Urban Lumber in Brooklyn

It was circa 1870 when a European elm tree was intentionally planted in a quiet southwestern corner of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It was late 2015 when the tree was declared dead and cut down.

This tree is one of the few things in NYC that had remained unchanged for that century and a half. Think about it. When planted, dirt roads, horses and farmland surrounded it.  By the end of its life, it neighbored a gas station taking credit card transactions and nearly every person walking around it had a smart phone in their pocket

via One of NYC’s Largest Trees Lived in Prospect Park @ Lost Art Press

Setting Expectations


To be honest, I actually prefer some of the black and white versions of the images to their color counterparts – something that rarely happens with my travel or landscape imagery. I realized that this slight change of preference on my part might have had something to do with the fact that these black and white photos are simply different than the ones I’ve grown accustomed to seeing as I scroll through blogs or Instagram images of the same area.

The feeling first hit me as we were looking out over McWay Falls – a view I see on Instagram at least weekly – that what I was experiencing in person (with harsh mid-morning light overhead, mind you) was not nearly as perfect as the image I’d had in mind. It was beautiful, of course, but after years of seeing an impeccably lit McWay Falls on a screen, I almost felt let down. Michael, on the other hand, doesn’t follow as many of the same travel-centric accounts as me, and had an entirely different experience. His was one of awe. Mine was one of oh.

from Big Sur in Black & White @ Map & Menu

Also passing through my stream in the WordPress.com Reader around the same time…