Now I realize that most of my fellow New Yorkers and Northeasterners are a bit tired of the winter. I am not. I think it has been a brutal winter but in NYC it has been cold but not that snowy. Today we actually got a bunch of snow (6″-8″, I believe) and for the first time all winter I was able to go for a walk in the storm. Sadly they closed the walkway over the George Washington Bridge. I’m not sure if that was because of the storm or because not 1 but 2 people jumped off it yesterday. One from the lower deck after exiting his car and a few minutes later, one from the upper deck after exiting his bike. However I got to tramp around in the woods and then walk the greenway down to 155th Street.
One of the many things I like about NYC is that you can find “wilderness”/country inside the city. So this fits Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Environment and for me it was a Reward to do this which is the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.
As always…click the pic to make it full size.
Here was my first reward
Here are other environments and rewards:
My mind can play tricks on me sometimes and lead me down some mighty odd paths and call up some truly terrifying stuff.
For instance, I saw these sculptures in Central Park yesterday…
Then today I read that Patty Hearst, the media princess, SLA kidnapping victim, SLA member, convict, actress, wife, mother, widow is now co-owner of a champion Shih Tzu after it won its group yesterday at The Westminster Kennel Club Show at Madison Square Garden.
This is where my wandering mind enters. Why this popped into my head as I looked at the images after reading the article I can’t say but…
“These days we all play cool, calm and collected
Why, our lips could turn blue just shooting the breeze”
I was walking north by the river today, after a Lightroom tutoring session, thinking about scale which is the weekly photo challenge word of the week. It was a really cold walk. About 27 degrees with a 20 mph wind seeming to come straight downriver from the north.
I realized that here was a perfect example of scale in a oblique way. Our response to temperature is based on the scale we are used to. I thought it was frigid. When I lived in Boston I would have said it was pretty cold but when I lived in St. Paul I would have thought it was a pretty nice winter day.
When I lived in LA I would have thought it was the apocalypse.
A shot upriver towards the George Washington Bridge.
My first take is Here
My second take is: Here
Other scales to measure:
The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: serenity
We interrupt this blog to say that Julianne Moore gives an extraordinary performance in Still Alice a decent but not great movie that nonetheless, thanks to Ms. Moore (ably assisted by Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin) destroyed the audience at the show I attended.
If I had a boat
I’d go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I’d ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat
I went to The Hudson River Boat Dock in Bear Mountain State Park today. I needed to be by the river somewhere out of the city. It always centers me. I came back to this week’s photo challenge. Maybe I will do seven posts from this day about serenity. We shall see…
Other serene views: