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Fall in Maine—Not Just Another Pretty Face

Posted in Acadia, Aesthetic Realism, Autumn, Beauty, Brunswick, Camden, Fall, Landscape, Maine, Photography with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2015 by maine1nyc

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Fall in Maine is one of the most vibrant and colorful places that you will ever experience. If you click the link below you will see what I mean. Fall is also about how some things can take on aspects that seem at first sight so unattractive, yet looked at more closely, they are simply beautiful—like the gourds on this page. This, I learned from Aesthetic Realism, is universally true because of the opposites, expressed by Eli Siegel in this statement, “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

The photos were taken in the Acadia, Camden & Brunswick areas of Maine. It was my great pleasure to be there and witness such beauty. Click here.

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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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Last Rides for the Season

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Ethics, Landscape, New York, Photography, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by maine1nyc

While Winter is fast approaching, many persons take to Central Park to have a wonderful experience on the world-famous carousel and horse-drawn carriages. There are large questions about the treatment of the horses, and I’m very much against the cruelty that has been shown to some animals, the horse-drawn carriage ride can make for a feeling that connects us to a romantic past, and there should be great kindness shown to the beings that help us relive that feeling. Just think of what our history would be without them. I quote a maxim by Eli Siegel, from his book “Damned Welcome, Aesthetic Realism Maxims,” #382 “The whole world is behind the idea that the word carriage means something which may be drawn by a horse.”

The carousel though, is all thumbs-up and I was moved to see so many people being affected and enjoying this great structure. It brought many moments back from my past.  However, I was glad to partake of history in the making for those taking some of the last rides of the Fall season. One reason the carousel thrills us is because it does beautifully what we want to do at any moment in our lives, it puts opposites together. The opposites of rest & motion and up & down for instance, stir us as we go round and round to the lively music. This I learned from my study of Aesthetic Realism, is what we all hope for in our own lives. Enjoy the shots. Click on one to start the slide show.

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