Monday, October 31, 2011

365 Project - Day 304 - "Hallowe'en (Supposedly)"



October 31, 2011 - "Hallowe'en (Supposedly)"

It's Hallowe'en... supposedly.

But there's snow on the ground...

... and it's freezing outside...

... and the mayor has ordered Hallowe'en/Trick-or-Treating to be cancelled...

... and we have no power... no heat... no water... no phone...

... so we're camping out at my mother-in-law's house...

... eating pizza...

... and watching "The Worst Witch"...

... and praying that all will go "back to normal" soon.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

365 Project - Day 303 - "Healing"



October 30, 2011 - "Healing"

Yesterday's storm leaves us without power...

... without heat...

... without water...

... without phone...

... cold - very, VERY cold.

So cold you can see your breath indoors.

And I'm still sick.

Still in pain.

Still exhausted.

So we leave our house... and make our way toward the warmth of The City.

And I find myself sitting in St. Patrick's Cathedral on this Sunday afternoon...

listening to Mass...

... and praying for healing.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

365 Project - Day 302 - "First Snow"



October 29, 2011 - "First Snow"

First snow of winter 2011/12...

... and it is an impressive one!

Eight to ten inches expected...

The "snowflakes" are more like "snow clumps", being thrown at the ground.

Everything is covered in a white blanket...

... and it isn't even Hallowe'en yet!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

365 Project - Day 301 - "Sprite"



October 28, 2011 - "Sprite"

Bored.

Feeling like crap.

Exhausted.

One photo...

... my bottle of Sprite.

That's it.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

365 Project - Day 300 - "Cor's Restaurant on a Rainy Thursday Afternoon"



October 27, 2011 - "Cor's Restaurant on a Rainy Thursday Afternoon"

Having a late breakfast...

... and some memories.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

365 Project - Day 299 - "Preparations"



October 26, 2011 - "Preparations"

Rows of black wood photo frames... waiting to be filled with my images for my first solo exhibition.

(lifeisgood)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

365 Project - Day 298 - "Autumn"



October 25, 2011 - "Autumn"

Autumn...

Changes...

Everything.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

365 Project - Day 297 - "Down"



October 24, 2011 - "Down"

Down.

Several steps backward.

More pain... under the rib and below it.

Fear.

Worries.

Concerns.

Sick.

Sick of this disease I can't even see...

... which is drying me out from within.

Sick.

Worried...

Sick.

Turning in directions I never thought I'd turn...

... again.

Lost.

Worried.

Exhausted.

Down.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

365 Project - Day 296 - "l'uccello (2)"



October 23, 2011 - "l'uccello (2)"

Another "ingredient" for my Hallowe'en costume.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

365 Project - Day 295 - "Warmth"



October 22, 2011 - "Warmth"

Sick.

Tired.

Alone.

On the couch, wrapped in this blanket.

Seeking warmth.

Seeking comfort.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

365 Project - Day 294 - "The Web"



October 21, 2011 - "The Web"

Standing outside Molten Java in Bethel.

Coffee.

Friends.

Mr. Happy Cloud performing.

Laughter.

Happy-ness.

Life.

Good.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

365 Project - Day 293 - "l'uccello"



October 20, 2011 - "l'uccello"

I'm gathering the "ingredients" for my Hallowe'en costume.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

365 Project - Day 292 - "Brown-bagging My Boredom"



October 19, 2011 - "Brown-bagging My Boredom"

I'm bored.

Very bored.

Too bored even to be "creative".

So I reach over and grab the brown paper bag that is sitting on the coffee table... and start playing around with it and my camera.

A couple-dozen shots later... and here I am: Still bored, but at least I have an image.

(Life is good)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

365 Project - Day 291 - "Color in the Kitchen"



October 18, 2011 - "Color in the Kitchen"

Looking for a photo...

Looking for a photo...

Looking...

Looking...

FOUND IT!

(Color in the Kitchen)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

365 Project - Day 290 - "Blue-Vu-Zela"



October 17, 2011 - "Blue-Vu-Zela"

Once again I find myself not feeling up to shooting. So, another simple shot...

