Thanks to those who visited my blog throughout this past year! Next year’s project is “Images” and I hope you’ll continue to visit. You can find the new site HERE.
Have a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year everyone!
This is the creche (also known as the Nativity) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Did you notice there’s an animal in the manger that is usually not there? You’re not seeing things…….it’s a yellow Lab! You can read the story about it HERE.
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Tropical fish CHELMON ROSTRATUS also known as the Copperband Butterfly Fish and Beaked Coralfish. So beautiful….
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City……I can’t think of a better representation of religion particularly since this was taken during Mass.
I took this photo last month on a very overcast day. I like the pop of color the barge adds to the shot. The monument left of center is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, Manhattan.
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Technically, this is supposed to be New York City but I think it could be almost any big city with a train station.
The New York Transit Museum creates a Holiday Train Show each year where Lionel trains journey through a miniature New York City from Grand Central Station to the North Pole. It’s positively magical! Anyway, I think this particular engine is made of plastic.
These have to be the largest utensils I’ve ever come across!
This beautiful angel is in in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
When I am no longer with you
Let no tears fall or sorrow prevail
When you see your reflection shimmer in the water
Smile and know that I see your smile
When you feel the cool grass beneath your feet
And the sun’s warmth upon your back
Know that I feel it also
When you hear the leaves rustling in the wind
Know it is my voice softly whispering to you
When you see a butterfly dancing among flowers
Know that I am dancing also
When you gently touch a puppy’s soft fur
Know that I too feel your touch
When the wind swirls across your skin
Know that it is I who caresses you
When you love another
Know that I too feel your love
These words are truth, my love
Have faith, my love
As long as beauty lives upon the earth and in the stars
And love lives in every beat of every heart
So then do I
So then do we all.
This is one of the famous Holiday display windows from Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC. Each year, the windows are more creative and beautiful than the year before. This season’s theme is taken from the childrens book “SNOWPEOPLE” by Rick and Ryan Zeeb. It’s about, what else, people made of snow! Saks has partnered with St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital this year and you can hear Marlo Thomas reading the story HERE.
This is one VERY large Nutcracker at the entrance to S.P.Q.R. Restaurant in LITTLE ITALY, Manhattan. Oh, and here’s an offer you can’t refuse……check out this video for a tour of Little Italy where “Wise Guys Got Whacked.” Disclaimer: not all Italians or Nu Yawkah’s tawk like this! Badda Bing!
Art at Chez Josephine. Love it there!
Check out THIS article about Chez Josephine from the NY Daily News. Fascinating!
KISS is a heavy metal rock band that was formed in the 1970’s in New York. Gene Simmons was one of the founding members and is still a member. I’m not a fan but one of the songs I can tolerate is “I WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT.” Who knows, you may love them! Photo was taken at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Pizza and Pepsi, “no Coke! Pepsi!” Anyone remember that from SNL – John Belushi? Hilarious! HERE’S the skit found on hulu.
This small car was sitting on some part of the engine under the hood of a regular sized car. I don’t know what part it was but I do know they were both made of metal and very cool looking!
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This is what the Steel Pier and ferris wheel look like after Labor Day. No seats and pretty much deserted. HERE’S a short video I found on YouTube showing Atlantic City in the summer from the wheel.
Corvette symbols have changed many times over the years. I don’t know what year this one is from but if you’d like to read more about the differences, you can do so HERE. And here’s The Corvette Song performed by George Jones.
This is one of THE BOARDWALK CATS OF ATLANTIC CITY. He/she had just finished lunch and was lounging in the sun on the beach. Try as I did, I couldn’t get it to turn its head.
This photo was taken at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Hard Rock is known for its collection of rock and roll memorabilia and fried ice cream! A bizarre but delicious concoction.
The plaque under the shadow box reads:
This violin was used to record the violin solo in “Don’t Pass Me By” (written and sung by Ringo) from the 1968 “White Album.”
