On the High Line

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My big trick wil be staying awake long enough ti write this post.  We are just wrapping up one and a half days in New York City.  I included just the most incredible concert with Blly Joe where he performed at the Madison Square Garden on 34th st.  I will be talking about it more in another post but siffice it to say that Billy was Billy and performed flawlessly.  

Today we waked the High Line.  The High Line is an elevated walkway which runs from.  It was orinnnaky a freight railway designed to move freight north in Manhatten.  The have built a botanical garden which runs across town for 14th street to 32nd street with plans to extend it longer.  It winds itself about two stories up in height.  It is fille with palnts and treet taking over the existing rail which are still visible hidden between the rails.  Refer to the link above for more information.  I have included a mural which i am sorry that I don’t remember the tile.  It represents a laborer who caould be carrying rails.  

 

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This is a test of my new iPad Blog writer. I am in NYC on a vist and I wrote one on thre bus on the way down and it got lost.  So I am trying it again.  I still can’t find the way to assign it to a catagory or add tags.  I was able to add media.  So here goes.  P7030079.jpg

Westbrook Dam

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 This is the dam at the Sappi Mill in Westbrook, Maine.  Because it is late Spring there is a large volume of water going over the dam. It is a paper mill.  Today, Westbrook Mill is the world’s largest producer of casting and release papers, which provide the textured surfaces from which synthetic leathers, coated fabrics, decorative laminate panels and many other products are made

Another Day in Trumpville

So it’s another day in Trumpville.  Did you think that we had gotten to the end of all of the stupid things Donny was going to pull?  Neither did I.  So he apparently gone ahead and shared classified information with the Russians.  It must be true be cause he has stated that because he is the President he is allowed to due that.  I haven’t read it yet but David Brooks of the New York Times wrote today about Trump being like a seven year old.  That of course would be very unkind to most seven year olds that I know.  The fact that he can always can come up with an excuse to jusity his misdeeds is very disturbing.  

I don’t think we are talking about someone that is just doing things polically wrong.  I think we are talking about someone who is just not qualified to be holding the office of the President of the United States.  I think the stress of the job is definitely catching up with him.  Reports of him sitting in the dining room watching TV to find things that anyone might be saing about him either good or bad. This from Times Magazine.  His very demeanor would indicate a man who is uncomfortable in his own skin.  I don’t think I can remember any recent photos of him that he smiles of.  I just watched a video shot of him at a luncheon with a group of world  leaders where he did smile but he seemed so out of place almost with an expression of what the hell am i doing here.  

One hundred days have well past and there doesn’t appear that Trump will ever grow into the job.  There is no indication from anything we know about him that he ever will.  I am betting on his resignation after they begin impeachment proceedings.  He will come up with some lame excuse as to why.  He will still claim a wonderful spectacular legacy as he exits D.C.  Lets hope it’s sooner than later. 

New Beginnings

 While walking on the Eastern Promenade on a windy, rainy, cold day I noticed these budding leaves from I think Alder trees.  With all the wet and dreary whether they still are awakening to greet what will be a somewhat  typical Spring in Maine.  The promise of new life emerging always brings me joy and hope.  

Portland Headlight

 Today I took advantage of what has become a rare sunny day.  I took time off from my Uber/Lyft driving and snuck off to Fort Williams in Scarborough to see if I could take some long exposure shots of Portland Headlight.  These were my results.  Shots of this type require a neutral density filter which would allow me to take shots at lease 30 seconds long.  The shot seen here was only 4 seconds at f/22.  That was as long a time period  as I could expose without being seriously overexposed. This leads me to believe that I have a problem with my variable neutral density filter.  I will have to try again with some gelatin ND filters.  

Peter from Boston

 Today I started out taking a video on the east side of Portland and was truly uninspired.  I drove into to town and parked in front of city hall, grabbed my camera and started walking towards the Old Port.   I stopped next to a man named Peter who was just there enjoying the good weather.  He noticed my camera and asked if I was taking pictures of the surroundings.  I told him I used to take pictures of street people and made them into portraits. 

Peter was originally from Boston and now lives on Munjoy Hill. He is  a chef but prefers to be know as a cook who prepares great food.  He is Greek and started cooking with his father but did not like the catering business so he made his way to the North End of Boston where he learned Italian cooking.