Looking down the bell towards the mouthpiece of my blue vuvuzela...

which I use to cheer on my beloved Gli Azzurri...

... sounding out for each goal...

... and annoying the crap out of my neighbors!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

365 Project - Day 289 - "Flickering Prayers"



October 16, 2011 - "Flickering Prayers"

I spent a wonderful morning and afternoon at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, NY - where they were celebrating the Kuan Yin Bodhisattva's Ceremony.

Hundreds of faithful, chanting and praying.

Candles and incense lit... carrying prayers on their flickering flames and rising smoke rings.

Calm.

Beauty.

Peace.

Happy-ness.

(Life is good!)

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

365 Project - Day 288 - "Harvest"



October 15, 2011 - "Harvest"

A wonderful day!

Apple picking at Blue Jay Orchards...

Lunch at Mac Daddy's mac & cheese restaurant...

Shopping for Hallowe'en costumes...

Preparations for my upcoming art show/exhibition...

Ice Cream at Stew Leonard's...

and now... relaxing!

A wonderful day!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

365 Project - Day 287 - "Countertop Shadows"



October 14, 2011 - "Countertop Shadows"

I've had a migraine since yesterday morning... and am not really feeling up to shooting today.

So - just a quick shot...

Shadows from an antique cast-iron trivet on my kitchen countertop.

And that's that.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

365 Project - Day 286 - "Blue-Blur-Mind"



October 13, 2011 - "Blue-Blur-Mind"

My mind is a blur today.

Sound swirl...

Light wave...

Shadow dip...

Vision twist...

Blue-Blur-Mind.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

365 Project - Day 285 - "Divine"



October 12, 2011 - "Divine"

Peace...

Quiet...

Calm...

Divine.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

365 Project - Day 284 - "Bagged"



October 11, 2011 - "Bagged"

Plastic produce bags...

Light...

... and camera.

And that is that.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

365 Project - Day 283 - "When No One Is Looking"



October 10, 2011 - "When No One Is Looking"

Shops close up for the night...

Register drawers are counted...

Receipts are gathered...

Light switches get flicked down...

... even when no one is looking.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

365 Project - Day 282 - "Flying High at Thirty-Five"



October 09, 2011 - "Flying High at Thirty-Five"

It's my birthday. My thirty-fifth, to be exact.

And it has turned out to be the single-best birthday, ever!

The day began with my BFF Lenny "kidnapping" me - at what I thought was waaaaaaay too early for anyone to have to be awake on their birthday, especially when it falls on a Sunday! We headed to the Holiday Diner for a wonderful breakfast and conversation... before heading up to "Shooters" in New Milford for an hour of "release", with five pistols... and a LOT of ammunition. Some 9mm... some .22-cal... and a ton of 40-cal rounds hitting targets. It felt awesome!

I thought that THAT was it... and believe me, THAT was already more than I could have ever hoped for - but Mr. Lenny had other plans. On the drive home, we passed the exit that would easily lead to my house... and the next thing I know we seem to be heading towards the mall. No big deal... and I'm thinking that Lenny is planning to hit the Mall - perhaps the Apple Store for some iPad dreaming or something to that effect. Then he pulls out a bag and tells me he has something for me. I look inside to find a small die cast Cessna plane. Pretty cool! I'm thinking it's just a freakin' cool little plane... then he tells me that there's "something else" inside. I open it to find a gift certificate for a 1/2-hour flight out of Danbury Airport! I'm freakin' shocked!

Lots of jokes about the pilot having only two flights under his belt... lots of talk about recent plane crashes in the area... and next thing I know I'm sitting at the controls of a tiny puddle-jumper - and we're taking off! Slow climb... a little jittery... a few dips and "bumps" that send my stomach into a flurry - then we turn and head out over the Mall and towards Candlewood Lake - and the pilot says "You have the controls!" - and the next thing I know, I'm flying! I think he's completely joking until my nervous hand hits the wheel a bit too far to the right and the plane jolts that way and I realize "HOLY SHIT! I'M FREAKIN' FLYING!".

