- Blue and White Cat
In an earlier post I mentioned that we had ...
- A Zeiss-Ikon Surprise
I had always thought along the following lines. First there was Carl Zeiss. They made lenses. Then there was Zeiss Ikon. They made cameras – and then they didn’t. Of course there was the added complexity of the West and East German brands, but other than that it seemed fairly ...
- Scenes from a Thai Restaurant
In addition to the elephants (See: In the wilds of darkest Patterson, NY) I took a couple of other pictures in Thai Elephant 2. You can see the elephants just in front of the Buddha painting.
Yellow Orchids in glass jars.
- In the wilds of darkest Patterson, NY
Some family members have recently been on safari in Africa and we’ve been receiving lots of lovely pictures from them. Although I’ve been on safari myself a couple of times it doesn’t look as if I’ll repeat the experience any time soon. So when I saw this group of elephants on a mantle ...
- Fanny Doolittle Antiques
Our friends had mentioned a great antiques store they’d found in Patterson, NY. It’s Fanny Doolittle Antiques and it’s truly magical. There’s fascinating stuff everyone and you have to look into every nook and cranny to ensure that you don’t miss anything.
One of the “nooks”.
Blue and white heaven. I’ve mentioned in earlier posts ...
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, Wallace Fountain
The key to identifying this piece was the inscription on the base: “Ch Lebourg SC 1872”. The photograph is a great example of how a fairly decent picture can be ruined by not looking carefully around the subject to see if there are any distractions. It was late in the day. I’d ...
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, David and Goliath Statue
This bronze statue is called “David remerciant Dieu d’avoir frappé Goliath” (“David thanks God for being able to strike Goliath”), and also known as “David vainqueur de Goliath” (“David defeats Goliath”), and it refers to the Biblical story of young hero who managed to defeat the giant who was threatening his village.
The statue was created ...
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, Henri Dunant Monument Above: Protective Angel.
According to the web site of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (which he founded):
The Red Cross came into being at the initiative of a man named Henry Dunant, who helped wounded soldiers at the battle of Solferino in 1859 and then lobbied political leaders to take more action to protect ...
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle Monument
While walking around I came across this bust of Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (Geneva Old Town in the background).
According to Wikipedia:
Augustin Pyramus de Candolle also spelled Augustin Pyrame de Candolle (4 February 1778 – 9 September 1841) was a Swiss botanist. René Louiche Desfontaines launched de Candolle’s botanical career by recommending him at ...
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, Reformation Wall, Six Lesser Giants of the Reformation These statues presumably represent six lesser luminaries of the Reformation – their statues are a mere 3 meters tall as opposed to the 5m of the main group. They’re arranged into two groups, one to the left of the main group and one to the right. Each group consists of three statues.
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, Reformation Wall, Four Giants of the Reformation
The main feature of the Parc des Bastions is, of course, the famous Reformation Wall (full name: International Monument to the Reformation). It’s sheer size makes it difficult to cover it in a single photograph. A few numbers: the wall is 100 meters long; the statues in the main group are 5 meters ...
- Geneva – Parc des Bastions, Eagle Statue
This eagle is one of two such statues standing on columns on either side of the Place Neuve entrance to the Parc des Bastions.
According to the Geneva.info site:
Bastions Parc is famous for the Reformation Wall proudly standing here, big chess boards at the entrance, great restaurant and big playground for a kids. Opposite the reformation ...
- Geneva – Troinex, Horse Statue
This picture should really be with the other pictures of Troinex that I posted in July. I didn’t post it then because at the time I didn’t have any other information (e.g. who created it; why it was there etc.). However, while trying to find information about the “Petites Amies” statue (See: Geneva ...
- Geneva – Champel, Parc Bertrand According to the French version of Wikipedia (Translation from the original French):
The park, as well as the property therein, was bequeathed to the City of Geneva by Alice Noerbel, the widow of Alfred Bertrand, representative of a large Geneve family in 1933 (for a part) and then in 1940 ( for the rest).
In the park ...
- Blue Bottles
Over the years my wife has bought, used, and kept a number of these bright blue bottles. These stand in the window of one of our bathrooms.
Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and its 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens.
This was taken from the overpass between Woodlands Legacy Fields Park and Granite Knolls Park in the town of Yorktown, NY.
I wanted to capture something of the hustle, bustle and motion of the Taconic State Parkway.
Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.
Seen in a nearby Barnes and Noble. I guess I must have been in the F*ch/Sh*t section at the time. It’s nice to see such classy titles are available to us.
Taken with an iPhone 5s
Seen in the outdoor seating area at Kobu Asian Bistro on the lake in Mahopac, NY.
Taken with an Apple iPhone 5s.
- Corvette Stingray
This is the last picture I’m posting of the vintage cars outside DiCicco Market in Brewster. It’s also my personal favorite: it looks like it was taken in the 1960s. The woman with the hat is just perfect.
I’ve always been fond of Stingrays and I believe this is one of the early ...
- Blue Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Another one from the mini vintage car show outside DiCiccos Market in Brewster. According to Wikipedia:
The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is a mid-size car produced by Oldsmobile between 1966 and 1997. It was positioned as a premium offering at the top of the Cutlass range. It began as a trim package, developed its own roofline, ...
- Red Corvette
We’d been to Home Depot in Brewster and decided to stop at the nearby DeCicco Market to pick up some groceries. There was a small vintage car show in the parking lot and since I had the Olympus Infinity Stylus (Mju) with me I decided to take a few pictures. One was of ...
- Firehouse, Briarcliff Manor
After I’d decided to try out my July film camera (see: June Film Camera – Olympus Infinity Stylus and Olympus Infinity Stylus – Results) I started off by taking a few pictures in the town where I live: Briarcliff Manor, NY. These two shots are of the firehouse on Pleasantville Road (there’s another one ...
- Olympus Infinity Stylus – Results
I enjoyed using this camera. There’s really not a lot to think about other than turning off the flash whenever you turn the camera on (unless you actually want to use the flash of course). It’s small and fits into the pocket easily and the sliding door offers quite a bit of protection. ...
- American Flag
Opposite DeCicco Market in Jefferson Valley there’s a small strip mall. One day, while my wife was taking her dance class at nearby Club Fit I took the dog for a walk and came across this American Flag.
What first struck me was its size. It covers most of the rear of this store. ...
- Geneva – Carouge, A pair of owls
I came across this statue in the window of a small gallery along the Rue Ancienne.
Taken with my Son-in-Law’s Nikon, D80 and Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-f6.3 lens.
- Geneva – Carouge, Moïse Vautier Statue
According to the “Tribune de Geneve” (In “1848 Les Vautier conquièrent Carouge la lime à la main“, translated from the original French:
In 1848 a lime factory was founded in 1848 in Carouge by the father of Moïse Vautier.
The Rue Vautier perpetuates the name of this family on the very premises where the factory stood. ...
- Geneva – Carouge, Basilisk Fountain
Apparently this fountain shows the Sardinian origins of Carouge. It depicts a particular kind of dragon: a “scultone” or “ascultone”, which appears in legends in Sardinia, Italy. It had the power to kill human beings with its gaze and was a type of basilisk, lived in the bush and was immortal.
According to the ...
- Geneva – Carouge, Ornate Inn Sign
This sign is outside the Hotel Auberge Communale on the Rue Ancienne (Old Road). The central shield bears the Carouge coat of arms, which seems to be a a lion reclining under a tree on a green field against a red/orange background. I’m sure there is very precise heraldic terminology to describe this, ...
- Geneva – Carouge, Reunification Statue
Statue commemorating the centennial of the union of Carouge with Geneva, by James Vibert. The reverse lists the communes separated from Savoy and attached to the canton of Geneva, and bears the inscription:
“Reunited with the Republic of Geneva, becoming a Swiss Canton. Erected by these communities to commemorate the centennial of 1816. ...
- Geneva – Troinex, Megaliths
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “megalith” as: “a very large usually rough stone used in prehistoric cultures as a monument or building block”. While these stones are fairly large I’m not sure that I would call them “very” large (i.e.in the sense that the stones used at Stonehenge are “very” large). Somehow the word “minilith” ...
- Geneva – Introduction
We spent almost all of May visiting our daughter and her family in Switzerland. She tends to have a lot of business related travel around this time of year and my wife usually goes over for a few weeks to help out with the kids while she’s away. I usually stay behind to ...
- Rickshaws, Kathmandu, 1999
Taken during a visit to Nepal in 1999 probably with a Canon AE-1 camera and I can’t recall what lens. I say Canon AE-1 because the only other camera I had at that time was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. Some of the other pictures in this batch could not have been taken with ...
- Blue and White
My wife collects blue and white china, and over the years she’s acquired quite a lot – from a variety of countries we’ve visited. She recently decided to share some of this with friends via a new Facebook page she’s made. Consequently she asked me to take a few pictures. Above blue ...
- Mystery Point – Old Lincoln
Parked right next to the ruin mentioned in the previous post was this old Lincoln Continental, which according to Wikipedia:
… is a series of luxury cars produced by Lincoln, a division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company. First introduced in 1939 as a coachbuilt convertible, which would spawn the personal luxury car segment, the ...
- Croton Point – Ceramic Tiles
As you enter Croton Point Park (or in my case as you leave) there’s a small kiosk, where in season they collect fees. My wife was coming to pick us up (Harley and myself) and we’d agreed to meet at the parking area by this kiosk. As is often the case, I was ...
- Croton Point – Contradictory Signs
I was briefly taken aback when I first noticed these apparently contradictory signs. Then I figured out what was going on. I’ve deliberately organized the composition to hide the true situation, which is that there’s another road going off to the left (out of the picture). The two roads are part of ...
- Croton Point – RV Park
I’d never noticed this RV park before. Maybe I’d just not walked by this particular part of the park, or maybe I’d just been there at the wrong time of year. I’m not sure how I feel about it. While people should certainly have the right to visit such pleasant places, I ...
- Croton Point – The HMS Vulture Incident
The plaque above is attached to a boulder not far from the Pavilion. It reads: “Commemorating the defense of Teller’s Point by George, Sherwood and Jack Peterson who repulsed the landing of British troops from the “Vulture” September 21, 1780, thus aiding in the Capture of Major Andre.” (Note: Croton Point was once known ...
- Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f3.5 T Tessar
This came attached to an Exa (See:New Acquisitions – Exakta Varex/VX IIa and Exa August 10, 2015) that I acquired in 2015, but had never used. I decided to give it a try right after I had tried out the Ludwig Peronar I mentioned in an earlier post (See: Ernst Ludwig 50mm f2.9 Peronar). ...
- Milk Churns and Wooden Barrels I grew up in a rural part of northern England. My grandmother owned a farm and I remember seeing lots of these milk churns. As I recall (perhaps imperfectly) she would milk the cows, some of whom were quite aggressive – I recall one of them kicking her, and the milk would end ...
- A Day in New York City – A pair of frogs
This two frogs (along with three others and a few ducks) sit on the base of the Honey Bear Statue near Central Park zoo. Apparently water sprays from their mouths although when I was there the fountain was not functioning (possibly because of the season).
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
- A Day in New York City – Walking by Trump Tower
After lunch at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, my wife went shopping with our friend and I decided to go back home. So I walked back to Grand Central Terminal and on my way passed Trump Tower. From what I’d heard the the security would be terrible, but I was surprised that it ...
- A Day in New York City – Honey Bear Statue
This statue stands just outside the zoo in Central Park, New York City. According to the Central Park Conservancy web site:
This whimsical bronze is in a niche that flanks the triple-archway that supports the Delacorte Musical Clock between the Central Park Zoo and the Children’s Zoo. The Dancing Goat is the bear’s counterpart on ...
- A Day in New York City – Samuel Morse Statue
Finally in New York City, we took a taxi from Grand Central Terminal to Central Park. The driver dropped us off near 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. As we got out of the taxi I noticed a statue. Imagine my surprise to discover that it was of Samuel F.B. Morse, whose former ...
- Locust Grove – Detail of a Wrought Iron Container
I believe that this was one of the handles on a wrought iron containter of some sort – possibly a planter, or maybe a fountain – I don’t remember which. I liked the expression on the face of creature (some kind of aquatic reptile?); and of course the rust.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3
- A face in stone
I can’t really articulate why I like this picture. Maybe it’s the expression on the face? Maybe it’s the strange carvings around the face? Maybe it’s the carvings in general? Perhaps the textures? Somehow I found it appealing – what can I say?
Taken with a Canon EOS 650 and Canon EF ...
- In a thai restaurant
We recently went to one of our favorite nearby restaurants: Bangkok Spice in Shrub Oak. While we were there a took a few pictures.