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Meet Teri and George. They were kind enough to pose together for this photo! Thanks guys! =D
Part of the roof detail of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Definitely ornamental. HERE’S a video of ‘On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City’ sung by The Lennon Sisters accompanied by a slideshow of 1930’s images from the Atlantic City boardwalk. It doesn’t look anything like that anymore! Well, except for the rolling chairs….they’re still being used.
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Hibiscus and Sparrow
it’s just a moment
with the hibiscus in bloom
and the sparrow in flight
chirping as it does, perhaps;
just in a moment, perhaps all of it
in the stream of being and existence:
and me, just getting up from my chair
Quick, if you blink you’ll miss him! I captured this gentleman as he was moving across the room. Actually, I can’t tell if he’s floating or gliding or walking! Maybe it isn’t a man at all……perhaps it’s a ghost! Hmmmmmmm………the building IS over 100 years old. I wonder………..
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Usually, a view of the New York Skyline is one of my favorite things. When the weather is like this…..not so much. I do think it has a certain ethereal beauty though.
This image has a shallow Depth of Field (DOF). It was the last leaf hanging from a branch of a weeping cherry tree and I loved the way it looked it against the mottled green background of the hedge.
There are a couple of stuffed animals mixed in with these whimsical dolls. I think they’re the extinct square-headed, pink bowed teddy bear!
Just about everything in this photo was wet……including me [although I’m not actually in the photo, = ) ] the ducks and that jogger on the other side of the lake.
I have it on pretty good authority that this handsome fellow was not part of anyone’s dinner! : )
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Don’t forget to watch for Julius the Monkey tomorrow as he makes his first appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I’d never heard of him before but apparently he’s the next big thing in cartoons, or at least he hopes to be. He’s kind of cute!
I’m not sure what this structure was, but I was immediately struck by the lighting…….it certainly is neglected though.
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Hmmmm…….I wonder if this would be classified as a protein? lol A treat for the eyes as well as the sweet tooth, courtesy of THE CANDYMAN from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Really? Pizza? Under the theme for vegetable? Yes, it’s true in case you havn’t already heard. Congress has decided that PIZZA is a VEGETABLE! There goes the government, in it’s infinite wisdom, concluding that the tomato paste on frozen pizza makes it a vegetable. Unbelievable! I thought they had more important matters to concentrate on…..silly me! Therein lies the power of corporations.
I can’t seem to figure out what Families of Vegetables the dough and cheese fit into though….neither can Jimmy!
Edit: I wonder what The King of Pizza would say? A friend of mine wrote this book about 15 years ago. I had forgotten all about it but it’s a wonderful children’s story and it does include a recipe for VEGETABLE pizza. = )
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“Nuts said the Queen, if I had them I’d be King”…….. I always get a chuckle from that! I don’t know if this squirrel is a King or a Queen, but it is carrying a nut in its’ mouth which you can catch a glimpse of when the photo is enlarged. I was walking past and was amazed that he/she stopped and posed for a photo. Thanks little squirrel!
This is the elegant Palm Court Restaurant at The Plaza Hotel in NYC. In addition to serving Afternoon Tea, they also serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. Of course, 24 hour room service is available for all hotel guests. You didn’t expect anything less, did you? = )
It’s been dreary and rainy around here but one thing that can guarantee lifting a soggy mood is a performance of “SINGING IN THE RAIN” by Gene Kelly. Enjoy! I’m singing in the rain…….
While this hood ornament from a ’37 Chevy is not actually in motion, I like the feeling of movement it conveys.
Birthday, anniversary, special occasion? We found THE most perfect way to celebrate! Afternoon Tea at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. It was a friend’s birthday (I can’t reveal her age, she’ll kill me lol) and the celebration included the afternoon tea. It was delightful! By the way, that’s Joe in the background…..public defender by day, tea aficionado all other times!
Thirsty? How about a cool, refreshing drink of water? This ornate water fountain at the NY Public Library provides H2O in a most beautiful way.
