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In Praise of Puffins

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Art, Beauty, Birds, Maine, Photography, Puffins, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2015 by maine1nyc

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Like many people I love Puffins. And a maxim that I care for very much by Eli Siegel from his book of maxims, Damned Welcome, had me appreciate Puffins even more as I took this photo on Machias Seal Island off the Maine Coast.

The strange really has a smile on its face; you should welcome it with open arms.

Stay tuned for more Puffin sightings to come.

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July 4th Celebration 2014 on the East River NYC

Posted in American History, Beauty, Bridges, Brooklyn Bridge, Fireworks, Independence Day, July 4th, Landscape, New York, New York Landmarks, Parks, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by maine1nyc

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While people lined the shores of the East River & New York Harbor at sunset the grand celebration was preparing to begin. And it was done with style! As the sun set, the darkened sky and the Brooklyn Bridge were aglow. New York & The Brooklyn Bridge welcome back the Macy’s grand fireworks celebration, and I’m so glad I was there. (Click photos to enlarge.)

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Greek Independence Day—A Day To Remember

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Art, Beauty, Ethics, Greece, New York, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2014 by maine1nyc

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It may have been a chilly overcast day this past Sunday at The Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC, but from the expressions of pride & joy, along with an unquenchable energy parading up 5th Avenue, you would have thought the Sun God Apollo was in full force. It was a real pleasure to be at this event along with my wife Carol, and be affected by the many paraders and spectators who came to esteem a people and their cultural history, that not only honors Greece but has had, and continues to have, a profound & everlasting effect on Western Civilization and the whole world. As I thought about the meaning of this day, the translation by poet and philosopher Eli Siegel, of an important Greek poem written thousands of years ago, kept coming to mind called “At Thermopylae, By Simonides of Ceos.” (Click link to read entire poem with comment)

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians
That we lie here, true to their laws.

I am stirred as I read these lines to think about what these courageous men fought & died for enable us today to live in the midst of a democracy. I believe we owe them and ourselves to be true to this early beautiful idea.

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Sunset Over Queens, NY

Posted in Art, Beauty, Bridges, Landscape, New York, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2013 by maine1nyc

The historic Queensborough-59th Street Bridge sets the stage for a dramatic scene.

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Fall Splendor in the Hudson Valley 2013

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Beauty, Landscape, New York, Parks, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by maine1nyc

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“Leaves, when they rustle, nod approval both to the tree and to the earth from which they come.” — From Damned Welcome: Aesthetic Realism Maxims by Eli Siegel, Maxim 245

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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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The Place That Time Didn’t Forget.

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Beauty, Landscape, New York, Parks, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2013 by maine1nyc

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On a recent visit with my wife Carol to Forest Park, where I spent many of my younger days with my family, graduation from Forest Hills High, and just hanging-out, a park with the largest Oak Woods in Queens, a park with concerts, a park with many different nationalities picnicking and having good fun, and a park with so much more including nature trails and an historic wooden Carousel that still thrills one just at seeing it. Primeval, yet with all the trappings of our century, Forest Park is one of the places that should not be missed. Designed by the creator of New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmstead, in 1890, he did another great service to our City.

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After many years absence, I was struck by how beautiful this place really is. At times you might think you were in a land so far away from NYC that it will surprise you. My study of the education of Aesthetic Realism has encouraged me to see meaning in things that I once so took for granted. And I am so glad it did because as a photographer this is a rediscovered gem. The park is situated on a 20,000 year old glacier, and was once populated by many Native American Tribes, but is now part of Queens. I can assure you that Forest Park will leave you with rich memories that will be treasured.

For more information about Forest Park check-out their web site.

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For more photos of the park click here.

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