Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Weekend in Black and White

Paris—looking a tad telescoped because
of the zoom lens, with the Pont du Carrousel
in the foreground and left to right
behind it the spires of the Sainte Chappelle, 
Notre Dame, and the dome of the Institut de France
(home of the Académie Française).

[To see more b/w pictures from around the
world, visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, April 29, 2016


Didn't have to go far for this reflection.

The modern candelabra was a
gift from someone who knows me well. 
I guess the mirror was too—I came across 
it in a charity thrift shop and it 
was love at first sight.

[To see more Weekend Reflections, visit James's meme.]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday Challenge—"multicolored"

To whoever first thought of making
books for adults, I'd like
to say:  That was a really good idea!

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ABC Wednesday—P is for "polar bear"

The polar bears who
 live at the Bronx Zoo have 
a cold-water pool to play—and keep
cool—in, but don't have nearly the space they
would in the wild and don't enjoy their 
preferred diet of seal meat either.  But then 
again, they also don't know the difference.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Or . . .

If I had to choose, I'd much rather be calm,
happy, and wearing mom jeans.  Just
kidding; I wouldn't be caught dead in mom jeans.
This is a pretty popular T-shirt slogan, but I
won't be wearing one of those either.
Oh well—we all have our priorities, I suppose.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, April 25, 2016

art in the subway

New York in Transit is the name of this big
(only half of it is visible here) glass
 mosaic mural by Harlem Renaissance artist
Jacob Lawrence.  It was installed here
in the Times Square subway station in 2001
to coincide with a retrospective of his
work at the Whitney Museum.

[Linking back to Monday Mural and Blue Monday.]

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Today's Flowers

There are dozens of different tulip
cultivars blooming right now in
the botanic garden.  I think my faves are
these ruffly, romantic parrot tulips.


[To see more flowers from around the
world, visit An English Girl Rambles.]

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Lone Toddler

This is a scary shot if you're familiar with
the big, usually very busy intersection
where it was taken.  On this day, though, they had
closed off Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza
for a few hours to accommodate the runners
of a half-marathon.  This independent
little person just stuck her hands in her pockets
and marched across the street.

[Linking back to Pink Saturday.]

Friday, April 22, 2016

Weekend Reflections

The arcades around Piazza San Marco—one 
of my favorite places, especially early 
in the morning when it's just me and the 
sweepers with their twig brooms.

[To see more weekend reflections, visit James's meme.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday Challenge—"straight"

The Mall, which runs from 66th to 72nd Street,
is the only intentionally straight path
 in Central Park.  It's flanked by one of the
largest—and last remaining—stands of American
elm trees in North America.

[To see more of the Thursday Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ABC Wednesday—O is for "owl"

One more cute critter from the latest visit to the
office from our friends at Sea World—a
young (but already very loud; seriously, you

can't imagine) screech owl.

[To see more ABC shots, go here.]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

North meets South

Here's what happens when you carry real
New York bagels to your relatives
south of the Mason-Dixon line—you get to
enjoy them with something besides a schmear
pimiento cheese and tomatoes.
For me, this is a cross-cultural idea that works!

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, April 18, 2016

Blue Monday

As they do every year, these grape hyacinths are
carpeting the ground beneath a dozen or
more about-to-bloom lilac bushes.  In some light
they appear purple and in others blue.  
Of course, for this post I'm going with blue.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at Jeanne's Backyard Neighbor.]

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Shadow Shot Sunday

Lots of shadows on the Brooklyn Bridge on 

(finally) sunny morning this week.  
Those two pups kept pace for me the 
whole way across the bridge.

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Weekend in Black and White

This is my friend's cute kitty, Lily.
I love those extra-long whiskers and her
wide-eyed "Who, me?" expression.

[To see more b/w shots, visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekend Reflections

Happy tax day (if that's not too much of

an oxymoron), fellow Americans.
Whether you got them done early and have
already received a fat refund, or
you've procrastinated and plan to slip 
them in just under the wire on Monday—you 
can probably use this.  I know I could. 

[To see more Weekend Reflections, 
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday Challenge—"words"

I've had this poster—which features a 
Gerald Laing 
silkscreen that illuminates words from a
story by Galina Golikova—for about 30 years.  
It's always been a favorite of my daughters, and it
occurs to me that these are probably the exact
attributes they're looking for
 in a guy.

[To see more of the Thursday Photo Challenge,
visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ABC Wednesday—N is for "neighborhood"

I live in "brownstone Brooklyn," but not
in one of these old beauties.  I opted
instead for a prewar apartment building: waaay
more closet space but—unfortunately—no
stoop (I'm a big fan of these imposing stoops).

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Mellow Yellows

A gorgeous wall of forsythia—I look forward
to its brilliant (if brief) time of bloom
every year, and it never fails to cheer me up.

[Linking back to Monday Mellow Yellows.]

Sunday, April 10, 2016

pansies for sale

I don't have any outdoor space for planting,
but I once bought a flat of pansies like
these for a little windowsill garden.  Didn't
quite work out though—it turned out
my cat Buddy liked the pansies
even more than I did.

[Linking back to Today's Flowers at
An English Girl Rambles.]

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Weekend in Black and White

I took this picture of my brother David in 2008,
when we were hiking in Italy's Cinque Terre; we took
the trip two years after he'd been diagnosed
with Stage 4 cancer.  He managed to hang with us until
April 2011 and stayed in character—energetic, positive, and
—until the end.  Missing you, David. 

[To see more b/w photos, visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring is springing

Or at least it was until the temperature
dropped to 25°F (-4°C) a few
days ago.  I put this shot on Instagram and
an observant friend commented 

that it looks like Snuffleupagus from 
Sesame Street.  I agree!

[Linking back to Weekend Reflections
and to Pink Saturday.]

Thursday, April 7, 2016

signs signs

"Madame dreams.  Monsieur snores."
A little sign seen in Paris—another
piece of clever street art from Miss•Tic.

[To see more signs, go here.]

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

ABC Wednesday—M is for "magnolia"

If we could see the miracle of a single flower
clearly, our whole life would change.
—Gautama Buddha

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

free as a . . .

"A robin redbreast in a cage/Puts all heaven
in a rage."  William Blake said that.
This little robin has an entire garden to enjoy—
and a tree full of crab apples
to get drunk on.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, April 4, 2016


I've borrowed this photo from my daughter
Lila—the magical blue hour, with
a full moon rising over the Bosphorus.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at Backyard Neighbor.]

Sunday, April 3, 2016

inSPIREd Sunday

Not exactly a church, but a rather small

and probably at one time fairly 
private—chapel somewhere in the very large 
Chateau de Versailles (where privacy
was definitely at a premium).

[To see more place of worship from 
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Coming soon . . .

to a garden near me
—and I can hardly wait!

[Linking back to Pink Saturday and to 
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage.]

Friday, April 1, 2016

A slice of blue

This is not "big sky" country.  Here, you
what you can between the tall buildings
and Con Ed's ubiquitous steam vents.

[To see more skies worldwide,
visit Skywatch Friday.]