Sunday, November 30, 2008
I seem to be in a museum mode and after my trip to The Metropolitan Museum yesterday, I found myself at The Guggenheim today. I don't get to this museum very often. Whenever I do I marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright's spiraling design which always reminds me of the inside of a chambered nautilus seashell. The museum is really conducive to just ambling along and being surprised by one exhibit after another. Today was no exception. I just have to keep myself from continually looking up at the architecture.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I never tire of wandering around the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My Mom used to bring me here as a child and I am fortunate that she instilled her love for art in me. No matter how often I come here I always discover something new. I stumbled across this man sketching today and liked the idea that he was making art while surrounded by art. Like so many artists he had several critics looking over his shoulder.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The faces of my childhood friend Sara and her two girls (my Godchildren) tell you that this game of Scrabble was a real competition. We don't get to see each other often, usually only a few times a year. It's always special when we do, no matter who wins the game.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Invariably when I am working on the computer Slugger will find his way next to my laptop. He positions himself so that he is looking out the window and his rear end is directed toward the keyboard. He has his window on the world and I suppose since I am online, I have mine. I have often been accused of getting "lost" online, surfing various sites and blogs and answering email. After awhile, I get the message that time is up. Slugger's tail starts to creep across my keyboard. Time to pet the kitty cat.
Monday, November 24, 2008
In the late afternoon as the day became gray, a harbinger of the rainy weather that was approaching, this woman looked determined to get in her walk. I liked the loneliness of this photo. The gray sky, bare tree and even drooped shoulders of the woman combine to give a real sense of isolation.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I was so surprised to see this cotton candy vendor on Amsterdam Avenue near 133rd Street that I grabbed the photo from my car. He seemed out of place in the midst of this urban landscape. Everything looked so gray that the pastels of the cotton candy just jumped out at me. I shot it so quickly, that I didn't think I had much. However as I looked at this image I started to like it more and more. I like the parallel vertical lines of the street sign, the pole holding the cotton candy and the corners of the buildings. These repeated vertical lines give the picture a kind of energy. When I shot it I wished I could see the face of the vendor, but I think his anonymity is an asset. I think seeing his face would have completely changed the focus of the photo. New York City is filled with characters, but not all of them are as colorful as this one.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I loved the graphics of this image, the way the building under construction is reflected in the windows of the building across the street and all the strong lines and angles. And the one lone person gives a sense of scale to it all.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Some people carry a lucky rabbit's foot. In college I used to rub the foot of a statue on campus that legend said brought good luck before exams. I don't consider myself to be very superstitious, but sometimes when I feel I need just a little bit of luck I will rub Slugger's rear paw before heading out the door. It certainly can't hurt!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As the sun was getting lower and the temperatures getting cooler the warm light emanating from the Fifth Avenue entrance of the old B. Altman department store seemed very inviting. The store was a favorite of mine. I sure wished I could pop in there to buy a pair of gloves tonight!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This tiny restaurant is located on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I like the warm light and cozy feel of the place and of course the food. But what I really find fascinating is that despite the restaurant's intimacy, everyone in this photo seems to be lost in their own world.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Whenever I see skeins of wool I think of my Mom. She was an avid knitter, making sweaters, scarves, socks and caps--countless caps. For more than thirty years she knitted watch caps for The Seaman's Church Institute. Those caps were distributed to sailors in their holiday packages. Mom's hands were always busy. She had the uncanny ability to knit and watch tv, a trailblazing multitasker, before multitasking was fashionable. Today I wore one of my winter jackets and when I put my hand in the pocket I found one of the watch caps that she made me! Mom doesn't knit much any more, if only I had paid attention and learned to knit!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I hate it when the clocks "fall back" and the days get shorter and shorter. Today as I was driving west on Old Country Road, a road I have been driving on since I got my license I saw the last remnants of the sun slipping below the horizon. I liked the counterpoints of the dark sky and headlights/taillights with the bright spot of the sun. I saw this road and intersection in a way I had never seen it before. At the end of the day (no pun intended), isn't that what photography is all about?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It has been a ritual for as long as I can remember, Momma and The Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. My Mom has been doing the puzzle for longer than I have been alive. Of course she does it in pen and she always finishes it---usually in less than a day. It begins on Saturday morning with a phone call in which Mom tells me her opinion of the puzzle's theme and difficulty. For those of you who live outside of the New York metropolitan area, the Sunday New York Times delivers some of their Sunday sections (including the puzzle) on Saturday to their subscribers. After the call, Mom surrounds herself with her resources: dictionary, thesaurus, Bartlett's Quotations, Maltin's movie guide and various other volumes. In the past couple of years it has become a joint effort with me "Googling" some particularly tough clues. I point out to my Mom, a former teacher, that this is really cheating. Mom chalks it up to part of the educational process. At ninety, she is learning about computers, rap music and all sorts of things from the crossword clues. And Mom is still polishing off the puzzle in a few hours. I'm beginning to think that crossword puzzles might just be the secret to her longevity.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
On a perfectly miserable, gray, rainy day the bright spot was this pink umbrella. I liked the faceless person reflected in the window of the car that she is struggling to get into. I also liked that most of the photo is composed of dark angles with that one big bright pink umbrella. Into each life a little rain must fall... I wonder if it falls more easily on a pink umbrella?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
As I walked into a Starbucks I saw this sad little dog anxiously looking for his owner. The dog looked kind of funny sitting upright in the driver's seat, but clearly, this little fellow thought he had been ditched. He was staring out the driver's side window hoping to catch a glimpse of his owner. The owner did eventually return, latte in hand.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Another cold dreary day called for dinner at a warm inviting familiar place. We headed out to a favorite little spot and had to wait at the bar before being seated. The wait provided me with my blog photo (loved the candles reflected on the top of the bar) A glass of red wine not only warmed me, but went down way too easily!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It was a gray cloudy day, but the sun still managed to peek through the clouds. I like the way the sun highlighted the relief on the facade of the building, yet the sky was cloudy and gray. There is color here, yet the photo has a monochromatic feel to it.
Monday, November 3, 2008
This year more then any I can remember, autumn is giving us quite a show. I have been keenly aware that the leaves seem more brilliant, the color saturation deeper and more vibrant. This year almost daily as I drive around Long Island I see one tree more beautiful then another. I don't remember being this wowed by the foliage before. I know if I were to move I would miss autumn, but not the season that follows.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I always slow down for stained glass windows. I get lost in the design and intricacy of them. As a child my Mom instilled an early appreciation for stained glass art in me. She told me how painstakingly some of the glass was cut and the leading that secured the glass in place. Mom used to give tours in our local church and of course the stained glass windows and their stories were the centerpiece of her tour. My art history classes in college reinforced Mom's art appreciation efforts. So today when I passed this window I stopped for a moment and then I had to take a picture.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
For the past several years I have come to feel that the Long Island I was born and raised on is vanishing. Some days I feel like it has simply disappeared. Almost daily I lament the traffic and congestion and the loss of open space to developers. I was really surprised to see this red fox in a local park. I haven't seen a fox here in more than twenty years and at first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. The fox population is diminishing as more and more houses are built. I was so happy to see this fox it; reminded me of the bucolic Long Island I grew up on.