NY Mag has a sweet end of year feature called “Reasons to Love New York,” fun to browse and among their bites. And my fave: striking drone photos from above the city.
Creative Commons (the effort to provide a platform and legal framework for individuals to share their work legally through a simple licensing scheme) has released a prototype multi-source image search. For anybody who has looked for images to use by going to individual websites and repeating the same search laboriously (bloggers, media producers, and the like) this is potentially a real time saver.
One search result:
A nice shot of the Peabody Library in Baltimore. Courtesy of Kimberly Vaderman.
during a few cold days in D.C. and Boston
A last shot from vacation….
an excerpt from
by A. R. Ammons
An excerpt from Beowulf:
Then moved o’er the waters by might of the wind
that bark like a bird with breast of foam,
till in season due, on the second day,
the curved prow such course had run
that sailors now could see the land,
sea-cliffs shining, steep high hills,
headlands broad. Their haven was found,
their journey ended. Up then quickly
the Weders’ clansmen climbed ashore,
anchored their sea-wood, with armor clashing
and gear of battle: God they thanked
for passing in peace o’er the paths of the sea.
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.
It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
There’s a sea of sunflowers in a park in Montgomery County, MD, visited just after their peak this weekend.
And some accompanying poetry from “Letters to Walt Whitman” by Ronald Johnson.
let us burrow in
to a susurration, the dense starlings,
of the real—
sunflowers waving back at us,
as we move
—the great grassy world
that surrounds us,
She sat on a bench, somewhat hidden by oak trees.
Far away, fear approached and departed;
from the train station came the sound it made.
The sky was pink and orange, older because the day was over.
There was no wind. The summer day
cast oak-shaped shadows on the green grass.