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Thursday, December 30, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - DAWN AT 7 AM, SUN UP 7.20 AM - THE DAY FOLLOWING THE BLIZZARD...


On the day that many woke-up to the sight of many inches of snow, the sky looked like it was on fire as the sun broke the horizon line and lit up the clouds... 







At my constant position, seen from my 10th floor kitchen window facing east, the sun now rises far to the right, behind NYU's Dorm (built two years ago) for 700 students.  I have not seen such a spectacular a sky like this in months.   Included is the power station because it enhanced the 3-D effect that the sun and shadows create.  By 7.20 am the sun glared into view and was too strong to be photographed! 



Thursday, December 23, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - IT WAS SO COLD THE CAMERA SHOOK!





THIS IS A SHAPE THAT ALWAYS INTRIGUES ME - AS FAMILIAR AS
A PARTICULAR RELIGIOUS ICON.   
IT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION ONE COLD DAY AS I WAS CROSSING BUSY 14th Street and 4th Avenue, NY.  SUDDENLY, THE LATE AFTERNOON SUN SHONE, AND THIS OUTLINE STOOD OUT - THE DROOP OF A BRANCH, THE STOUT BLACK TRUNK, THE  HALO.
     
BELOW THE PHOTO FRAME, SHIVERING LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS RUSHED HOMEWARD, READY FOR THE WARMTH OF CELEBRATIONS WHATEVER THEIR FAITH.   AND THE CHEERY THOUGHT OF SPRING ON ITS WAY AGAIN IN 2011.   








Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NEW YORK ARTISTS OF UNION SQUARE PARK HAVE GOT THEIR MARCHING ORDERS...


JUDGE RULES AGAINST ARTISTS IN THE PARK - NO MORE ART SALES IN UNION SQUARE PARK,  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.







In effect, dozens of New York artists have just lost their jobs!
Happy Holidays Mr. Mayor!



Above - Donna Lee Michas, photographer, has a great website, including her Etsy Gallery: http://f47.foliophotos.com.   But it does not pay the rent!   Do visit her there where you will find framed photos for sale more reasonably priced than anywhere else.  



There is something obscene about the way New York Street Artists are being shooed out of New York City Public Parks (our parks - in particular Union Square Park who are permitted a few selling spots) to be replaced by vendors who are paying thousands for the privilege of selling their Christmas wares (protected from the arctic chills by heaters and shelters) at vastly higher prices to help pay the rent.  Wake-up New Yorkers as the of poetry life is rudely replaced by the power brokers of New York.   Shame on you Mr. Mayor!





Saturday, December 11, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - IN TANDEM IN NYC!




PS   Alas, the streets are not paved with gold (that is gum that you see) and a cleanup truck can be hired by store-front owners to clean it up.





Monday, November 29, 2010

RUBY TUESDAY - BIRD'S EYE VIEW...

    The mystery bird in the header was still there when I left....



Looking at other photos I took that day, I see it is still there!

(When I see other photographers in the street, I do wonder what they are shooting, as the birds must wonder, too!  Are they also concocting a story for Ruby Tuesday?)






Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

SKY WATCH FRIDAY - NEW YORK CITY AT 6.30 AM THURSDAY


It was a beautiful day following this spectacular sunrise for the MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE 



     I did not watch the parade.   I went back to bed!





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! A LONELY LITTLE PETUNIA OUT IN THE COLD...

AND SO MANY OTHERS OUT IN THE COLD TO THINK ABOUT, AND HELP, WHOSE TIME  HAS NOT YET COME!





                        

Monday, November 15, 2010

RUBY TUESDAY - TO QUOTE GEORGIA O'KEEFFE ON PAINTING BIG FLOWERS TO MAKE BUSY NEW YORKERS SEE WHAT SHE SAW IN FLOWERS....

  "Well - I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower 

Margaret Gosden



and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower - and I don't".





Sunday, November 14, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - THE GINKGO TREE, A SPECTACULAR AUTUMNAL SHOW IN THE SHADE, ON 12th Street

Belatedly, I am showing a Shadow Shot - does anyone else get so caught up in a novel that an important meme date almost gets forgotten...


