Fall Fun Without the Pumpkin Spice Latte


The problem with going out and doing fun things is that you don't have time to update your photo site to show off all the fun things. I think they call that a Catch-22.

Anyway, here's some photos to enjoy:

The next adventure starts next week in Monterey, CA with the Internet Librarian conference.   

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Can I Steal A Little Love? Photos from the U.S. Open


Just the photos: U.S. Open Day Session 29 August

(The title is one of the taglines of this year's tournament ads.  I think it's so cute not to use here.) 

In what is becoming tradition, we go to the U.S. Open tennis tournament each year in Queens.  Last year we had the treat of seeing Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick's final professional match.  This year, we went to the day session on 29 August, and saw two great Italian players (Flavia Pennetta and Sara Errani), Serena Williams, and Roger Federer.  (And I thought last year was a treat!) 

Still 0-2 on seeing my favorite, Andy Murray (last year, his match was moved to one of the other courts; this year, he was not scheduled to play the day we went), but there's always next year.   


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To the Wilds(?) of New York State


Just the photos:

This week, it was all about exploring the wilds (?) of the northern New York City suburbs, with a trip to the New York Renaissance Faire on Sunday, and my company's summer picnic at Bear Mountain State Park (and the Bear Mountain Inn) on Tuesday.  

Bear Mountain was by far my favorite; I had ample opportunity to practice nature and landscape photography while there.  It is a gorgeous park and worth a visit.  

This coming week, I'm off to the US Open!  

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Summer Fun in Norwalk


Just the Photos:

Been having some fun around Norwalk for August, starting with the SoNo Arts Celebration (with a puppet parade!) at the beginning of the month, and today's visit to the Norwalk Historical Society Civil War BBQ & Encampment (in which I fell down by simply sitting in a chair).   The Civil War event was my favorite (embarassing injury and all); I'm very impressed by our local Historical Society and events they host. (We attended a Ghost Walk last fall and had a lot of fun). 

Tomorrow, it is off to the New York Renaissance Faire!  

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New Photos - T-Mobile All-Star FanFest


T-Mobile All Star FanFest 2013 Photos

Every year, the weekend prior to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is FanFest Weekend, a time for the host city to show and celebrate everything baseball.  Since this year's game is at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets (my team in good, bad, and ugly times since 1987), FanFest was at the Javits Center.  With tickets at $35 and FanFest the week after my birthday - well, happy birthday to me!   

Probably the highlight of the All-Star FanFest for me was the signing by several of the last living players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). (I bet you heard of them.  They made a movie about them with some dude named Tom Hanks and some woman named Madonna.)  These are some of the real life players that inspired the movie, and these women signed everything - EVERYTHING - that was put in front of them. True pioneers.  We women who live with the benefit of Title IX today owe these ladies our immense gratitude.  


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New Photos - American Library Association Conference in Chicago, IL - June 2013


I just returned from the American Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL - a city that is a photographer's paradise. I love New York City (it is, and will always be, home to me), but Chicago has (among its many advantages), walkable sidewalks and gorgeous architecture. In fact, that's one thing I regret about our time there - my travel companion and I did not have time to take one of the famous architecture tours. (Which gives us an excuse for a return visit....)

We spent 2 1/2 days as tourists in the city, before conference activity took place. The first half of our tourist photos includes time at the Field Museum, Museum Campus, and the Sears Tower/Skydeck Chicago,** all taken on 27 June 2013. Be sure to find the photos of The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago (they're near the end of this set) - a glass pod (for lack of a better word) where you can walk out and stand outside the Tower and feel like you're floating in space, high above the city. (Note: I do not recommend doing this after having a glass of wine at supper!)

The second half of the photos include pictures of Navy Pier (taken 28 June 2013), the Art Institute of Chicago (taken 2 July 2013), and Millennium Park (taken 2 July 2013). (The thumbnail photo on the page is from The Bean!) 

And of course, here is proof that I actually attended a professional conference.



** Now known as the Willis Tower, but I refuse to call it that.

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Welcome to Kate's Photo Mat

  1. Lt. Col. James Rhodes: So, this is what you've been doing with your down time, huh?
  2. Tony Stark: Everyone needs a hobby.
  3. -- Iron Man 3

I love taking and sharing photos.  Ever since I got my first digital camera of my own about 10 years ago, and started volunteering at the Museum of Modern Art in 2004, I embraced the art of photography.  The simplest of snapshots, even those riddled with unexpected errors and photobombs, are the most beautiful.   


Now that I own a DSLR camera (Nikon D3100), I wanted a space where I had more control over how I display my art, as Facebook and Flickr have their own limitations.  Thus, Kate's Photo Mat was born. 


You can click on the tabs above to explore photos from my travels, my fun in New York City, and my adventures in my own hometown of Norwalk, CT.  Looking for ideas to broaden your own photography? Here are a few of my favorites.  


Enjoy!  And contact me with any questions or comments you may have.  

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