The picture of the teapot above I think exemplifies some of the strong points of the 50mm f2.9 Peronar: It’s muted colors, low contrast and soft, rather “dreamy” look. I really ...
- A twig in the snow
Another shot taken in Law Park, Briarcliff Manor, NY. I liked the “minimalist” composition and the extreme contrast between the bright white of the snow and the stark blackness of the twig. It made me feel cold, which I imagine I was since there was quite a lot of snow on the ...
- Blue and Red Hydrant
I came across a number of these hydrants (all with different numbers) while walking along a nearby trail. I liked the bold red and blue colors. I’d taken a picture of one of them already, but I liked the background more on this one: the contrast between the colorful hydrant and the much more subdued, ...
- Croton Gorge – Metal door
Again I’ve walked along the top of the Croton Dam many times, but until today I’d never noticed this door. Maybe, like the gravestone in an early post, it had been in the shade during previous visits and I hadn’t notice it. Today there was enough light reflecting back off the surface for ...
- Croton Gorge – Why do they do this?
We’d walked some distance along the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) trail and decided to turn around and head back, this time staying on the OCA rather than taking the River Trail as we had going out. Soon afterwards I noticed the above on one of the rocks.
We continued down towards one of the periodic ...
- Croton Gorge – Red Door
I’ve always had an affinity for red doors but it this case it wasn’t just the the bright red color of the door that caught my attention, but also the variations in both texture and color in the stones in the wall and the pavers on the ground. I also found the metalwork appealing. ...
- The sad little statuette in the corner When I was taking some color pictures using the Leitz 90mm Elmar f4 LTM (see: Leitz 90mm Elmar LTM in Color) I spotted this blue vase with some Baby’s Breath in it. I was going to take a picture of it with the background out of focus when I noticed the statuette in corner. ...
- Giraffe in boots
I was walking around in the village of Briarcliff Manor when I came across an amazing sight in front of a toy store: an enormous (at least 5ft. tall) stuffed giraffe. Remarkable though this was, even more striking was that it was wearing faded, yellow rubber boots.
It was also sporting a bright green hat!
- Briarcliff manor – old municipal building
This is the Old Municipal Building in Briarcliff Manor, the town where we’ve lived now for almost 20 years. This is the view from the rear showing the clock tower in all its glory. Briarcliff Manor has a truly excellent set of Wikipedia pages created by Michael Feist under the auspices of the ...
- Chairs at Pleasantville Station
While I was waiting for my wife to pick up her lunch at Jean Jacques Cafe and Patisserie (excellent though it is the cafe is only a small piece of what they do. I sense that most of their time is taken up with their catering.) I decided to take the dog for a ...
- A Blue Flag Today I came across this blue flag on the garage door of a nearby house. From the flags and signs around the house I’d earlier been able to infer that the owner was a) a Donald Trump supporter; and b) most likely a former serviceman (see Election 2016). This flag, however, was new and I’d ...
- Mini snowman
While walking the dog in Law Park in Briarcliff Manor I spotted this tiny (it couldn’t have been more than about six inches tall) snowman sitting on a wall. We’ve had temperatures in the high 50sF for the past few days so I imagine it has gone by now.
- Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest 3
The artist calls this 2001 work ‘Cape Cod Chandelier’. She goes on to say:
I like to surprise people with their reactions to these chandeliers. under-trousers cover the exits for the body’s garbage, so seeing them placed centrally in a room, giving off light, causes some people to think, ugh! that’s underwear! but others find ...
- Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest 2
Shadow people 1.
This was the second room we visited in the exhibition – on another floor and with a completely different feel. I much preferred it to the first (see: Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest 1). This one was full of moving lights and video projected onto walls and drapes (which also moved).
Fascinating thought ...
- Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest 1
Last November we went to see an exhibition at the New Museum in New York City. It was by Swiss Artist Pilotti Risk and I must admit that I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It spanned several floors and the Museum’s website describes it as follows:
Over the past thirty years, Rist (b. ...
- Leaf in snow
It was 2:30pm of a bright, sunny Winter day and I was returning home after walking the dog. We’d almost reached our driveway when I noticed this leaf nestled in the snow, now icy after lying there for several days. I liked the contrast between the warm colors of the leaf, and the ...
- Female Wooden Statuette
We have two wooden statuettes in the window of the sun room of our house in Briarcliff Manor. One is male and the other is female. When I bought them in Nairobi, Kenya many years ago they were labelled as being Kikuyu.
I already posted about these statuettes (see Kikuyu Statues), but the picture ...
- Birdbath and Japanese Maple at dawn
I woke up early one morning and was sitting in our living room having my coffee when I noticed the wonderful light coming from the rising sun. This picture, taken low down, would have been much harder to get with my old RX100 M1. Since it didn’t have an articulated screen I would ...
- How an Antique Camera Flash Became the Most Iconic Star Wars Prop Arguably the most iconic prop from the Star Wars universe is… a camera flash. It’s not a joke, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s lightsabers (the handle, not the glowing, cut your hand off part) were both made from vintage camera flash guns.
Via Petapixel (How an Antique Camera Flash Became the Most Iconic Star Wars Prop). ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Fjorward
A nearby sign reads
The Hudson River is a fjord that was carved by ancient ice flows, and moves both north and south. This is abstracted by a circular band that is held in tension by two directional plates, separated by an inch of air. It represents a continuous carving of time and ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Tides
A nearby sign reads:
Tides represents the spirit of eternal relaxation and enjoyment of two things that are dear to us – family and loved ones and communion with the world in which we live. Tides softened details bring to mind subtle aquatic forms – waves, ripples, reflections – that one might find in ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Launching Ball
‘Launching Ball’ by Korean artist Jong Oh (aluminum, stainless steel, paint. 19 x 6.5 x 8 feet (580 x 200 x 245 cm ). 2014
According to the Marc Straus Gallery
The Korean artist Jong Oh (born in 1981) creates site-specific spatial installations. He carefully approaches a particular setting and responds to the given spatial situation through ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Your repetitive view
A 2000 piece by Olafur Eliasson. I found this to be the most fascinating artwork I came across in the Peekskill River Walk Park – and I almost missed it. From a distance it looks like a bright blue container. Only when you get up to it do you notice that there’s a viewing ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Huygen’s Helmet
A nearby sign reads:
Dutch, born 1965
lives and works in Amsterdam and New York
Huygen’s Helmet, 2009
Materials: Welded metal, pvc pipe, structolite.
