new york tourism

I walked in New York City on Monday. Grand Central to Central Park and back. I’m not sure how far that is. It’s a very touristy, busy route. Lots of people trying to pass out flyers. I passed the first office building I worked in, remembering how frightening it seemed to me to be working in the city. I started there in January – it may even have been my anniversary!

I took photos of buildings like a tourist. Why not? They are beautiful and I might use them for overlays.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Unknown, but isn't it beautiful?

Unknown, but isn’t it beautiful?

Statue outside the Plaza Hotel

Statue outside the Plaza Hotel

can't remember what this is

can’t remember what this is

treatise on the veil

I caught this Cy Twombly exhibition in New York just at the end of its run. The museum happened to be open on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

I’ve been getting interested in Cy Twombly on Pinterest because of his sketchiness and inclusion of handwriting in his work.

This monumental Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) is rarely exhibited because of its size.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

I couldn’t take pictures in the gallery but I grabbed this one from the website.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

I sketched out some couplets to capture my first reactions to the Treatise.

An imperfectly cleaned chalkboard
that opens to soft drips and imperfect coatings

At “eye-level” imperfectly applied lines of chalk
two evanescent traces of blue and blue

Scribbling – why? why is the artist’s
handwriting so atrocious?

Conscious enough to notice a mistake
in the interpretive panels –

I think they wrote 4
whereas he was writing 8

why one person’s traces preserved
the others a vast garbage heap?

I liked the patched together nature of the studies, loaded down with tape and scribbling, as well as stamped with dates and numerals. Trying to organize the nature of art.

hard light

branches photo

branches photo

I really wanted to try overlaying this photo of hard black branches onto a scan of a painted background.

I have never liked the Hard Light Filter, but for this image, it did exactly what I wanted!

Two versions, one with a monochromatic section of the background, the other with the full multi-colored background. The background painting has graphite scribbles, which I feel create a delightful tangle with the branches. The water is very present in both images.

version 1 - mostly blue background

version 1 – mostly blue background

version 2 - multicolored background

version 2 – multicolored background

shadow

I took some photos of the philodendron’s shadow on the living room wall. Something very appealing about the shapes.

IMG_0150

IMG_0151

return to cold water

Back up north, back to my routines. At first it felt good, then I started to miss the stimulation of novelty from my vacation. I had to reorient to contentment again.

view of Cross River Reservoir from Reservoir Road

view of Cross River Reservoir from Reservoir Road

closeup of little birch island

closeup of little birch island

pattern of branches across ice and water

pattern of branches across ice and water

everglades

Three days in the Everglades – amazing, challenging, heartbreaking. We were outdoors a lot more than usual. The two most intense physical experiences were hiking through clouds of mosquitoes and kayaking in pouring rain.

For a few days, the tides and weather patterns were of extreme interest as we planned our kayaking and hiking adventures. I learned a lot about tides. I like living with that awareness.

heading out into Florida Bay for early morning kayaking

heading out into Florida Bay for early morning kayaking

The ranger spent a lot of time explaining the tide charts and how the numbers on the maps are calculated. Here’s a photo of the Snake Bight, which we never really got to.

Snake Bight Pole and Troll zone

Snake Bight Pole and Troll zone

I loved having so much bird life around. As well as many other creatures, sharing space together in the subtropical zone.

heron taking flight

heron taking flight

peaceful pelican

peaceful pelican

bottlenose dolphin

bottlenose dolphin

osprey with catch

osprey with catch

crocodile hanging out on the freshwater side of the plug

crocodile hanging out on the freshwater side of the plug

I stayed at the edge of the marina for a long time, watching and waiting for this manatee to rise for a breath.

manatee barely visible

manatee barely visible

The rangers seemed so accepting of the drastic changes of culture and ecology over the relatively few short years. I found these narratives difficult. I want the pristine environments and the indigenous cultures back, and unchanging. That’s the way it should be.

There were two juvenile flamingos sighted in the bay outside the Flamingo Visitor’s Center while we were there. We didn’t see them. Much excitement!

We went to the visitor center before dawn on our last morning. Trying to decide whether to kayak one more time. We were dissuaded by the heat lightning in the east and the time pressure – we had a flight to catch. It was good that we didn’t because our trip to the airport took much longer than expected.

We saw this heron sitting morosely at the edge of the water. He stayed there a long time, not moving. I love his hunched posture and his patience, waiting for light.

last morning

last morning