December 29, 2006

The Motion of Light

Originally uploaded by gori-jp.

Moving though space and time creates an intoxicating blur for the motorcyclist. Is it a carousel?

No. It is the planet spinning beneath our wheels as we adventure across a terra that is sometimes not so firma. Wonderful.


Originally uploaded by Mr Gourmand.

Frosty morning walks posses a unique charm. The air,still chilled from the earth's overnight cooling, infuses a snap and crunch to the ground.

Cheeks redden: breath freshens.

The trees and plants appear crystalline replicas of their normal selves. Light gleems from each frosty stem.

Good days begin like this. May the frost be with you.

December 27, 2006


Starry Shovelheads
Originally uploaded by gori-jp.

The constellations are ready for viewing: all one need do is go for the ride.

The Call of the Mountains

Originally uploaded by walking along.

You hear them calling to the little wanderer in your soul. They whisper seductively, "Come see me, come climb me, come ski me."

They are old, quintessentially old, and yet oh so vibrant. Like the sea, they are home to countless creatures and plants of intrigue.

We who get to play on earth's mountains are blessed.

December 26, 2006

Golden Gate Park

Garden Waterfall
Originally uploaded by flopper.

San Francisco is a thrilling locale. From Russian Hill to Coitt Tower, from the Embarcadero to Fishermen's Pier, SF is an explorer's paradise.

The streets are steep, the coffehouses always open. The music scene is unparalleled.

The incredible Golden Gate Park hosts a variety of themed microclimes and gardens. A nicer afternoon strolling spot could not be conjured.

I've visited San Francisco many times, and each visit is more memorable than the last. Lombard Street may be no longer open for a joy ride, but it remains open and inviting for a pedestrian climb.

Ending the day with dinner overlooking the Bay is just about perfect.

December 24, 2006


Nature's Decorations
Originally uploaded by fenlandsnapper.

Crystalline beads of frozen dew make for a fine Christmas greeting. Ice Zen.

December 23, 2006


Lighthouse & Winter Sun
Originally uploaded by Harbourlight.

The sky is growing starker these days. Grey cold winds are blowing. Snow will soon follow.

The Spartan air is refreshing in a way. It bites the nose, it stiffens the muscles.

It is Winter, and even the normally bright Lighthouse seems bewitched into a black and white world. All is as it should be.


Originally uploaded by David Reeves.

The Mallards of Central Park (NYC) see no reason to migrate in the Winter. They are in paradise, with admirers and food galore.

December 22, 2006

Christmas Lights on Hanover Street

Christmas Lights on Hanover Street
Originally uploaded by MontaukRider.

We apparently are not to have a White Christmas this year. So be it.

When I walked out of my office tonight, I saw lights and cars and colors, and I heard Christmas Music playing from City Hall Square. It will still be Christmas, snow or no snow.

This is the view I have when I walk out the door of my office. I love Hanover Street and all its little cafes, shops, and pubs.

That is City Hall at the end of the street. Very nice indeed.

Pomegranate Martinis Revisited

The essence of a Pomegranate Martini
Originally uploaded by MontaukRider.

Readers of this little place know that Montauk Rider loves Pomegranate Martinis. Months of field testing has proven that fresh pressed Pomegrante is superior to store-bought juice.

A nice twist of lemon peel is also a must, as is a stick of cranberries on the martini spike.

Perfection. Best done as a couple, however, as the making of these fine concoctions is half the joy. The rest is up to you.


One Fine Evening on top of KP
Originally uploaded by .Kushal.

Peace to all peoples of good will.

December 21, 2006


Originally uploaded by Viorica G.

There are sunsets and there are Sunsets. This is a SUNset at Sea. Gorgeous.


Underwater Christmas
Originally uploaded by HelenaPugsley.

It's almost here. Merry Christmas to all of God's creatures, big and small.

December 20, 2006

Let there be light

Let there be light
Originally uploaded by Thierry la Fronde.

Yes, let beautiful light shine on all persons this Holiday Season. May all your dreams come true.


Tonight is a New Moon. No lovely lunar light will it shine toward us earthbound travelers.

Change, however, is afoot: the Winter Solstice is nearly upon us. The days will grow longer and glorious sunlight will stretch our days into Springtime.

The marvels of astronomical ambulation are unending.


Secret Doors
originally uploaded by Old Stone

Old alleys in historic cities offer adventure of their own to those who stumble into the maze. Cobbled paths, tiny doors and windows, each hiding a room or suite with huge stories to tell.

Some of the best urban hiking is in such places. Each time a door closes another opens. Like the seasons, the alleys move from one to another in planned purpose and complete harmony.

December 19, 2006

Kitchen Zen

so healthy
Originally uploaded by saschaistdoof.

Of all life's pleasures the joy of puttering about the kitchen with friends and family is right near the top. Chopping, stirring, folding, blending, mixing, baking, laughing, roasting, toasting, steaming, tasting.......just blissful.

A Christmas Orange

minimal fruit #5
Originally uploaded by .:barbarina:..

One of my earliest Christmas memories is of awaking to find an overfilled stocking at the foot of my bed. From that age, I think I was around 4, till today, our family's Christmas Stockings have always included a fine ripe orange way down deep in the stocking's toe.

