Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I don't do many sunsets, but this one made me jump off my bike yesterday to snap a few shots. The sun is about to come out from behind the clouds as it sets over the Hudson, throwing the abandoned pier pylons into silhouette. The sun is setting pretty far south of due west as we approach the winter solstice in a few weeks
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The biggest challenge of owning a car in the city is not the traffic but the parking. That's why I leave mine at my father-in-law's upstate house for the winter. I wonder how much carbon is released into the atmosphere from people just driving around the block for an hour looking for a space...
Friday, November 25, 2011
Nothing new today, a day of rest after a typical Thanksgiving overindulgence. This was taken on the way to work a few weeks ago, biking along the Hudson River Greenway. Didn't think much of it at the time but it's grown on me.
These are essentially parking spots for boats near the 79th Street Boat Basin.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Somehow this fat squirrel seems to me to "embody" the general principle of Thanksgiving - get ready to hunker down for the long, cold winter. In ancient times fattening up made sense - food would be scarce and times would be tough. Nowadays, not so much, but traditions die hard...
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
It's been a busy week around here and this is my first post in a few days and the first time I've had the energy or opportunity to go out and shoot. I wish the Parks Dept. would come up with a better solution to protect the shrubbery than these ugly wire fences they put up.
Those yellow leaves framing the tower of the museum are from an incredibly lovely, large, and old Ginko tree sitting in a popular lawn outside the museum. I may have another picture of the tree tomorrow, but it's hard to do it justice .
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Taken yesterday from the middle of 5th Avenue, which was closed off to vehicular traffic for the Veterans Day Parade. I'm no fan of Donald Trump, but I actually like the trees growing along the terraced side of this particular building. The facade, though, is typically tacky Trump.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
What goes down, must come up. I live in Washington Heights, and as the name suggests, it is in the highest part of Manhattan. My apartment is close to a park that has a marker designating it as the highest geologic point on the island (Bennett Park). And the climb from sea level (the Hudson River that runs alongside my bike path) to the highest point is a steep one. It's not so obvious from the photo, but this is the final steep leg of my bike ride home. There's more hill after this, but not quite as dramatically steep as this one.
The nice thing about living in my neighborhood is the vantage point - living at the top of the hill has always had certain socio-economic connotations. The disadvantage for a biker is that the early part of the ride is easy, downhill fun, while the last part of my ride, when I'm already tired, is all uphill. Was mich nicht umbringt...
UPDATED: I realized it was too dark and brought out some more highlights, it looks more appropriate now to the time of day, late afternoon, when it was shot.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
A lazy shot from the seat of my moving bicycle on the way home from work on Friday. I never want to stop when I'm riding, so it's really not a particularly good way to take pictures, unless I have lots of time and ride to a pre-determined destination, with the intention of parking and walking around.
The fall colors are so in your face right now it's almost impossible not to shoot them.