15-12-15 One Week To The Winter Solstice (Grand Canyon Edition)

It was 63 today in New York City. They are predicting 59 for the Solstice and possibly 66 for Christmas Eve day. Naturally my thoughts turned to the Grand Canyon. I took one of my “two star” shots of the Grand Canyon South Rim (in my organizing system two stars means worth working on but probably not a finalist) and several hours doing some preliminary editing. I came up with four variants which I would like to share with you.

For the technically inclined this image was shot:

Nikon D 800; ISO 100; 1/125th; F / 8; 85mm. All post was done in Lightroom. Feedback appreciated.





12-21-14 The Longest Night

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference –
Where the Meanings, are –
None may teach it – Any –
‘Tis the seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –
When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –
Emily Dickinson

12-22-13 Travel Theme: Winter (Need To Travel To Find It)

Just in time for the Winter Solstice, Ailsa chose Winter as her theme.

Simultaneously New York City choose spring as its theme. 66 degrees today. They say it will drop by Christmas Eve. We shall see.

I took a walk along the river today., Here are a few scenes that I saw on my way to the Hudson.

New York City 12/22/13. A little winter slide show to celebrate Ailsa’s theme.

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A few other views of winter:

travel theme: winter | myguiltypleasures

Winter is … | Beyond the Brush

It’s almost WINTER! | NWNL Blog

Winter One-derland | Jaspa’s Journal

Winter im Allgäu | Foto Challenge

Travel Theme: Winter | Tvor Travels

Travel Theme: Winter | Free But Fun!

Travel theme – Winter | A Number of Things

Travel Theme: Winter | Things I See and Know

12-21-13 Winter Solstice – Weekly Photo Challenge: One

One:  Given it is mid to high 50’s in New York on the Winter Solstice this photograph seemed right. Six months ago on the summer solstice…one player blows for the crowd waiting in line for Shakespeare in the Park.

Boro Walk

Many other “one”s:

Weekly Photo Challenge 2013: ONE | girltuesday speaks

Weekly Photo Challenge: One | My Photolanguage

Rangeview One « Gleaning the Nuggets

Weekly Photo Challenge: One | thoughts and entanglements

Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Shoot ‘N Go

Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Photoblog

Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Ritva’s Art – Photography

Solo Swan (Weekly Photo Challenge: One) | photo potpourri

Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Finale to an Entrance

Photoworld 20-12-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium

11-18-13 Spring HDR Phone Urge Go

I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

Joni Mitchell

Even though we are on our third day of 60 degree plus weather the Winter Solstice is only 33 days away and this song has been appearing in my mental playlist more and more frequently.

The sky has been spring beautiful for the most part these last few days and the Pro HDR app on my phone called to me and I answered.


42nd Street

111th Street

111th Street

96th Street

96th Street

Columbia University

Columbia University

12-20-12 Waiting On The End Of the World (Not)

I’m betting the world is not going to end and we will have a perfectly lovely solstice.  Feel free to yell at me if it turns out I was wrong.

We have been getting ready for the holiday over the past few days. A Quaker, an Agnostic Atheist and a “thinking on it”. I am always amused when I hear about the “War on Christmas”. The only war that was waged on Christmas was by the capitalists who turned a Christian Holiday into a secular spending frenzy. Christmas subsumed Thanksgiving this year. By the time Abigail is 30 I am betting Christmas will have taken over Halloween as well. That is not the fault of the pagans, the atheists, the ACLU, the Jews/Muslims/Buddhists/Hindus and on and on.  That is the fault of the people who decided that commerce trumped their religious celebration…

The city is, of course, jam-packed. It does seem as if buying frenzy is less this year. “Big Sale” signs went up very early .  Here are a few shots of Fifth Avenue.

Saks - Self Portrait (Can you find me?)

Saks – Self Portrait (Can you find me?)

Two views of the season

Two views of the season

Thanks Swarovski - Rock Center needed some adornment

Thanks Swarovski – Rock Center needed some adornment

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

Christmas Tree_2012-100

12-22-11 Solstice Sunrise 7:17 AM

Of course, the Hudson is on the west side of the island so it does not get the spectacular sunrise that the East River gets. None the less, at 7:17, there I was looking down on the river from Riverside Park.  I still think it  a pretty sight.  The usual crowd was in the park and by the river. Runners, bikers, walkers and dog walkers.  As I took this next shot (at 7:28 – 11 minutes after official sunrise) a woman’s voice behind me said: “That is a pretty view. You could almost forget it’s New Jersey.” (Ah we are incorrigible here in the city).

Happy Solstice!

Happy Chanukah!

While looking for video of what was going to be today’s Holiday song, this popped up. I am embarrassed to admit that I, supposed collector of off beat Holiday tunes, had never seen or heard this before.  Teach me not to listen to opera…