0402: Coral

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Several days ago, while we were experiencing the (hopefully) final snow melt, the first fossil to show itself was this piece of Devonian coral. It’s one I had found down at a local dry creek bed last year. So, first to catch my attention this new season deserved to be immortalized – a funny notion given that its age is somewhere in the neighborhood of 387 million years old.

Later that day I ran across a wonderful series of modern day coral images made by photographer Silvie Burie. I thought I’d share a few with you today (they are the four square images to follow). While their beauty is undeniable, so too is their general fragility, given issues of global climate change – particularly the changing temperatures of ocean currents. Just something to think about as I juxtapose Ms Burie’s subjects with images of their ancestors found here in the Hudson Valley.

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Before I finish today, I’d like to take a moment to thank Mr. Ed Smith, Gallery Director and Professor of Art at Marist College, for giving me the opportunity to show my work at the Marist College Art Gallery. The opening reception was last night and the show will run through April 25th. Mondays through Saturdays 12:00- 5:00.

Ed’s a real master. He treated my new series better than I could have possibly imagined and made it (along with the work of painter Fran O’Neill) into a wonderful show. I couldn’t have been happier. So, if you are in the vicinity of the gallery please drop by and have a look.

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And, finally, I’ll leave you with two new images. I pulled out a few fossils I brought back from Italy and decided to explore some new treatments.

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Thanks for the visit.

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0319: All Packed Up

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Just finished packing up all my prints for my upcoming show at Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY – Opening on April 1st (Wednesday) 5-7 PM. For all my NYC friends it’s a fine opportunity to drive an hour north and take a midweek break. For anyone and everyone else interested please come out and join us. Marist has a wonderful large gallery that I will be sharing with painter Fran O’Neill. 

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For those who can’t make it I thought I’d share the images with you this week and possibly next week. Not much else to add, so please enjoy this mix of images.

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Thanks for the visit.

0312: Almost Spring

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We hit fifty degrees yesterday – what a welcome relief! Spring is near. For whatever reason, my thoughts turned to the trees that are soon to bloom. So I put together a group of tree images for the post today. No fossils this time. Hopefully melting snow will uncover some and provide me with fresh new fossil pics. Until then please enjoy what Mother Nature surrounds us with. (More on Mother Nature at the end of this post).

Today’s opening image is from an olive grove near the town of Assisi.

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Siena, Italy

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Vermont

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Lake Champlain, NY

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Paris

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Boboli Gardens, Florence,Italy

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Platte Clove NY

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Leonardo da Vinci birthplace, Vinci, Italy

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Cairo NY

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Lexington VA

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Opus 40, Saugerties NY

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These four color images are possible late additions to my upcoming show at Marist College. The opening is set for April 1st, 5-7pm. More on that in days to come. For now I thought they would be a good counterpoint to all the black and white.

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This last one is part of an entirely different project. I had to include it since I just finished it and I think it holds much promise.

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A final note – regarding Mother Nature. I was knocked out by a video that a friend posted on Facebook yesterday, so much so that I needed to share it with you. It comes from the website Nature is Speaking. There are eight brief two minute videos beautifully shot with voiceovers – very powerful statements that need to be considered. Perhaps a donation might be in order.

Thanks for the visit.