It was incredibly awesome! We flew out over Candlewood Lake - and looked down at my house - before turning, heading over New Fairfield... FCI... then Danbury High School - before aiming towards the Mall - and Tarrywile Park, which is the subject of today's photo. We looked out over the horizon and could see the Manhattan skyline to the right... and Long Island and The Sound to the left. The pilot took back the controls for the landing... which was incredibly smooth.

More jokes... and a promise to kill Lenny at some point in the future.

My heart racing... my palms sweaty... and me, happy as hell!

We make our way to the Sycamore for a quick round of Root Beer Floats - before heading home. I'm thinking that this is the most incredible birthday I could possibly have... and I'm planning to go in the house, relax a bit... maybe watch some football... then go to the dinner that Holly told me she had reservations for later.

I walk in the door - to the sight of a table overflowing with food... and dozens of people shouting "SURPRISE!!!" - while party horns blew and my heart starts racing again! I was set up! So much excitement and shock, it took me more than a few moments just to figure out who the hell all of these people were!

Family and Friends everywhere... hugs... happiness... laughter - it was, perhaps, the single-most wonderful feeling I've experienced since the birth of my children!

Wonderful conversations... Great food... Lots of laughter... More food... a great game of "Pin the tail on the donkey"... even MORE food... music... dessert... more dessert... even more dessert - a terrific viewing of "JAWS"... followed by "The Big Lebowski".

Now it's almost 11:30PM... everyone is gone and now I'm relaxing on the couch... STILL IN SHOCK!

Today was - without a doubt - the most wonderful day... the BEST birthday I've ever had - or could ever hope to imagine!

To all of you who made this day so wonderful - THANK YOU!!!

I love you ALL... so very much!

Life truly IS, good!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

365 Project - Day 281 - "Stacked"



October 08, 2011 - "Stacked"

Some things are falling into place...

Getting stacked and organized...

... like aluminum pot lids in the cabinet by the stove.

Other things are just as disorganized as always...

... maybe even more so.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

365 Project - Day 280 - "Slipping In"



October 07, 2011 - "Slipping In"

Slipping in...

Between the soft, silky sheets...

Stretching out...

... always looking for the "cool side" of the pillow.

And there it is.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

365 Project - Day 279 - "For Steve"



October 06, 2011 - "For Steve"

From my Mac 128K...

... to my "Blueberry" iMac...

... to my iBook...

... to my first MacBook Pro...

... and my second.

From countless iPods and iPhones...

... to my Apple TV.

From literally THOUSANDS of downloads on iTunes...

... and even more images tweaked in Apple Aperture...

Apple... Mac... and Steve Jobs have been a part of my creativity for almost 30 years.

Thank you Steve!

You will be missed... but NEVER forgotten!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

365 Project - Day 278 - "Nightmares"



October 05, 2011 - "Nightmares"

I've been having a lot of nightmares lately.

Evil... dark... wicked things.

As a result... I haven't been getting much sleep...

Which sort of turns me into an evil... dark... wicked thing.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

365 Project - Day 277 - "Red Bull Fever"



October 04, 2011 - "Red Bull Fever"

Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ

Over 24,000 fans gather to watch the New York Red Bulls take on the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The energy is EXTREMELY high!

Chanting... Stomping... Drumming - throughout the entire game.

Goals by Luke Rodgers (32nd minute) and Thierry Henry (59th minute) led the Bulls to a 2-0 win over David Beckham and the Galaxy.

An incredible game...

An incredible night!

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, October 3, 2011

365 Project - Day 276 - "Haze"



October 03, 2011 - "Haze"

I open my eyes and gaze through the haze at my past, present and future...

... and I realize


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

365 Project - Day 275 - "Soft Underbelly"



October 02, 2011 - "Soft Underbelly"

Sometimes you have to turn yourself upside-down... and expose your soft underbelly to the world.

Sometimes.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

365 Project - Day 274 - "The Road"



October 01, 2011 - "The Road"


Part 1 of "Poem of the Road" by Walt Whitman



A FOOT and light-hearted I take to the open
road!
Healthy, free, the world before me!
The long brown path before me, leading wherever
I choose!

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I am good-
fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more,
need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.

The earth—that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women—I carry them
with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am filled with them, and I will fill them in
return.

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