This past July my parents took me on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda to witness them renewing their wedding vows after 35 years. For so many reasons, it really was a wonderful trip. The open Atlantic and the treasure Island that is Bermuda were huge sources of inspiration, and the experiences on land as well as the thinking that came from staring out at an endless ocean will no doubt come out in my creative works.
The trip was also a huge source for photos, and I took close to 500 of them – though my father marveled how I could shoot so many and not make a person the subject of at least one. What can I say? I like landscapes and macros these days.
But 500 photos would be too much to dump here, so I’ll start with a few I took from the cruise ship looking out across the Atlantic. It was such a strange new experience to be surrounded by water with no land in sight. The navy blue ocean on the high seas is angelic.
So here are a few ocean photos, seen from a cruise ship.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Bela Fleck before I saw him play at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center on Saturday, but that’s mostly because I hadn’t really spent much time listening to his music. But now you can count me among the fans.
But here’s a taste. I actually saw this guy filming the clip on his iPhone, which was very brave of him since there was an older man with a handlebar moustache who was on the prowl for cell phones. He even came after me, when all I was trying to do was tweet the show.
Week’s like these are my favorite, when it jumps to an unseasonable temperature in fall, and then the smells of the season bloom in the warm air. At the same time, this week the colors finally burst on Long Island, and while the trees at my home mostly turned a bright yellow the area around me was a awash in orange and reds as well.
Perhaps it’s a little college nostalgia, but this Wednesday I was walking on the campus of Stony Brook University, and the warmth and the autumn color-burst felt like home. It was early and quiet and dense fog had just lifted from the campus. A few seagulls flew over the trees and chipmunks scurried over dirt paths.
The only thing I don’t love about fall is that it ends in winter.
Either way, here is an assortment of photos I took during Wednesday’s stroll, all using the iPhone’s Hipstamatic app. Enjoy.