HVCCA exhibition ‘Double Dutch’
Support generously given by FONDS BRVB
and the Mondriaan Foundation.
Double Dutch was an exhibition celebrating the Quadricentennial of the Dutch discovery and settlement of the Hudson River, which took place between September 12, ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Arc Peekskill Riverwalk Park is not just a pleasant walk with impressive views of Peekskill Bay and the Hudson Highlands. A number of interesting sculptures are placed along the paths. The walker can break their progress for a while, pause and consider the artwork.
This is the first of a series of posts covering some of the ...
- Another Christmas Present
I didn’t mention this one before, because it wasn’t supposed to be a Christmas present for me. It has, however, become so.
My wife has often complained that we don’t print enough photos. Most of the photos she’s referring to come in to her iphone – often photographs of grandchildren sent to us by ...
- Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – Elusive Statue Revisited
A while back (March 10, 2015) I posted (see An elusive statue) about the difficulties I’ve had in getting a decent picture of this statue. I really like the statue, but I can’t seem to get a picture of it that I like.
Here’s my latest attempt. I’m not sure that I like any ...
- Chess board
I liked the contrasts between the blacks and the whites and the way that almost nothing except the foremost piece is in focus (and that only barely). The black pieces in the background seem to me to look almost a little threatening as if they’re waiting to pounce.
- At the Shakespeare
I went into New York City about a week ago to have lunch with old friend/colleague, Tom. We went to the Shakespeare pub on 39th Street between Park and Madison. I find it a very pleasant, cosy place for a chat, an English meal (I had a chicken pie and chips), and a ...
- New Windsor Cantonment: Blacksmith’s tools
Taken at New Windsor Cantonment in May, 2015.
The Cantonment contains a working forge and part of the tour included a demonstration of how to make a nail using the tools and other equipment available during the Revolutionary War. A single guide took us around the site, explained the history of the camp, did the ...
- New Windsor Cantonment: Chairs
Taken inside the Temple of Virtue (or at least the 1960s reproduction of it that now exists) at New Windsor Cantonment, in May 2015.
I’m not entirely sure why I like this. Maybe it’s the contrast between the light walls and the darker chairs. Or perhaps it’s the contrast between the smooth wood of ...
- By the roadside 20: Discarded electronic drum set
It was bulk pickup day around the lake and there was a lot of interesting “stuff” by the side of the road. I think it was the bright colors (red, blue, aqua, yellow, orange) around the rims of the “drums” that caught my attention. Also the incongruity of seeing this out on the ...
- A statue
Detail of a larger statue seen in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY just about one year ago (1/29/2016).
- Sky surfer
This is one of two statues standing in the forecourt to the CVS store in the Triangle Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. I have no idea who created them, nor do I even know what they are called. In the absence of such information I’ve decided to call this one “Sky surfer”.
- Big Sky detail 2
Another take on the “Big Sky” statue – this time in black and white. I think I prefer this version to the color version posted earlier (see Big Sky detail). It’s somewhat more abstract and ambiguous – it’s not immediately obvious what it is.
- Community church of Yorktown cemetery – A lamb
Worn statue of a lamb on top of a grave marker. According to Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography:
In funerary art, lambs usually mark the graves of children and particularly infants symbolizing innocence. The lamb is one of the most frequently used symbols of Christ in all periods ...
Interesting “twins” statue cum birdbath seen at Amawalk Hill Cemetery.
- Big Sky – detail
A plaque at the base reads: “‘Big Sky’. Al Landzberg. Donated to Yorktown, 7/10/1”. Mr. Landzberg
According to the International Sculpture Center:
Beverly Russell in Sculpture Magazine, October 1998: “Landzberg’s work suggests, without resolving the question of progress, a process that may lead us to the edge of a precipice or toward the dawn of ...
- Ballerina Mime
Taken in the Times Square subway station on Christmas Eve, 2016. I had wanted to separate the subject from the background, but wasn’t able to with the only camera I had with me: a Sony RX100M1. At first this bothered me, but the more I looked at it the more I started to ...
A simple white cross on a dark background (actually it was green): the door of a nearby church. I liked the minimal composition, which seems to give a sense of peace and tranquility.
- Kensico Cemetery – Assorted statues
George Washington, Lodge No. 285. Chartered in 1853, George Washington Lodge 285 is a Masonic Lodge in the Fifth Manhattan District under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. Not so much a statue as a relief of some sort, but I’m including it ...
- Drinking Trough
I came across this drinking trough in the picturesque little part of Garrison, NY know as Garrison Landing.
Clearly it had something to do with Gurdon Saltonstall Osborn (what an interesting name) born June 14, 1895 and died at a very early age (less than one year) on March 13, 1896. I knew that there had ...
- RIP RX100
My trusty Sony RX100 went belly up on Christmas Day! I used it on Christmas Eve when we went into New York City to see a play and all was well. Then on Christmas Day I picked it up to take a picture of the meal I’d prepared. It started up, but all ...
- Merry Christmas!
And a Happy New Year! Our first fire of Winter 2016-2017.
For those who prefer a more religious Christmas scene see below:
- Boatman unfurling a sail
Another one from our recent trip to Rockefeller Center.
This one seems to be called “Boatman unfurling a sail”. According to a post about the International Building on the Photops website:
Boatman Unfurling a Sail by Lee Oscar Lawrie, 1937.
This bas-relief limestone allegorical sculpture is located at the 19 West 50th Street entrance to the International ...
- Eighteen Arhats: My personal favorite – Mahakappina Thera
I thought I’d include one of the pictures at a larger size. This one is my personal favorite (which is a pity because it’s also the least sharp. Either I missed the focus or there’s a little camera shake. I’ll have to go back and try again, but probably not before next year as ...
- Eighteen Arhats: Right Side
The second (and final) grouping: statues from the right side of the walkway.
10. Culapanthaka Thera. Culapanthaka was skilled in liberation from mind. He was born a dull person, could not even recite one verse of the teaching He got rid of the impurities of lust and other defilements and attained arahantship after wiping ...
- Eighteen Arhats: Left Side
As mentioned in an earlier post (see: Eighteen Arhats: Overview) I took pictures of each of the eighteen statues beside the walkway to the Great Buddha hall at Chuang Yen monastery.
Now I have eighteen pictures. How do I present them in this blog? Clearly one post with 18 pictures would be too much. ...
