New York City, October 21, 2013

★★★ A restrained autumn chill under unrestrained autumn light. A little lane of sun led away from the apartment building door. The shadow of the stroller stretched far ahead on the slope down toward the river. The sun angled to find the stray stones stuck down inside the sidewalk grate, giving them individual colors and textures, like obscure satellites of outer planets caught on camera. The toddler exclaimed and pointed: the moon, gibbous and faded white, in the sky over the elevated expressway. Downtown, the sun hit one yellow tree, mid-block, in a receding row of green.