The Tree Man Cometh

The tree man cometh. Actually there were two of them (three today) and they’ve been here every day this week. They’ve cut down and removed three large trees and still have two more to go.

Taken with a Sony A7IV, Sony FE 28-75 f3.5-5.6 OSS and Tamron Di III VXD A056SF 70-180mm f2.8.

To the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and back. Part 1: The Park.

It was a glorious, sunny when I woke up so I decided to get out of the house and take a walk. Unfortunately the good weather didn’t last long. Pretty soon it clouded over and got quite dark and gloomy. The weather forecast even suggested rain. Still I’d decided to go out. I took the dog for a one hour walk around the neighborhood and after a brief rest on returning home I caught a ride to the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. On the way there I decided I would try to walk back to the house so I walked through the park, onto the Old Croton Aqueduct trail, along Route 9 and then up the hill along Scarborough Road back to the house. All told it took me about three hours. So including the walk with the dog I walked for about four hours in all. Above: Bridge over the Pocantico River. Although most of the trees were still bare, a few were starting to show leaves.

Pocantico River. We’ve had quite a lot of rain lately and it was in full flow.

Skunk Cabbage (I think). A low growing plant that grows in wetlands and moist hill slopes of eastern North America. Apparently if you bruise the leaves they present an odor reminiscent of skunks. I can’t confirm this as I’ve never actually tried to bruise one.

A pair of fellow walkers and their dog. I didn’t take Harley because he’d already had his walk and I was carrying a fairly large, heavy camera. It’s hard to control the dog and use such a camera at the same time.

Stone wall.

Mossy stones.

Patterns in stone

Taken with a Canon EOS 5DII and Canon EF20-105mm f3.5-4.5 II USM

In New York City – Woman on a Train

Seen on the The 42nd Street Shuttle, a New York City Subway shuttle train service that operates in Manhattan. The shuttle is sometimes referred to as the Grand Central/Times Square Shuttle, since these are the only two stations it serves. The shuttle runs at all times except late nights, with trains running on two tracks underneath 42nd Street between Times Square and Grand Central; for many decades, three tracks had been in service until a major renovation was begun in 2019 reducing it to two tracks. With two stations, it is the shortest regular service in the system by number of stops, running about 2,402 feet (732 m) in 90 seconds as of 2005. The shuttle is used by over 100,000 passengers every day, and by up to 10,200 passengers per hour during rush hours.

The 42nd Street Shuttle was constructed and operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and is currently part of the A Division of New York City Transit as of 2021. The shuttle tracks opened in 1904 as part of the city’s first subway. The original subway line ran north from City Hall on what is now the IRT Lexington Avenue Line to 42nd Street, from where it turned west to run across 42nd Street. At Broadway, the line turned north, proceeding to 145th Street on what is now the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. This operation continued until 1918, when construction on the Lexington Avenue Line north of 42nd Street, and on the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line south of 42nd Street was completed. One trunk would run via the new Lexington Avenue Line down Park Avenue, and the other trunk would run via the new Seventh Avenue Line up Broadway. The section in the middle, via 42nd Street, was converted into shuttle operation.

The shuttle operates at all times except late nights, and each of the shuttle tracks in operation at any given time is independent of the other. Its route bullet is colored dark gray on route signs, station signs, and rolling stock with the letter “S” on the official subway map. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Taken with a Fuji X-E1 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

2021 Favorites – Black and White

Pocantico Falls, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, NY.

Two Trees at Scarborough Station Park, Briarcliff Manor/Scarborough, NY.

The Bar at P.J. Clarkes, Manhattan, New York City.

Lonesome Pine, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, NY.

Icicles, Briarcliff Manor, NY.

Strange Creature at Times Square Station, Manhattan, NY.

Pigeons bathing on Park Avenue and 51st Street, Manhattan, NY.

Woman in Starbucks, Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan, NY.

Fabulous machine at the Black Cow Coffee Shop, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Eating lunch on Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, NY.