Sunday, June 22, 2014

New York's Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2014

New York's Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2014

New York's Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2014

Posted: 22 Jun 2014 10:29 AM PDT

I love going to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It's a day of fun, laughter, frivolity and just a great excuse to get out in the sun and enjoy. Even once the parade is over, people are still partying on the streets, in the neighborhood bars, restaurants, etc. This year New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane and their children Danta and Chiara also attended. There's nothing else like it!

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Coney Island Mermaid Parade-2014! Part 1.

Posted: 22 Jun 2014 10:22 AM PDT

And what a parade this was. It was the most intensive creative Mermaid Parade I have ever seen. The costumes, make-up, cars, floats, groups, bands were outstanding. I stayed for the whole thing and got sun burned. I was able to get right up front and took a lot of pictures. Mayor Deblasio was there with his family but he was not the hi-lite of this creative parade that welcomes summer into New York.
The parade is sponsored in part, by public funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural affairs.
I put the photos in three parts, this is part 1.
Thank you.
June 21, 2014.
Photos by Linda Glovach.

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Summer Skies of India

Posted: 22 Jun 2014 08:39 AM PDT

Summer skies captured at different times of the day at different places in India.

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Splish Splash—It’s Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 08:05 PM PDT

You couldn't tell Tom Hanks in Splash that there was no such thing as mermaids and you can't tell me. I stood out there on Surf Avenue in Coney Island today as a school of mermaids (and mermen) glided by accompanied by a host of unidentifiable land and sea life. This was the 32nd annual Mermaid Parade, a Fellini movie with a Mardi Gras atmosphere.

The Mermaid Parade takes place on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice and like Mardi Gras the parade features outrageous costumes, women topless except for paint or pasties, and the most festive atmosphere between here and the Big Easy.

Thousands line Surf Avenue each year, but it would have been hard to picture New York's last mayor, Michael Bloomberg, out here rocking the fins. However, the city's current mayor, Bill De Blasio, not only showed up Saturday, but wore a puffy pirate shirt and brandished a fake sword. Organizers say he's the first mayor to come in costume. The mayor's children also took a hand, with son Dante and daughter Chiara serving as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, roles held in the past by such celebrities as Lou Reed, Harvey Keitel, and Queen Latifah.
How popular is the parade? Last year the city originally refused to dedicate Sanitation Department manpower to the clean up due to cost overruns from Hurricane Sandy. Undeterred, event supports began a kickstarter page. In just the first two days, more than $34,000 was raised and the overall goal of $100,000 was reached with ease.

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Mermaids in Coney Island

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 07:06 PM PDT

New Yorkers celebrated the first day of summer at the 32nd annual Mermaid Parade. This year NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio with his wife Chirlane and children marched in the parade. Dante and Chiara de Blasio were crowned King Neptune and Queen Mermaid.

Thousands lined the parade route on Surf Ave which continued on the famous broad walk to cheering crowds.

This parade celebrates the first day of the summer and this year the weather was spectacular.
Happy Summer everyone and may it be as fun and colorful as this parade!

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Crete, Greece

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 04:23 PM PDT

Serene sunrise

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Bottles with a message: against the plastic soup - PICTURES

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 09:41 AM PDT

It is a wake up call: a large globe made of plastic bottles must raise awareness for the plastic soup problem. Tons of plastic waste pollute the world seas. That is bad news, for sea animals and for humans.

The large plastic globe confronts people with the problem. The globe stands in front of a reptile zoo in Vlissingen (the Netherlands) where a exhibition about the plastic problem will start in a few days' time.

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Colorful Hot Air Balloons Fill the Bright Summer Sky

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 08:59 AM PDT

Colorful hot air balloons fill the bright Summer Sky in Readington, New Jersey, during the annual Festival of Ballooning.


Photos by Lulis Leal

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Sunny Blue Sky Over Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 08:31 AM PDT

Happy, sunny, blue sky over the Dam Square Carnival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Photos by Lulis Leal

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Chalk Art Continued

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 02:04 AM PDT

Limiting the pictures of the Pasadena Chalk Festival to 10 was difficult last week, so I wanted to just add a few more to complete my little project.


