Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

The leaves are only just starting to turn
yellow on the trees in my neighborhood
—and this weekend it snowed!
I can't ever remember snow when the
leaves were still on the trees, can you?

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday/Sunday Bridges

Early on a sunny day, the cables of
"my" bridge cast some lovely shadows.

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Photo Hunt—"broken"

. . . but these remnants of a colossal statue of
Emperor Constantine still exude a sense of power.
It was originally made almost 2,000 years ago

 and these marble parts were discovered 
more than five decades ago. They were brought up 
to the Capitoline Hill by Michelangelo and 
remain there, in the courtyard of the Capitoline Museum.

[To see more things that are "broken," visit tnchick's meme.]

Friday, October 28, 2011

Skywatch Friday

I've shown you plenty of sunsets over NY harbor,
seen from up here on the Brooklyn Bridge.
But this is about as dramatic as 

it gets early in the morning.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thursday Challenge — "orange"

It's orange—but do you know what it is?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

abc wednesday —O is for "Occupy Wall Street"

Have encountered some of the protesters on
the Brooklyn Bridge, but haven't managed to get 

down to Zuccotti Park to document what's
going on at their "encampment."  So I asked my
daughter Kate (who works 2 blocks from here)
to take some pictures.  **Power to the people!**

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Traveling Tuesdays

This is Via Giulia, in Rome.
Now why doesn't my block in Brooklyn 

(or any other I've ever lived on) look like this?

[To see more Tuesday travels, visit Sandi's meme.]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

Fresh flowers would be my first choice.  
But these porcelain blooms have been here
 for a long time—and haven't faded yet.
On the other hand, the gravestone 
itself could 
use a good scrub. My family won't have to 
worry about these details—I plan to donate what's 
left of me, so they can use what they need and let some 
med students learn from the rest.  How about you?

[See more Mellow Yellow here.] 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

One of the beautiful arcades of the
University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. It was planned
(and founded) by our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson
—but it was built on farmland that belonged 

to our 5th president, James Monroe. 

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Photo Hunt—"high"

Seems like One World Trade Center (aka the Freedom Tower)—our
very own "Oh yeah? How about this!" to the terrorists—grows
higher every day. The tower steel is above floor 89,
concrete is being installed above floor 76, and the
facade is installed above floor 59. Ultimately, there will
be 105 floors, with an observation deck, then a glass
parapet at the height of the original Twin Towers (1,368 feet)
and a spire to bring the ultimate height to 1,776 feet.
I'm of two minds about this project, but must admit
that it's growing on me (so to speak).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Skywatch Friday

I've been in planes lately—so here's a
Skywatch from +/- 30,000 feet,
somewhere between NYC and Virginia.

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Empire State

Not the first time I've shown the Empire State Bldg.,
but I took this from the window of a friend 

(who lives about 40 blocks south) the other night and 
was struck by how beautiful it looked in the "blue hour."
Right after I took this shot, they lit up the top—
with green lights (but I like it better like this).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

abc wednesday —N is for "newlyweds"

Very newly-wed, in fact—my unabashedly ecstatic
young friends just got married a few days ago.
I love a happy bride and groom, don't you?

The flower girl made herself quite at home
up on the altar.  I know what you're thinking and
no, she didn't crawl up under the bride's gown.

(Though that would have been really funny)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Traveling Tuesdays

This is the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and
 those are the Blue Ridge Mountains (which usually
do look blue—except when the leaves are turning).
Unfortunately, it's a windy place, and the little prop
plane I was in was knocked all around and up and down 

by the cross currents. Never been so happy to land!

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Mellow Yellow Monday

Flew back from Virginia last night, and they had us in a
holding pattern for a while, circling over the industrial parts of
New Jersey (so ugly at ground level in the daytime and yet so
beautiful from up here at night).  I amused myself by trying
(as always) to get a really clear shot at many thousands of feet 

and 500 mph—even though I know it's pretty much impossible. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

Early-morning shadows in the small
stone church of St. Julien le Pauvre—which

has been here for almost 900 years—in Paris.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photo Hunt—"public"

New York City has lots of public spaces—but if
you asked someone to name them, first on the list
would surely be Central Park.  This is the Mall,
the only straight path in the entire park.
The majestic elms that line it are one of the
largest (and one of the last remaining) stands
of these trees in North America.