- Eighteen Arhats: Overview
We recently took our elder daughter to nearby Chuang Yen monastery. As we were walking up from the car park to the Great Buddha hall we were looking at the statues on both sides of the walkway. I had previously taken pictures of a couple of them and now it occurred to me ...
- Hudson river cruise – Returning
Final shot of the Hornblower Hybrid at dock at the end of our cruise. Taken from the Yonkers Pier.
- Hudson river cruise – Under the Tappan Zee Bridge
According to Wikipedia:
The Governor Malcolm Wilson–Tappan Zee Bridge, usually referred to as the Tappan Zee Bridge, is a cantilever bridge in the U.S. state of New York, crossing the Hudson River at one of its widest points; the Tappan Zee is named for an American Indian tribe from the area called “Tappan”; and zee being ...
- Is it still fall?
Although it doesn’t feel like it, I guess it still is – at least until 21 December. This cheery sign was next to a coffee/snack kiosk in Verdi Square (72nd and Broadway, New York City).
- Lampshade detail
I liked the colors, (particularly the two groups of three reds), the curving lines and the repeating shapes.
- Buddha group
We were invited to have Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house. I came across this interesting grouping of objects in his living room. It aroused in me a sense of peace and tranquility (as I’m sure he intended). It was rather dark in the living room and since there were others around I ...
- Indian statuette
We have three of these small statuettes on a small pyramid shaped shelving unit in our living room. Right next to it is a slightly taller mirror-fronted armoire on which I’m accustomed to leaving cameras so the cat can’t get at them (it’s a little bit too tall even for her, and in any ...
- Lion clock on the former Central Savings Bank
According to a post (The Solidity and Stature of NYC’s Central Savings Bank) on the Curbed, New York site:
The Central Savings Bank (currently Apple Bank), located at 2100-2108 Broadway at West 73rd Street, was built between 1926 and 1928 by the architecture firm of York & Sawyer. The bank had been founded in 1859 and ...
- Children’s beach tryptch
It’s now that time of year when all the leaves have fallen from the trees and everything looks rather drab and colorless. So during one of my walks I started to look for things that would add a little color to my life. I found these at nearby Children’s Beach. From left ...
- Lion eating taxi?
I was quite taken by these metal lion heads in Verdi Square. Pure chance! I was actually trying to get a picture with as little in the background as possible i.e. no cars, no passers-by. And, indeed, I did get such a picture. However, when I saw this one I just ...
- Verdi statue
This statue stands in Verdi Park on West 72nd street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Our friend had driven us (myself, my wife, and our friend’s mother) into the city to see Spamilton. She had another stop to make and so dropped us off near the theatre. We had some time to ...
- Community church of Yorktown cemetery – A trio of gravestones
A couple of older gravestones. They look as if they were home made rather than being professionally done. The one on the left is dated 1752 and also bears the inscription IHS and a fourth letter, which might be an ‘A’, but is hard to make out. According to Wikipedia IHS has ...
- Community church of Yorktown cemetery – Gravestone symbols In an earlier post I mentioned that most of the gravestones were unadorned i.e. they only had text in the form of names and inscriptions. However, I did come across a few with symbols such as the one above with a weeping willow. The Engraved: The Meanings Behind Nineteenth-Century Tombstone Symbols website gives ...
- Community church of Yorktown cemetery – Statuary
As mentioned in an earlier post, there was very little statuary in this cemetery. Here are two that I spotted.
The lovely little lamb above sits on top of a grave bearing the inscription: “Little Aaron and Aramenta.”
A post (Eighteenth-Century Field Trip Part 3: Yorktown Baptist Church) on the Episcopal Cemetery site notes:
It also provides ...
- Snow scene
We had our first snow of Winter 2016-2017 last night (even if it isn’t yet Winter). The snow – about 2 inches – was a bit of surprise. Looks nice though and is, unfortunately, a hint of what’s to come. It seems that a tree fell on lake shore road and took the ...
What can I say? Not something you see every day.
I’ve posted pictures of stairs/staircases before so I guess I must like them:
Exterior staircase – Chambord
Boscobel – Interiors
A walk to Rockwood Hall (stairs pictures along with others)
Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY (staircase pictures along with others)
Angkor (stairs picture along with others)
I particularly liked the graceful curves here. I can see at least four ...
- Glenclyffe 12 – Spikes on a stump
I spotted these rusting metal objects as I was walking around in the area overlooking the Hudson directly in front of the Garrison Institute.
As far as I can tell they’re rail spikes, which would make perfect sense where I found them was right above the Metro North Railway line.
I liked the rough textures – one ...
- Glenclyffe 10 – Metal panel
As you follow the ‘Benedict Arnold Escape Trail‘ from Route 9d you soon come across a small building with a number of metal panels on it. Over time these panels have weathered and formed the colorful shapes, which initially attracted me. I also liked the textures. I’m a sucker for rusting metal. ...
- Glenclyffe 9 – Buddha statue
This statue stands in a corner by a doorway in the Garrison Institute (formerly the Monastery of Mary Immaculate). As this was once a Roman Catholic monastery you’d think that this statue might look a little out of place. However, ‘once’ is the operative word here. The building has not been a ...
- Glenclyffe 7 – Empty planter
This planter (if indeed that is what it is) stands in the grounds of Glenclyffe – just across the grassy area in front of the old Hamilton Fish mansion. It’s large, heavy and ornately decorated. If, indeed, it is a planter it’s presently empty.
- Glenclyffe 6 – Urn with flowers
This flower-filled urn stands on a parapet directly in front of the entrance to the former Monastery of Mary Immaculate. From here you can see the cliffs on the other side of the Hudson and on top of them the West Point Museum, which its website describes as follows:
The mission of the West Point ...
- Election 2016
It’s finally over! After a year and a half of some of the worst invective I’ve ever encountered in my 30+ years living in the US. By the end it had really worn me down.
I struggled to come up with a photograph to illustrate this post and then one day while ...
- By the roadside 19: Self portrait with trash pile
My ‘By the roadside pictures’ have all so far been ‘pretty pictures’ of flowers and the like. However, I also come across things, which aren’t all that pretty. It was bulk pickup day on our lake when during a walk I came across this rather large mirror. I couldn’t resist taking a ...
- Rockefeller trails 5: a couple of fire hydrants
As with the earlier Rockefeller trails 3: bridge over the Pocantico River I’ve taken a picture of the above hydrant before (Rockefeller Trails – Pocantico River Trail). Once again this is the first time I’ve posted a picture of it in color.
