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Frogs#12: Winter in New York

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This truly is the last of this series....I have no more frogs to show. These two, by all appearances, are pretty shy, and trying to be invisible.

I had intended to sit down much earlier and upload this and spend time looking at photos, as I do many nights....but tonight, as I was about to do so, my wife and I had been watching TV, and stumbled on an unscheduled broadcast on PBS, out public television, of a movie about Pete Seeger. He died this week, at age 94. For me, like for so many of my friends, he was my spiritual grandfather. He was a banjo player, 12 string guitar player and singer, who perhaps started the American folk revival in the 1960s. He was friends with Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly who played 12 string and wrote Irene Goodnight and Midnight Special among others, and of Woody Guthrie, who wrote thousands of songs, including This Land Is Your Land. But for Pete Seeger, music was a way to move people, to get them singing, and to change the world. And I think he succeeded. He played for over 70 years. He taught We Shall Overcome to Martin Luther King. He sang wherever people were oppressed, where people tried to make life different and better, who tried to change society. He was blacklisted in the 1950s for his political views, and in the 1990s, he was honored by President Clinton. He sang at Barack Obama's first Inauguration, the day before, with Bruce Springsteen as they sang all the verses of This Land Is Your Land, including the subversive ones. We lost one of our greatest Americans this week. We lost a great man, who probably would not have wanted to be called that. We lost the conscience of America. And, his music will live on as long as people sing, as long as people sing to make change. Long live Pete Seeger.

We are going up for the weekend tomorrow to the Berkshires, so I will be back on Monday. If you have gotten to this point, you are still reading. Thanks for sitting through my tribute to this great man. At some point, I will scan a piece that I made in graduate school years back, in homage to him that is now only on a slide, and show it here.

One of Peter Seeger's causes was cleaning up the Hudson River, at one time deeply polluted, now pretty clean. In large part due to his work, and his boat, the Sloop Clearwater. I think he would have liked the frogs.

Till Monday.

Peter

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:M.Zuiko 12-50mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Dec 2013 - 1:38 PM
Focal Length:43mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:16000
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:ESP
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Frogs#12: Winter in New York
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:31 Jan 2014 - 5:20 AM
Tags:Frogs., Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 5:31 AM

Lovely subtle colours and textures in this and a great tribute to a great man. Let's hope that America's conscience hasn't died with him.

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ColleenA
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31 Jan 2014 - 6:02 AM


Quote: Lovely subtle colours and textures in this and a great tribute to a great man. Let's hope that America's conscience hasn't died with him.

I agree Peter.....sad when great men die....have enjoyed your frog series....these are so well camouflaged.

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ddolfelin
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31 Jan 2014 - 6:57 AM

Grand tribute and a great frog series.

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 7:40 AM

Well said Peter. We get PBS over here so I'll keep a look out for the film. Enjoyed your frog series. Peter.

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 8:44 AM

Interesting images, Peter but a really wonderful and touching tribute to Pete Seeger.


Ray

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781969
781969  India
31 Jan 2014 - 9:04 AM

This one is totally different,lovely.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 3:13 PM

Yes,I get PBS too Peter,
so will keep an eye out too !!
Mick.

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31 Jan 2014 - 6:21 PM

Great frog set!
Silviu

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:11 PM

Another great frog image PeterSmile


Cliff

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SimonFletch
SimonFletch e2 Member SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 3:00 AM

A great loss, but a great life. Pete Seeger accomplished a lot during his time on earth.
Well done for your tribute, Peter.
Your frogs have some amazing colours.

Simon

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 - 12:20 PM

Two good images - a good tribute to an extraordinary man.
IB

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