As you all know by now, I really get around. I was just in Edmonton (Ed-mountain), Alberta, Canada for a couple of days. Just long enough to make an amazing discovery! The origin of moose. Another reason to love Canada.
I have temporarily had to take down the la-mancha email address due to the fact that some spammer is using that address to forge a "From" line. I am receiving all the inevitable bounce requests. Apparently, this is called "backscatter". It will be back up in a few days when hopefully it has blown over. Unfortunately, my real life persona is, at the moment, too busy to set up an alternative address. I'll tell you if he ever does.
On Sunday, I decided that I should take a break from New Yoick City and take a gander at what "Lung Island" had to offer. So naturally, I decided to go to the farthest point possible away from the The Polis, and that is Montauk Point. Anyway, I took quite a large number of photos of this picturesque place on a perfect day, but here I share with you the most important ones: what I ate for dinner at a lovely (and altogether not *too* pricey) seaside fish restaurant. For some reason, I am still not totally comfortable around little bugs, but perfectly happy to devour the succulent broiled flesh of enormous ones. Well, most of the flesh (what appear to be enormous long testes don't taste very good). With melted butter. Lots of it. Mmmmmm. And yes, modulo the ubiquitous (and gross, but ignorable) Old Bay seasoning, those crab cakes were delicious also.
Another thing I did on the weekend was to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. It is a large and lovely "plant zoo." My favorite was their collection of lotus plants. A photo of those plants and their bizarre seed pods is featured below, among other pictured. Afterwards, I went all the way to the Bronx Museum of the Arts, a small modern art museum that focuses on political and minority art. They were having an exhibition of New York feminist art. Unfortunately, they did not allow cameras (even the Met allows cameras sans flash).
Yesterday, I visited The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located close to the tippy-top of Manhattan. It's a mish-mash of medieval buildings, bits and pieces of which were brought from Europe to provide an architectural context to the medieval art within. Anyway, it was a beautiful day, if a bit wet, and below are some of the photos I took. Most entertaining were the unicorn-hunting tapestries, a whole series of them in great mille-fleurs detail.