As for the picture below I’ve walked past this hydrant many times, and ...
- Old vehicle in the woods
In an earlier post (see: Down the Roaring Brook Trail) I mentioned coming across an old, abandoned vehicle in the woods. Here are some more pictures of that same vehicle, this time showing closer in detail.
- Two balls
I was just completing a walk when I noticed what I at first took for two balls, one on each side of the trail. One was clearly a soccer ball and the other looked to me like a somewhat deflated beach ball. As I got closer, however, I noticed the one of them ...
- Still life in blue and white
My wife collects blue and white stuff. We have lots of it. It’s probably what people remark on the most when they come to the house.
One morning, around 8:00am I was sitting in the living room drinking my coffee when I noticed that the light coming through the living room windows was particularly ...
- Down the Roaring Brook Trail
I’d wanted to do this walk for some time. It runs near our house and is the closest access point to Fahnestock State Park. I’ve often said to friends: “It’s possible to walk into Fahnestock State Park from our house – but I haven’t done it yet”. Well now I have. ...
- A statue
Seen at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site. Another Eugene Atget “wannabe”. Why did I take this picture? Because it was there I imagine.
- John Hudson Hall monument
Seen in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, NY. According to: Stories in Stone. New York. A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries and their Residents by Douglas Keister:
John Hudson Hall (October 15, 1828 – March 3, 191) was born in the United States. His ancestry was Dutch, Scottish and English. ...
- Monsters in the woods
A while back I mentioned in one of these posts (see Stillwater Lake) that I had come across a sign in the woods that read “Do not pass this point after 3:30 pm”. I speculated that this might be because that was when the monsters were let out. I was back on that ...
- Harley Davidson
I came across this Harley in the parking lot of our health club. It’s usually quite crowded, but this Harley was way off at the far edge – all by itself. Obviously the owner wasn’t taking any chance of it being banged.
I’ve never really wanted to have a motorcycle. I find ...
- Wooden eagle statue
A nearby plaque reads: “In memory of Benjamin F. DeFrancesco 1898-1993. As the flag flies freely, so do I.”
I took this with a Sony NEX 5N and 16mm f2.8 lens and its matched ultra wide angle converter. I recall that I used this combination, but it’s hard to be sure as the metadata ...
- Statue and bench
Taken on the grounds of a nearby mansion. I liked the juxtaposition of the quite new looking bench and the obviously much older statue. The somewhat eroded statue made me think about the passage of time and the way they stand isolated in this bucolic setting aroused a feeling of loneliness (this statement ...
- Light fixtures Taken in December, 2012 at a nearby Japanese restaurant. I’d recently acquired a Jupiter 9 lens and adapter for my Sony NEX 5N. It’s a great lens, a copy of a pre World War II Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f/2. There are several versions. Mine is black (rather than silver) and the ...
- Headless statue
I came across this decapitated statue in a nearby garden. I could see it from the road as I was walking the dog. It seemed a little peculiar and appealed to my sense of humor. As with many old statues I’m always reminded of my idol Eugene Atget. Once again this ...
- VW Microbus
I included this picture in an earlier post. Nowadays I usually add only one picture to a post, but it those days I used to put in more. In this particular case this picture was in a post with four others. The other four worked better in black and white and for ...
- Incense holders
I liked the bright colors and he repeating circles (the ends of the cardboard tubes). Also the rougher textures of the wood contrasting with the smoother stone background.
- Spooky child statue
I came across this statue of a small girl in a neighbors garden. The more I looked at it the more it struck me as being a bit ‘spooky’. It’s something to do with the indistinct eyes. You can’t make them out all that well, but somehow they give the impression that ...
- Old red ford truck
Bright red truck. Bright green grass. Sunny day. Blue sky. Old rusting machinery. What’s not to like?
- Stone staircase
I liked the curving banister and steps; the repetition of the stone balusters; the contrast between the lighter foreground elements and the darker building in the background; and the stone textures.
What impressed me about this machine was the size of the bucket so I wanted to emphasize that. I took a few pictures from further away and a more head on view. This picture was taken closer in, at a wider angle and turned slightly to the side. I liked it more ...
- A woman and a dog
We came across this statue and my wife immediately wanted a picture (this isn’t that picture) of herself posing with our dog in front of it. The statue has not aged well: the dog still looks rather elegant, but both it and the woman have suffered greatly from erosion. The features of both ...
- A balustrade
I liked the curving lines, the repetition of the vertical elements and the contrasts between the dark and light areas.
- Yashica TLR
Of late I’ve developed an interest in Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Cameras (above my own Yashica 12 – unfortunately not working because of a stuck shutter. I’ll get it fixed one of these days). A couple of days ago I was browsing around and I came across this very useful resource related the ...
- A carousel
This was taken in Bryant Park (behind the NY Public Library on 42nd street) and as I recall I was practicing panning the camera.
I like the bright colors and the somewhat spooky, surrealistic look of the photograph. The head of the horse is pretty much in focus, but pretty much nothing else is. ...
- Untermyer gardens revisited – stone lion
Apart from the magnificent sphinxes this was the only piece of sculpture that I noticed. I was a bit surprised by this. I’d thought to find more.
- Untermyer gardens revisited – a couple of mosaics
Actually I’m cheating a little here. The picture above was actually taken during my first visit. I know I posted a black and white version (I was on a black and white binge at that time), but I don’t think I’ve ever posted the color version. Although it works quite well in ...
- Another attempt at expressing feelings – not entirely successful
I came across these abandoned slippers on one of our beaches. My first reaction was that they were very “glittery” as the sun caught the speckles all over them. I tried to capture this in the picture above.
Then as I thought about it more it seemed to me that they were a ...
- Still life
We had some friends over for lunch last weekend and as we were clearing up I noticed the remains of a salad on one of my wife’s many blue and white dishes.
Although I wasn’t the least bit sad the bright colors made me feel cheerful. I liked the bright red of the tomato; the ...
- Old tractors
My father grew up on a farm and although he never really wanted to be a farmer (if he had he would have stayed there) he retained an interest in “things agricultural” for the rest of his life. One manifestation of this was his inability to ignore any traction engine rally taking place in ...
- Upcoming visit to Untermyer Park
We just had some visitors so as we usually do we prepared a fairly extensive meal and afterwards took them to a nearby attraction: Chuang Yen Monastery. They’ve decided to reciprocate by inviting us later this month to a meal at their home in Hastings-on-Hudson followed by a visit to Untermyr Gardens in Yonkers, ...