I have discovered the novels of Laurie R. King, in particular her Mary Russell
series, in which the aging Sherlock Holmes seems to have been born again into the 20th century! 


PS
You might like the previous post:   Shadow Shot Slideshow called GOIN' SHOPPING;  it is quite short! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MOTION THURSDAY - GOING SHOPPING: FOR SHADOWS AND SHAPES

video
                                        


                                        
                            ANYONE ELSE FOR MOTION THURSDAY, I WONDER?





Friday, November 5, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - A POLICE CAR IN DISGUISE!


Near The New York Public Library, Bryant Park, NYC




Since there were two or three white cars in the same area, the reflections of the white building in all of them seemed to me to be quite startling, yet my friend walked on ahead of me, hardly noticing them! 



BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND - TWO IN ONE...A CINEMATIC DRAMA


As solid a beacon as the Empire State Building is, I often see it come and go, and change shape before my eyes, as various optical illusions (ignited by the elements of mist, smoke, bright light, and man made colour illuminations) contribute to a cinematic nightly drama -  





The row of windows to the right, in the same shot, offer their own frame by frame drama -  unexpected images that somehow add to the cinematic effect!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - LEFT SPEECHLESS!





SHE SIGNALED A CAB
 SHE WALKED UP TO IT
TWO OTHER PEOPLE LEAPT
 INTO IT FIRST
CABBIE ASKS:  "ARE YOU NOT WITH THEM?"
(THE TWO PEOPLE,  SIT, TRIUMPHANTLY SATISFIED)
SHE COULD HAVE ARGUED HER RIGHT!
SHE MISSED HER APPOINTMENT
THAT CAN BE NEW YORK FOR YOU!





Thursday, October 21, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - CLEAR SKIES BEYOND THE LIGHTS OF NEW YORK CITY...





A VIEW FROM MY 10th FLOOR STUDIO WINDOW - OMITTING A FULL MOON,  BY THE WAY, THAT SEEMED TO BE FOLLOWING ME HOME TONIGHT.




NOTE FOR WOOLFIANS:


I HAD LISTENED TO AN EXCELLENT LECTURE AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTED BY DR. ANNE FENALD GIVING AN OVERVIEW ON EDITING A TEXTUAL EDITION OF MRS. DALLOWAY, 'ON TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND FULL STOPS'.  MS.  FENALD IS AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY.  SHE NOTED THAT WOOLF'S CHARACTERS COMMENT ON THE LAMENTABLE CONGESTION OF LONDON STREETS AT PRECISELY THE MOMENT THAT THE TRAFFIC LIGHT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1925.   IT WAS   THEN DECIDED LONDON NEEDED AN UNDERGROUND RAILWAY SYSTEM!


 IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE READ MRS . DALLOW, TRY READING IT AGAIN.   MS. FENALD'S EXTENSIVE RESEARCHES OF BOTH THE ENGLISH AND AMERICAN EDITIONS OF WOOLF'S  BOOK HAS TURNED UP MANY UNDISCOVERED HISTORICAL AND LITERARY ALLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANT REWRITTEN PASSAGES IN THE PROOF STAGES THAT ADD TO THE TEXTURE OF THIS COMPLEX NOVEL.     



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - AT DUSK, LAST NIGHT, STANDING OUTSIDE THE BRYANT PARK EXIT OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, 42nd Street, NYC

The light changed so quickly (from left to right) while we were talking, then we had to move on!
                          
                            FOR MORE WORDLESS WEDNESDAY, PLEASE VISIT HERE

The third night photo was published recently, shot from 53rd Street, NYC





Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

MACRO MONDAY - UNKNOWN INSECT ON CONE FLOWER...



                 I WAS CURIOUS TO SEE JUST HOW CLOSE I COULD ZOOM  INTO
                 THIS INSECT BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO DIGITAL!


                  FOR MORE 'MACRO MONDAY', PLEASE VISIT LISA'S CHAOS HERE!
                                                 (PS   ON MONDAY, OF COURSE!)





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