Carroll Gardens to Prospect Park

From Carroll Gardens to Prospect Park in Black and White.
A perfect fall day.

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Determined and prepared for rain.

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Media changes faster than time. Wraps were burritos, headphones and paper cups.

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Beeping her way into her BMW, Court Street Pastry Shop.

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Walking with purpose. The new and old passing.

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Cadillacs out front the funeral home, the owner in the sun.

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Cutting through the houses, this blond kid rocking his glasses.

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Workers cleaning up.

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Industrial, body shops. The owner asked me, What are you taking pictures for? I told them, he let me in.

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A dog house lot. The Williamsburg bank building.

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I’ve seen this Cadillac parked on 4th for years. A month or two ago it had been hit.

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Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. A name coined in 1978 to deter developers. Listed as the it spot in 2002, now the highest concentration of tech companies in NYC, a 10 block radius that employs 10,000 people.

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Cobblestone streets, the Manhattan bridge pier in the background.

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The graffiti tastefully painted over in brick red.

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On the corner, in the shadow of the grey blue span.

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Shouldered cameras, one guy told me this was the best place to take photos in New York.

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I asked the kid to do the trick again. He looked at the photo and said, That’s cool.

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Trucks and construction on every corner, taking the detritus of demolition.

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THING SEES THRU LOVE.

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The Freedom Tower, their background.

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The green wall of construction.

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A wedding, with a Brooklyn Bridge pier backdrop.

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Shake the champagne. Congratulations.

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A chute for the rubble. The Empire Stores, once a repository for coffee beans, animal hides, raw sugar in the late 19th century. The State of New York, owner, somehow it will be incorporated into the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Handing out flyers in front of the decades old scaffolding.

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A sidewalk garden in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Two Trees, a hated development. The laborers work their way up finishing the rooms as they go.

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Another photoshoot.

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What were they waiting for?

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Cyclists?

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The old and the new in the bridge’s shadow.

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Plastic wrapped dogs.

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Empire State.

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The life of a tech smoke break.

Crown Heights

Crown Heights begins in the shadow of the Brooklyn Museum across Eastern Parkway, an Olmsted creation. Once a posh bedroom community, the subways are interred under the street.

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The boys try to ignore the girls in the park after school lets out.

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Or flirt on the mailboxes.

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Selling cotton candy.

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I just can’t say what this is.

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Townhouses on huge lots along treelined President St.

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Crocs on Yom Kippur. No leather foot ware.

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Bunnies under the Mitzvah Tank. A garish RV parked on the street.

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A copy of the Tora, papers on the wall.

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A sukkah awaiting a covering of branches for Sukkot.

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The corner of President and Utica. The woman comments to her children as they pass, “This is where that they killed that little boy.” She is referring to riots that broke out in 1991 after a Rabbi’s car in his motorcade ran a red light, got struck by cross traffic, jumped a curb and killed a Guyanese boy. During the riots an orthodox visitor from Austria was murdered–long simmering tensions between the black and the Jewish communities.

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An old woman makes her way down Utica.

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Boys in front.

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Books for a dollar.

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Here, you carry it.

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In the crosswalk.

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A selfie and a squirrel.

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God’s Kingdom in front of the Albany Houses.

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Insane art no matter what Sano says.

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Veggies, the man in the center of the photo is handing them into the basement.

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Homies.

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The man on the right said, You know what you are doing ain’t right, man.

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On Eastern Parkway again. Each bench a story in and of itself.

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Bed Stuy, once known as the Brooklyn Harlem, a neighborhood of crime and beautiful brownstones, new and abandoned buildings, African American socials like the Sugar Hill Super Club. And gentrification.

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Biggie Smalls, across from the Lafayette Houses built in 1961.

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The next corner over. No photos.

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NYPD of the 81st precinct, their cars parked side by side on the sidewalk.

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The houses JZ grew up in. Showing their 67 years.

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A rare wooden building still standing, Marcy St.

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A corner meeting, a mola from Panama on her bag.

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Liquors on Tompkins.

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Shoes and sundries on the sidewalk. Walking photos.

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Fresh water, cold and clear. COST?

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Roosevelt Houses, named after Elenor, 1964, a 13th story apartment burnt out, boarded up.

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I’d never heard anything like it.

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Waiting. Laundry and Deli on Marcus Garvey.

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Another abandoned corner lot. The Cadillac from Tennessee.