- Chef Statue Seen outside a restaurant in New York City. Reminds me a bit of Ted Cruz. Taken back October, 2012 when I had never heard of Ted Cruz. Same kind of almost supercilious sneer masquerading as a smile.
Taken with a Sony Nex 5n and Canon 50mm f1.4 S.S.C FD – a very nice ...
- Unidentified flying object
Not exactly. What a surprise. It’s an some kind of inflatable raft that I noticed on one of our beaches. Loved the bright colors.
- Onions in a nest
There was a sign next to this pot explaining what kind of onion this is. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the sign or otherwise note down the information. I have a vague memory of it saying that this particular type of onion is native to South Africa (I might not have ...
I think it was the light that appealed to me here – sort of ‘dappled’ with interesting shadows cast on the pots. I also liked the arrangement of the pots – I’d never seen plant pots placed on top of each other in the is way (i.e. with the the bottom pot inverted ...
- Mailboxes at 522 North State Road
Something about this mass of mailboxes caught my attention, but I was about to pass it by as too uninteresting when I noticed the small figure to the bottom right. What is it? Why is it there? Unanswered questions for which I’ll never have the answers. To me this added a ...
- Seating arrangement
Interesting arrangement of objects seen in a nearby garden. I’m a sucker for rocking chairs.
- Ferocious looking bird statue
I have no idea what bird this represents. The tail looks a little like a Turkey, but the head doesn’t and if it’s a turkey it’s the nastiest looking Turkey I’ve ever seen. In any case the head looks more like that of a bird of prey of some kind.
- An interesting mailbox
Not something you see every day! This interesting (and huge) mailbox stands outside the Suburban Carting Company in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Presumably not content with a generic mailbox they must have had one custom built to suit their needs. Perhaps they also get such a large volume of mail that they needed ...
Seen at Stonecrop Gardens in Putnam County, NY.
Scarecrows generally have fairly indeterminate shapes, but for the most part they seem to be male – possibly because they don’t usually have curves. I liked this one because it’s obviously female. Actually it reminds me a bit of my grandmother – who owned a farm, ...
- Frog golfers
Seen in a neighbor’s driveway. Cute!
- A face on a canoe
The road down to one of our beaches is lined with racks holding canoes, kayaks and the like. As I was walking past one day I noticed this “face” on one of the canoes.
I don’t know whether this resemblance is completely by chance or whether another passer-by had spotted that the two rivets looked ...
- Still life with fern
This picture depicts mostly man-made objects: the sun/head; the stone sculpture, both set against the wood background and base. The fern peeking in from the rights is, however, natural. I loved the contrast between the two. I also liked the colorful textures of the wood.
- Bathroom pictures 9: Shell
The object in the first post in this series (Bathroom pictures 1: Offset spiral) is one of a number of shells my wife has placed in a small tray in the bathroom. In desperation (it is a very small bathroom after all!) I turn to another shell.
- Bathroom pictures 8: Incense holder
A different view of an everyday object: aerial view of an incense holder. Another picture that works better in color – mostly earth tones. The jar is quite colorful and the sticks are bright orange. The mat is a mixture of very light blues and yellows. I think it still works ...
- Bathroom pictures 1: Offset spiral Another series! An earlier post mentioned a book I recently acquired: Photography and the art of seeing. In that post I said:
I particularly liked the exercises he proposed, mostly in the “Thinking Sideways” section. I tend to get in a photographic rut where I take pretty much the same type of ...
- Carved head
Seen on one of the magnificent staircases at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY. I like the flowing lines and the textures of the two pillars. I have no idea who this depicts, nor do I know who created it and my attempts to find out have so far come to nothing.
- Rusting machinery at Sylvan Glen Park Preserve
I’ve been to Sylvan Glen a few times, most recently in 2014. It’s an interesting place to visit. Rusted metal cables, abandoned pieces of equipment, huge discarded slabs of granite, and an explosive shed are a few of the remains along the trails in Sylvan Glen Park Preserve, the site of a former ...
- Glass marbles
A neighbor gave us some irises from his garden as a welcome back gift for my wife. They came in a glass vase (which we’ll return to him) full of colored glass beads. Seeing them on the table I thought the shapes, patterns, colors and the smooth textures were appealing and decided to ...
- African carved wooden sculpture
This wooden sculpture sits on the wall of our TV room. It looks like a huge comb and I have no idea what it represents. I don’t even really know how we came to own it although I imagine it was given to us by our older daughter who spent a number of ...
- Three owls
Seen in a neighboring garden.
Picture taken with a Sony Alpha 500 and Tamron 18-25mm f3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro.
- Four chairs
I was intrigued by these four chairs sitting outside a neighbor’s house: different sizes; different colors; different textures – against the backdrop of a nice stone wall.
- Vision is better – by David DuChemin
I recently came across this video from David Duchemin. I have a couple of his books and I like the way he focuses on building photographic vision rather than the more common approach of improving photographic technique.
In the video he mentions two things, which relate to this post. The first is to look ...
- Metal garden obelisk/trellis
I’m attracted to objects like this. Although it’s probably not all that old it gives the impression of having been there forever. The paint has started to come of and numerous spots of rust are starting to appear. Even the vines look a little bit unkempt as if this small structure has ...
- Oriental stairs
I think I like this because initially the eye is drawn to the lightest object in the picture i.e. the table in the bottom left corner. Then the strong diagonal of the stair rail leads up and to the left where just to the right, in the top right corner there’s a small oriental ...
- Bye bye iPhone 3GS’s. Hello iPhone 5s.
It’s now been raining for seven days in a row and you see what I’ve been reduced to – taking pictures of iPhones!
Anyway the sad tale of my poor old iPhone 3GS has now come to an end. My wife and myself both got one of these phones back in 2009 when they first ...
- Another wooden form
As with the last one (see Wooden Form) I liked the curves and the textures of the wood. In that case the curves of the wood were mirrored by the shadow cast on the walls. In this case the curved form is literally “mirrored” by its own reflection.
- VW Beetle
It’s now Friday and it’s rained every day since last Sunday and out of frustration and boredom I’ve taken refuge in taking pictures of objects around the house.
This VW Beetle was a birthday (Last week, April 30) present from our friend Ken. He knew that our old Toyota Camry had given up the ghost ...
