Saturday, December 13, 2014

My New Wallpaper...Ho Ho Ho

The weird border is part of my television sets frame - I shot this photo from my TV during the tree lighting ceremony. I like the colors and giant snowflake designs projected onto the building behind it. I have much better photos of Rockefeller Center here with this one being my favorite.
Have a merry weekend everyone.
; )

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More scenes from Wickenden Street

I love Wickenden Street in Providence. It still has the cultural buzz of college atmosphere without the crazy vibe of popular frenetic Thayer Street. This holiday decorated door is the entrance to (as well as outside view of) Amy's - a place I never fail to visit whenever I am in Providence.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Black Horse in the Rain


This is what today feels like, except with an extra dose of rain.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Cactus and Reflections in Providence


Almost one year ago to this very day, I shot this Christmas Cactus on Wickenden Street in Providence. Funny sentence eh? I've shared winter orchids form this same florist earlier this year here.
If you are experiencing a very rainy and overcast day like I am, maybe this photo will help brighten up your evening.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Last Thanksgiving #tbt

My mom made this for our family and it was delicious. And, is it just me, or does Thanksgiving already feel like a month ago?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses ca. 1890

Check out these apples (ha ha) by the master Paul Cézanne. I was standing in a room that was filled to the brim with the likes of Seurat, Picasso & Vincent van Gogh and yes those artist's paintings were amazing, but the use of color in this one made it jump off the wall. According to The MET, Claude Monet once owned this painting.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Something for your listening pleasure

I always knew this movie as "March of the Wooden Soldiers". Listening to this music is like being transported to my childhood.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas is Coming

I am looking forward to Christmas though I am not even remotely close to being ready! If the above guy looks familiar, it is because I posted a similar photo two years ago here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

I Love this Place

This is How I like to spend black Friday.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On the Waterfront

I haven't been to Sea Cliff in ages. I remember visiting a great Aunt Louise who lived in the town years ago. Recently my parents & I drove by her old place to see if it was as charming and quaint as I remembered. It was, and though I didn't get a good picture of my aunt's old house, I did find this interesting scene just around the corner from it. I found this article when I googled Sea Cliff power plant. In short, Karin Barnaby of Sea Cliff started a petition to try and save this historic sight for lots of good reasons.  I urge you to go to this page and read about them here. Ms. Barnaby makes a very good case for why this landmark should be saved. Please sign the petition if you agree.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Priscilla and I would like to say Happy Veteran's Day to all our Veterans

Friday, November 7, 2014

Connecticut as Seen from Oyster Bay

Someone was having a good time sailing on the bay the other day. If you look closely you can see a dark figure sitting on the edge of the sailboat. And check out those white caps!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Hot Pink Mandevilla

If the sun comes out, tomorrow I will take a full view photograph of this Mandevilla growing in my backyard. She exceeded all of my expectations in that the first two I tried to grow over the last couple of summers didn't do so well. One never flowered and the other barely flowered. I brought this one back to New York from my friend's home in Virginia with her suggestion that I only keep Miss Pretty outside during the day & bring her in every night until the weather turned markedly warmer. As you can see, it worked - not to mention she is still going strong two weeks into October! Her hot pink color is so intense, she proved to be quite the challenge to photograph.
Here she is posing with Priscilla back in early May.

Monday, October 13, 2014

View From the Top

I love the Ferris Wheel and every year when the Columbus Day Fair comes to Farmingdale, I make sure to take a ride on it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Last Night's Magic Hour

If you look carefully, you can see a blanket of grey sky hanging over Farmingdale. Somehow a sliver of sun large enough to make a difference, escaped from underneath it all to create this magical light effect.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Mandevilla in All its Glory

As of last week, Autumn is officially here but you'd never know it with yesterday's 80 degree temperatures. Check out these scenes from Farmingdale State College Teaching Garden.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Favorite Autumn Flowers

These pretty things are still going strong in my backyard garden. I will miss them when they are gone.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Last Night's Sky is Today's Rainy Day Antidote


Our last two sunsets have been pretty incredible here on Long Island. & I'm glad I noticed since today is looking like it will be a complete washout. Note to self, make sure to check out this Autumn's evening sunsets every day.
P.S. Tuesday night's sky is on my Instagram page.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blurry Flowers at The MET

Every week Lila Acheson Wallace generously provides The MET with awesome flowers. I found this particular arrangement especially exciting to take in.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Sunflowers are Here

