Yesterday was a warm, 75 degree November day in the New York area. I took my camera to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City, one of my favorite places in the world. On any given day one can see and be part of a cross-section of humanity, from ordinary people enjoying a pleasant day to street musicians, artists, chess players and performers showing off their talents. It is open, tolerant and a great place to see slices of life. I love going there because I never know who or what I’m going to find.
These images are from Arches, Canyonlands, Lower Calf Creek, Zion, Bryce, Kodachrome and Cedar Breaks.
The Falls is reached by a three mile hike (6 miles round trip) along the floor of a canyon. The hike is scenic and the Falls are spectacular.National monuments are protected by law to be enjoyed by all people and meant to be left forever wild. It would be criminal to let the government take away protections as it threatens to do.
I met this 69 year old woman while working with All Hands Volunteers helping to clear debris from her home in Gatlinburg Tennessee which had been destroyed by the wildfire last November. I found the teapot she is holding while sifting through the ashes of her home looking for any objects that might be salvageable. She told me that she gave it to her mother as a gift when she was eight years old. She was so appreciative and thankful that we found this little teapot. That I was able to salvage such a precious memory for her makes all of the hardship of disaster relief work worth it all. I will treasure my conversation with her for a long, long time.