The interior of a ’51 Ford……out of this world! lol It’s a HOT ROD BABY!!!
My favorite season! Cool crisp air, beautiful colors, the smell and crackle of wood burning in the fireplace, pumpkins & cornstalks & bales of hay, apple picking and baking pies, squirrels gathering acorns, cider & donuts, scarecrows, jumping in neatly raked piles of leaves, chestnuts and butternut squash soup! lol I really used to love the smell of burning leaves but that’s not considered environmentally friendly these days.
An Autumn Day
Tell me when the days turn cold
And the crisp, bitter nights set in
I’ll bid adieu, adieu to the sun
And embrace the northern winds
Wake me from my restless sleep
For the trees will crackle soon
And shed their cumbersome coats and dance
Bare with me and the moon
My mouth how it waters in pure delight
Dreaming of scented dregs
Cinnamon, pumpkin, apple spice
Swirling in my head!
And on Halloween, I’ll await you where
The headless one rides by
Chasing after phantom fools
And so this night shall I,
September days may shorten in length
October evenings can fright
November rains may fall and freeze
Over the Saman night
But deep within the heart
Of the dormant Earth
The little buds await the Fall
To ensure them of rebirth
And so I sit much like them
Dependant in every way
Upon the plentiful harvest,
Of an autumn day.
I think the ‘ultimate thrill’ for me would be riding in one of these hot-air balloons. Imagine floating above a beautiful countryside just as the sun is beginning to set on a gorgeous fall day. I imagine it would be heavenly.
Debra and Frank……two new friendships I have as a result of joining the Camera Club. We were out on our Annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt yesterday, which had been cancelled because of snow last weekend. Hard to believe that the weather can change so drastically in a week…..it was gorgeous here!
Meet Sonic the Hedgehog…..one of the newest additions to the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There are two other new balloons that will be introduced on Turkey Day. The AFLAC Duck and Julius. I’m sure they’ll be making an appearance on the blog too! Each year the newest additions are taken out for one final run before Thanksgiving and yesterday was the day. It was a lot of fun! You can find one of last year’s new additions HERE.
For my fellow bloggers “Down Under” I present…….Slim Dusty, Australia’s King of Country Music, singing “Waltzing Matilda” . Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And here’s an old b & w cartoon of “Waltzing Matilda” I found on YouTube. Very cute. I now think I understand the song a little! HERE’S a short explanation of the song.
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong, Under the shade of a coolibah tree, And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me? And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled, “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”
Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong, Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee, And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag, “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me” Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda , You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.” And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag, “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”
Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred, Up rode the troopers, one, two, three, “With that jolly jumbuck that you’ve got in your tucker bag” “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.” Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me “With that jolly jumbuck that you’ve got in your tucker bag” “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, you scoundrel with me.”
Up jumped the swagman, and sprang into the billabong, “You’ll never take me alive,” said he. And his ghost may be heard as you’re passing by that billabong, “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.” Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me. And his ghost may be heard as you’re passing by that billabong, “You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.” You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me.”
I came upon this cute stone cottage while looking for foliage to photograph. It’s actually on a large estate that is now used as a retreat for a religious group. Maybe it was the carriage house or a guest cottage? I don’t know but from the looks of the door, it hasn’t been used in awhile, unless they use the back door to enter. One of my favorite old movies is The Enchanted Cottage (1945, Dorothy McGuire & Robert Young)….I think that may have been made of stone as well. The story is magical, uplifting and just all-around wonderful! Check it out if you’re a fan of old b & w films.
