be very rewarding, especially in clear morning light.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

More guns?

Another shooting, another brief conversation of common-sense gun control, which always results in a rush for... more guns!

I thought it ironic that it was reported that yesterdays hearing on gun control was canceled, until I read the CNN article that revealed the discussion was to support relaxing controls to make it easier for gun owners to own silencers, transport guns across state lines and ease restrictions on armor-piercing bullets.

Yet the majority of Americans believe gun controls should be more strict or at least stay the same according to data provided by the Gallup organization.

Why is the gun lobby so effective? Why does the minority of gun owners have so much influence?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back to the canal

Before I retired I walked the canal path almost every day. And my previous place of employment was also near the canal, although a different section. Yesterday I was in the area and had some time to again try another path along the canal. It is a great place to walk and a terrific resource.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Meadow

Three daisies, with lots more on the horizon.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wimpy Kid

No, I did not see Wimpy Kid, or The Baby Boss or Captain Underpants. Fortunately the modern cineplex offers lots of screens and lots of choice.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rush hour

One part of the day that I do not miss.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brings back memories

This is not the most interesting photo I have posted, but chancing by this little building brought back memories for me. The curious brink/tile is the same material that my grandfathers home was constructed with. It was a small but comfortable house with the brick painted over in a cream color. I have not seen it in decades but it is still fresh in my mind having spent much time in and around the house.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Curiosity

Obviously it is some type of crane, but why is there a wheel on the end of the boom? I am sure there is a good reason but it is difficult to see what function this would perform.

At least the blue and red make for an nice picture.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

St. Augustine

My last few posts have been from my recent trip to Florida. We are considering relocating to the Sunshine State, although it seems unimaginative: retire... move to Florida. We did have some wonderful weather before returning to the cold and gray upstate New York. Nothing is definite, so only time will tell.

Saint Augustine is a beautiful town with lots of history and interesting architecture.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Golf Course Tree

I am not a golfer but I do like to walk. This roadway transversed the golf course and allowed me a view of the fairway during an early morning walk.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fake shutters

A pet peeve of mine is fake shutters which you commonly see on homes everywhere. They are supposed to be decorative, which I understand, but something bothers me about the vestige quality of these non-functional add-ons.

But having fake shutters showing up on an industrial building like this is really quite funny.

At least it adds some color to otherwise bland architecture.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Unsettled weather

Springtime means frequent showers and wildly fluctuating temperatures. It often seems like two steps forward, one step back. We have had 80 degree weather, but this morning it was 39 and rain.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A few days ago my post, Renwick Gallery, featured the "branch" of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The main gallery is located in the former Patent Office Building where Lincoln held his inaugural ball. The center courtyard shown above was covered as part of a recent renovation.

The art collection includes a wide variety of styles covering the full history of America. Below is the magnificent painting by Albert Bierstadt titled Among the Sierra Nevada, California dated 1868.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring green

Views like this make me very happy... the trees pushing out fresh bright green. Spring is a wonderful season.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Renwick Gallery

During my recent trip to Washington DC I visited the newly reopened and renovated Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, just a block from the White House. The gallery features decorative arts and is contains many interesting pieces.

The building itself is a great example of Second Empire architecture intended to mimic the French/Louvre style. It was the first American building erected expressly as an art museum. Jackie Kennedy saved it from the wrecking ball in 1965 and the recent extensive renovations and updates have created a great way to spend a few hours.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Broken

More sculpture, but this one you can even seen in Google 3D maps (click here).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5210

Sometimes the real world looks fake, like something made in Photoshop.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dead mall

First you see more and more empty storefronts, then the anchor stores close-up... it's a dead mall. The management talks about a "new concept", which usually means outlet stores, but will they come?

This is happening all around the country... too many malls and not enough shoppers. They have moved to on-line or new outlet mega-centers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Foggy morning

I think I have used this posting title before, but what else can I say. This was the view in my backyard at sunrise this morning.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Downed trees

There are plenty of downed trees around as a result of the recent wind storm. They are slowing being cut-up and removed but this particular tree is still laying in the water at North Ponds park.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Under the weather

First it was the wind storm, then several feet of snow, and now the flu. I am proof that a flu shot does not guarantee the bug doesn't get you. Consequently I have not been out with camera in a while, so here is a picture from a little over a week ago that was still in my "maybe" pile.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Merging traffic

This sign was apparently placed neatly beneath the expressway bridge by recent high winds that toppled trees and utility poles. Over 100,000 people lost power four days ago, and still about 40,000 are without heat and light despite the multitudes of utility trucks that have surged into the area. We were very lucky and were not affected. This has been a difficult struggle for so many, especially due to the single digit frigid temperatures.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wind on the water

This is a temporary springtime pond along the Route 104 Trail... a result of snowmelt and recent rain. Normally you would not expect "waves" here but today it is really windy in Webster. The weatherman just let us know that 72MPH gusts were recorded at the airport earlier.

Hope my house does not blow away!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shapes, textures and shadows

Yeah... a roadway guardrail. My eye was drawn to the dappled light and texture of the rail. And diagonals always work for me.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Into the sun

I remember early advice on photography... always have the sun on your back. That makes for some flat and unflattering pictures. Shooting at other angles is more interesting and into the sun can create converging shadows.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Secluded home

Not actually that secluded. There is an expressway just above the hill, but from the vantage of Devil's Cove it is very much in the wilderness. The cove is narrow and not easily seen from the bay and neighboring homes are well hid by the woods.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

65F yesterday, snow-cover this morning

Someone once said "If you don't like the weather in Webster, just wait twenty minutes".