0701: Enjoy the Holiday Weekend

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I’m a day early with this post. The holiday weekend is just about upon us. I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth. Today’s opener you might remember from a few years ago when a group of photographer friends gathered to shoot the annual Saugerties parade (and turned it into a bang-up show the following year). It was especially appropriate to show it again as it was just chosen for a show entitled “War and Peace” at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont, opening July 23.

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The other day I paid a visit to the Thomas Cole home (National Historic Site) to see a friend. It’s a great place to visit, directly across the Hudson from Olana, home of Frederick Church, once a student of Cole’s. The earliest art movement in American history, the Hudson River School, was born here. And its legacy remains.

Cole was buried just down the road at the Thompson Street Cemetery, a site I have been curious about for a long time. And so, fresh from conversation about Mr. Cole,  I decided to pay a visit to the cemetery. Rain forced me to eventually leave, but not before this little adventure yielded some interesting results

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Most of the headstones I saw ran from 1850 to 1900. And many of them were in various stages of disrepair. In fact, more than a few are just neatly piled pieces.

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I have often found that trees in cemeteries can have a particularly stately, almost regal, quality. This one is a perfect example. I suppose what impresses me most is that, left undisturbed, they completely rule. Nothing stands in their way. Witness the two small headstones (above) being shoved around by the massive roots. Or the reverse side (below) literally swallowing a large stone.

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By the way, I never did find Cole’s grave. I know it’s there  – another good reason to return.

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I’m still breaking rocks from my last quarry visit. These first two show broken pieces on my rock breaking surface (a bigger rock)!

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Driving back to the studio i passed the neighboring beaver pond – flush with water lilies.

All in all a pretty good day.

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I’ll leave you with one last image from the cemetery – one that sticks in the mind.

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.

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_MG_2741_01 _LR_10Just a few brief notes today. The first two pics (above and below) were accepted into juried shows opening at the Woodstock Artists Assn. & Museum (WAAM) this Saturday, July 20, at 4 PM. A very nice selection of work was chosen, so that should make for two good shows.

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Good news regarding the Small Town Parade show at SPAF – The show has been extended through August 11. Weekend hours are 1-5 Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays are normal business hours.

We had a great opening night with a big crowd. Reviews have been glowing. More info at smalltownparade.com
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I will not be posting next week. Instead. I’ll be spending six nights (and days) in the cabin atop Platte Clove – all thanks to the Catskill Center and the Platte Clove Artists’ Residency program that they administer. I am excited at the possibilities – the Clove and surrounding area is stunningly beautiful. And I am most grateful to have been chosen for the program.

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The fossils in today’s images are, once again, from the surrounding area.

The Earth giveth – enjoy!

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Final Thoughts – 2012

IMG_8154_02_LR_10Back in time from holiday travels to wrap up this blog for 2012. Two recent snowfalls have covered much of the Northeast with a blanket of snow (a return to a more normal winter perhaps?). It is a reminder that indoor projects will be more likely for me into the near future – there’s no upside that I can imagine to hike for fossils in snow!

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But, before I get to them, on this last day of the year I would like to offer you my very best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year! According to my WordPress “annual report” (a great little statistics feature), this past year viewers came from seventy one countries around the world. So, whatever the time zone, have a safe and happy holiday.

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I took some time earlier to scroll through this past year’s postings. There were 46 in all with a total number of images approaching 600! For me, so many of them fall down the “memory hole” once I’m on to the next week’s subject that it’s important to step back and review. You know – see where you’ve been – see where you’re heading. A nod to yesterday and an embrace of tomorrow.

So, here are some images from the past year that jumped out at me for a second view – not the best, not the worst, just some that hit a personal chord that I’d like to share one more time.

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img_5543_01_lr_10Trilobite Pygidium, Ithaca, NY

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img_8967_01a_lr_10Brachiopod, Florence Museum of Natural History

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img_5250_01_lr_12Crinoid, Paleontological Research Institution

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img_6372dark_01_lr_10Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY

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Changing the Subject

The Raphaelesque baby looks out from a flag draped wagon. Entitled “Manger” it is the result of a recent non-fossil foray with the camera. It began with an email that my good friend and fine photographer Alan Bryan sent to me and eight other photographers. The idea he put forth was that we all get together and photograph the Fourth of July Parade in the small town of Saugerties, just a few miles to the south.

When the idea was first raised all I could imagine was ten photographers swarming over the same handful of opportunities like a cloud of gnats! But, as we began the planning I came to see a wonderful opportunity. It is rare for me to work with anyone (other than clients). Photography, the way I practice it, is almost always a solitary experience. In fact, having someone else along generally is an unwanted distraction. But this time the idea of ten different and individual viewpoints focused on the same topic held great appeal. (It turns out that the town is not that small – shooting opportunities were everywhere one chose to look!).

We will be getting together soon to view the collective work . I look forward to that and will have more to share on the subject in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I have chosen to share two of my favorites from that day. The second juxtaposes young boys in uniforms against photos of what were once boys, who, for a multitude of reasons, had to grow up way too fast. I think these two images are worth an extra pause. Much to reflect upon on a special day.

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And now, back to fossils. Last week I shared images from a new site I’ve been exploring. It was so dense with fossils that I had more to share than I had originally thought. Many that I found were plant related – something I seldom run across in my immediate area. it is always particularly stimulating to find new and different subject matter.

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I’ll close with two new images of fossils that have been sitting around the studio for weeks, seemingly overlooked. As oftentimes happens, the light one day fell across them in a most revealing way. These are the results.

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