“Weekly Photo Challenge: MASTERPIECE”

This abandoned masterpiece of architecture is Hinchliffe Stadium located in Paterson, NJ.  It was built in 1932 by John Shaw, who designed the blended Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco/Moderne styled stadium based on a 1931 plan by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Engineering Firm whose founder Frederick Law Olmsted designed, among many other things, Central Park in NYC.  The period of significance for this recently named National Historic Landmark is 1932-1944, covering the years when Hinchliffe Stadium served as a venue for segregated Negro professional baseball, most notably the New York Black Yankees and including Satchel Paige and Larry Doby.  If you’d like to find out more information about this magnificent structure on which restoration work will soon begin, you can view a fascinating PBS Documentary about Hinchliffe HERE.


I think this is one of Mother Nature’s most curious creations….the cicada.  Here in the Northeast United States, it’s time for their emergence after 17 years. Yes, 17 years!  They live underground all that time, taking nutrients from the roots of trees, then make their way to the surface.  The brown shell you see is what they look like when the come out of the ground and attach themselves to a surface, usually a tree.  I don’t know how this guy made it to my front porch. The cicadas only live a few weeks…during that time they mate and lay their eggs.  The eggs are about the size of a grain of rice.  When they’re able, they burrow into the ground and the cycle begins again.  Cicadas are a bird delicacy…..sometimes they even catch them in mid-air and have a tasty snack.  Despite their scary look, they do no harm to anyone or anything other than making A LOT of noise.  Gentle giants I guess!   I was lucky enough to spot this one the other evening right after it’s metamorphosis. It must have been there all day but I never noticed it until it came out of its exoskeleton.  When I looked about 5 minutes later, it had flown away. Next cicada brood……2030.  You can hear and see a live one in the video below……imagine hundreds, maybe thousands of them making that noise at the same time!!!!  It’s the male cicadas trying to attract a mate.





  It takes HOURS for this to happen. Found on wiki.




“A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears.

The sun asks: “Aren’t you tired of waiting?”

“Yes,” answers the rose, “but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paolo Coelho



When I saw these boys on the train tracks, I immediately thought of a scene from the movie “Stand by Me” based on the novella The Body” by Stephen King.  Boys out of school for summer vacation; bored, looking for things to do and getting into all kinds of trouble!  Anyway, the scene I’m referring to is below.  LOVE Stephen King!  The second video is the outrageous “Family Guy” by Seth McFarland version.  LOVE Family Guy too!  🙂




                                                                                                                                        Just for fun…..the “Family Guy” by Seth McFarland version.


Here’s an oldie but goodie. . . . .a Kodak Duaflex IV twin-lens reflex camera, made between 1955 and 1960.  After doing a little online research, I purchased a roll of film on ebay and am going to give this little guy a shot or two, I hope it still works. I don’t think I’ve ever shot anything other than  digital. . . . .should be interesting!  HERE’S a link to the user manual, thank goodness!  Pretty cool. 😛





Come walk with me on a summer day

Up a logging road, a long, long way

Summer leaves are all you can see

So lovely and healthy and green as can be.

                                                                         Okie Howe


A blade of grass. . . . . .



“The moment one gives close attention to anything,

even a blade of grass,

it becomes a mysterious, awesome,

indescribably magnificent world in itself.”

                                                                           Henry Miller