That orange is the last thing to be found in the stocking and the first thing I eat on Christmas Morn. Yum.


Old City Hall
Originally uploaded by ulla*.

Urban evenings have a charm of their own. Even old City Halls, here Toronto's, when properly lit and adorned, appear magical and grand.

City Zen.

December 18, 2006


Let go
Originally uploaded by hermeti.

Every new experience, every new adventure, every new day worth living begins by letting go.

At the basest level we awake and let go of our beds and sleep. We embrace a new day. We walk out the door into a new beginning.

At a more profound level we love those who, and that which, surrounds us and let even that go as we venture beyond our everyday world into the unknown. How inspiring that we dare to let go. To dream and to live.

That is the spirit of the motorcyclist, of the sailor, of the mountain climber, of the skier, of the hiker, of the surfer, of the scientist who desires to discover the truth of how and why things really are.

The common thread of the greats is the willingness to let go -- to embrace the future with open arms and childlike curiosity. Amen to that. For when we become incurious we become dull. How sad is that?

Christmas Down Under

'Oh Christmas tree'
Originally uploaded by julesangel.

The Aussies like their Christmas Trees large. How marvelous.

I knew I wanted to cruise around Australia. And it would appear that Christmastime is the perfect time to do so.

Pomegranate Martini con Pomegranate-Grapefruit Cupcake

pomegranate-grapefruit cupcake
Originally uploaded by chockylit.

As if a Pomegranate Martini alone isn't decadent and wonderful enough, meet the Pomegranate-Grapefruit Cupcake. Oh yum. The recipe is linked to the photo.

Montauk Rider just might have to learn how to bake.

Misty Mornings

Misty Morning
Originally uploaded by annicariad.

Misty morning memories are strong memories. Whether one recalls a supremely quiet walk or a gloriously mystical ride, one is remembering something never to be forgotten.

The mist is soft. The song of distant birds carries far. The air is moist. All seems still.

Good memories are these: More of them shall be made.

December 17, 2006

Tis the Season of Mirth

Waiting for the wine
Originally uploaded by tammyjq41.

Joyous gatherings peak in December. Friends meet to dine, drink and laugh -- to celebrate life. And wine is the perfect quaff of such times.

To those who are distant, I raise my glass and quote my departed Uncle Shane's favorite toast: "To the Best People I Know, Us."


Happy birthday in St. Thomas...
Originally uploaded by betsythedevine.

Betsy just birthdayed in St. Thomas, and what a nice little Birthday Pie she was given. LIfe should indeed be interesting 365 days a year. Cheers.

December 16, 2006


Conversion of Light
Originally uploaded by thepres6.

To those lucky December babies, Happy Birthday. May your days dawn as brightly as this, and may you know no end to your days of health and happiness.

December 15, 2006


Originally uploaded by melolou.

Simple, green and red, the Christmas Wreath warms the home it adorns.

December 14, 2006


Originally uploaded by joberg.

Oh my, says Montauk Rider. This is just too incredible. I'm ready to go.

December 13, 2006


The Old Red Barn
Originally uploaded by D L Ennis.

How many times do we cruise by old, perhaps dilapitated old barns in the countryside? Each has a story to tell. Each has nobility of its own.

Each creak of the flooring speaks of history.


somewhere near of neptune....
Originally uploaded by bratan.

In sleep we dream. In the dream we see amazing colors and places. Imagination flies as high as we allow it. Untethered, free to roam, free to dream.

Spirit Canoe

Spirit Canoe
Originally uploaded by Églantine.

May those who are passing ride to Heaven in such splendor.

December 12, 2006


Fog reflections
Originally uploaded by vasi v.

One can be overwhelmed with converging thoughts of past, present and future, the fog of time so to speak. In my experience the best way to avoid the fog is to remain focused on each goal, one day at a time. The fog then lifts and clarity of purpose is achieved.

Fog thus unfeared is welcomed. Look at how fog plays with air, water and tree. Like a dream, it whisps past in cooling waves of caress.


Originally uploaded by BlueDjinn.

Few places are as serene as the alpine lake. Whether Crater Lake in the US or Lac Lioson in Switzerland, it matters not.

For perfection in reflection, the Alpine Lake is supreme. Peaceful.

Winter Glow

Winter Glow
Originally uploaded by azmuskoka.

Before the Spring comes the Snow. The flowers and animals rest.

The dance of life will soon shift from a slow waltz to a tumultuous tango, and all will be well.

December 11, 2006

Body Surfing Zen

12-9-06 la jolla california usa
Originally uploaded by sosidesc.

A wall of water, smooth ahead yet crashing above and behind, propels the rider across a headwall of perfect descent. The wave and rider are one -- a perfect ride begins.


Originally uploaded by Pinky_Cro.

When once again the sun rises high and grasses grow tall, the fields will call us riders to play. Perhaps to picnic with cheeses, bread, olives and wine.

To gaze at the azure sky and imagine what the birds must see when they soar. To rest before another journey of adventure.

December 10, 2006


The Hannah Sarah
Originally uploaded by Finn Black.

