Day and Night

I was watching the Mets game when it started to rain. After a while I got tired of watching the infield tarp blowing in the wind, and men running to weight it down, and I closed my eyes and fell asleep.

I awoke around 6:30 and for the first time in a long time, I had the urge to find the lens for my Lumix camera. I had one charged battery. I figured it would be fun to go out and photograph the pond while it was still dawn.

It takes me a while to get dressed and do the usual ablutions (I do like using that word as much as possible tho I often skip the ablutions in real life) but anyway I get it together, dump the camera stuff into a small bag and put that in the front basket of the scooter.

I also throw in a gatorade.

I figure to buy a croissant at the falafel stand in the park.

And I unplug the charger, look out the window (it seems a little darker, might be more approaching rain) and head through the hallway of the Castle to the small elevator. Get in on the scooter and down to the first floor.

I see that even at that early hour there’s some kind of exercise class going on, and the instructor is standing in the hallway as I back the scooter out.

“Pretty early,” I quip “for exercise.”

She just gives me a strange look.

And I zoom up to the front desk and get my Castle ID card and out I go onto 5th Ave.

Wow, I think, as I’m hit by the humid air. I can’t believe it’s so humid already.

I see the falafel stand across Fifth and there’s a long line.

I start my trip around Meer Pond (I should get the exact name) and am surprised to find the park so early, with people fishing all over the place.

Geese are paddling everywhere. Mothers are walking their children. The thing that gets me is that the street lights in the park are all on, and it’s not really dark. That happens sometimes during a storm. And it does feel like a storm is coming. Plus all of a sudden it’s getting darker and darker and I can see geese coming up onto the little rock beaches. And with the lights shimmering in the green pond and the reflections from Fifth Avenue, I get my camera setup, leanings for steadiness on an arm of the scooter.

I want my longer lens, so it takes me a while (my hands are not exactly nimble) but I manage to get the 20mm (40mm in 35mm world) on and I switch to Aperature priority so the geese will be sharp and the pond with the lights and reflections nice and mushy, and I get down to f2.0 (which is as open as the thing goes) and I’m surprised that the shutter speed is still not in the thousands.

But it is definitely getting darker and darker, and I notice the falafel stand in the distance is now closed. Odd.

There really were so many clues, but all I was thinking about was how perfect the geese would be with the glimmering reflections on the pond in the background.

The geese take off after cleaning themselves, and I keep going around the pond.

I’m still surprised at how many people are out enjoying the park, and there really is a lot to shoot. People smile at me as I let them get by and take their picture.

One guy comes speeding by on a thing that rolls, and is powered, and you stand up straight on, and it has lights shooting into the darkness – I don’t know what it is called. But I’ve seen them before and they all look like they’ve got gyroscopes in them.

Anyway, by the time I get to the Falafel stand, it’s pitch black and the stand is closed. I cross the street, head back to the Castle. I haven’t looked at the pictures yet, because when I get back I look at my tiny casio watch and see that it’s 9PM.

For the first time in my life, I didn’t know if it was day or night. (Love Potion 99).

Well, now it’s 7:30 AM, and I’ll go make some coffee.

The Mets game was considered a completed game, rained out, and so during this amazing summer, I’m having my own amazing time.