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Our 2015 Calendar

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

Picking Vlad’s photos for our calendar is an annual ritual for us.  It’s harder than it sounds, because you’re looking both backwards and forwards at the same time: remembering the past while wondering about the future. And, like most artistic endeavors, you’re never sure how it will turn out.

This year the task was particularly challenging, for various reasons. So we were both pleased and surprised at the result. Our theme, as you can see, was “water”. But the selection of photos carried a greater-than-usual sense of whimsy. It also included some of our favorite photos (you’ll probably recognize at least one).

See what you think:


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If I were called in
To construct a religion
I should make use of water.

Philip Larkin, Water

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Our 2014 Calendar

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

It’s almost the end of January, and we’re still looking up at that blank space on the wall where our 2014 calendar should be. But we aren’t going to buy one. Rather, like last year, we are going to make our own, selecting from Vlad’s photos those that seem to us to best capture the feeling of each month.

Now, finally, it’s done, and we’ve sent the calendar off to Shutterfly to be printed.

Here are the photos that we’ve selected:


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Flow on, river! flow with the flood-tide, and ebb with the ebb-tide!
Frolic on, crested and scallop-edg’d waves!
Gorgeous clouds of the sun-set! drench with your splendor me, or the men and women generations after me

Walt Whitman, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

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Thunderstorm over the Gulf at Sunset

By Vladimir Brezina

Seen from St. Pete Beach, Florida, August 2013.

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By Vladimir Brezina

Last night we had a minor bit of fun awaiting the “super” Supermoon.

We looked up the time of moonrise—8:40 PM, just after sunset. And we looked up the direction in which the Moon should appear at moonrise—115 degrees true. This number was very pleasing, since it happens to be more or less the direction in which our apartment looks out over the East River.

But our view of the horizon is by no means complete. There are quite a few tall buildings around ours that block the view. Would the moon rise behind one of these, or in a gap between them? I suppose we could have gotten out the compass… But we preferred to wait and be surprised.

And there is was! It appeared in one of the gaps.

Astronomical predictions are wonderful, but you also need luck…

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By Vladimir Brezina

To fish, you need a lot of patience…

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… and hope that, sooner or later, you’ll get lucky!






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Our 2013 Calendar

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

We have a recent tradition: This year and last, we’ve created a wall calendar based on Vlad’s photos. It’s an enormous amount of fun to look through the photos and select the thirteen (including cover) that best capture our themes for the month, and the year.

We print the calendar using  Shutterfly, which overall does a fine job for a reasonable price. The calendars are printed on heavy, glossy paper stock (they’re hanging on the walls now) and we’re able to customize each day of the year, adding holidays, birthdays, phases of the moon, and, of course, the times of tidal current change in Hell Gate! (Hell Gate is a good proxy for the current everywhere in the New York harbor—it basically tells us whether we’ll be kayaking north or south on a particular day).

We decided to share our 2013 photos with you. Please let us know your favorite shots. (There are some months that we’re already impatient for, because we like the photos so much!)


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What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Philip Larkin, Days


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Happy 2013!

Travel Theme: Multiples

By Vladimir Brezina

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

I seem to recall that it was Couples just a few short weeks ago. And now it’s Multiples already? To be sure, it’s quite natural—

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Nature Morte

By Vladimir Brezina

Photos taken in 2010 at Slickrock, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize.

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