Monthly Archives: November 2012

Travel Theme: Hot

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Hot.

Cooking can be hot work…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Reflections.

Once again, Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? was ahead of the curve with this theme, and I already posted a couple of posts full of reflections, here and here, in response to her challenge back in May. Still, here are some more Reflections…

But the mirror doesn’t always reflect faithfully

A Few Last Images of Fall…

By Vladimir Brezina

In NYC’s Central Park, a few colorful leaves are still hanging on…

… or, having just fallen, lie glowing in the undergrowth

where hosts of squirrels rustle about, preparing for winter

More photos are here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Thankful.

A Thanksgiving meal to be thankful for, especially as Sandy reminded us that it could have been otherwise—

Travel Theme: Liquid

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Liquid.

Our favorite liquid, liquid:

Not liquid:

Images of Fall

By Vladimir Brezina

Even though upstate the trees are already bare, here in New York City, in our heat island, Fall is still very much with us… Here are a few photos taken over the last few days in Central Park.

Many more photos are here.

Where We Are Not…

By Johna Till Johnson and Vladimir Brezina

Photos by David Hupert

The Hudson – Athens Lighthouse (photo by David Hupert)

There are star-crossed lovers. And then there are star-crossed paddlers….

All autumn, we’ve been trying to get up north to paddle in one of our favorite parts of the Hudson, around Stockport, not far south of Albany. In summer, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. But Vlad’s favorite time there is fall, when the autumn foliage blazes like fire and the air is cool and clear.

This year, we had added incentive to make the trip: Our fellow paddler David Hupert suggested getting together up there. That dovetailed perfectly with our idea of heading up by train late Friday or early Saturday with our folding kayaks, and camping for a night or two while we took a leisurely sightseeing paddle around the area.

So we made plans…

The first weekend—the 20th/21st of October—we had to cancel at the last minute because of work pressures. David advised us that we missed a spectacular weekend of paddling up there, with the fall foliage colors at their peak. (We were happy to miss, however, a darker discovery that another fellow paddler made that Sunday right at the island where we planned to camp.)

Still, David assured us that the fall foliage was not yet over. The second weekend was October 27th/28th. We planned to go until we read about the prospect of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New York City on Monday—and decided that we didn’t want to risk Amtrak shutting down and leaving us stranded for days in a tent upstate somewhere. (Good call, as it turned out—the trains shut down about midafternoon on Sunday).

The remains of fall foliage with Olana on the hill (photo by David Hupert)

The following weekend, November 3rd/4th, we spent in post-Sandy cleanup at Pier 40 and providing assistance to folks in the Rockaways. The weekend after that Johna had to travel; then there was a “recovery” weekend after an intense week in California. And David is away this upcoming weekend…

The trees are rapidly shedding their leaves, and there are only a few more weekends left before winter sets in. So who knows if we’ll ever make it up to Stockport this year?

But in the meantime, David was kind enough to send us some of his recent photos from up there. Where we are not… but wish we were!

Reflections: Which Way is Up? (photo by David Hupert)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This is a second post in response to this week’s Photo Challenge, Green. The first Green post was here.

On the second night of our kayak trip down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City in May 2011, we camped on the thickly wooded Magdalen Island. As the sunlight filtered through the fresh spring leaves, it was one of the Greenest sights I’ve ever seen…

The story and more photos are here and here.

Travel Theme: Mystical

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Mystical. And it makes me very happy to learn that, in choosing that theme, she was inspired by a photo that I posted recently. Unfortunately that means, too, that I can no longer respond to her Mystical challenge with that, my most Mystical photo…

Never mind. Here are a few photos taken at a moment that truly came close to being mystical during one of our paddles in New York Harbor—

More photos and the story are here and here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Green.

Kayaking around New York Harbor, we see quite a few green sights…

A second “Green” post is here.