A Friendship Grows: on the trails of life with my father and newborn son

Photography by George Payne

 

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Donald G. Payne looks south from Seth Green Island

 

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Lower Falls Park

 

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An unidentified cemetery near Oneonta, NY, our shared birthplace (Fox Hospital)

 

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Relaxing in Sackets Harbor, NY

 

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Exploring the forgotten village of Carthage

 

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The Mighty Genny

 

We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are.

 

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Riverside Cemetery

 

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Riverside Cemetery

 

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Riverside Cemetery

 

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At the top of Seth Green Trail

 

Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

 

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Norton Falls

 

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We share a passion for the creative genius of Frank L. Wright

 

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My father has not just supported every one of my projects in life, he has also volunteered, pitched in, and gotten his hands dirty. Here we are having fun after a trash clean up in Ellison Park.

 

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My dad’s intellectual hero

 

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein

 

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Holding my banner at a climate justice march in downtown Rochester, NY.

 

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Cleanup at Maplewood Park (my dad is in the second row behind the boy in the yellow sweatshirt)

 

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My dad standing front and center during my first ever Gandhi Earth Keepers International event, an art build at the Visual Studies Workshop on Prince Street.

 

For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

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Breaking a move at my wedding

 

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Holding my son Mendon on day 1

 

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.

 

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Mendon has my dad’s dimple, wonderment and natural charm

 

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I hope to share the natural world with Mendon like I learned about it from my father.  I am forever in debt to him. Over the past 35 years he has been my guide and mentor.

 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

 

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