So this is the tree where both the Red-bellied woodpecker and Rocky Raccoon live. It was hit pretty hard by that bizarre snowstorm. Entire limbs snapped off and blocked the street. Some Village workers came during the storm with equipment and pushed them out of the way, then came back today and cut them into manageable sizes and carted them away. I hope Rocky’s ok,…..I saw Woody, so at least he hasn’t been forced to move! Some parts of my town and other areas in surrounding counties still have no electricity and/or heat. We went to the supermarket yesterday and found nothing that had been refrigerated was for sale because they lost their power until about 9 am yesterday morning and had to discard everything. So much for man-made global warming, I never believed it anyway! Time to give the Nobel back Al! = )
Once, when I was a little girl, I found my mother just staring out a window. I remember asking her what she was doing and she told me she was watching the birds. She said she wanted to come back as one in her next life. I never really understood what she meant until I wasn’t a little girl anymore. Free as a Bird by The Beatles
The name of this balloon is “The Limelight.” I was talking with the owner (the gentleman with the hat on) and he told me that he actually made the balloon. It took him seven weeks and 175 hours to make using a sewing machine. Ok, that’s a real labor of love IMHO! Up, Up and Away!
This old glass jar is the perfect place to keep these fireflies……until they’re let go that is.
If you catch a firefly
and keep it in a jar,
You may find that
you have lost
A tiny star.
If you let it go then,
back into the night,
You may see it
From the looks of the backyard, it looks like we have some yard work to do!
I don’t know what type of metal this watering can is made of….tin? aluminum? something else? Anyway, I really liked it when I saw it hanging there.
The old metal watering can
Over the years it’s lost its rose
To gently water my seedlings
I don’t trust the garden hose
I wonder what happened to this poor little tree to cause it to grow this way? Maybe the Tracy or Heins family can shed some light on the subject. Good luck getting them to talk though! = )
and so finds
itself in a
This baby robin was hiding among the leaves earlier this summer. I almost didn’t see him/her!
There are a few motorized objects in this photo. One is the Ferry of course!
If you look in the window of Johnny’s Barber Shop you’ll see the rest of the storefronts in the reflection……
I guess everything in black & white is in shades of gray….
There are always lots of chores to do on the farm…..
…….a deer, a female deer. This flash mob Doe-a-Deer video on YouTube is FABULOUS!
The metal surfaces on the interior of this vehicle are super shiny….
The line of symmetry runs right down the middle of these 2 doors.
A beautiful ’37 Chevy…..in aqua. Painted especially for this theme! ; )
Did you know that when a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it? They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. A great life lesson for all of us I think.
1952 Ford 8n – America’s ‘Classic’ Tractor <<<<<Check it out!
There’s lots of negative space in this photo.
A 1948 Dodge Business Coupe……or at least what’s left of it. It used to look something like THIS 60 or so years ago. EDIT: I was doing some work on this photo and noticed that there are remnants of a CHEVROLET emblem! So the man who has it for sale didn’t have the correct info…go figure! Anyway, the best I can tell is that it’s actually a 1948 Chevy Business Coupe and THIS is what it might have looked like. They’re look very similar.
Why did the chicken cross the road? HERE are some possible answers!
Did the chicken cross the road?
Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes the chicken crossed the road,
but why he crossed, I’ve not been told!
If this shot doesn’t say ‘school,’ I don’t know what does……..except maybe this very early clip of The Little Rascals in the classroom. “Isthmus be my lucky day!” Too funny!
This old train car has been repurposed into an office. I don’t know what kind of office it is, but I do know that it looks like a pretty small space to be in all day so let’s hope the workers get along REALLY well.
Update: Ceremony for 9/11 firefighters held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
“When completed, THE FREEDOM TOWER, also known as 1 WTC or ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, will be one of the most important buildings of the early 21st century. It is significant in stature, in design, in its politics, its symbolism, and for the reason it was built.“
UPDATE: In honor of One World Trade Center becoming the tallest building in New York, EarthCam has released a time-lapse movie showcasing the construction progress from 2004-2012. You can view it HERE.
Want to see the Twin Towers on your mobile? There’s an APP for that!
Here’s the amazing story of ‘The Survivor Tree’ that was at Ground Zero but somehow made it through the horrific events of September 11, 2001.
Six stamens and anthers of HEMEROCALLIS, carrying pollen.
