Monday, April 30, 2012

Mellow Yellow Monday

If you happen to have a few dozen spare
pairs of rubber gloves and a hot-glue
gun, you could make this fetching little
ensemble—but where would you wear it?

[To see more mellow yellow, go here.]

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday

The neighborhood in Brooklyn seen here (Boerum Hill)
has lately become celebrity central.  But my good
(and un-famous) friends also live there.  That's why
the movie stars flock here—they can blend in
seamlessly because their neighbors (like most
New Yorkers) just aren't star-struck.

[To see more shadow shots, go here.]

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Photo Hunt—"texture"

Here's a close-up of something you see everywhere
in NYC—do you know what it is?

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

Friday, April 27, 2012

Skywatch Friday

Took this near my building in Brooklyn.
Very near, fortunately—I did manage (just)
to make it home before the rain began.
I have to love a dramatic stormy sky like
this one, though—how about you?

[To see more Skywatch Friday, go here.]

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Once again: This is why you always want a window seat.
 The Alps are quite a sight from 30,000 feet, aren't they?

[The Thursday Photo Challenge this week
 is "earth."  To see more, go here.]

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

abc wednesday—O is for "overlook"

I was born in the canyons of Manhattan but my maternal 
ancestors arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in the 1680s
and settled here—in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

One of my Southern cousins and I were driving 
through here recently, and she pulled into this scenic 
overlook so I could take this panoramic shot.

[To see more abc Wednesday, go here.]

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Back to Rome, and this scene in Trastevere—
I hate the grafitti, but I love the textures:
the wall, the cobblestones, the old door . . .

[Today is Traveling Tuesday.  To
see more, visit Sandi's meme.]

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mellow Yellow Monday

I love stained-glass windows—and I hit the
jackpot recently at a flea market in Virginia—not
that I have any place to put something like
this (great colors though, aren't they?).

[To see more Mellow Yellow, go here.]

Sunday, April 22, 2012


I don't play golf, but if I did . . .
I wouldn't mind 18 holes at this beautiful
club in Charlottesville, Virginia—where you can
see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance
(and the clubhouse was designed by Thomas Jefferson).

 I'd love to say that no pesticides were 
used here (but don't know if that's true).
Happy Earth Day anyway!

[It's Shadow Shot Sunday. To see more, go here.]

Friday, April 20, 2012

Twice as Nice

Bright pink cherry blossoms reflected in a tranquil pond—
I'm not an especially religious person, but if more people 
found God in the springtime, I could certainly see why.

[To see more weekend reflections, visit James's meme.
For more of the Saturday PhotoHunt, visit Sandi's meme.]

Skywatch Friday

As long as we're still in the garden,
we may as well look up and enjoy
the gorgeous weather and the
cherry trees in (almost) full bloom.

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.]

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Signs of Spring

The thing I love best about this season
is when all of the flowering trees
burst into beautiful bloom. Just to put 

things in perspective, I took another shot of 
this very same crab apple tree back in January.

 [Today's Thursday Photo Challenge is "spring."

To see more, go here.]

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

abc wednesday —N is for "Not Allowed"

In Venice's Correr Museum, all manner
of things are proibito.  I'm sure I don't have

to tell you which of these rules I broke.

[To see more ABC Wednesday, go here.]

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Traveling Tuesdays

Rome is at its most mysterious late at night—
and you may even find that you have
 the Trevi Fountain all to yourself!

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

Sunday, April 15, 2012

grape hyacinths

There are hundreds of these carpeting
the ground under the lilac bushes
in my local botanic garden—it's
a feast for the senses!

[It's Blue Monday. To see more, visit Smiling Sally.
It's also Macro Monday—find more at Lisa's Chaos.]

Shadow Shot Sunday

Went to a huge flea market down in
Virginia last week.  Naturally, what caught
my eye were (what else?) these shadows.

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo Hunt—"sturdy"

This triceratops looks pretty sturdy—and yet . . .

[To see more of the Saturday 
Photo Hunt, visit Sandi's meme.]

Skywatch Friday

It's worth dragging yourself out 
of bed at dawn to catch a dramatic 
sunrise like this, don't you agree?

[To see more Skywatch, go here.]

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New York at Night (13)

Times Square, Tuesday at 8 PM—
the crowds here make me nuts at 
much any hour of the day or night.
On the one hand, I'm glad they
cleaned this area up.  On the other . . .

[I'm linking back to Olivier's Walk in
the Street Challenge. To see more, go here.]

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

abc wednesday —M is for "Manhattan"

Anyone who knows this blog also knows
that I can't resist turning on my favorite
"electronic device" before I'm supposed to
when given a view of my hometown like this.
(You may also know that I'd be willing to pay extra
to get a clean, clear window to look through.)

[To see more abc Wednesday, go here.]

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Traveling Tuesdays

Spent a couple of hours here in charming Lexington,
Virginia—in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley—
before flying back home to not-quite-as-idyllic
New York City yesterday.

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

Monday, April 9, 2012


There are plenty of things I don't like about having
to ride the subway every day, but sometimes
a fellow commuter is one of the things I do.

He was headed downtown, and he
was taking the party with him!

[It's Mellow Yellow Monday.
To see more, go here.]

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

If you're celebrating today, I hope you find
a big chocolate bunny, lots of jellybeans,
some Peeps maybe, and, of course,
some pretty eggs in your Easter basket.

[It's also Shadow Shot Sunday. To see more, go here.]

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Photo Hunt—"awesome"

I feel strongly that "awesome" is a
very overused word. That said . . .
Three friends and I recently shared this
molten chocolate cake and scoop of salted caramel
ice cream—and we all agreed that they were awesome!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Morning Has Broken

I'm getting on a plane early this morning
and heading south.  I have a window seat
on the port side and I'm hoping for a
clean window and a good sunrise.

[It's Skywatch Friday. To see more, go here.]

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Thursday Challenge — "hands"

There's an art to sharing a subway pole on a 
crowded train, and New Yorkers have it down:
close but not touching—and don't make eye contact.
(Also, don't whip out your camera and start
snapping your fellow commuters. Just turn off 
the sound on your cell phone and try to be discreet.)

[To see more hands, visit the Thursday Photo Challenge.]

abc wednesday —L is for "lace"

I was fascinated by this piece
of lace that was started long ago but
never finished.  I snuck this shot in
the Correr Museum, which is dedicated
to the life and culture of Venice.

[To see more abc Wednesday, go here.]

Monday, April 2, 2012

photo op of a photo op

Found these guys up on the Brooklyn Bridge
recently.  It looked kind of like they were filming
part of a music video—but one that involved no
handlers, no entourage, no groupies . . . no ego?

[I'm linking back to Our World Tuesday.
To see more of the world, go here.]

tea party*

(*Well, maybe not quite a party
Since I gave up alcohol for Lent . . .
I've had many, many cups of tea.  So why
not use a pretty cup?   (I've had this one
since I was a kid (i.e., for a looong time)!

[It's Macro Monday. To see more macros, visit Lisa's Chaos.
It's also Blue Monday. To see more blue, visit Smiling Sally.]

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday

These plates at the Met date back to the
late Byzantine Era.  Think about it—they've
survived intact for almost 1,000 years!

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]