This stand sells flowers and sweets for offerings outside of the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai.
This image feels appropriate for a week where much of the world is shut down.
I made this image in Mumbai in February of 2019. This street approaches a temple. As I was photographing, a random person accosts me telling me I can not photograph there. There were signs up saying the temple can not be photographed but I’m at least half of a block from the temple and this part of the street is absolutely not the temple. Random person is yelling about how he’s going to call the police. I point out to him that signs say no photographs of the temple and this is no the temple. Rando insists photographs of the “temple area” are prohibited and I must delete my photographs. I have no doubt his claim about the temple area is completely and utterly false. But to get him to go away I delete the photographs. Cameras use descendent of the ancient FAT filesystem from the DOS days on their memory cards so it’s easy to undelete stuff if you haven’t written more images so I undelete the images later. In the US, I would have yelled back at this idiot to call cops so I could ask them to arrest him from wasting the police’s time since I know aside from national security installations, it legal to photograph anything thanks to the 1st amendment but in foreign countries, I try to avoid unnecessary run-ins with the police.
After spending 10 days in Hawaii this November, I’ve started saying “Winter is optional” since one can move to the tropics and there’s no more winter. Seattle in the summer gives a different feeling. Summer with its incredibly long days feels endless. Of course, it’s not and summer inevitably fades aways and turns into a long grey winter. Sitting here at the tail end of December with the weather cold and rainy, I yearn for that feeling of never-ending summer.
Sunset over Bowling Beach Beach, Mendocino Coast, Califorinia
The National Parks Service turns 100 years old today. National Parks are one of America’s great ideas. Preserving our natural treasures in perpetuity as publicly owned parks was a brilliant and revolutionary idea in the late 1800s and it changed the world. Countries all the world have adopted the concept and in doing so have created an amazing legacy for future generations.
I treasure the time I’ve been fortunate enough to spend in our National Parks. A huge thank you to all the members of the National Park Service. They take care of our parks. It’s a vocation that people choose because of their love and reverence for the parks and we all owe you a debt gratitude for your hard work and dedication to our parks.
I spotted this illuminated roof line while walking to Penn Station one evening after dinner.
Only a month out from the winter solstice, the sun especially at more northern latitudes radiates narrow but very warm colored light as it sets. Here it illuminates historic buildings in Brooklyn Heights.
A fire escape on a historic building in Brooklyn Heights