Category Archives: Arts-a-Poppin’

Special focus on the Visual Arts (or when I am being extra artsy with the camera)

NEUSCHWANSTEIN – King Ludwig’s Fairy Tale Castle

On a high hill flanked by the Tegeler Mountain in the Bavarian Alps sits Neuschwanstein, King Ludwig’s “Fairy Tale Castle”. King Ludwig didn’t look far to build his fantasy castle. Hohenschwangau Castle, where Ludwig was raised, lies just across the … Continue reading

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The Obama Portraits at Brooklyn Museum

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The Broken Castle of Heidelberg

Before I visited I did not know that Heidelberg’s grand castle complex is actually a ruin. In 1689, after decades of warfare, the French army blew up and set fire to much of the castle so that no army may … Continue reading

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Some Mile High Fun …

… No, not THAT kind of Mile High fun On a recent overseas flight, I found the airplane’s bathroom as tiny as such facilities usually are, but this one also had small mirrors facing each other, allowing for repeating images. … Continue reading

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Landing in JFK …

… with the sun shining against a scratched up window. We were arriving in NYC. JFK airport was just below us. But we were clearly too high to land directly. The plane would circle out south of Long island over … Continue reading

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Beautiful and yet Painful to Watch

How a Tell-Tale Compliment Became a T-Shirt Dare My friend Dean Jackson recently watched “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” and sent me a message about his reaction to my short film. I don’t make a habit of repeating on … Continue reading

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P&P – Intimations of the Horrors to Come

Next week “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”, the follow up to my first musical Edgar Allan Poe short film adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, goes into production. So now is a good time to share … Continue reading

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ALASKA – Harvard Glacier

We visited Harvard Glacier. Which is just left of Yale Glacier. And up from Vassar Glacier, Bryn Mawr Glacier, Smith Glacier… in College Fjord, Alaska. I’m not kidding. There is a College Fjord with about a half dozen glaciers named … Continue reading

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ALASKA – High Times, Low Tide, and Wild Life in Turnagain Arm

Mountain Vistas, Sweeping Inlets, and Alaskan Animals Turnagain Arm is a narrow branch of Cook Inlet, in the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska. It received its name when Captain Cook went down that way, sure he had found … Continue reading

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DENALI – THE HIGH ONE

Caribou, Moose and Bears, Oh My! and the Highest Mountain in North America! That bear at the top is a bit of a teaser. We’ll see him, and his bear companion, and just how close they got to us, later … Continue reading

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UP THE ALASKAN BUTTE

There’s a Butte, specifically the Bodenberg Butte, in Alaska. It sits north of Anchorage in the Mat-Su Valley, and it makes for a lovely, steep hike and a really good spot on top from which to get some spectacular views … Continue reading

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CENTRAL PARK SILHOUETTES

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Overcast Cherry Blossoms

Ed and I returned to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s cherry blossom time. Last year the pandemic closed the gardens, and nobody except for BBG staff got to see the blossoms of the cherry esplanade bloom. This year the Sakura … Continue reading

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EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS

Making my way through the Great American Southwest posts took the focus off our 2018 trip to Paris. Much has been shared from that visit already, but there’s still more. And how could I have not yet included our trip … Continue reading

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EASTER KNICK-KNACK HUNT

A Game of Hide and Seek in Photos What I enjoy most about Easter is the hiding and seeking of treats. I best like hiding and having my loved ones do the seeking. It’s just Ed and me together today, … Continue reading

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Crocuses on the First Day of Spring

Ed and I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yesterday, on the cool, sunny first day of Spring. The crocuses were in full bloom. Deeper into the gardens, the crocuses spectacularly blanket a particular hill.

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