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Autumn on the Move in NYC

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Autumn, Beauty, Birds, Fall, New York, New York Landmarks, Parks, Photography, Poetry, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2015 by maine1nyc

My wife, Carol Driscoll, and I wanted to honor the waning Fall season by discovering a place which we have never been before, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, one of the most picturesque and beautiful areas in NYC. And are we glad we did! There are areas in this park where you can get a sense of what it must have felt like in NY hundreds of years ago. It has a rich history, and is a must visit, or I should say many visits, for a landscape photographer.

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It is an area that many winged beings like to visit. We didn’t see any unusual fliers this day, but were favorited by a being that is much taken for granted, including by myself, in NY—the pigeon. However, I was affected by this photo that Carol took, that had me reconsider. I’m also including a poem by Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, which can have all of us value this most overlooked bird in a new and surprising way.

New York Pigeons
By Ellen Reiss

New York City pigeons are bold.
They peruse the ledgers of dead economies.
They give me critical looks.




Finally—It’s Here!

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Beauty, Landscape, New York, Photography, Poetry, Spring with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2015 by maine1nyc



A favorite poem of mine by Eli Siegel. Spring is really happening this year at last.

Come, Spring Flowers

Though the whole world will work to make you to,
I say, Come, spring flowers.

 From  Hail, American Development (Definition Press) © 1968 by Eli Siegel



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


“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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Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Art, Beauty, Landscape, Maine, New York, Parks, Photography, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by maine1nyc


Why are people so affected by flowers? It seems like an easy question, or maybe one with a lot of different aspects, but I think worth giving some more thought. I started looking freshly at flowers again through my camera and was stirred in new ways—like the way they can take the light or even convey an attitude or feeling.

I am affected by how the poet and philosopher Eli Siegel writes about the relation of flowers to feeling in his lecture “Feeling Is in Science.”

“Flowers have given rise to feeling, and we soon run out of adjectives. The lily is pure. The violet is modest. The rose is proud. The hydrangea is flaunting. The carnation is confused (which it may be or not). The chrysanthemum is ostentatious. The rhododendron is uppity. We haven’t given feelings to all the flowers, but the more a flower is looked at, the more one can give it feeling….The important thing is 1) whether there is feeling possible from every object, and 2) whether that feeling will ever run out.

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Brooklyn Daffodil

Posted in Art, Beauty, Landscape, Photography with tags , , on May 23, 2013 by maine1nyc

Brooklyn Daffodil


The Welcome Guest

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Landscape, New York, Photography, Uncategorized, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by maine1nyc

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A reason I love wildlife & landscape photography is because it not only encourages you to see meaning in the vast landscapes beyond, but also in the vistas right under our noses. I publish two maxims that I care for, by Eli Siegel from his book “Damned Welcome: Aesthetic Realism Maxims” (Definition Press), that honors not only the purpose that every photographer should have, but also that of every person.

#258 Every object is politely and persistently looking for your accurate attention.

#146 The insect has a Goal; and the amoeba an Aim.

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