Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Woodpile

I was pulling into a parking spot behind the planetarium tonight, before my astronomy meeting, and I saw this.  There is a woodpile there, made up of wood from trees cut down on the property.  I think they use the firewood for the fireplaces in the Vanderbilt Mansion, for some of the programs they have for visitors.  Anyhow, I was stunned by the condition of this section of a tree trunk.  It looks as if it has been half eaten by some kind of worms.  I think the photograph is also about the design of the elements within the frame.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


The reason I first wanted to get an iPhone, other than to make phone calls, was because there was a really cool app called "Hipstamatic."  It is a photographic application, and when you use it to take pictures with an iPhone, the pictures can look lots of different ways, but mainly they look like faded snapshots from the 1960's.  I used it a lot in the beginning, but haven't used it for several years now.  So I started experimenting with it today, and this is Grace sitting in the window.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Painting the House

The house is being painted.  But...  It is not our house.  It is the house next door.  So I don't have to paint it.  That's good!  I can just watch the painters at work from my window.  They are doing a great job.  Look how much scraping they have done, getting the old paint off.  After they did that, they went over the shingles using nail guns, fastening down lose shingles.  There are four or five small test areas painted with different colors of gray.  I can't wait to see what color they finally choose.  And I will, of course, show you the finished paint job.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day Greetings from Los Angeles!

I had a great Father's Day today!  It is so difficult sometimes to have Liz and Amy so far away, but today I got personal Father's wishes from Liz and Amy, thanks to the magic of Facetime, on our phones!  Aren't they beautiful!  It was so nice to talk to them, as if they were in the same room!  It was a great Father's Day!

Saturday, June 15, 2019


I know you have all been waiting for another infrared photograph!  i just know it!  It has been more than two weeks since I last posted an image from that camera.  I think this is a very subtle image - the only give away that this is IR is because the beach grasses are pure white - in a regular photograph they would be almost the same tone as the beach sand.  This scene is on the property of a fuel tank farm, that is fenced off.  Fuel barges are brought in from New York City to unload here, into large tanks, and then trucks load up and take the fuel to gas stations here on the island.  I was able to get the lens to take this photograph through the chain link fence.  Please click on this image to see it in more detail.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Headed to the City on a Rainy Day

I probably should have posted this photograph yesterday, since I took it while waiting for the train to the city, before I rode the subway where I photographed the woman listening to music.  I thought that was a more interesting picture.  But I do love the atmosphere in this photograph - the reflections of the rain on the train platform and the mist in the distance where the locomotive is coming from.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Somnambulist

I went to fun city today to meet my friend Stan and see two photographic exhibits - one in a gallery, and one at the International Center of Photography.  We took a subway to get from uptown to downtown.  I love riding the subway, because I love people watching.  I was taken by this woman sitting across from me - she appeared to be in a trance, rather than sleeping.  She had her earphones plugged into her iPad, which you can't see.  But the main thing was, she seemed so peaceful and calm.  I think that's why I wanted to photograph her - because of that sense of calm, in the midst of a noisy, screeching subway ride.