And she’ll have Fun, Fun, Fun ’til her daddy takes the sailboat away! = )
The faces of passers-by…..
Waiting at the station with a workday wind a-blowing
I’ve got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I?
I love the way the medallion breaks up the vertical lines of this homemade gate.
West 46th Street in Manhattan is always busy, but it’s especially busy on Wednesday afternoons……”Matinee Day.” In addition to an 8PM performance, theaters offer a 2PM performance…..perfect for a day out with the girls! A little shopping, a little lunch, a great play…..can’t think of a better way to spend a Wednesday! On this particular Wednesday, we saw BABY IT’S YOU, a play about The Shirelles, one of the great girl groups of the 60’s and Florence Greenberg, the woman who discovered them. You can see them performing one of their greatest hits, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW or hear another of their popular songs, SOLDIER BOY. Enjoy!!
I shot this late Sunday morning after Irene’s unwelcome visit. According to a couple of people who were there, if I had arrived earlier, I would have seen the entire field underwater. I think the street was enough! The area where this field is located really wasn’t hit hard at all. Check HERE if you’d like to see what happened in some neighboring towns.
Hundreds of them! Taken the day before Irene was kind enough to stop by.
I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light,
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield.
Excerpt from a poem by Katherine Lane
I loved this house & windows when I saw them……
One of Mother Nature’s more beautiful creations……
I was hoping the bowling ball didn’t drop on my head! = )
One of the walls of an Off-Broadway theater I was at recently.
These tables are located in the most wonderful French restaurant, ‘CHEZ JOSEPHINE‘ in NYC. The food is fabulous, the service outstanding and the ambiance is delightful…..it’s like having dinner in a tiny jewel box. Chez Josephine was opened by the charming and handsome Jean-Claude Baker as a tribute to his late mother, American-born Paris sensation Josephine Baker, a multi-talented singer, actress and comedienne of the 1920’s and beyond, who was WAY ahead of her time. You can hear her performing “Haiti” from the 1934 film, ZOU ZOU, HERE or HERE for footage of her performing ‘The Plantation’ recorded at the Folies Bergères, Paris, in 1927. Chez Josephine is located at 414 West 42nd Street. If you’re ever in the City, don’t pass up the opportunity to dine there…….it’s an amazing experience! Thanks Jean-Claude!
Edit: 8/23/13 –
Wilder than her pet cheetah, the sex-mad Black Venus who outwitted the Nazis: Remarkable story of Josephine Baker
Me, Jean-Claude & of course, Josephine…..sorry for the poor quality!
Built like a Mack truck….but the bulldog has a missing leg! = (
The Eagles / Joe Walsh -‘In the City’ – from the movie The Warriors about a street gang from Coney Island.
Well……so to speak.
We went to a private reception Sunday night at Discovery Times Square in Manhattan for Pompeii, the Exhibit. There was catering by Lidia Bastianich, wine from I don’t remember, lol (it was good though) an operatic performance by soprano Cristina Fontanelli and a talk by archaeologist Kristin Romey. (My dream was to be an archaeologist so I was in heaven!) It was FABULOUS! They did not allow photographs, however, there was one part of the exhibit in a separate, little room which turned out to be a replica of a room from one of the many brothels in Pompeii. The bed & other things were from the site, the linens obviously were not but the style was of the time period. Somehow, my camera went off….shhh…don’t know how on earth that happened except for the fact that I had my blog visor on at the time. HERE’S a short video showing what might have happened when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.. HERE and HERE are links (Rated R) to Pompeii’s Erotic Past. In those times, prostitution was not illegal. Sex workers were male and female and the beds in the brothels were made of stone!
If you’d like a comprehensive guide to all things Pompeii, go to AD79 – Destruction and Re-discovery and check HERE to see photos recently taken at Pompeii. Oh, and HERE’S a link to a more recent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, in 1944. Heck, check all the links, they’re amazing!