Someone decided to spruce up a corner of their gas station by planting a couple of patches of Sunflowers. I believe they have brightened many a people's day by doing so.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We Will Never Forget

Stunned with an upswell of emotion I stood in awe of this deeply moving memorialI tried to reflect on the enormity of exactly what had happened here 13 years ago. Ian and I arrived in lower Manhattan Sunday morning and noticed groups of people making their way to the Freedom tower and much like Pilgrims, we followed. The feeling in the air was palpable, in one way or another most of those present have lived through the events of 9/11 together.
We will never forget.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Astro Turf and Installation Art at The MET

Open until November 2, 2014 the MET's Roof Garden Commission is not to be missed. For more MET information, follow this link. For other glorious roof garden photos, please go here, here, & here.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Farmingdale's Very Own Secret Garden

I've been here before and you may find out more about this garden by following this link. And yes, the colors in this garden really are this bright!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The American Oystercatcher and Black Beach Sand

 I came across this guy while walking at Robert Moses beach. He was the only American Oystercatcher standing quite still amongst a flock of very busy Seagulls. I'm sorry I can't say where the black sand beach pictured below is. The colors in each of these photos compliment each other so nicely it just seemed natural to post them together.

Black Beach Sand

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Think It Might Be Time To Find a Nice Blackberry Jam Recipe...


I am certain these wild blackberries have been growing in our backyard for longer than the fourteen years we've been here, but for some reason they have never been this plump. I'm thinking it might be due to the added sun we have been getting in that particular patch of garden since the giant Evergreen lost most of its needles (Sandy). Whatever the case may be, I think it might be time to start cooking up some jam!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday Evening at Robert Moses



We got there just as everyone was clearing out. It was windy and beautiful and then the sun set behind the dunes.


Friday, June 27, 2014

The Island at The Massapequa Preserve

I've never seen this part of the Massapequa Preserve before. This picturesque island scene is around the bend inside the entrance to the park from Merrick Road in Massapequa. The scene below was taken from Merrick Road in the same town.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Queens Smokestacks


These smokestacks made the news today. Apparently one of them started billowing black smoke out over the East River. I stumbled upon them last week while out and about perusing this neighborhood with Ian. It was the first time I've ever seen these beauties up close. I usually see them while driving on the Long Island Expressway.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Landscape at Robert Moses has changed...

Last Summer the beach looked so much larger! At least the umbrella line is the same. I guess winter decided to make some cut backs. Then someone stuck this blue shed next to the lifeguard stand. I'm not liking it.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Behold the Awesome Peony

As I photographed this flower bud, two ants seemingly appeared out of nowhere working rapidly before my eyes - their job, helping to open up the peony like the blossom pictured below.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Last Night's Penn Station Evacuation


Last night, a suspicious package was found on one of the trains heading out of Penn Station. Unfortunately this was at the exact time Ian was exiting the subway into Penn, only to find all the gates leading into the LIRR closed. Apparently, Penn Station was being evacuated, completely shutting down. 

If Ian hadn't called me from the subway, I wouldn't have had a clue. Not one mention on the LIRR website of delayed trains and the evacuation was barely mentioned on the news. I went onto twitter and within minutes I found out from complete strangers in Penn Station exactly what was going on. Ian was already on the subway to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn to get to Long Island when I texted him about the package. He said everyone on the train was upset about the inconvenience. A fellow passenger waxed philosophical asking everyone, " Would it have been less of an inconvenience if it had turned out to be a bomb?"

Above is the American Legion Post 1066 as seen from the Massapequa LIRR Parking Lot. I waited in the lot across from it for Ian's train last night. An older couple who were just leaving the lot stopped to tell me they were on the train where they found the package. She said police brought bomb sniffing dogs aboard the train and the passengers were "thrown out" onto Seventh Avenue where she said she found a taxi to drive them back to Long Island. She also felt the whole thing was handled very poorly.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rainy With a Chance of Sunny


I think that was the forecast I heard on the radio today... the typical cover your butt type of forecast.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Swamp Maple


When I looked up and saw how the light was gracing this swamp Maple I immediately thought of Maxfield Parrish.
Also, do you believe today is the first day of June?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Saturday Afternoon Traffic


While forcing smiles from his fellow traffic mates - as we all crawled along I95 last Saturday afternoon, this little guy makes the best of a tedious situation.
Happy Tuesday everyone!