About this blog title

I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Key West road trip

I snapped this photo in Limerick NY 5 miles from my home. I edited it with Instagram. As I post this we are stuck in traffic on rt 81 about 20 miles from Binghamton .

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

E.E. Cummings Poem

Close up detail of a melting snow bank in Pulaski, N.Y.      photo by Gary Walts

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
E.E. Cummings

Since I was a child I have been intrigued by melting snow banks. I would look at the little streams of water running down the road from beneath them.  I noticed how the snow morphed into craggy ice crystals.  I would take in the formations of mud that appeared from the dirt once hidden in the snow. They are like mini glaciers. They say that the rocks and boulders strewn through the landscape were deposited by glaciers. But I 've often wondered how the rocks and boulders became embedded within the ice. I have not researched it, but have surmised that they were from meteor showers pummeling the Earth eons ago. 
So I just got into my car after pumping gas in Pulaski, N.Y. when I spotted the melting snowbank. So I made a photo of it. It is a scene that always takes me back to my childhood.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Instagram Scenic

This is just a super quick post. I am spent. But the photo presented here was made with Instagram using an iPhone 5.

The photo below is the same scene snapped with a Nikon D300. I'll try to add more later.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Third Day of Spring Time In Northern New York

By the calendar it is almost Spring here in Northern NY.  Most of the snow has melted, but it was a mere 14 degrees at my home in Chaumont this morning. I snapped the picture presented here this afternoon in Pulaski, NY. As the snow melts the dirt hidden with it becomes apparent. I do hope all is well in your world.
The dirt hedden withing a snow bank is revealed as it slowly melts away with approaching Spring. Pulaski, NY. Photo by Gary Walts

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Bit Of Landscaping

Hello everyone out there. I have been busy lately, could have written about many things, but life is complicated and I get tired. This landscaping  photo I snapped this afternoon at a church in Syracuse.  It's not great, but somehow the shapes, the little patch of snow said something to me. Spring is on it's way, but temperatures at home lately have been hovering around 20 degrees.

A week or so ago I played a 2 hour gig at Cafe Mira in Adams, NY. That went particularly well. I was well practiced for one thing, and for another, the LR Baggs pre-amp that I recently purchased worked like a charm to tame and fine tune my overall sound.

I also just replaced a sway bar link on my 2002 Dodge caravan. That should have been simple, but turned out to be a bit problematic. Maybe I can go into that another day. We also just purchased a used, 2011 Kia Sadona mini van for the Better Half. We plan on driving that to Florida in the first week of  April. We will be spending a week with her sisters in Key West.  I'm looking forward to that.

So, that's the latest from the North Country.