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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!"


Said the Blue Jay to the Starling...


Food put out for the homeless cats!



My turn!

(The Starling,  a British garden bird, thought to have been once imported to NYC - much to the consternation of bird lovers.   "Now they are EVERYWHERE!"  They are as noisy and gregarious as the Blue Jay, though the Blue Jay is probably the more aggressive as demonstrated in this confrontation).  Thanks MFH, a bird lover who also loves cats!




HAPPY BOXING DAY EVERY ONE!



Thursday, December 20, 2012

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: NEW YORK CITY'S SANTA DAY 10 DAYS BEFORE THE DAY...





                                       
                                  It is a tradition, a day for the 'adults' to crawl and be merry?






Friday, December 14, 2012

SKYWATCH FRIDAY: THIS MORNING'S NY SUNRISE



    Looking down on to 12th street and 3rd Avenue, NY




Written for SKYWATCH by Rinklyrimes

Margaret's Sunrise

Ice-cold crusible, freezing flames,
Heat presaging cold,
A city's winter sunrise
A dream in molten gold.


Monday, December 3, 2012

RUBY TUESDAY 2: HEART BREAKING NEWS TODAY,


as the Assad regime threatens chemical weapons....

Courtesy of the famous STRAND bookstore, 12th Street and Broadway, NY.
(this was painted and posted July 2012 - a prescient appeal - and has since been replaced by 
another educational message). 









Sunday, November 25, 2012

THE WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE: NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT THINK IT IS...




Deceptive shadows....






WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: POST SANDY - A 'CHRISTMAS' ROSE SURVIVOR...












































The Christmas shopping fair is here in Union Square soon after the clean-up following hurricane Sandy.   The roses, today, blowing in the wind, have survived, whereas Union Square is missing elderly trees and limbs that opens the spaces to new possibilities, new beginnings.  Let us wish that all people still in jeopardy will be given what is needed to survive the rigors of the coming winter.







SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS...



Through the window - blue sky or a new pool? - a Williamsburg vista....








Monday, November 19, 2012

RUBY TUESDAY 2: POMEGRANATE, THE FATAL FRUIT....




Persephone's fate:  she was condemned to spend six months in the Underworld every year because she was tricked into eating 6 seeds by her husband, Hades.   No way could you eat in the Underworld, or spend eternity there if you did!
     

SO, IN THE REAL WORLD, EAT YOUR 'TURKEY' AND BE HAPPY
(yet still a pagan sacrifice in these so called civilized times?)







Saturday, November 17, 2012

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY 2: SHADOW-LIKE...


Apart from the point of this photo showing long shadows, Surprise! Surprise! is a store on 3rd Avenue and 12th street that I look down on from my 10th floor kitchen window on 4th Avenue.   It is one of those stores that offers a wide variety of useful small utensils and objects for apartment dwellers.  









SKYWATCH FRIDAY ON A SATURDAY: ANOTHER SUNRISE STUDY FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S OBSERVATIONS....



As observed in my previous post recording the sunrise a week ago, first seeing it as a red ball, without the glare - today, I missed that phase and this is the result.  I could not look at it as I shot it from my 10th floor kitchen window.   And, at this stage, it is amazing how fast it seems to rise.  I minute or so later I took the second shot.  By 6.45 a.m I was drinking my coffee!








Saturday, November 10, 2012

SKYWATCH FRIDAY: ALTHOUGH THIS IS SATURDAY....


I was able to photograph the sunrise today because it was not glaring, as it usually is.  Contrary to the photograph it was a rich red ball, not blinding, until about five minutes after this shot.  This is what I would have shown yesterday, for SKYWATCH FRIDAY, had the sun risen in this particular manner.



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Several days later I found the shots taken with my first camera, the G7 Canon.   These recorded the 
'rich red ball' I knew I had seen.    My newer camera, the G1X Canon, was used for the shot above - using the same 'auto' setting.  I am still learning the differences between these two cameras, still favoring the G7 model.  












Thursday, November 8, 2012

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY 2: SHELTERING FROM SANDY IN WILLIAMSBURG...





Brooklyn had its share of disaster, too!  But,  some areas recovered power sooner than others.  I fled from my Manhattan high rise to stay a couple of nights in Williamsburg with a friend, where the views are so very different and only one flight of stairs to climb!   Returning to climb ten?  No way, for me, until power was restored! 




Williamsburg Bridge



(Note:  For Sunday November 11, 2012)


WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE: AN AWESOME PHOTO CAPTURE!


We spent about two hours drinking one cup-of-coffee in the same window seat.  Today, business on the street was slowed as the aftermath chills of Sandy sent people scurrying to catch the buses that had begun to run again.   






WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: BLUE WAS THE CHOICE OF COLOR...






...having voted, we treated ourselves to a cup-of-coffee at a famous coffee place at the junction of 4th Avenue and Astor Place (NYC) and watched the people go by.  In former years, queuing to vote, where I usually vote, was unheard of.    Today, it was different.  We queued,  in the chilly wake of Sandy, knowing for sure who would get the vote!





Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

SKY WATCH FRIDAY: DAY BREAK...





Some would prefer not to be wakened at dawn if assigned to a room in this NYU freshman dormitory located on 12th Street, between 4th and 3rd Avenues.  If you fancy it, go here to read about the chances of living at Founders Hall for a while!


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

SKY WATCH FRIDAY: THIS MORNING'S SUNRISE AT 7 am....






From my 10th floor kitchen window.  To the right is the 23 storey NYU Dorm - too high for the neighborhood but nice for the students!






Saturday, October 6, 2012

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY 2: COSMOS ON THE SIDEWALK IN OCTOBER IN NYC!





As the strong Fall sun casts great shadows in the background, this Cosmos planting on the sidewalk, next to a sign post, taller than myself, danced in the wind as I walked by.   October in NY is proving to be a wonderful relief from the hot and humid summer we have had.


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WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE: CATCHING THE ELUSIVE HARVEST MOON...




This later sighting of the Harvest Moon over NYC (on Saturday, September 29) was disappointing as fast moving cloud conspired to spoil the view.  Sunday's earlier showing was a perfect orange color until about 8 pm.  Shot from the roof top vantage point of a 12 storey building, next door (to the right) to the much protested '23 storey' NYU Dorm building!  (Deemed too tall for our neighborhood).





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