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Winter Solstice 2020

Thanks to Skip Mildrum, here are some photos most appropriate for this day.  It’s dark and overcast, but lights in the port and on the boats brighten up the night.  Winter began, I’m told, at 0502 this morning. Early sunset or late sunrise, it doesn’t really matter . . . since the daylight will be […]

Sixth Boro Solstice Surveyors

Let’s start with one at Brooklyn GMD, thanks to Mike Abegg, whose previous photos can be seen here.  I’d seen NOAAS Hassler before, but I’d never realized she was a catamaran.  Might she be NOAA’s only large multi-hull?  And the horizontal inboard-pointing fins, I’d not expected those, although they may be standard stabilizers on a […]

Annual Solstice Mermaid Migration 2016b

Most paraders don outlandish costumes, like this one . . . how could there be a chicken-of-the-sea named Lady Gaga. And these next two photos MIGHT puzzle you . . . since the woman in black shorts and boots seems to command a lot of attention even though she is not particularly be-costumed. Lots of attention and […]

Annual Solstice Mermaid Migration 2016a

Soon after this shot, the queen of hearts and troupe danced for the judges with this on a loud sound box.  That makes for a good day, even though I can’t remember Alice, a rabbit, or the dormouse.  But that’s one of the things I love about the parade . . . good music and […]

Solstice Mermaid Migration 2015

Deer do it.  So do . . . whales, dragonflies, eels, and more .  But the annual mermaid migration, I find,  is as magical to me as it is to the young girl watching for the first time, taking photos, and one of the princesses of the sea came over and blew some sparkles all […]

Post-Apocalyptic Solstice

All hype . . . like Camping and others . . . just to mention recent hoaxes. Nevertheless, I made my rounds.  High winds chill to the bone but no doomsday out here . . . Brian Nicholas pushed recycling into the Kills, Catherine Miller moved semis beyond the end of the bridge, Nomad and […]

Solstice Post 3

This is the work and play post . . . the real connection is that although we all have to work, an important secret is to enjoy what you do.    Imagine this enthusiasm in a  co-worker or yourself on Monday morning, whether you’re struggling to finish a group report or like the Villiersdorp farmers […]

Solstice Post 2

The other side of the boro . . . the strand on Coney Island, sees a visitation of finnyfolk, who briefly leave the water for this sun festival.  Enjoy this field guide to western North Atlantic merpeople.  These came  in a replica of Nefertiti’s royal barge. These seemed influenced by both 1960s popular music and […]

Solstice Post 1

First . . . around the boro, the light is beauteous enough to suspend a sense of time and obligation and stress and disappointment.  This side of the boro, though on duty, works the milder solstice. Lynx (1967, ex-Catherine Foss, Kainani) probably working with a dredging project, I’ve never seen here before. Discovery Coast glows. […]

Two Hours on the KVK 2: Winter Solstice 2011

Here’s my post from a year ago. Where HAS the time gone?  A joy of doing this blog is to go back, and sometimes as with this one, my memory–or is it my gut–recalls the eagerness of that morning 365 days ago.  What I pursued then I still pursue  . . . Can you spot […]