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A window of the corner building. We Buy Houses. Got Bed Bugs posted on the boarded up door to the right.

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Barber shop cat next to a fine urban art gallery.

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On Fulton, the main drag. 99 cent flip-flops and Burger King.

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The finest Row house on the block.

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The row house color pallet represented.

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An original door on a beautiful block of Halsey St., chained through the deadbolts. A report by Picture the Homeless suggests a lot of these boarded up properties are kept off the market to keep rental prices high. Volunteers discovered 466 vacant buildings and lots in Bed-Stuy, which they estimate could house over 10,000 people.

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A row of planters on the garage, a view from the abandoned lot.

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One of the best dive bars in Brooklyn.

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An abandoned advert for an abandoned business. Maybe negative reviews made him give it up. How long will this last?

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Coffee shops and beautiful new apartment blocks going up on the edges of Bed-Stuy. The Tipping of Jefferson Ave, in the New York Magazine, a few brownstone lined blocks away.

The art of south East Williamsburg

Crossing Flushing on Knickerbocker, the community changes. Thriving commercial streets turn industrial, walls covered in street art, inhabited by the colorful.

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More bikes than pedestrians on the street.

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The demographics change too. One man walking toward Bushwick, the women walking north into East Williamsburg. Neighborhood boundaries in New York are not officially designated, and some living in the factory lofts prefer to call this area of south East Williamsburg Bushwick. So too does Vogue.

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One woman in a consignment shop told me I was entitled to my opinion. Some dare call this gentrification.

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An article in the NYPost, new hipsters fighting old hipsters, the young moving in and moving up, while the Bushwick natives laugh at both sides.

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The Wick, Brooklyn’s new music fortress, moved into an abandoned brewery in what was once known as Brewery Row on Meserole St, right behind this building, used as a gallery space last November for Brooklyn Street Art. Next door, The Well, 60 beers on tap, on the walls: art.

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Cyclists on fixies, boggled, which way to look? What next?

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Mr. Never Satisfied. Putting up walls in Brooklyn and San Francisco: $1.28.

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Giant Beetles and bicycles.

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Skyline Steel Corp. Still making steel in the USA.

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Brooklyn. A new cubism? By: GoodandShiddy.

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From Bushwick Ave, west, potentially East Williamsburg, or not. The neighborhood boundaries are fuzzy; the art, not so much.

Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

Bushwick has always been a working class neighborhood. Median household income of about $33,000, a third of the people below the poverty line. An average apartment: $1,000 a month two years ago. Crisscrossed by the elevated train, I meandered from the Southwest corner, the edge of the Evergreen’s Cemetery.

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The J & Z trains rattle incessantly over Broadway; from the cemetery north to Williamsburg.

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Chartered in 1661 by Peter Stuyvesant, he called it Boswijck: “little town in the woods.”

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In July 1977, blackouts hit New York. Vandals rioted, burned and looted shops and stores, Broadway lost 43% of its commercial real estate. Vacant lots still dot the landscape.

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Touch. Fireplaces left hanging, the only building left on the block.

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When I asked to take her picture she smiled, fixed her hair and told her baby to look my way. She told me after, to take care.

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On Bushwick Ave, vinyl siding and sunflower gardens.

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Please curb your dog.

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She walked by with so much sauce, I’m spewing I missed the dog.

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Car parking on the lawn. Puerto Rican flags in the windows.

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Bushwick Avenue runs from North to South, and up into Williamsburg. Paralleling Broadway. Vacant lots on every other southern corner.

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Recycling.

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Knickerbocker Avenue survived the riots intact. A strong community of Puerto Ricans protected their property by force.

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An American antena flag.

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She ran when she saw me coming, picked up a toddler and dropped him inside, came back prancing.

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On the corner, loud business.

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A break in the remodel. A block off Knickerbocker.

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Selling Cds on Wyckoff. The L train underground.

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A mural goes up, two woman on the scaffold, and a man outlining on the street. Headphones all.

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Sewing under the scaffold. Busses loading and unloading noisily.

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New construction next to an old Wyckoff lot. Liberty and parking.

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Looking south from Myrtle. The M overhead.

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Busy sidewalk, children playing.

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Lunch on the pedestal graffiti on the cornice.

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Her customers loved her. The pernil smelled divine.

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Everybody without a stroller seemed to know each other in front of this Gold and Diamond pawn shop.

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Leaning in the cars, talking with the drivers.

