If you wander around New York City like I am fortunate enough to do and actually pay attention to your surroundings or the things that you are passing you might very well happen upon one of the many Green Thumb garden spaces. Obviously the term “green thumb” has something to do with gardening and what this organization does is take barren and often neglected lots and turns them into things of beauty and inspiration for all to enjoy. It’s not just relegated to our city of course and is an initiative of people across the whole country but one would have to agree that seeing these every few blocks or avenues is so much more pleasurable than seeing yet another condominium being built.
I know that it’s the middle of Summer, but so what. It’s hot outside and there are days when it is next to impossible to get cool or comfortable. Let’s face it, in the big city, there are only so many clothes one can take off in public without getting arrested 🙂 Anyways, while going through photo folders recently I came across these images that were just perfect to be shared during the hot summer months. They were taken a few years ago when I spent the weekend with friends who have a house in the Poconos. It was cold that weekend but not bone numbing in terms of wind or chill so we did a little wandering together to see the surrounding area.
Readers of my PiercingMetal.com site know full well that I see a LOT of concerts with journalistic intent in mind but it is rare that I am actually the guest of another provider of similar entertainment. I sometimes kid with my fellow media peeps how my simply going to a show to just “enjoy it” was difficult and that I always felt compelled to bring some kind of visual image or story to the masses after the fact no matter who it was. That being said when our own Skeleton Pete was preparing to cover the Wanda Jackson/Imelda May show at Central Park’s Summerstage for his eponymous blog, I was more than happy to be the guest that came with his credentials. The show was free for this particular outdoor event, but there are ones that are pay to enter. Here is the marquee for the show.
OK, so perhaps the title of this blog posting is a little deceiving but it did get your attention and bring you here and that is all that matters to me. The two photos of this little jasper of a frog were snapped on a recent visit upstate to my friends place in Newburgh, NY. It was late on Saturday evening and this guy was hanging on to the door frame and just loving life it would seem.
My friends said that while they had seen many frogs up in their neck of the woods they had not yet seen any that small or in this color. I rushed for my trusty Lumix to snare a few shots of the little guy and then let him go about his evening business. I tried to not disturb him or frighten him and was out of his way in seconds.
I’m not really sure what kind of frog he is but he was about the size of a quarter. Perhaps in truth a little bigger but he was not even the size of a half dollar coin if any of you remember what those were. I loved being able to snap this since nature always reminds us of how magnificent this planet is.
With NYC getting its heat on and cooking both tourists and residents alike, I was compelled to share this photo with the readers of the PiercingKen blogsite. I happened upon this sight last week actually and am very glad to see this kind of thing being offered to the public especially on days such as this. If you cannot tell what it is, it is pretty much just a long sink with several drinking fountains on the top of it. It is connected to a fire hydrant and offers the passerby a drink of ice cold NYC water. We do have the best of that stuff by far so do partake if you see one of these. On days like this you will surely need to indulge. At the moment of this writing NYC was dealing with a 100 degrees temperature and the humidity made it a lot worse. It was one of those two or three shower days for sure.
Here’s a slightly different view of the communal sink basin. It reminded me a lot of the things I used to use in grammar school days.