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Pools, From Above – The New York Times

A pool can be soothing long before you wade into its waters. Even viewed from a distance, pools can evoke a sense of stillness, a sense of calm.But often the most visually harmonious elements of pools remain hidden to us — until we look at them from a new perspective.In 2018, after purchasing my first drone, I began shooting a set of images that would later become this series, “Pools From Above.” It’s the culmination of my long journey to discover the beauty in commonplace landscapes seen from unexpected vantages.After shooting my first drone photos on a trip through Southeast Asia and Australia, I began experimenting more explicitly with new techniques: my use of negative space, compositional balance, leading lines, symmetry.The outward balance and simplicity of these images often mask...

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Is the Montauk Party Over?

Before 2020, it was impossible to miss a wooden beach bar in Montauk called the Sloppy Tuna. Shoes and shirts were optional. Bikini-clad ladies and shirtless men would guzzle piña coladas on the deck. It was involved in numerous drug arrests and noise complaints.Now that era has come to an end.The space reopens this weekend as Bounce Beach Montauk, part of an upscale sports club chain in Manhattan and Chicago. The old grungy surf boards are gone, replaced by shiny pastel ones. Wings and mozzarella cheese sticks are out; coriander crusted yellowfin tuna and prime New York strip steak are in.And, at least for now, dinner reservations are a must, and dancing is restricted to one’s table. “We are really trying to step away from that scene and transition to a new demographic that has grown u...

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Caught Between Two Countries, a Minnesota Resort Area Still Feels Lockdown Blues

ANGLE INLET, Minn. — On the Northwest Angle, a small patch of Minnesota connected to the rest of the United States only by water, it feels like the coronavirus shutdown never ended.But the empty cabins, boatless marinas and out-of-work fishing guides are not the result of some lockdown imposed by Minnesota’s governor. Nor do they indicate an acute fear of the virus. (Many residents are already vaccinated, and pretty much nobody wears a mask.) Instead, in the second walleye season of the pandemic, American businesses on the Angle remain largely cut off from their American customers because of a geographical quirk, a foreign government and a gravel road through Manitoba.“It starts to feel very oppressive,” said Lisa Goulet, who along with her husband, Jason, owns Angle Outpost Resort, whe...

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Reassessing Boundaries – The New York Times

Consider your comfort levels.Some people have preferred not to put their private lives on screens.“This sense of being exposed has been a challenge for people who do not have an environment that they feel comfortable showing to whoever is on the other side of the line,” said Munmun De Choudhury, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology who studies health and well-being online. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who don’t have dedicated work spaces, she said, might not want to share with classmates.As an actor in New York, Anna Suzuki has fielded a fair number of video calls for work this past year — discussions with directors, table reads for television series and so many other Zoom meetings. She also shares a studio apartment with her partner.“Because I’m a pr...

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What We are Looking Forward to This Summer

The need to reconnect now feels urgent. I am craving face-to-face, meaningful interactions with people outside our immediate family circle and our dog and cat, who have been elevated to almost human level during the pandemic. I took entertaining for granted before, often looking at it as something I had to plan for. It meant we didn’t entertain often. Now I want to fling open the doors and have our home filled with the friends and family we have missed. It doesn’t matter if we eat on a china plate or a paper plate or have a home-cooked meal or a pizza. — Sally Mathew, Birmingham, Ala.I am looking forward to wearing lipstick this summer. Not a light color that matches your gums, but a real stains-the-napkin-at-lunch bright coral. Something that isn’t going back behind a mask. That is wh...

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At Home Says Goodbye – The New York Times

Dear Readers,A little more than a year ago, I was asked to lead a team to create a new section for The New York Times in response to the sudden and drastic changes to our domestic lives brought about by the pandemic. The first issue of At Home landed on readers’ doorsteps just a couple of weeks later, on April 26, 2020.Today, after 57 weekly installments, we are publishing the final issue of the At Home print section.We started the section to serve a specific need: to help readers get through the extraordinary times they were facing, when many cities and towns went into total lockdown. Little was understood about how to control the spread of the coronavirus, and overnight our homes turned into our offices, schools, gyms and more.The plan was to assemble in one place the best service jou...

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Ways to Improve the Planet After Covid

As the pandemic and lockdowns dragged on and on over the past year, most of us longed only for the day when the world would return to what it was before Covid-19 entered our vocabulary. For others, though, the months of seclusion led them to search for ways they might be able to make the world just a little better place than it was before. Here are a few ideas on improving your little part of the post-pandemic Earth that you could latch onto, or maybe you have some ideas of your own. Source link ...

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2 Airlines Will Postpone Serving Alcohol Amid Surge of In-Flight Violence

Two major airlines, American and Southwest, have postponed plans to resume serving alcohol on flights in an effort to stop a surge of unruly and sometimes violent behavior by passengers who have shoved, struck and yelled at flight attendants.Both airlines announced the policies this week after the latest assault was captured on a widely watched video that showed a woman punching a flight attendant in the face on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego on Sunday.The flight attendant lost two teeth in the assault, according to her union, and the passenger, who was identified by the police as Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, has been charged with battery causing serious bodily injury. She has also been barred for life from flying Southwest, the airline said.It was not immediately cl...

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How Memorial Day Weekend Travel in U.S. May Be Different

Memorial Day weekend is underway in the United States, and things are decidedly different for travelers than they were a year ago.More than half of all adults in the United States have now been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A federal mandate requires travelers in airplanes or on public transportation to wear masks, though most airlines then were asking passengers to wear them. And many, many more people are likely to leave town for the holiday this year than in 2020.Darby LaJoye, the acting administrator at the Transportation Security Administration, said that the number of travelers at U.S. airports has been increasing steadily during the spring, reaching nearly 1.9 million last Sunday, nearly eight times the figure for May 17, the compa...

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