Tag Archives: Nature

Nighttime Flowers + Nature’s Beziers

The Hell’s Kitchen Garden is always a source of inspiration for me. No matter the time of year, or time of day, there is always something new to see, and a new angle to take on things I’ve seen before.

I try and apply the same ability to visualize events and situations in life in the same manner. I am always trying to think from different perspectives to take in more possible outcomes for the things that may happen. As flighty as I may seem, at times I can be quite calculating.

Tonight I felt that my macro lens needed a workout, and set out for the garden just before it got dark. My beloved 50mm 1.4 lens seems to always be attached to my camera, so it was time for a switch. The golden hour had already passed, but the plants were still bathed in the last fading rays of the sun. They glowed.

The crocuses had blared their final fleeting trumpets already and gave way to periwinkles, lamb’s ears, and tulips. It was their night to shine in the darkness. Luckily, I had brought along my Gorillapod to take longer exposures in the waning light. It took a few tries to get the formula for the night correct and decide on a pleasing exposure, but the results are a perfect blend of the ethereal and the earthly.

I didn’t need a flash, ring light, or even much ambient light to set the mood for these small shots, because the graceful curves of the rising tulips were most inspiring to me. It took humans millennia to concoct bezier curves of their own for the jet stream era in the 50’s, but nature had been growing them all along.

Phi, fractals, and other sacred geometry within nature are the true roots of human creativity, and through their elegant symphony all beauty we create is called into existence in homage to that which came before us and what is to come.

Pause and consider the meaning of why our own veins mirror the branches and roots of the trees give us life. There is no reason to look further than our divine connection to nature for inspiration and meaning.

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Miriam and the Magic of Yoga @ Greenwood


My newest friend at ITP, Miriam Simun, asked me to take photos for a project she is working on, and the results are incredibly beautiful. She is reinventing the public space that is cemeteries with the magic and serenity of yoga. She reasons that people hardly appreciate cemeteries for their full worth: places of beauty, peace, and life. She explained that cemeteries are ecological hotspots in many cities because they are seldom trafficked by the living, there are often lots of trees, and sometimes there are lakes and ponds for them to coexist in and around. There is so much life going on in cemeteries she says, that it is a waste to think that they are places for just the dead. The living can go there to appreciate life, nature, and the sublime spirit of things through the practice of yoga.


She demonstrated a sequence of poses in and around the cemetery today, and there were birds chirping, fountains gurgling, and squirrels running around. We hung out with a bunch of geese and they seemed interested in her posing beside graves. They never ran off from us, but they did keep a safe distance. We really liked having them around because they were so quiet and fun to watch while they looked for bugs and roots to eat. She has a specially made hat with an Xacti camera on it to record the sights and sounds of the cemetery and the classes she wants to teach there.


The symbolism of cemeteries and graves is beautiful to begin with, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather today—-in November, no less. Enjoy the photos and come enjoy the magic of yoga with Miriam in one of the most beautiful places in all of New York.

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