So this was the only shot I was able to get all night and wondered if it was going to be possible to use in The Challenge. Checking the theme list I found ‘Bedtime’, so, without further ado…..
Many multiples on the Manhattan Bridge….
The building on the left is the Stonehenge Apartments (obviously not the prehistoric structure in England 🙂 ) also known locally as ‘The Round House.” I didn’t live in ‘The Round House’ but I did live in the building to the right of it. Our living room had a gorgeous view of the New York skyline and the bedroom and kitchen had an equally beautiful view of the park and lake. I was going to post this as is but then I remembered something that happened there. It was a UFO landing in the park directly across the street. You can read an abbreviated account of the highly publicized event HERE. It has even been featured in a History Channel documentary which is re-run occasionally. If you’d like a more detailed article about this incident, read THE STONEHENGE INCIDENTS Part 1 & Part 2 (page 8). Scroll down in part 1 and you’ll see a photo of Mr. O’Barski standing in front of the Stonehenge. Pretty cool! (I had to do quite a bit of processing on my photo because of all the glare, not one of my better shots…I also did some online detective work to locate these links!)
While it might not be noisy right now, it will be when someone rings it! Ring My Bell by Anita Ward…..Disco Queen = )
I had just finished filling up the birdbaths yesterday morning (it was about 101 degrees) when I looked up to find Rocky Raccoon poking out from his tree house. Can you imagine how hot it must have been in there? I ran inside (coincidentally humming Rocky Raccoon) lol, grabbed the camera and quickly changed the lens hoping he would still be there by the time I got back outside. Well, he was and he very kindly posed (either that or he was too hot to move) while I snapped some pics and then I went back inside to the cool, air-conditioned house. 🙂 I checked an hour or so later and Rocky was still hanging out….literally! I checked about 5ish and he was gone. Rocky lives in the same tree as the red-bellied woodpecker from a couple of Challenges ago. If you’re not familiar with the song “Rocky Raccoon”, it’s from The Beatles’ White Album (one of my favs of theirs, can’t decide between that and Abby Road) and you can watch a funny You Tube video featuring them singing their song HERE.
For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was their first view of the United States, signifying new opportunities in life. The statue is an iconic symbol of the American Dream. HERE’S a short video clip of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1903…. made by Thomas Edison himself!
Contrary to popular belief, the Statue is actually located in NJ waters off Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ although both New Jersey and New York share jurisdiction of the island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island. Utility services, including electricity, waterand sewage to Liberty Island are provided by New Jersey although the mail is delivered from New York. You can read about the dispute, which was settled by the Supreme Court in 1997, HERE. By the way, did you know the Statue of Liberty used to be a lighthouse?
Pick a pattern, any pattern……this is the Goldman Sachs Building (yeah, THAT Goldman Sachs) in New York City. Now we know where some of the money went!
Four sails in the sunset…..(That’s the Brooklyn Bridge barely visible in the background.)
Somehow or other, ‘The Little Red Lighthouse’ always manages to make a appearance on the Photo Challenges! I wonder how that happens? 🙂 For those unfamiliar with it, you can find info on the charming children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” as well as some historical info on the lighthouse HERE. Anyway, here’s ‘The Little Red Lighthouse’ making it’s appearance as the center of interest. Edit: You can see the original post of The Little Red Lighthouse HERE.
This one is at Lois’ suggestion. I like it!
It’s 1 WTC aka One World Trade Center. When completed, it will be New York’s tallest skyscraper, with the antenna mast rising to 1,776 feet. Do you think that number has any significance or is it just random? Click HERE to find out about the 9/11 Memorial set to open this year on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools. HERE’S a link to an article about an 18th century wooden ship unearthed new World Trade Center site.
Spent part of the day yesterday sailing on the Hudson River. What a beautiful day…..more photos to come!
July 4th is more than another holiday. Much, much more.
July 4, 1776, was a world-changing historic event. It was the birth, not only of a nation, but an ideal, an ideal that people around the world have aspired to ever since.
