Thursday, August 31, 2006

Puddle World


It stopped raining but the clouds and such remain. As I walked near the track at McCarren Park in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn, I saw the sun peaking through the clouds. Well, ALMOST peaking through...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Keep Fighting


"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night
and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest
battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting."

e. e. cummings

(otilius photo: view of sunset on the Hudson River from the Manhattan side.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Brooklyn Doorstep


No end to what you can see in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wherever you look...
You might even phone home to tell the kids.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Oops!


In my haste to get out of town on Friday, I posted the wrong photo. Friday's post, "40's", shows buildings as seen from 52nd Street in Manhattan rather than, as the caption states, buildings in the 40's south of Grand Central Station. Please forgive me!

Here we see the buildings in the 40's (street numbers).

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Klan Sheep


So, I know what you're thinking: we have long known that sheep follow but this has gone
too far. Dressing up like members of the KKK just doesn't cut it these days--or any days,
for that matter. Let's hope these animals I found at the Dutchess County Fair soon learn
the folly of their ways.
And, yes, I know, this was a baaaaaaa-aaad joke...

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Coney Flare


Here, we see part of the Coney Island boardwalk near Astroland, home of the famous Cyclone rollercoaster. FYI: the tower in the background to the left is the now long-out-of-use Parachute Drop. I'm surprised no one got it going again with the big bungee jumping craze of the 1980's and beyond...

By pointing the camera at the sun, I made sure to get some wild lens flare. Often, people get lens flare without knowing it, since the effect can vary in strength and be hard to see while shooting.
Be careful out there!

Friday, August 25, 2006

40's


A look at some buildings just east of Grand Central Station in the 40's (street numbers) in Manhattan...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Polar Eclipse


Getting close to sunset at Cape May, New Jersey, the southern tip of the "Jersey Shore"...



Here we see the Atlantic Ocean. Notice the calico cat relaxing near the vegetation?
All in all, a great day at the beach!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Clouds


We've had some pretty great weather lately AND some fantastic clouds, too. If you've looked at clouds from both sides but really don't know clouds at all, or just love them,
check this out: THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Coney Comp


A composition of various Coney Island elements on a beautiful August afternoon...

Monday, August 21, 2006

Rock Star Drink


No fair! They say "we're open" and sell a "Rock Star Energy Drink". But how to get in?
I have no idea. It must involve secret handshakes or inside information--kind of like
becoming a rock star in the first place. Oh, well, I guess Mick Jagger and James Hetfield won't have to worry about regular Joes getting to their supply.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Hotel P


Welcome to the Hotel Pennsylvania! Only a couple blocks from the Empire State Building, the HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA sits across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Cone Scene


Wandering around Manhattan in the 20's (street numbers), I came across this little scene. For some reason, it struck me as odd. No, I did not set this up myself.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Construction West


Construction evidence on the west side of Manhattan...
This scene happens not so far from Lincoln Center.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sidewalk Lights


Between Broadway and Church Street, in lower Manhattan, you can find this wide sidewalk "park" area with lights in the sidewalk. Yes, the open area in the trees would have revealed the World Trade Center, before, well, you know...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Evening Cloud(s)


Often, things turn out well, when others nearby can't figure out what the photographer sees. The photographer gets some funny looks or hears things like "What is he doing?"
or "What is he looking at?" In this case, you be the judge.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Curtains


You may recall these curtains from a PREVIOUS POST here. Anyway, I looked at them
again Sunday and they screamed for another "shot", so I tried to get them out of my
system. Bear with me!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A Bargain


Too bad the place was closed. Just like you, I can always use another strap sandal ensemble...

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Another Sunset


Today, we had such beautiful weather, you knew the sunset would rate, too.
I took a picture, so it would last longer. ;]

Friday, August 11, 2006

St. Pat's Magic


Light of different color temperatures plays on the top of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. On the right, we see the warm light from the setting sun--and, on
the left (and elsewhere), we see the cooler ambient light.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Blocked Sunset


Sometimes, things seem to block your view but actually make the view more interesting.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Building Buildings


Nobody needs to cross the Hudson River to see construction but I love this site in Jersey City. They continue work on several buildings. In a few months, you won't recognize the place. For now, it brings me such joy.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Old Tank


Just outside of Chatham, NY stands this old tank and I couldn't pass up a chance to get
its photograph. Well, okay, you got me. I did pass it but came back a little later.
Do not try this at home!

My advice? When you see the shot, take the shot.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

A Bird?


Upstate this weekend, I happened upon an interesting sight.
While looking at this patch of phlox, I wondered what was this thing?


It reminded me of the time I saw a baby hummingbird one summer back home in Alaska.
But this didn't seem quite right. Google to the rescue!
Turns out the thing is a HUMMINGBIRD MOTH. You learn something new every day.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

PJ AT&T


I have always liked this Midtown Manhattan building designed by architect PHILIP JOHNSON.
A little style goes a long way.

Friday, August 04, 2006

500


I usually always look up but, this time, I'm looking down...for you, always for you...and, no, this is not even any where near the location of the previous shot. That's for the other photobloggers who give you 5 angles of the same shot over 5 days. Forget that!

This is my 500th post. I have really enjoyed my first year of "blogging" and hope to continue for a long, long time. Keep coming back!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

One Year




A New York City classic business front gate--you pull it down when closed for the day. You see plenty of the solid metal ones, too, but those get full of graffiti. With this type, vandals could still break your windows. Whuduhyuhgunna do, eh?

Oh, and you see that trap door on the sidewalk (not to mention all the gum spots)? You must pay attention to these, when walking around, so that you don't fall into an open one. Hmmm, it does not appear to be locked...

One more thing: today marks the first anniversary of this "photoblog". I have enjoyed the experience and would like to thank all of you for "being here", too. Keep coming back!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Near 14A


On my way to the Newark International Airport, I got stuck in fluke traffic caused by roadwork, somewhere near exit 14A of the NJ Turnpike. Make lemonade from lemons, I always say...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Superior Market


A typical corner deli or bodega in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Remember, those black spots on the sidewalk used to be gum in someone's mouth. They could pull off your flip flops in hot weather, so watch your step.