I spent the last weekend of Summer 2012 with good friends in Cherry Grove on Fire Island. I’ve repeated what’s become an end-of-summer tradition for 4 years running now, and again we were blessed with perfect weather and abundant sunshine. Life is beautiful and life is good. The first day of fall — the autumnal equinox — begins in two days on September 22 at 10:49am EDT. Fall is my second favorite season (after summer) and I’m looking forward to a good one spent living each day to the fullest.
I ran across Thomas Jackson‘s work on Pinterest and thought it was pretty awesome. His ongoing “Emergent Behavior” series of photographs are inspired by “self-organizing, ’emergent’ systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds,” says Jackson. “By constructing the pieces from unexpected materials and placing them in environments where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.” Jackson’s technique for capturing these images is also quite fascinating. (MORE)
I’m going on a Hidden Harbor Tour tonight and I’m excited! I’ll board the Zephyr at Pier 16 in lower Manhattan at 6:15pm and explore the Brooklyn waterfront down to Sunset Park, over to Kill Van Kull and Howland Hook, back to Military Ocean and Global Marine Terminals and finally, past the Statue of Liberty on a two hour tour. FUN! This particular tour is sponsored by OpenHouseNewYork (OHNY) and the Working Harbor Committee. Exploring New York Harbor by boat is an interesting experience as well as a pleasant and relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening. NOTE: tours often sell out quickly so plan ahead. (MORE INFO)
Gardens are a work of art. We’re at the midpoint of summer now, my favorite season. Last week, I visited The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for the first time. I can’t wait to visit this artful garden again in the fall (my second favorite season). One of the current exhibitions is Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra and runs through August 21. It’s beautiful.