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Paul Goldfinger ©. Bunche Beach.  Ft. Myers, Fla.    Spring, 2018.   Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

At the Passover seder,   “Solomon’s Song of Songs” (from the Bible)  is read.   Much of it is about romantic love, but it also has something to say about Spring.

This is from Meyer Levin’s Israel Haggadah for Passover.  A Haggadah is a guide book which is read at seders.  There are many versions of Haggadahs, and one could search Blogfinger’s archives by typing in “Passover” into the search box at the upper right. One was written by an Ocean Grover.

As those attending a seder know, everyone gets a chance to read. The father says, “Like all people, our people in ancient, pastoral times celebrated the liberation of the earth itself from wintry darkness, and rejoiced in the yearly rebirth of nature.  This is beautifully described in Solomon’s Song of Songs read by the mother:”

For, lo, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth;

The time of singing is come,

And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,

And the vines in blossom give forth their fragrance.

 

Paul Goldfinger © Neptune Township April 16, 2019. Spring is emerging. ©

 

GRAHAM BICKLEY with THE  NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA   From South Pacific

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Fox hunt anyone? Taking this photo, behind me, is the grand Hudson River. © Can't recall the name of this place. Downton Abbey?

Paul Goldfinger ©  Fox hunt anyone?  This is the gilded age Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY . Looking for Maggie Smith?   Click to enlarge and rent a room  (Airbnb?)

 

Lookiing back down the hill is this view. Rhinebeck, NY. Paul Goldfinger photo © c.2013

Back down the hill is this view of the Hudson River in Staatsburg, NY.  Autumn.  Paul Goldfinger photo © c.2013     Click to enlarge.

RANI ARBO and DAISY MAYHEM

From the album Cocktail Swing

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Upper East Side. August, 2014. NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©

Upper East Side. August, 2014. NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©

BETTE MIDLER  from her album   The Girls

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Spring Hope, North Carolina. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Search above and enter "Spring Hope" to see some more photos of this sad but beautiful place.

Spring Hope, North Carolina. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Search above and enter “Spring Hope” to see some more photos of this sad but beautiful place. Click to enlarge.

AARON NEVILLE

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Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge

NAT KING COLE   (requested by Kevin Chambers)  The song is by Ray Noble from 1941, and there was a movie of the same name that featured this song.   Re-posted—A girl in her summer clothes.

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Clippity clop. NYC Street Series. Aiug. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Clippity clop. NYC Street Series. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

SIERRA BOGGESS    Album:  New York City Christmas–a benefit for ASTEP. Christmas music is always in style.

Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess

 

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Wikipecko Road where Wanamassa and Asbury Park meet. By Paul Goldfinger. March 21, 2015.©

Deal Lake.  Wickapecko Road where Wanamassa and Asbury Park meet. By Paul Goldfinger. March 21, 2015.©  Click to enlarge.  Re-postd from 2015.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

It was 34 degrees this morning at about 9:00 am when I drove on Wickapecko Road and noticed that the trees were lit up with snow. It was beautiful—Currier and Ives. I stopped and began walking over by the water. It was suddenly apparent that the temperature was causing the magical snow scene to quickly disappear. The white was melting, turning the trees from a snowy Christmas card to an icy, slushy exhibition, twinkling in the warming sunlight. Bits of frozen material were falling on my head making a clickity sort of sound on my hat—a sort of wintery “Raindrops are Falling on My Head.”

From a photographic point of view, not only was the light changing fast, but the subject was also being transformed from magical to mundane. I had to shoot fast, so I took about 15 quick frames, and it was all over.

It reminded me of Ansel Adams who was driving at dusk along a country road in New Mexico when he spotted a georgeous scene. He realized that he only had moments before the light was gone. He jumped out of his car and “struggled” to set up his large format camera on a tripod with the proper filters. He understood that he only had seconds before the moonlight would change. He took one frame and knew that negative would be the only one that would work.  Later he wrote about how the painstaking process in the darkroom was accomplished.

Moonrise Over Hernandez became his most famous image.

"Moonrise over Hernandez." Ansel Adams "almost ditched the car" when he spotted this scene near Sante Fe.

“Moonrise over Hernandez.” Ansel Adams “almost ditched the car” when he spotted this scene near Sante Fe. Notice how the crosses are illuminated.  Click to enlarge.

ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK   “Moonlight Becomes You.”

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Paul Goldfinger ©    Tri-X Collection

 

FRANK SINATRA:

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Paul Goldfinger © Preservation Hall, New Orleans.

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG.   He was a New Orleans great and a jazz innovator and pioneer.

 

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The Strand. Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. c. 1997. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Strand Theatre. Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. c. 1997. By Paul Goldfinger ©    (reposted from 2014 on Blogfinger–and updated.) Tri-X Collection.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We recently ran a post regarding the Ocean Grove North End’s Strand movie house which no longer exists.  Some years ago I visited Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard where the Strand theatre there, a historic site, was still functioning. Oak Bluffs is where a camp meeting ground still exists on that island.  Judging from the Bruce Willis film, the photo is from 1997.

The Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs  was built in the 1920’s and closed around 2010. After that it became a bicycle rental shop. But in 2015, the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation raised money to reopen the Strand for movies.

Movies can seem so real and important, so the MV community made sure that their cinema was brought back to life.   Back when, we told our kids, “It’s only a movie.”  But the magic of movies draws you in.

Try to stay disengaged if you see “Captain Phillips” with Tom Hanks.

Seen any good movies lately ?  Tell us if you have. Comment below.

Oh, do sad movies make you cry?  Sue Thompson says, “Yes.”      See below.

MERLE HAGGARD:

 

SUE THOMPSON:

 

 

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