Category Archives: Photography

Travel Theme: Broken

By Vladimir Brezina

Nature Morte…

Broken shell 1
Broken shell 2
Broken shell 3
Broken shell 4

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Broken.

Dreamy Refraction

By Vladimir Brezina

Dreamy Refraction 1
Dreamy Refraction 2
Dreamy Refraction 3

Figures in the waves at dawn… Belize, 2010.

A contribution to the past two Weekly Photo Challenges, Dreamy and Refraction.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

By Vladimir Brezina

It’s that season again, a thousand little signs tell me so—

Halloween's coming up!

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Signs.

Bountiful, New York Style

By Vladimir Brezina

The Pigeon Lady, today in Rat Park—

Feeding the pigeons
Feeding the pigeons
... and the squirrels!

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Bountiful. Another contribution is here.

Travel Theme: Bountiful

By Vladimir Brezina

Spiderwebs glitter in the sun
Suspicious purple
Bacchanal of fruits and colors

Fall 2013 in NYC’s Central Park. A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Bountiful. Another “Bountiful” contribution is here.

Travel Theme: Inviting

By Vladimir Brezina

Landed on Sandy HookPaddling out from Manhattan for the day, we often find ourselves heading south to Sandy Hook, NJ. Our favorite spot to land there, about half-way down the bay side, is a picturesque little “island” of wooded high ground that rather improbably rises above the otherwise flat Sandy Hook View over the salt marshlandscape. (Indeed, it is man-made, being the overgrown concrete ruins of an early 20th-century military installation, Battery Arrowsmith.) Separating the “island” from the “mainland” of Sandy Hook is a salt marsh.

Whenever we land at the “island”, we always take a few minutes to walk round to the back, to the edge of the salt marsh.  We go there to observe a mass display of invitation.

The marsh is fringed by a zone of bare, or sometimes sparsely overgrown, ground. Looking down closely, we see that the ground is studded with holes, large and small.

Field of holes

At first, standing there, we see nothing remarkable.

But within a minute or two, we glimpse, here and there, a furtive movement. Then more and more, and soon there is movement all around—movement of a curiously stereotyped sort.

Each hole is occupied by a fiddler crab.

Two fiddler crabs
Fiddler crab emerging

There are both male and female crabs. They are easy to distinguish—the males have one greatly enlarged claw. And they use this claw in a characteristic courtship display. They stand next to their holes and repeatedly raise their large claws, inviting the females to enter.

It is quite a sight to see the whole area come alive with hundreds of crabs all raising their claws simultaneously in their inviting gesture…

(A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Inviting.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

By Vladimir Brezina

We love to kayak around NYC at night!

(For one thing, we paddle faster at night…)

Night falls as we paddle down the East River
Manhattan shines forth
George Washington Bridge nocturne
Midtown Manhattan illuminations
Paddling down the East River at 3 AM

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Nighttime.