Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Pastoral Scene without a Nymph and her Shepherd Lover

somewhere in The Midlands, England
the ideal that Sheep Meadow in Central Park was supposed to recall

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Brother: Paul Peter Rosen, MD: Happy Birthday

Peter with his mother Beate Caspari--Rosen; Peter in South New Berlin, New York, with sister Susan, and friend with dog; Dr. Rosen; a gift of birthday flowers on this very happy day

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Light and Shadow: revelation and concealment

The Office of Circumlocution

see Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

Nature Weeps

un petit coin de nature

Tenafly: The Pond in the Commons and Chemicals

TruGreen. A Whale of a Company, as advertised on the truck's side. Of course a whale is leaping out of the water

I received the borough of Tenafly's Newsletter today (August 2009, volume 50, Issue 3). On page 8, Storm Water Pollution is discussed. Suggestions are made, but no town ordinances have been issued specifying the quantity of fertilizer that can be applied. Soil testing is suggested but not required; the same for pesticides. Tenafly is "talking the talk but not walking the walk;" suggestions go unheeded, unless backed up with a SERIOUS educational campaign and or fines. Specific rules are needed. When Tenafly itself does not adhere to its recommendations, how seriously can the admonitions be taken by its citizens? The Little League Field in Tenafly Commons was sprayed one morning with herbicides for that green look (5/21/2009, 7:11am). For days after the area reeked of chemicals. And to think that children were playing on that polluted dangerous grass is mind -boggling.
That the pond, a feeder into the Tenakill Brook, one of the sources for Bergen County's drinking water, is providing water that is clean enough to drink is laughable. Take a good look.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Frans Snyders, The Larder, City Art Gallery, York, England

A masterpiece by Frans Snyders (1579-1657), the preeminent Flemsih still-life and animal painter Flemish.

A Dream

Monday, August 3, 2009


Odysseus identified himself as "Nobody" to Polyphemus, the man-eating one-eyed cyclops, when he put ashore on the creature's land, for the monster had defiled the rules of hospitality, not least by gorging himself on many of the hero's sailors. In revenge, Odysseus had the monster blinded and then escaped with the remainder of his men by clinging to the underbellies of the sheep herded by Polyphemus. Once safely on board his ship, Odysseus called back to the enraged son of Poseidon and told him his true name. Thereafter, on his journey home to Ithaca, Odysseus was pursued by the furious sea god who took the part of his misshapen son.

with gratitude to Michael Anthony Roberts for identifying the remains of this beautiful creature

The Mast Restored: the tree upright as ever

but with dead vines for leaves and tethered with taut bonds

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Unseen World

When I photographed the flowers--a cousin of the black or brown-eyed Susan-- I had no idea that the plant was being harvested by aphids. At a distance the stems appeared to have brown haris. It was not until I looked at the image on my screen that I discovered "the other world." I had an experience akin to 17th-18th century microscopists. No wonder Charles II wanted Boyle to make more drawings for him of the minute world that was discovered through the wonderful new instrument, the micoscope.