People in the art museums are very funny. They run from famous painting to famous painting. They get directly in front of the painting, they take a photograph, and then they're off to the next one. They never even look at the art with their own eyes, they just view it through the camera or iPad while lining up the shot. Hilarious - and so very sad.
I was surprised today when I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to discover that my entry fee also got me into one of my favorite spots in New York, The Cloisters. Lucky me.
A great ceremony, romantic boating in Central Park, an amazing lunch (why can't any Maui restaurants serve food like we're finding here?), the best musical theater we've seen in many years ("Once"), an outdoor performance of "Salome" at the Met, and finally back to our hotel room on Times Square. Yes, this was the day of days - never to be forgotten.
Over and over, I keep being drawn to New York's city parks. They provide a welcome relief from the city's noise and summer heat. Even the smallest squares are cool and refreshing.
Most of the street performers are impressively talented, and the sidewalk food vendors offer a large variety of tasty treats. I haven't tried all of them yet, but I still have a couple more days here...
I love the Museum of Modern Art here in Manhattan.
Almost as interesting as the art today, were the people. What a fascinating crowd.
And beyond that, was the way the visitors interacted with the architecture of the building. Check out the lady standing on the stairs in the photo to the left. No that is not a painting, that is a staircase (well, as taken by my magic camera).
For us this was a run of the mill, average Maui weather day. For gazillions of jubilant New Yorkers this was a Sunday to celebrate the outdoors. We joined them by walking down the street to tour the Space Shuttle, Enterprise, and the Aircraft Carrier, Intrepid, upon which it sat. Then we wandered the streets of Greenwich Village and enjoyed many street performers and residents in Washington Square Park. One jazz combo had a trumpet player who was playing two trumpets simultaneously. Amazing. And so far we have had one innovative meal after another. None of that "playing it safe for the Maui tourists" kind of food. Nothing outrageous either, just really creative, delicious cuisine. Yum.
Usually during the day I see them sleeping or slowly swimming along, but today every turtle I saw was madly gobbling seaweed. Maybe the warmer water has triggered growth in a delicious kind of seaweed and they just can't get enough. Now I'm getting hungry...
Hiking through Maui's redwood forest is always weird because of the deafening silence. There is a total lack of sound: no birds, no wind, no nothing.
Then just below the redwoods are the deciduous trees which are loaded with birds and which sough in the breeze. And my favorite part, the dilapidated ranger's cabin and nearby bunkhouse. The ranger's cabin is surrounded by a sea of hydrangea which has taken over the entire clearing. Both buildings are falling apart but still contain remnants of their past, like a pie safe and rusted-through bunk bed springs hanging from wooden bed frames. They are both mysterious and wonderful.
I ran into my buddy, Nancy, at Polipoli State Park this morning. She asked me why it was called Polipoli Springs when she never saw any flowing water. Then she looked at me like I was crazy when I explained that the spring was used for a flush toilet. It's true. The spring is funneled into a pipe that leads to this unusual outhouse. Out in the wilderness in the woods stands an outhouse with a flush toilet. And here's my proof...
I got home an hour ago and have only glanced at the pile of photos, but there are definitely some keepers.
I was shocked at all the greenery and flowing water on the other side of the island. I mean, I know it is there, but I forget how intense the rainforest can be. I live on the desert side during a drought; everything over here is a shade of gray and even the cacti are drooping. But not over there. It is hard to believe that both areas are on the same island.
As you can see, I am still having a lot of fun playing with my new camera which takes paintings instead of photographs. This morning I re-encountered a Banyon tree in Wailea. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Banyon trees, this is the single trunk of one huge tree.
Many thanks to the amazing Mike Neal for inspiring me to take photographs of the Milky Way from the top of Haleakala. Wow!
The upper two photos are pretty accurate representations of just what I experienced. For the lower image I stitched several photos together to show 3/4 of the sky, so instead of the Milky Way stretching above from horizon to horizon, it appears as a star-bow.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com