Sunday, March 29, 2015

Scrap? American Fortitude in Oswego

The American Fortitude, a cargo ship that travelled up and down the Great Lakes for nearly 60 years carrying grains and minerals, is currently tied up in Oswego Harbor until around April 15 when it may be headed off to be scrapped, or it may be revitalized, though boatnurds say it is outdated and will need too much work for that to be cost effective. 

I didn't know there are boatnurds until I did a bit of research on her. They are folks devoted to working boats who know and watch them like old friends, and there are a lot of them.

Here is an article about her with some terrific photos at work: An informative discussion follows the article.

Also, there is the Facebook page Boatnerd, and the website Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NYC: An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders

Owen Smith's An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders
At the 36th St. Sunset Park/Greenwood Cemetery station (N and R) in Brooklyn, Owen Smith's spectacular 1998 trio of murals, "Designers, Builders, Riders," each tell part of the New York subway story. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Salmon River Falls: Blue Ice

While most of the falls is white-to-gray, what is it that makes this ice blue? Mineral deposits coming seeping from the upper shelves of sedimentary rock that form this escarpment? Ideas, anyone?

Addendum: Ahhh, Ed has done the research and discovered the science of color seen in ice, explained here. The site explains much more about natural color theory. 

The upshot is that blue color tells us the ice is clearer, so it absorbs more light. It absorbs reds and oranges, and reflects back blue. The more ice reflects light, if it is old and has undergone structural changes, the whiter it appears.

The color has nothing to do with minerals and seeps. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ottawa: Skating on the Rideau Canal

We were in Ottawa last week for skating and a dining spree: The Black Cat, Frasier, Les Fougeres. Could it get any better than that? 

Ed, the super-taster, was delighted at every turn, not that I minded the indulgence.

I thrilled to glide again on Ottawa's historic, gigantic skating rink, coming in at Patterson Creek on a super cold clear morning. Not many people around this early; brand new surface. It was almost scary...the smoothness and vastness of the expanse of hard water! 

Patterson Creek, surrounded by an old residential neighborhood, flows into the Rideau. With its lovely heated Chalet it's a handy point of access.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Urban Video Project at the Everson Museum: Black Bullets by Jeannette Ehlers

"Urban Video Project (UVP) and parent organization Light Work are pleased to announce the exhibition of “Black Bullets” (2012) by Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers from February 10 – March 28, 2015 as an architectural projection on the north facade of the Everson Museum of Art. This exhibition is presented as part of “Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future”, a year-long program of exhibitions and events at Urban Video Project and partner organizations that takes afrofuturism as its point of departure."