On a crisp fall afternoon, abandon practical pursuits

Portion of a mural on Atlantic Avenue, beneath the BQE overpass
Portion of a mural on Atlantic Avenue beneath the BQE overpass

A Monday broke sunny and fine in October. Distractions around post-debate night in what must be one of the most absurd political races in modernity. Tried, but not a great day for ‘deep focus’ or productivity.

After emptying garbage and recycle bins (groaning after a forced-indoors rainy weekend), abandon practical pursuits. Walk.

Head north, wend through Gowanus. Court Street to Atlantic. The late afternoon sun begins to wane; the light is changing but still bright. Tack west, shop lights and people.

Think about stopping, then reconsider— more miles are the prescription. The cusp of a fine sunset and I’m so near the harbor. Asides and observations.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
At the West end of Atlantic, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6A tactical approach: being perhaps of the moment rather than in it, by way of mechanized observation— photography. Adjusting of exposures, of compositions.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Hello, moon.

It’s still a way of being in the moment; one I find hard to stifle when surrounded by striking views or compositions accessible to my pocket technology (read: not too dark). Mustn’t go to waste. It’s artificial only after a fashion, and the moment in question can be revisited: the eternal Now.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6(Again, after a fashion)Brooklyn Bridge Park

View of lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park
A view of lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6Four and a half miles into my walk, pub time. A pint and review the photos. (The walking is meditation; so is this.)

Interior of Floyd, Atlantic Avenue
Interior of Floyd, Atlantic Avenue

Now it’s dark. A different walk awaits on the trip home. Deep velvet blue with jeweled glow of windows; it’s that time of year.

Patisserie window, Court Street
Patisserie window, Court Street
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