Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fog Deer

a deer eats grass near the foggy Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Lured out of the fog in the late afternoon, a deer eats grass near the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. If you have never been to this park or to Virginia, you might put it on your "Places To Go" list. You can even stay in a cabin complete with fireplace (like I did).

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lil Red Hydrant

red hydrant in Maryland


On the way to Virginia this weekend, I saw this little guy in Maryland. Usually, a fire hydrant will have a flag on top in order to protect it in case of heavy snowfall. This one has the flag to the side, so it looks like he is protesting or advertising something by holding up his flag. It struck me funny, but that's just me. ;]

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Liberty

view of Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park parking lot


Theses poles stand near the ones from yesterday's post. Enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty from the Liberty State Park parking lot. This park has to be one of the most under rated in the area. You can walk along the Hudson River and look at the Green Lady (lower center) and/or Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, etc. A terrific place!

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

AstoRRR Place

RRR's in Astor Place


GRRRReetings fRRRom AstoRRRR Place! ;] Some pirate must have been on a field trip to Astor Place in Manhattan, dropping "R"...city bus in the background, no extra chaRRRRge...

EXTRRRRRA--check out my Guest Post over at CRRRRRoakeRRRRR's CoRRRRRneRRRRR

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Taxi Waves

taxi scene with the Little Man, Manhattan, NYC


The little man waved at me, as I saw him go by in Manhattan. Some people don't like riding in NYC taxis but I always did and the little man usually enjoys his trip, too.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Something Wrong

exposed wires at base of a lamppost


This just seems so wrong to me...the garbage in there and the idea of it being exposed in the first place.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Weeki Wachee

Adagio Sculpture, Weeki Wachee, Florida


One of my favorite places in America, Weeki Wachee, Florida--the only city of live mermaids! Here we see the adagio sculpture which stands out in front of the park. The sculpture shows two women in the adagio pose, usually performed at the end of each performance of the mermaids.

I got to go to Weeki Wachee last week. What a thrill! Of course, I had been there before and am even working on a documentary of it (see sidebar). But I always enjoy going there. It is so unique.

For over 60 years, women perform their entire show underwater by breathing from air hoses. Whether wearing a mermaid tail or simply in bikinis, the women amaze you with their breath control and "dance" moves. If you have never been, what are you waiting for? Get down there and enjoy!


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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Garbage Shadows

shadows of garbage on a wall, Route 1/9, New Jersey


So, after a beautiful stay in Florida this last week (see previous two posts), I had to laugh at seeing this scene on Route 1/9 in New Jersey, while coming from the Newark Airport on the way toward the Holland Tunnel. This is what NYC snobs think of as "New Jersey", as if the whole state had only these environments. Oh, well, what can you say?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Last Night

Sunset at St. Pete Beach, Florida


The sun sets on another great day at St. Pete Beach, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico (see yesterday's post, too). Yes, I did stay at the Don Cesar, a terrific hotel--no question about it. Look it up, go there, and thank me later. ;]

No, they didn't pay me to say this. Darn!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Not Manhattan

tiki hut on Gulf of Mexico, St. Pete Beach, Florida


I have said this before and will say it again: there is nothing "more New York" than going to Florida. :] Here we see a scene on the Gulf of Mexico at St. Pete Beach, Florida. Having a good time...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cloudy Sunset

Liberty State Park, sunset, beach


Getting close to sunset at Liberty State Park in New Jersey...You might consider a visit, since this park is so great and right across the Hudson River from NYC. This view looks toward the west, though, and not at "The City".

Monday, April 14, 2008

Crane 53

buildings and crane on 53rd Street, Manhattan, NYC


In this cloudy day canyon view of 53rd Street in Manhattan, we see another construction crane and even Citigroup Center (bottom center).

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Look

street signage and decals on Delancey Street, Manhattan, NYC


Made You Look...not me being cheeky, this time, the decal says so. Count that as your blessing. ;] Do you have these faces in your town?

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

El Pueblo Unido

mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Enjoy a little of the local flavor from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a bit south of the "hipster" epicenter.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tree Snake

plastic stuck in tree


Is that a translucent snake? Have Christo and Jeanne-Claude been here? Nah, just another very typical NYC situation: the old plastic bag in the tree.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Power Shadow

shadow of transformer on brick building


A skinny and rather stiff backpacker wearing an oven mitt casts his shadow on a brick apartment building. Transformer, more than meets the eye!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Shadow and Brick

shadow and brick


You can see what I like most: shadows and shapes and composition. My elbow makes the tree look as though it has a bump on its trunk. ;]

Monday, April 07, 2008

Road Work

road work, midtown Manhattan


Into every street, a little road work must fall...even in midtown Manhattan. (and, "X" marks the spot, once again)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

King Jagiello

King Jagiello sculpture, Central Park, NYC


close up of King Jagiello sculpture, Central Park, NYC


"X" marks the spot of King Jagiello in Central Park. For whatever reason, I hadn't looked at this very large bronze monument before. I like when it blends with the trees in silhouette, of course, but, also, the closer shot of the king's defiant gesture. So, why not enjoy both?

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Mailbox Tags

graffiti tags on mailbox


Even on dreary days, one can always find something that catches the eye. Here some graffiti tags liven up a paint-peeled, rain-streaked mailbox.

"Where is the graffiti stamp?", I ask. Well, perhaps the government doesn't want to condone "crime" in that way? Hmmm, they give enough stamps to presidents and other politicians, don't they? ;]

Friday, April 04, 2008

Typical Situation

Rainy Intersection with reflection of power line


It's a typical situation in these typical times
Too many choices

It all comes down to nothing
Six senses feeling five around a sense of self
Four seasons turn on and turn off
I can see three corners from this corner
Two's a perfect number
But one, well...


[all apologies to Dave Matthews Band, TYPICAL SITUATION]

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New Skyline

skyline sign, NYC


You have seen a bunch of cranes on here lately and there are a few in this photo as well. However, let me offer you an insight into the changing skyline of lower Manhattan. You get a feel for the emptiness of the World Trade Center site.

This sign itself could use an upgrade, for sure.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Crosswalk Abstract

rainy crosswalk abstract


Who says there is no fun to be had or found in the rain?

[insert guitar solo here]

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Lousy Kid

girl in a bag


This bad little girl would not stop with the lewd gestures, so we had to bag her. Something had to be done, I tell you.



April Fools!




canyon with crane, 23rd Street, Manhattan, NYC


Enjoy a look at a Manhattan canyon and yet another of those construction cranes.