Friday, March 18, 2016


Yesterday's skies looked like they belonged to the turbulent weather systems of late summer. And this Sunday, snow is expected.

After shopping at Whole Foods (now their daffodils are the cheapest in the hood, two bunches for $5, and their Florida organic strawberries, $3.99 per box, cost less than at Key Food, so the crunch is on - but I digress), I stopped beside the Gowanus Canal.

This sign is very funny. I think they don't want you to smoke because you might set the canal on fire. The greenest supermarket in NY state is beside the most poisonous body of water.

Very healthy bayberries are planted in the new little park that edges the carpark.

And the red chokeberry (Aronia) is still loaded with last year's fruit. Excellent spot for a mini wild foods walk.



  1. Hi Marie,
    Intriguing photos and disturbing skies. The top two remind me of early paintings by (later) Abstract Expressionist artist Clyfford Still of rural agricultural building scenes. Grain elevators and such. Since I don't know how to post his images here, I'll email some to you. The berries are so hopeful as are the early (too early!) greening that's going on here.
    Cheers as always,
    Diane in light-fluffy snow falling

    1. G-g-g-GORGEOUS skies. Vermeer's VIEW OF DELFT. But your greasy Gowanus view is grey-er.!Vermeer-view-of-delft.jpg Have you ever hazarded the *nicer* NYC suburbs? The streets are paved with gold and the absence of color reigns - white, white, white. Everything after that is to be expected - prenez garde!

    2. ...well, we live in Carroll Gardens, which is about as "nice" as it gets, so not sure where you're thinking of? NYC has neighborhoods, rather than suburbs, unless one is thinking of Staten Island, or parts of Bay Ridge, Ditmas Park, which can be quite suburban. But I far prefer being closer to some leftover industry than to being in a very homogeneous area. The Gowanus is about a 12 minute walk from home.

    3. I love the poisonous romance of leftover industry too - so ravaged yet so beautiful! When I lived in NYC, roaming the western border between Queens & Brooklyn was good for those kinds of thrills. Is it the utility of industrial architecture that makes it so beautiful, the fact that it DOES something, is a FACTORY, instead of just a house, a box for human living? What ever it is, it sure enough catches the eye of a lot of artist types.


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