Foaming Sea

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GALVESTON, Texas -- Early astronomers mistook the Moon's basaltic plains for large bodies of water; one was given the name Mare Spumans, Latin for "foaming sea." We now know that the lunar surface is covered with cheese, and Saturn is surrounded by a glazed donut.

Gulfscape

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Galveston

Wiped Out

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GALVESTON, Texas -- A surfer wears a cap in the style of French Foreign Legionnaires, who incidentally were almost completely wiped out at Dien Bien Phu.

Seascape

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GALVESTON, Texas -- A tree branch resembling a twisted arm with frail fingers reflects the fragile human condition.

Stealth Flight

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Galveston

Seashells

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GALVESTON, Texas -- Finding perfection in an imperfect shell

Dreamscape

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GALVESTON, Texas, Dec. 31 -- A homage to Georgia O'Keefe

Surf's Up

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Galveston

The Beach

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GALVESTON, Texas -- Father and daughter enjoy an afternoon on East Beach.

Seawall Boulevard

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GALVESTON, Texas -- The bar stayed open throughout Hurricane Rita. A sign on the porch read, "No Rita Unless It's a Margarita."

Source: USA Today

Sea Log

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GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas -- Day 14: Thick fog slowed my arrival on the island.

Sea Legs

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Galveston

Seagull

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Galveston

Old West

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Galveston

Joyeux Noël (for V.A.)


GALVESTON, Texas -- An oil platform sits at the horizon as father and son cowboys search for seashells, and the meaning of being Texan. Language is identity, but the tide has turned. Everywhere there are signs and instructions in Spanish. Pandering to Spanish-speaking communities, city and state legislatures have legitimized an identity which Texians had fought so hard against in the war for Texas independence (remember the Alamo?). At the federal level, the government not only has failed to secure the southern border from illegal immigration, it has opened wide the border with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which will do harm to Texas (and America) the way the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo did to Mexico.

Plain and Delicious


ATLANTA AIRPORT, Georgia, Dec 21. -- A pilot walks past a sandwich shop.

Event Horizon

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Predawn sky through plane window

AIRTRAN FLIGHT, Atlanta, Georgia -- ♪ Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still. And I think my spaceship knows which way to go, tell me wife I love her very much she knows. [Ground control to Major Tom, your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong. Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you....] Here am I floating round my tin can, far above the moon, planet earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do. ♪ -- David Bowie, Space Oddity

Fallen


NEWARK -- Fallen leaf, fallen tree, fallen snow, fallen man

Winter Wonderland


NEWARK -- Grass/snow, green/brown, fallen down/sprouting out, alive/dead, old/new, winter/spring

November Rain


NEWARK -- ♪ Never mind the darkness, we still can find a way. Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain. ♪ -- Guns N' Roses

Streetscape


NEW YORK -- The Empire State Building is almost three miles away, but appears much closer.

The Wall


NEW YORK -- ♪ All alone, or in twos, the ones who really love you walk up and down outside the wall. Some hand in hand, some gathered together in bands, the bleeding hearts and the artists make their stand. ♪ -- Pink Floyd, The Wall

Happy Thanksgiving


Garfield in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater

NEW YORK -- I've never understood why women love cats. Cats don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat. -- Jay Leno

Playing Heavy Metal


NEW YORK -- Each brass sousaphone weighs over 30 pounds.

Parade Balloon


NEW YORK -- Mr. Potato Head is reflected in the windows of an office building.

Gobble, Gobble


New York

Eat At Joe's

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HUDSON ST., Newark, Nov. 10 -- What was St. Joseph's is now decrossed and converted to a Cajun/Creole restaurant. The food was appetizing; the ambience unsettling. In the battle between the Crescent and the Cross for the soul of Newark, demographics dictate victory.

The Fall


Newark

Togetherness


Central Park, New York

Windswept


Newark

Seeing Double


Newark

Happy Halloween


Newark

Autumn Leaves


Newark

Stay!


NEW YORK -- I named my dog Stay. It's fun to call him, "Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!" -- Steven Wright

Fifth Column


NEW YORK -- A republic faces existential crises if it gives shelter to an encroaching population that is ungrateful and hostile to its host.
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Note the ad on the taxi.

Hollowed/Hallowed


♪ I hear a thunder in the distance, see a vision of a cross. I feel the pain that was given on that sad day of loss. ♪ -- Creed

WORLD TRADE CENTER, New York -- 343 firefighters were among the 2,823 people killed. The cleanup removed 1,642,698 tons of debris, including 190,568 tons of steel; this cross-shaped steel beam was found standing in the rubble.
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Numbers from BBC News

Rebuilding at Ground Zero


NEW YORK, Oct. 16 -- A rainy week left a large puddle at the construction site.

A New York Minute


NEW YORK -- ♪ There's no time for us, there's no place for us. What is this thing that builds our dreams yet slips away from us? ♪ -- Queen

Life Imitating Art II


Central Park, New York

Spanish Harlem


New York City

Dyslexics of the World, Untie!

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SPANISH HARLEM, New York City -- Chinga tu madre, Kerry!

Diehard Fan


NEW YORK, Oct. 2 -- A follow-up of his Pulitzer prize-winning God: A Biography, Jack Mile's Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is heretical, but not necessarily anti-Christian (Miles is a churchgoer, and a former Jesuit). It is not recommended for those who are offended by Pierre-Emmanuel Dauzat's Le Suicide du Christ.
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Note the New York Mets license plate frame.

Newsreader


NEW YORK -- Daljit Dhaliwal of ITN World News was my favorite.

Water Lily


NEW YORK -- Staying in a polluted world to serve it is the Bodhisattva ideal.

Sun Flower


NEW YORK, Oct. 2 -- Even Van Gogh had a sunnier disposition.

Home

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♪ No locked doors, no windows barred, no things to make my brain seem scarred. ♪ -- Metallica, Welcome Home

Kiteflying

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Central Park, New York

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite


Central Park, New York, Sep. 18

Vertical Landing


Central Park, New York

Empire State


New York

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