Thursday, November 25, 2010

Notes from Around Town: NY Aquarium

For Thanksgiving my family gathered at my brother's place in Brooklyn as we've done for a number of years now. Much of the cooking was done the day before so once the turkey was stuffed and in the oven there wasn't much to do. My family isn't the kind of group to sit around so we decided to drive down to Coney Island and go to the NY Aquarium for a few hours.
The traffic outside was not ideal and it was the kind of day that staying inside and doing nothing was plenty inviting. But the folks were pushing for an adventure so my little niece Ea and I jumped in their car with them and in relatively no time we were down in the heart of Coney Island, just a stone's throw from the Cyclone, and entering the NY Aquarium. Open every day of the year my dad thought that it would be nice and quiet and he was right on target. Aside from a funny group of French speaking Canadians and a few hyper local teens excited to be away from their families for a few moments we had the place to ourselves and it was fantastic! We all had a wonderful time exploring and being wide-eyed kids again. Granted in the winter they have a few exhibits closed for renovations, but there was still plenty to see and marvel at.

Here are a few pics from our adventure under the sea. Of course in retrospect I wish I had recorded names and species, etc, but chasing after a very cute and very excited 2-year old I was clearly playing more the roll of uncle than geeky blogger guy. But I will definitely go back as my wife is now dying to go, and as I urge you all to check out. go to

it turns out my camera actually has an "aquarium" setting which I always thought was hysterical but it definitely helped me to get some great shots so I guess I'm not knocking it anymore!

Props to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the NY Aquarium, Canon cameras, and days off with family to adventure! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Happy Thanksgiving

"Thank You" by Led Zeppelin,
Paris Theatre, London, January 1971
From the album "BBC Sessions"
(1997, BBC/Atlantic Records)
A must have album, either for you or a loved one, or both!
May your holidays ROCK!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One of the best parts of my day...

In my 'hood we have a number of magnificent bakeries. One of the best parts of my day is right at the start of my morning commute, walking by places like Frank's as they are just opening up and beginning their baking for the day. The street is cold and rarely is the sun up yet and then I walk by one of these still-quiet little oases and that smell, oh that delicious, inviting smell. The smell of caring, warm comfort. Inhale deep, exhale, continue on, for we're just getting started.

I'll miss those sweet solitary city moments when we finally move out of this place.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday wakeup done right

I don't know what it is about waking up slowly on a Saturday, sipping that extra cup of coffee, and listening to The Specials on the stereo that is so magical, but that's exactly what it is. ...magical. Happy Saturday all! Time for some easy skankin' back to 1979. Cheers,

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tree ID: Carya sp.

This is a kind of Hickory, one of the many species in the genus Carya. I am still trying to figure out which particular species this is and when I do I will add more info. For now, enjoy the fall color.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tree ID: Quercus velutina

Quercus velutina is commonly known as the Eastern Black Oak, a magnificent tree.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pic of the Day: Feliz Dia de los Muertos

next year I'll be sure to get the traditional marigolds (called cempasuchil - the Mexican "flower of the dead") and cockscomb (Celosia sp.) before the markets are sold out!

Monday, November 1, 2010