Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
A look at the TEMPERANCE FOUNTAIN in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park.
Four virtues play a pivotal role and accordingly are called "cardinal"; all the others are grouped around them. They are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. "If anyone loves righteousness, [Wisdom's] labors are virtues; for she teaches temperance and prudence, justice, and courage."
These virtues are praised under other names in many passages of Scripture. Temperance is often praised in the Old Testament: "Do not follow your base desires, but restrain your appetites." In the New Testament it is called "moderation" or "sobriety." We ought "to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world."
[from Catechism of the Catholic Church]
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
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Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Twin beams of light seem to converge on their way past the moon and beyond. The beams pay silent tribute to the destroyed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A few stars look on...
The haze in the air combined with some camera noise (the film equivalent = grain) from shooting as wide open as I could yielded the above result. The moon "blows out" a bit due
to its being so much brighter than the beams.
A more "normal" view of the beams in lower Manhattan...
Monday, September 11, 2006
He loved baseball and his family. Married for 18 years, he and his wife had two children--a boy and a girl. If work caused him to miss one of his young son's games, he would call his wife several times throughout to see how it was going.
He worked 20 years for the same company. Like many people, he lived on Long Island and worked in New York City. His office was in Midtown Manhattan.
Unfortunately for him, on September 11, 2001, Steven A. Giorgetti had a meeting at the World Trade Center. That fateful morning, he died there, one of the many victims of the coordinated terrorist attacks. He was 43.
[otilius photo: Morning Flags, taken 9/11/2006]
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
This auto parts store on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn has a full-size car
on the roof and ranks as one of my favorite sites from the ol' neighborhood. For whatever reason, I admit now to never having purchased anything there, even though I appreciate
the effort on their part.
PS -- For something different, visit Ted's blog Drivin Barefoot.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Usually, in the sporting world, when a ball is said to be "in the lights", it means that a
player trying to catch the ball cannot see it because of its being in the same line of sight
as stadium lights. Well, this baseball really is in the light. Kids these days...
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
You may remember this location from the film THE GODFATHER. You know the scene,
when Pete Clemenza says to the guy who just killed Paulie in the car, "Leave the gun...Take the cannolis."
In the last several months, I have driven along this road within Liberty State Park many times (twice yesterday). I have often wanted to shoot the scene but the light or whatever would always be a bit off. For example, yesterday, I stayed inside ALL DAY when it was nice outside and, once I finally got to the park, the clouds in the late afternoon made everything too dark. Today (Monday) had the same weather as yesterday but I got outside much earlier, since the Yankees didn't play until the evening. LOL! Anyway, I went again to the park.
Just like yesterday, I first walked along the Hudson River walkway taking pictures. This time, though, the sun shined almost the entire time, only briefly blocked by moving clouds. After the walk, as I drove out of the parking lot to go home, the GODFATHER scene came into my mind and I decided to try for the shot before calling it a night.
I drove over to the area and parked. After walking to the right spot, I lined up my framing and snapped the shutter. The camera saved the capture--and the battery died. "Oh, well,"
I thought, "I got it or I can come again."
Once I got home, I liked the resulting photo. However, I don't always remember character names, et cetera, so I looked up the film at imdb.com. Guess what? The actor Richard Castellano who played Clemenza was born today--September 4th--in 1933 in the Bronx. Of course, I had no idea beforehand. Happy birthday, Mr. Castellano--R.i.P.
Monday, September 04, 2006
We had such a beautiful day yesterday, mostly sunny with some puffy clouds off in the distance. However, I stayed inside all day watching Andre Agassi lose his final tennis match and the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins. Finally, I got outside and drove over to Liberty State Park in New Jersey for a nice walk along the Hudson River. The park offers great views of NYC across the river and close proximity to the Statue of Liberty.
During the walk, the clouds moved in. On the way back to the car, I looked to the southwest towards Bayonne, NJ and saw this single beam of light breaking through the clouds.
The Truth is Out There.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
"there are pictures in my head no palette can match
ideas you have never seen
when I was six, I could not let go
I can let go now
and let the devices be
I cannot explain the creations that come
when you are gone to the world
and all its machines
to leave the brushes at our feet
cover our world in dreams"
from Finger Paint by Cassandra Crone
Copyright ©2006 Cassandra Crone
[ otilius photo: Greenpoint, Brooklyn bus stop... ]