The lead picture please note, that there is a picture of "Ellen" within the picture, in what I would call illusional art.  The technique has to do with the camera picking up shadows.  You can capture the picture of the Ellen image via your camera.  Look at the thumbnail picture in my running gallery of pictures and you might be able to see the picture within the picture.




Photos by Marie Sager

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Raising a Child with Special Needs

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 12:31 PM PDT

Our daughter, Macy, recently graduated from High School. As this has been a great time for celebration and excitement, it has also been a time for reflection. Macy is not like most other high school graduates, she's 21 and has Cerebral Palsy.

I have come to realize that there are a few similarities when comparing Macy with 'typical' high school graduates. Upon graduation she is going to start a new chapter of her life. But, instead of touring universities or visiting recruiters, we have been looking for day support providers. Even though it was clear that Macy wouldn't be going to college or joining the military, we still received all of the literature from the universities and even phone calls from recruiters. It was very hurtful to explain to them why Macy wouldn't be the type of soldier that they were looking for.

Instead of using the term graduating, most of the people in our situation use the word 'transitioning'. We started the transition conversation quite a while ago. When Macy was 18 and most of her peers were graduating from high school, we were applying for guardianship of our daughter and SSI. This became depressing and I found myself swimming in the 'pity pool'. So, after a conversation with some friends we decided to turn the situation around. We decided to host a community service project and have a Macy Rae Day celebration. We made goody bags for kiddo's who make repeat visits to the local children's hospital. We invited many of her friends and family, filled goody bags, played games and had a great celebration. We decided to have a Macy Rae Day celebration for the next 3 years until she graduated from high school at the age of 21.

As any other parent, anytime there is a milestone in our child's life we look back at all of the memories we have collected with our child. In looking back at all of her photos and all of our accomplishments and challenges I can honestly say I wouldn't trade our life for anything! Macy has been the greatest daughter, teacher and friend that I could have ever asked for. She is stronger than anyone I know, she is filled with so much love and compassion. She is 100 percent a blessing from God! I knew what my life purpose was the moment she was born! I am meant to create the best life possible for Macy and hopefully create a better world for others who have disabilities along the way. Our milestones may seem minor to most, but to us they are not just milestones, they are miracles!

Macy has been very active in her community. She has tried many different activities that have been established for kids with special needs; horse riding therapy, city programs, wheelchair sports (with assistance) to include soccer, bowling, baseball, hockey, curling, being in plays, fashion shows and so much more. She is also a volunteer at her church, she's on the welcoming committee and is a greeter.

Even though I am Macy's mom and would hope that she sees me as a role model. Macy has become a role model for me, she has made me a better person. Because of Macy we have opened our home to people with titles I didn't even know existed until she was born. Therapists, doctors, counselors, caregivers… At times your home can feel more like a clinic than a home. When you have a child with special needs your whole world is turned upside down. You have to search for a new normal… After a few years of adjusting and accepting the new normal, life becomes your own. We have learned to create a tight network of friends and family and lean on our friends and the programs that are available. We have learned not to focus on what a 'typical' family looks like or worry what others think. We have been very blessed with a great support system of family and friends. A part of that support system for us has been Family Voices of ND. When Macy was born, there was no internet and it was hard to connect with other families. To make a long story not as long… When the state asked what parents who have kids with special needs want/need, they said connections with other families who understand what they are going through. I was fortunate enough to be a small part of the team that helped to bring Family Voices of ND to our state. Now families have a place to contact when they discover their child has a special healthcare need.

Macy is now a high school graduate and we look forward to her next chapter. She will be volunteering at local businesses and finding activities to keep her day busy. She is cultivating new friendships and making her community a better place because she is an active participant in her community. Even though Macy has never verbally spoken a word, she has said so much with her heart, her expressions and with her love. She will always be a teacher and an inspiration just by being the beautiful young woman that God has created her to be. I realize how lucky and blessed I am to be her mom and to assist her along the way. This is our journey together and I couldn't be more pleased…
Tammy G DeSautel

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Sticky Situation

Posted: 18 Jun 2014 09:39 PM PDT

A sticky situation indeed, these Cholla Gardens cacti had a mind of their own. It seemed as if they would find a way to jump onto you and everything around you. Happy Summer!!! Ouch!!

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