Hiking along the Delaware River

Here are some pictures I shot last weekend during a hike I made last weekend on the Delaware Canal State Park Towpath, which runs parallel to the Delaware River. Conveniently for me, the northern end of the Towpath starts in my home city of Easton, PA, at the Forks of the Delaware, where the Lehigh River meets the Delaware River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBA Finals 2017: Warriors vs Cav’s

Golden State Warriors -240

Cleveland Cavaliers     +200

So, we are finally here, round three of Warriors vs Fav’s. The long awaited third chapter of this era defining rivalry is set to start and looks like it will a competitive series. Fortunately, both teams are healthy and hopefully it stay that way because I think all true basketball fans want to see how these two teams do against each other when they are at full strength.

This should be a very entertaining series, but I don’t see how the Cav’s win unless the Warriors lose Durant or Curry as a result of an injury. I think games will be close, but I think the Warriors win in 5 or in 7 in a worse case scenario.
I think the Warriors are a pretty solid bet at -240

Visit to The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Montclair, NJ – 21 May 2017

Here are a few pictures and a video that I shot last weekend during my visit to Mountainside Park in Upper Montclair, NJ, which one of the New Jersey cities that I lived  in back in 1980’s and 1990’s. The Presby Iris Gardens always attract significant crowds from Northern New Jersey and beyond. This year is the 90th Anniversary of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

I took all pictures with my iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7

The video was shot with my iPhone SE.

Here is the short video that I shot at the Gardens.

Spring in Easton, PA

I took these pictures today during my lunch break with my iPad Pro in Centre Square, Easton, PA. With temperatures in the 60’s today it was still a little cool for Spring, but I love the moderate temp’s.

 

 

Product Review: Synapse 25 Backpack by Tom Bihn

Back in January I bought a new backpack and it was a long overdue purchase because my old backpack was literally falling apart after about 10 years of hard use. My old backpack was an Oakley model that I bought in San Diego and it served me well over the years, but it wasn’t exactly state of the art. After a lot of research, looking at backpacks from a variety of different companies I finally settled on buying a Synapse 25 from the Seattle based Tom Bihn company.

Last year I purchased a Ristretto Laptop bag from Tom Bihn and I was really impressed by how sturdy and well designed the bag was. That made me lean toward buying another Tom Bihn product, but I did seriously consider a number of other high end backpacks before pulling the trigger on the Synapse 25. After having used the Synapse 25 on a nearly daily basis since I received it in late January I can unequivocally say that I am very happy with my decision. Once you use it for a few weeks you really appreciate how well designed the Synapse 25 is. The pack has 5 external pockets and those are extremely useful. The main compartment is spacious and the overall capacity of the backpack is 25 Liters.

TB Syn25 topTB Syn25 SS viewTB Syn25 Open Pockets

You can’t go to a store and buy Tom Bihn products. You have to order Tom Bihn products straight from the factory via the company website. This backpack does not have a bombproof laptop compartment and some might consider that a drawback. No big deal to me. I store my MacBook Air in a sleeve anyway. Tom Bihn also sells sleeves for laptops and a variety of other accessories right on the website. You can also select from a wide variety of exterior and interior colors for the backpack. The model I purchased is Black Halcyon/Iberian

I highly recommend this backpack. At $200.00, it is at the upper end of the price scale for a backpack of this size, but I think it well worth it because it is so well made that I anticipate that I will get many years of use out of it. I also love the fact that it is an American made product.

Here are the Spec’s:

Dimensions: 20″ x 13.4″ x 9″ / 508 x 340 x 230 mm
Weight:
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 1 lb 11 oz / 770 grams
1000 denier Cordura®: 1 lb 13 oz / 820 grams
Volume: 1526 cubic inches / 25 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Removable 1″ / 25 mm waist strap included
.375″ / 10 mm padded and contoured backpack straps with .75″ / 20 mm removable sternum strap
Total O-rings: 9 (2 in the main compartment; 1 in the top center pocket, 1 in the small center pocket, 3 in the bottom front pocket; 1 in the left side pocket; 1 in the right side pocket)

 

Abraham Lincoln statue at Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Prospect Park Lincoln HDR

I loved this statue of Abraham Lincoln when I came across it few years while walking through Prospect Park.

I recently edited this shot with Tonality, using the app’s HDR filter.

NBA Playoffs – 2017

I really should have published my NBA playoff prediction post right before the playoffs started, but things have pretty much played out as I thought they would and it looks like the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavs are headed to a rematch in the Finals. That is what a predicted in the pre-season and I’m sticking with that, although I would concede that each team could face some serious challenges along the way. However, baring the loss of a key player to injury, I don’t see either teams being defeated within their own conference.


George M. Fattell.

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