To see more interpretations of "public," visit tnchick's meme:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Skywatch Friday

It's that time again—when my homeward commute
across the Brooklyn Bridge coincides with the sunset.
I realize there's a lot in shadow here, but I see
(in addition to the Statue of Liberty) a water taxi,
two ferries—and a helicopter (though you
might have to enlarge the picture for that).

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday Challenge — "writing tools"

I'm an editor—and these are the tools 
of my trade (well, these and a computer).  
As you can see, this batch has served me well!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

abc wednesday —M is for "midtown"

And also "Manhattan."  This is the
view looking west from 3rd Avenue
all the way across 50th Street. I just love
 the top of the tall building on the right.

Here's a close-up.
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Traveling Tuesdays

Back to Paris—but this time for some art
that's not so serious. This is 
the wonderfully playful 
Stravinsky Fountain, with fabulous sculptures
by Niki de Saint Phalle and her husband, Jean Tinguely.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

Went by Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store
so I could show you the very touching
makeshift memorial for Steve Jobs. I love the messages
(in many different languages) on the post-it notes.

And the vendor who has the fruit
cart around the corner says he's
been selling a lot of apples.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

Went for a walk on my lunch hour and discovered
this spot at the end of 51st Street. This bridge crosses
over a lovely, shady park and the FDR Drive and right to
the river (where I took the banner photo above).

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Photo Hunt—"waiting"

Took this shot of the line (one of them!) to come
up on the Eiffel Tower.  And did I have to wait
on this line to get up there?  Mais non!  The way
to legally jump the line is to make a reservation at one
of the restaurants up there.  I chose the less
expensive one on the first level—and still had a terrific
view overlooking the Trocadéro while I enjoyed a tasty lunch.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Skywatch Friday

I love a dramatic, stormy sky—but this one
had all of us in my office just a bit freaked out.
This shot couldn't capture the movement of these
clouds, but let's just say we half expected the
alien spaceship to appear above us at any moment.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday Challenge — "thankful"

Impossible to choose one photo to show all the things I'm thankful for.
But I should be thankful for every new day that dawns—and
especially when I get to greet the dawn in a place like this.
It was the view from my window when I got up to record
the 7 a.m. church bells in Vernazza, in the Cinque Terre.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

abc wednesday —L is for "Little Italy"

Normally, I go out of my way to avoid the crowds
at New York's Feast of San Gennaro (the patron saint
of Naples), held every September since 1926.
Originally, the newly arrived immigrant merchants
and cafe owners shared their wares and food with
passersby here along Mulberry Street in exchange for
a small offering for the poor.  I'm pretty sure the
vendors aren't expected to give away all their
profits these days, when more than a million
people show up for the ambience and the zeppole.   

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Traveling Tuesdays

Let's go back to Paris this week.
I wouldn't think of setting foot in the Louvre
without spending a little time with the
exquisite Venus de Milo.  What I noticed
about this photo only after I'd taken it—
not a single person in this shot is looking at her!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

I think you could call these Paris pastries too much of a good thing.   
So I turned away and saved my calories for some lovely little 
macarons.  Oh, and a fabulous tarte tatin with crème fraiche.  
Wait—there was also ice cream from Berthillon. 
Hmmm . . . suddenly I'm not feeling so virtuous anymore.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

To me, it looks a bit like Paris—but in fact this
house is right smack in midtown Manhattan.
I'll bet those wrought-iron window guards
cast some pretty nice shadows inside too!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Photo Hunt—"covered"

Another one from the days before digital.
Some years ago, I went on a press trip to
Bordeaux.  They treated us like visiting royalty,
and one of our excursions was a tour
of this beautiful winery.

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