Bike Trips: Photos From Around The Block: Upper Hudson River Greenway

So I took my bike down off the wall. Wiped the dust off the frame. Inflated the tires. Realized I owned a pretty shitty bike. And then went outside for a ride.

There is a bike path that circles the island, 32 miles long. I did not traverse its entirety. I got like 10% of the way and turned back. But it was a good ride.

There were lots of bike fanatics giving me dirty inquisitive looks. My guesses why were: 1.Where’s your helmet? 2.Why are you going so fucking slow? Out of my way I am a bicycle god. AND 3.Why is someone as good-looking as you bothering to workout? You’re making the rest of us jealous. But it may just be the first two.

I took my camera and took some pictures.

Here they go…

It’s mostly wildlife and the river. I have presented them in a tiled mosaic.

I’m really tired. But I’m planning to get to some better, more picturesque locations this summer; Zoos, Parks, Museums and I’ll be taking my camera with me. I’m hoping this will be the summer of bike trips.

Wish me luck.

– Mel

Photos from Around the Block: Ultron Edition

Saw the Avengers today (more on that later).

Here are some photos from Midtown Manhattan in the Spring that I took after seeing the new Avengers movie.


I took my camera with me and took some pictures when I took a walk in midtown near my favorite theater. It took nearly 2 hours to get 50 shots. But the light took my breath away.

Red window

The red window.


The globes are on. All but one.


Midtown side streets.


We bikes.


Red bricks and trees.


Dublin House Birds.


Blue windows.


Griffins and white flowers


Hey Joe


You looking at me?


Who the fuck you think you looking at?


The view from Lincoln Square.


White flowers in bloom.


White flowers like snow..


Lion heads overhead.


72nd O’clock


Hats half off watches full price.


Jet Airplane – Water tower


Flowers and the streets of New York.


And that’s my ride…

Until next time.

– Mel

Photos From Around the Block: Mostly Naked Trees

I went outside today. Took my camera but forgot to charge the battery. I got some pics of the mostly naked trees, and birds, and planes, before the battery went completely dead.

These are kind of bleak. The end of winter is always bleak and grey… but beautiful.

I like these pictures. They show the space between the seasons. Between winter and spring. Between death and rebirth. This is another reason I moved back to New York… seasons. The seasons don’t change in Los Angeles. And the days between Winter & Spring (and the ones between Summer & Autumn) are the most beautiful days of the year here now that Summer and Winter have equally brutal and extreme temperatures.

But enough talk. Here they are…


You are entering the danger zone. Please wear your hat.

The worst part...

The worst part.

This is a picture of the moment when the panic is overwhelming. When I want to go back inside. I wanted to take a picture of my fear. But I guess you guys can’t see it.

I can see it.

You must be this high to ride this ride.

You must be THIS high to ride this ride.

Nature Triumphant

Nature Triumphant

Money Trees is the perfect place for shade...

Money Trees is the perfect place for shade and that’s just how I feel…

Little Bird

Little Bird

"What the fuck are you looking at?"

“What the fuck are you looking at, human?”

Mama Bird

Mama Bird on her perch

Naked Neighborhood Trees

Naked Neighborhood Trees

Tasteful Nudes

Tasteful Nudes

This used to be my playground...

This Little Playground by Wham-o (some assembly required).

Little Flag

Little American Flag

It's big. It's heavy. It's wood.

It’s big. It’s heavy. It’s wood. It’s better than bad. It’s good… It’s log.

Roof Trees and Airplanes

Roofs, Trees and Airplanes

Nearly Naked Bushes

Nearly Naked Bushes

Jet Streak

Jet Streak Across The Sky

Naked Trees in the Park

Naked Trees in the Park

Tree Against the Blue Sky

Tree Branches Against the Blue Winter Sky

Winter's End

Spring waits patiently as Winter’s battery slowly dies.

That's my plane.

And that’s my ride.

I’m out of juice.

Until next time.

– Mel