This ideal has become known as “American Exceptionalism.” The characteristics of this ideal include self-government, liberty, volunteerism and self-sacrifice. Yes, it’s true, these noble virtues are not unique to America—but America’s founding fathers captured these virtues in a way that no other generation of people had ever done before, or, I dare say, since.
Since America was born, each generation of Americans has been called to stand up as a beacon of light to the world, to fight evil and spread justice. We’ve had to fight evil and injustice abroad, as we did in World War II, and at home, as we did in the Civil War.
Because human beings are imperfect the ideal America stands for has been imperfect. But that ideal, lived out from one generation to another, has shined so brightly that people from across the face of the earth have struggled and even died to come to America’s shores in the hope of finding freedom and opportunity they could not find anywhere else.
As I sat in my bomb shelter in Lebanon those seven years, I was one of those who dreamed of coming to America and having the opportunity to live that “American dream.” Little did I know then that today I would be writing you this message about the significance of July 4th, Independence Day.
Many of our founding fathers paid a great price to give us, and the world, a Declaration of Independence, a Constitution, and a Bill of Rights. Some paid the price with their lives. Others lost family members and others died broke.
The least we can do to safeguard the legacy our founding fathers deeded to us is to throw off the shackles of political correctness and fearlessly stand up for the values that made America a shining city on a hill to the whole world.
Today, in the spirit of our founding fathers, we are summoned to lead in our communities and our nation. We are summoned to wake up the apathetic and inspire the despaired, to silence the liars and educate the patriots. For if we fail to inform the ignorant, we will fail to save the informed.
It is time to throw political correctness on to the ash heap of history. It is time to silence those who see nothing good in America and who claim, dishonestly and falsely, that America is the source of all the world’s ills. It is time to stand together united as ONE against the evil of radical Islam—not as African-Americans, Lebanese-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Italian-Americans—but as Americans!!!
Evil flourishes when courageous men and women become bystanders. Lies spread when the informed become silent. Society deteriorates when apathy replaces activism. Tyranny triumphs when leaders become mediocre and haters become organized.
We have been blessed so generously by this country, and to whom much is given much is required. Each one of us is an instrument of change with history as our final judge. As important as all other causes are, if we lose our freedom to tyrants or our lives to terrorists all other causes will not matter. May we go forth from this weekend into our nation renewed with passion, with determination to defend our country and values, so we may be worthy of walking in our forefathers’ footsteps and deserving of the honor of serving and preserving our nation for our future generations. God bless you, bless our military and veterans, and bless the United States of America.
Yours in devotion for liberty, security and freedom,
ACT for America
P.O. Box 12765
Pensacola, FL 32591
This cute little critter is one of the babies from this previous post. Mom was close-by, chiding me for getting too close!
I joined a camera club for the first time this year and last night was the Annual Dinner & Year End Competition. So here’s my Gold Medal…….perfectly timed for this theme! The 23 stands for the number of gold medals I got (I know, unbelievable). My photos were also chosen for Color Print of the Year, B & W Print of the Year & Projected Image of the Year along with a couple of other things. I was told this has never happened before…..I still find it hard to believe! Woo hoo! lol
The softness of the petals of a peony. I can almost feel it…..
The Wren Family has returned! I’m guessing that’s mom. She darted out of that birdhouse and took off….the babies must have been hungry!
I took this at a Memorial Day Ceremony last week. This gentleman served in WWII in both the Army & Navy. While in the Navy, he served in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was discharged and enlisted in the Army where he served in Japan and Korea……a real hero in my estimation. (I put him in a new background because the original was very distracting.)
Among early English folk cures, alcoholism was treated with Owl eggs. The drinker was prescribed raw eggs and a child given this treatment was thought to gain lifetime protection against drunkenness. Really????
The Itsy-bitsy Spider sung by Little Richard 🙂
On this Memorial Day, a rose for all those in our armed forces….those who served in the past, those presently serving and those who will serve in the future.