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North Knickerbocker, busier still.

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Crossing the street, waiting on traffic, more pedestrian than auto.

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Selling ices, two blocks from the Well, the most notorious drug bazaar in Brooklyn twenty years ago.

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The Bushwick Initiative: improve the 23 surrounding blocks of the Maria Hernandez Park, named for the 34-year-old woman who was murdered in her apartment in 1989 by dealers. She and her husband had tried to rid the street of drugs.

North of Flushing the scene changes. Folks say I’m entitled to my opinion. Bushwick Avenue runs North separating Williamsburg from East Williamsburg. Seems like East Williamsburg would rather be Bushwick.

After brunch and rooftops

Carla and I invited Erica and Ashley (Ball) for brunch. Yeah we killed it. Cava, prosciutto, spanish tortilla. And then to the rooftops of Williamsburg, Ball said she wanted to walk around, experience Brooklyn. So we took her to the G.

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Our first rooftop. Summery drinks at the vintagey Night of Joy. Good for an afternoon of happiness too!

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These folks snagged our table the moment we left.

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Walking down Bedford, or Berry, or 11th. Who exactly is this ad targeting? What does it say about Williamsburg?

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Ball kept it up, laughter, zeros and ones.

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Waiting for the rooftop at the Wythe Hotel. The handsome host so attentive and nice.

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The new world order, mobile photos texted to your iFriends.

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The negronis were top shelf and came in the middle glass.

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How come taxi drivers no longer know where to go? GPS.

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A pizza food truck! Why aren’t we going there?

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I left my camera bag in the cab. That might be a sign of too much fun.

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Dinner, amazing plated Bushwick deliciousness at the Northeast Kingdom. Oh where does the time go. Saturday in Brooklyn. Thanks ladies!

Barbados

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Barbados is one of those places where the postcards are blue and the clouds are white. Black men cast nets in azure water, clear as air, warm as blood. Carla and I, for our honeymoon, though we rather call it an after wedding trip; reserve the honeymoon for distant places next year.

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We took the necessary tourist snapshot at mushroom rock, in front of Parlors, the spot next to Soup Bowl, Kelly Slater’s heavy right. I surfed it on Shirley’s board for a couple of hours: local boys and girls on the inside ruled chest high trade wind swell.

The people of Barbados–Bajan’s–are nice. Very nice. Proper English manners mixed with equal parts happiness and breeze. We stayed in Bathsheba, on the windward side, a place were few tourists apart from surfers go. The bus that took us directly into Bridgetown, easily found, the sign read “Bus Stop, To City.” No nonsense.

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Riding the bus is the way to see the country. Two Bajan dollars. A taxi cost $75. Fast and fearless on the left hand side. The road, cut from coral uplifted some 600,000 years ago, narrow and winding. I was happy he was driving.

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We visited right during Crop Over, the carnival-like celebration of crops being over. Bajans talked like that, direct and to the point. Crop over and stuff like that, their other favorite phrase. The cane fields were stripped, mostly bare, already sprouting the next crop. Two hundred year old stone windmills covered in grasses and creepers.

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The old man standing at the intersection to Bathsheba. None of the grinding poverty of Central America. A few old great cane mansions, estates, and Caribbean style houses mixed among the colorful half painted ferro-concrete and block. The center of the island cultivated, all sugar centuries ago, now diverse and productive farmland.

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Into Bridgetown the buildings started crowding the road, densely populated for the Caribbean. Old bills on the corrugated walls. Women got off the bus running, smiling. At the bus station we caught a local minivan and searched for Surfer’s Point. Closed. The driver dropped us off at Miami beach where we sat in the lot and ate ‘Bread and Two’ and drank ‘Four for Ten’ and swam with the smiling dark people who call themselves Bajans in the clear clear warm water and did stuff like that.

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Damselflies of the Tobeatic

Damselfies on our first nature walk. Trout Point Lodge at the edge of the Tobeatic Wilderness. A riot of insect life in Novia Scotian wetlands.

Ebony Jewelwings along the edge of a stream the color of tea, pine tannins.

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Female Ebony Jewelwing

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Ebony Jewelwing male

At the edge of an esker filled lake. Looks like a powdered dancer!

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Narrow-winged Damsel

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Mating Narrow-wings

Recently emerged, this narrow-winged damsel has yet to develop its color, it’s abdomen still soft-shelled.

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Emergent Narrow-wing