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The Race on Two NYC Rivers

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Beauty, Boats, Landscape, New York, New York Landmarks, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2014 by maine1nyc

It was one of those rare Summer days in NYC when the weather couldn’t get any better, and it was perfect for the Liberty Challenge, hosted by NY Outrigger. From the Hudson to the East River, where I was stationed, back to the Hudson, people came out to watch this event, on sailboats, tour ships, and all along the shores. (Click photos to enlarge.)_P1C4577-Edit As I was watching the ever-changing panorama before me, I couldn’t help remembering another famous chase that took place right here in these same waters not long after the Island went from the Dutch to the English. It is written with all the nautical drama that one could hope for by the noted NY writer, James Fenimore Cooper, in his novel published in 1830, The Water Witch or The Skimmer of the Seas. While the 2 ships that Cooper writes of are quite different than the craft in the Liberty Challenge, the emotion that both made for in people had a lot in common. I’m grateful to have learned from Eli Siegel that Cooper was one of America’s greatest writers, and one

“…of the thirty or so great writers of the world of all time… One of the words for Cooper in the history of the art of literature, is indispensable … he is on the side of those matters which it is still permissible to call creation and beauty.” (TRO, #740).

Whenever beauty occurs, I learned from Aesthetic Realism, opposites are made one, the same opposites that we are trying to see better in ourselves. It’s in this principle of Aesthetic Realism: “The world, art, and self explain each other; each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.”

I believe the Liberty Challenge event had beauty in it. I was affected by how the crews of one craft after another maneuvered their way along a course that has fast and dangerous currents with great motion & energy, while also showing ease as they seemed to pause or rest to avoid many other craft like tour boats and barges that were all about. I was both thrilled and composed as I looked on with excitement._P1C4607-Edit As Cooper writes about the pursuit of one ship trying to overtake another, words that have stirred people for nearly 184 years, we too are affected by how the opposites of energy & rest are so much of one another—many oars acting as one.

“We must pull for our own safety, and that of the brigantine, my men;” said the Skimmer, springing into his boat and seizing the tiller—”A quick stroke, and a strong!–here is no time for holiday feathering, or your man-of-war jerk! Give way, boys; give way, with a will, and together!”

These were sounds that had often saluted the ears of men engaged in the hazardous pursuit of his crew. The oars fell into the water at the same moment, and, quick as thought, the light bark was in the strength of the current. (Chapter XXVIII)

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Both the Liberty Challenge and the work of James Fenimore Cooper enabled me to see more meaning and have more feeling about the world on a beautiful summer day.

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An Overcast Day in New York Harbor

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Beauty, Boats, Bridges, Landscape, Lighthouse, New York, Photography, Rivers, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by maine1nyc

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On a recent day-trip with the Audubon Water Taxi in NY I had the opportunity to see some of NY Harbor that I hadn’t seen. Unfortunately the weather was more overcast than I would have hoped for, however it did make for a kind beauty all the same. Along with a sense of mystery, there was a stillness that went hand in hand with a slow kind of motion that was very taking. I hope I captured some of that feeling in these photos. Also there were the local residents, one of which greeted us, which you don’t often get a glimpse of. I was reminded of a maxim by Eli Siegel from his book “Damned Welcome“, that encouraged me as I looked about. “If anything can please you, don’t narrow the field.”

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Two Historic Places by the Sea

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Beaches, Beauty, Boats, Landscape, Lighthouse, Massachusetts, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by maine1nyc

Massachusetts lays claim to many historic ocean destinations in New England. 

Two that I recently visited were—Hull, overlooking Boston Harbor; and Nantucket Island, once the whaling capital of the world. Even though they have changed over the years, they still call to a time not so long ago, where a love for the sea was a way of life. You can sense that everywhere you look in the picturesque landscapes that are all around. The opposites of past & present and near & far, I learned from Aesthetic Realism, are ever so close to one as you see new meaning in the not-so-distant past of the 18th & 19th centuries. I highly recommend a visit to these wonderful locations. You’ll be glad you did.

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Happy New Year!—Sunset on the East River

Posted in Art, Beauty, Boats, Landscape, New York, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by maine1nyc

Here we are on the East River in NYC anticipating a beautiful sunset. And the Sun doesn’t disappoint. I am reminded that it’s the same world that gives us beautiful sunsets and horrific storms. These, I learned from Aesthetic Realism, are dramatic opposites. This area looks different since the storm but a sunset like this keeps it in perspective.

The Islands—Manhattan & Governors

Posted in American History, Art, Beauty, Boats, Landscape, New York, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by maine1nyc

Welcome to the islands. In recent years, both Manhattan and Governors Islands have, and are still, highlighting their island qualities. Manhattan, with its newly rediscovered shoreline and Governors with its beauty and important role it played throughout the years protecting NY Harbor. Enjoy the photos and click on them to make larger.

Summer’s End In Maine Continued

Posted in Art, Beauty, Boats, Landscape, Lighthouse, Maine, Photography, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by maine1nyc
Fall has just arrived and Summer in Maine is fading, however the memories do not. Here are some more photos of this great state, including one from a close neighbor, Campobello Island, Canada. (Click to enlarge.)

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Summer’s End in Maine 2012

Posted in Art, Beauty, Boats, Landscape, Lighthouse, Maine, Photography, Rivers, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2012 by maine1nyc

This time of the year in Maine is special and wonderful. 

Still warm, yet you can feel the approach of Fall including in the crisp air, in the light and in the sky. Over the years I have returned always to discover new surprises and mystery, and to leave with greater emotion than before. These photos were taken in Washington County and in the Pemaquid area. Both places so richly represent the beauty of America’s Eastern coastline and are waiting to be discovered. Enjoy! (Click on photo to enlarge.)

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