These are two front doors that I’d rather not go through right now…..at least without having a back door! (I wonder who has the key?)
Meet Matilda the Wallaby and her son. (He doesn’t have a name yet!)
So the something is my left foot. Wasn’t there a movie by that name? Anyway, I had foot surgery yesterday and those purple markings are a) the doctor’s initials and b) the bottom part of an arrow pointing down to make sure it’s the right….no, make that correct…..foot. Fun, fun, fun!!!
Well, technically they’re called striations but it means the same thing after all…..
Details from one of the towers on a local church…..
One of Mother Nature’s kinder & gentler creations….loaded with beautiful details of course!
I took this shot because of the beautiful glow from the building and didn’t notice the glowing bits on the ground…..a nice addition I think!
…..apparently these have been around for awhile, but I just found them!
Here’s the rest of that rusty old silo from yesterday. Isn’t it odd looking?
This is the entrance to a very old, rusty metal silo. I’d never seen a silo like this before, it’s quite unique to the area.
There’s only one photo today…..this is the color that came out of the camera.
For some unknown reason, I’ve always loved these gates!
There’s not that much difference between the two.
Is it just me or does it look like this guy is smirking? I took this as soon as I got up after falling, yes falling, out of the car. I over-reached when trying to close the door and sort of just fell out. lol It was even funny when it happened….hurt my thumb of all things! Anyway, I think he may have been laughing at me!
How you gonna keep them down on the farm……
This is the original color of the image, so there’s no color photo today.
It overlooks a lovely pond the rest of the year.
All these hanging award ribbons belong to a beautiful horse named Marshall. He wasn’t in his stall when I took this photo.
Guess what we had for dinner last night. It actually fills three other themes too!
I’m pretty sure that’s the engine in the distance. This was the last of the railroad series. : )
These tasty little tidbits are called tricolors according to the people at the bakery. How could I resist? 🙂 Oh, and I did not enhance these colors, this is actually what they look like.
I think this conversion is pointless, but since I said I was going to post both, here it is……
This old metal figure is actually about 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″. He’s been around a long time.
I’ve had this musical instrument since I was in high school and haven’t played it since college. I won’t be saying exactly how long that is though! 🙂
I decided to get a little creative with this one….
Oldies but always goodies……
And here’s the sepia at Terri’s suggestion……
Sepia’s my fav.
There’s definitely a theme going on here. These are outside one of the bedroom windows……
Yikes…..this caught my eye immediately!
Interesting result…this was processed using a high contrast orange filter.
I don’t think anyone will be sitting on this bench anytime soon!
This was the first time I saw this pond….can’t wait to get back there in the spring/summer.
Well, there’s definitely no red in this shot……
Yes, it’s snowed again but it wasn’t anything like that awful blizzard….only 5″ as opposed to 20″. I’ll take it!
Chapter 1 from “Our Own Birds – A Familiar Natural History of the Birds of the United States” by William L. Baily. No, I didn’t read it! : ) I think I prefer the color version. It really should be enlarged to appreciate the full effect.
It’s official! This is our new favorite wine! I processed the b & w version a little differently & initially liked that one better. Now, after looking at them both, I’m really not sure! What about you?
So here’s my first post of 2011. Love the pieces in a chess set…so classic and tactile. It took a few shots to finally find one I liked though, and I do prefer it in black & white. What’s your opinion?
Welcome…..it’s time for another International Photo Challenge! 2009’s project was SHADOWS & LIGHT and 2010’s was WALK WITH ME, both of which can be accessed by clicking on their names. This year it’s IMMAGINI ANCORA (Italian for ‘Images Again’) and we’re going back to the 365 theme specific format. That doesn’t necessarily mean a photo a day, but hopefully 365 by the end of 2011. We’ll see!!! I’m also planning to post some photos in monochrome in addition to color, although that isn’t part of the project. You can check the archives for a list of all posts. Enjoy your visit and please feel free to leave comments or critiques.