I recall riding back from the Adirondacks in a snow storm. It was slippery, cold, and the riding was a bit tough.

I think of the sailors and fishermen who are forced to take to the sea in Winter. Sometimes they meet smooth seas: other times they meet Hell.

Yet they persevere. They know what they want, and they will not be deterred.

They understand their place in the universe and they embrace it.

Quite admirable, no?

Venice by Light

Sun, Captured in Murano Glass
Originally uploaded by Garron Nicholls.

Should I be lucky enough to travel again to Venice I will stay awhile, days and days, just to walk the little streets and gaze at the wonders of its watery magnificence.

Vancouver Morning

Good Morning, DTES!
Originally uploaded by y.l..

A fine way to start the day.

December 09, 2006

We Ride Around the Sun

sun left early
Originally uploaded by polaris37.

December's dusk lasts but a moment -- Darnkness arrives so very quickly.

Wool and down keep us warm, but our breath still steams into the night sky, disappearing as quickly as did the daylight.

Fear not, however, for the Solstice is near, and daylight will stretch longer again. Today the sun lay low on the southern horizon. Soon it will climb higher and higher and nature will respond with flowers galore in Spring.

What an amazing ride we enjoy as we circle the sun.

Moonlight In Iceland

Originally uploaded by Madddy.

Feel the pull of this moon.


Etienne de La Boétie, a 16th Century French Judge, philosopher and poet, once wrote:

"I like what feeds me: drinking, eating, books."

To that list of nourishing naturals the motorcyclist must add "adventure."

December 08, 2006

The Old Mills

The Old Mill
Originally uploaded by Jim Dollar.

I've read that West Virginia has some of the finest motorcycling roads in North America. I'll have to go see about that one day.

Old Mills are places of intrigue. Many are now empty: long gone are the jobs and people who once thrived in them. Grain is no longer milled by water power.

In their day these shops were ahum with activity and commerce. Families made such mills their entire world. The work was hard, but the rewards were pure and simple.

Whenever I happen upon the decaying remnants of such places I pause to think of those folk. I say a little prayer of thanks for them.

Flight of a Kite

my most difficult shot yet...
Originally uploaded by Between Ellipsis.

Soaring throught the air, a Kite speeds above the land yet below a bridge. Upon the bridge a patient photographer captures the moment.


December 07, 2006

Fish Zen

Coral Garden
Originally uploaded by Catherine Reyes.

A coral garden in Bora Bora affords the perfect playground for those who don snorkle, fins and mask. Fish Zen.

The Amazing Circle

Circle of Fish
Originally uploaded by Catherine Reyes.

As much as I want snow to come I also think of warm tropical places. Bora Bora intrigues me.

Here, tropical fish photographed by a Bora Bora snorkler are subjected to the "Amazing Circle" procedure, creating a spectacular glass ball effect.

Bora Bora...........someday.

Napoli Calling

Upcoming storm
Originally uploaded by rocdam.

The Italian coast lies along some of the bluest waters of the world. I'm reminded of a favorite song by Shawn Mullins (album:"9th Ward Pickin Parlor"), titled "Blue As You."

Of whatever color, the oceans are magnificent.

December 06, 2006


It was a long day today. I'm ending it with George Harrison songs, such as "All Things Must Pass."

But it isn't always going to be this way. In fact, today saw amazing change for me. Darkness can only last a nighttime, but daylight arrives at the right time. (All things attributed to George for those lines that I selected.)

My oldest son called tonight and advised that he had won the University elections for Inter-Fraternity Academic President. I have no idea what that really means, but he sounded so happy about it that it must be really cool. I'm so proud of him for making something he wanted come true. That, after all, is a big part of adulthood.

Its true, sunrise doesn't last all morning. But I tell you this: sunrise lasts as long as you allow it to linger. Being a romantic lost in the wrong century ... I allow it to linger forever.

Parrot Heads

Welcome to Parrot Jungle
Originally uploaded by nal from miami.

I've been listening to Jimmy Buffet's latest album while looking at lovely photos of birds. Then I stumbled across this colorful shot of two fellows looking quite content in their flamboyant attire.

I don't blame them one bit.

December 05, 2006


To be continued ...
Originally uploaded by brun_o.

Here is a road to heaven that simply demands to be ridden. Higher and higher, verdant fields surrounding you as you climb the pinnacle. Breathe in the air. Observe the Hawk's flight. You are there.

Lueur lunaire ...

Lueur lunaire ...
Originally uploaded by calabrese.

The moon rose so brightly last night that it made my heart skip a beat: it caused my breath to whisper a "Wow."

May it shine brightly on everyone tonight.

Shadow Zen

_ Dov'è che il cielo tramonta? _
Originally uploaded by NuageDeNuit.

Shadows move.

They can bend around corners, stretch out across a street, or (as here) paint a wall with a curved glory that lasts but a moment.

Fleeting ... lovely.

December 04, 2006

Winter Joy

Originally uploaded by buddymaxx50.

Six tiny trees of ice join together to make a silvery snowflake. Allow a flake to fall onto your tongue and taste water as pure as nature can make. It tingles, no?

So neat.