Happy Summer!

By Vladimir Brezina

On the first day of summer, the possibilities are endless. As far as the eye can see, even the North Sea is blue…

Cromer, Norfolk, England(Cromer, Norfolk, England)

Still

By Vladimir Brezina

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The perfect stillness of an early morning…

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(A Paddle Among the Islands, Cape Cod, May 2013)

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

Close

By Vladimir Brezina

When kayaking in New York Harbor, you can’t avoid getting close—

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

Citizen of New York

By Johna Till Johnson

This year I became, officially, a citizen of New York City.

How’s that, you ask, given that I’ve lived in New York City for over 20 years?

Well yes, but living somewhere doesn’t automatically mean you’re a citizen of the place. Citizenship connotes something larger: a mix of rights and responsibilities. You’re not just passing through, you’ve put down roots. You take personal responsibility for how things are run, and feel that you’ve earned the right to enjoy (or criticize) the results.

And as of last year, New York City actually has a formal rite of passage for becoming a city citizen (in a sense): getting your New York City ID card.

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Jubilant

By Vladimir Brezina

After seven days on the water, the finish of our big kayak trip is still some way off over the horizon, but we’re suddenly sure that we’ll make it today. What could go wrong now? ;-)

Jubilant(2014 Everglades Challenge)

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

Face

By Vladimir Brezina

Another item of marine art that can only be enjoyed by passing kayakers…

St. Peterburg, FL

A contribution toward the Photo Challenge, Face.

The Other Sights of Spring

By Vladimir Brezina

Sure, there are the sunlit showy blossoms that everyone stops to admire—

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But deeper in the shadows, too, if you look closely, Spring is everywhere stirring to life.Other Sights of Spring 5Other Sights of Spring 6Other Sights of Spring 7

And what’s this?

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A A A scrap of bread stirs to life the pond’s inhabitants, both expected…

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