Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  I decided not to photograph the turkey or other expected foods.  This is a new item, called Pull Apart Bread.  It is a bread with herbs in it.  Does it look great?  It is astounding!  And of course, it is one more item on the dining table, so when dinner was over, we were STUFFED!

And this is the cast of characters for dinner today.  Jerry, Winnie, Vince, Jo Anne, Kathy and Me.  For those who don't know us all.    We had a lovely day with great conversations and food.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Fall Sky

Another day of Fall color, because I am desperate.  There was a brief moment at the end of the day when the overcast skies were clearing, and the sun peeked through just long enough to illuminate the trees.  I do love the tree on the right, which is a Locust tree covered with vines, which is why there is green on the tree.  Please click on this image to see it in greater detail.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Finally, some Fall Color

I jumped in the car late this afternoon to head over to the hardware store to get a few things.  As I started down Laurel Avenue I was amazed to see the orange and yellow glow from these trees down the block.  I think this is the first Fall color I have seen, since that one small tree in the cemetery.  I was overjoyed to finally see evidence of Fall!  I mean, it ain't like Vermont or anything, but this IS Long Island.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Beach Always Works

When in doubt, or in need of a photograph - any photograph will do - then I head to the beach.  It has always worked for me.  Instead of looking for wide landscapes, I walked around to see if I could find some kind of close-up photograph.  I thought this was worthwhile.  I like the contrast between the softness of the feather and the background of sand and stones.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

NYC Mural Arts Project

When I was walking over to Photo Expo, as I passed through Hell's Kitchen I walked past a long mural and it immediately grabbed my attention.  I am thinking that it was nearly 50 feet long, and this is just one small part of it.  There was some text explaining that it was part of the NYC Mural Arts Project.  The headline on the text said:  “Some days I have to push myself to go outside and walk to the park.  Say Hello!  We can embrace ourselves and open doors together.”  The mural was painted by 27 artists.  Here is their explanation of the project: "The New York City Mural Arts Project uses a collaborative mural-making process to discuss mental health and foster new social interactions in New York City’s communities. We work with community-based organizations, artists, people living with a mental health diagnosis, and the community at large to break down misconceptions and stigma associated with mental illness. Together, we translate our conversations into a mural that reflects the diversity and strength of everyone involved in the mural-making process."  This was an impressive mural to see - I wish I could have shown you all of it!  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

It's a Wurlitzer!

When I was delivering the telescope and mount to our student and his family, his dad wanted to show me something.  The dad is a pretty talented guy, showing me some projects he has done.  And none was more amazing than this.  He found a Wurlitzer in a bar in New York that was covered with twenty years of dirt and grime.  So he completely disassembled the juke box and cleaned every part and then made repairs to the electronics and some of the mechanical parts.  The machine is stunning to behold, and he has it loaded with old 45 RPM records which we played.  You will be thrilled to know that the sound it produces is just stunning.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Young Scientist

This is a young high school student who came to our astronomy club and asked for help with a two-year science project he wanted to do, but he needed help.  So we loaned him this telescope and mount that someone had recently donated to the club.  The club is also going to buy him a special grating for spectroscopy for use with the telescope and his camera.  He is a brilliant young man, and I am in awe of the project he is not afraid to take on.  It is really rewarding to be able to help him.