- Wooden form
I liked the curves and the textures of the wood – and the shadow cast on the wall.
- The chair in the corner
The original color version of this picture was all earth tones: browns, oranges etc. At first I was inclined to post it that way, but then I thought – what would it look like in black and white? The initial answer was – terrible!!! All of the colors converted into similar tones ...
- Springwood – Seated FDR and Eleanor group
Located near the Vistor’s Center at Springwood a nearby sign reads: “This statue is adapted from a 1933 photograph in the FDR Library of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on the south lawn of their Hyde Park home”. Unfortunately it didn’t say who the sculptor was. Perhaps there was another sign and I missed ...
- Springwood – Fala
Fala was FDR’s Scottish Terrier. Fala was devoted to him and FDR was devoted to Fala.
One story in particular resonated in this election season of insults and attacks. It seems that FDR had been insulted by his Republican opponents (it seems not much has changed). In response he had these words to ...
- Old farm equipment
I came across this inside a stable dating back to 1886. I have no idea what it is.
- Boscobel – Sculptures of Hudson River School Artists
This is the fourth of a series of posts on Boscobel, a lovely Federal style mansion in Garrison, NY the other three being: Boscobel – Objects; Boscobel – Interiors; and Boscobel – Rose Garden.
This one covers a new exhibit on the grounds: a series of sculptures of Hudson River School Artists by Greg Wyatt whose ...
- Boscobel – Objects
This is the second in a series of posts on Boscobel. The first (Boscobel – Interiors) contained a few pictures of some of the interiors. This one provides some pictures of a few of the many objects inside the house.
Above is a miniature of what the tour guide referred to as “George and ...
- Spooky child doll
I came across this old doll sitting on a chair the other day. It seemed a little scary to me so I thought I’d try to enhance the “scariness”.
- Two titans
These two busts, one of Sir Winston Churchill and the other of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) stand facing each other on the grounds of the FDR house, Springwood in Hyde Park, NY.
They’re by Oscar Nemon (born Neumann). At least the Churchill bust is by Nemon (I’m not entirely sure who was the sculptor for ...
- Japanese fountain
Taken at the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in May, 2012. The museum’s website describes it as follows:
The Hammond Museum was created as a foundation of support to promote global awareness and development of Eastern cultures with the West. It continues to reach out and support its wide community of artists and performers ...
- Fireman’s helmet
Seen on the seat of an old fire engine, which formed part of a vintage car show taking place at Maryknoll, Ossining in June, 2012. The lettering reads “Engine 1 LHFC”. I believe “LHFC” stands for Larchmont Historical Fire Company.
According to its website:
The Larchmont Historical Fire Company is a committee of the Larchmont ...
- Old Carriage
I was returning from a walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct when I spotted this old carriage on the grounds of the Clear View School (formerly the Scarborough Day School).
Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and Sigma 30mm f2.8.
- Statues, Copenhagen, Denmark 2011
Seen in a park in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2011. I believe that these two statues depict Marsyas and Athena.
According to Wikipedia:
In Greek mythology, the satyr Marsyas (/ˈmɑːrsiəs/; Greek: Μαρσύας) is a central figure in two stories involving death: in one, he picked up the double flute (aulos) that had been abandoned by ...
- Porsche Logo
I quite like this picture, taken with a Panasonic ZS-3 back in 2010. Just goes to show that you don’t necessarily need to spend thousands of dollars on a camera to be able to take decent pictures. It’s more a question of knowing the strengths and weaknesses of whatever camera you have.
- Flag over the Hudson
Taken outside Saint Augustine’s Church in Ossining in March, 2011 with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3.
- Grand Central Terminal No. 1
Seen at Danbury Railway Museum. I liked the weathered look and the contrasts between the blues and the oranges. I haven’t so far been able to find any information about this history of this rail car.
- A Chandelier
It was the curves of the candle holders that caught my eye. That and the contrast between the darks of the chandelier and the lights of the walls behind.
- The Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life A nearby sign reads:
The Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life, 1905.
Charles E. Tefft, 1874-1951, Sculptor.
The Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life features a joyful sea nymph and a pair of heroic seahorses pulling a seashell chariot through the crest of a wave. As cherubic attendants struggle to control the beasts, a startled mermaid and merman hurry ...
- Interesting wrought iron grave marker
I’ve been to a number of cemeteries and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a wrought iron grave marker. In case you can’t read the writing on the medallions the top one is nicely embossed and says: “Alois Beier x1895 +1970”. The bottom one seems to have just been painted on an ...
- Statue revisisted
I recently posted (Union cemetery) this picture in black and white. The other three pictures that accompanied it worked best in black and white so I also gave this one the B&W treatment for consistency.
However, looking at the picture again I see that although the black and white conversion works pretty well it’s at ...
- Union Cemetery
A nearby blue historical marker sign describes it as follows:
Two acres purchased, surveyed and dedicated for burials of early area families. Located just South of Foshay’s Corners on the old Dutchess Turnpike (now Route 301) on lands of Foshay and Halstead farms, incorportated May 28, 1868 as Union Cemetery Association. Ezekiel ...
- His other car’s a Mercedes
It was a gorgeous, sunny day the other day and I was walking the dog around the lake when my friend Paul pulled up in his Jaguar – with the top down. He looked rather ‘cool’ and I was completely at a loss for words. And yes – his other car IS a ...
- Fairy in the garden
Taken in our garden at the lake house in June, 2013 with a Yashica FX-2. I’m little confused with this one. It’s certainly taken with a Yashica FX-2 (with 50mm Yashica DSB lens) and it’s with a number of other pictures with the June 2013 date, but doesn’t it look like snow on ...
- The King and I
It’s my wife’s birthday today and she wanted to see “The King and I” on Broadway starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. It’s showing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center. Ms. O’Hara was not performing on 31 March so we got tickets for March 30.
I have a strange relationship to Rodgers ...
- A party in the woods
I was walking along an old woods road (I now believe it’s called Dicktown Road) when I came across this enormous firepit. Someone had also made a sort of rustic bench and there was also a rusted chair nearby (see picture below). Looks like this was a regular place a party. This ...
- RIP American Idol In an earlier post (A pleasant surprise) I mentioned a trail marked with a horseshoe. If, from the parking area, you choose not to go along this trail there is another alternative: an old woods road that once went in one direction (now blocked by the Taconic State Parkway) towards Stillwater Lake and in ...
- Old cart
Came across this during one of my walks. I love old pieces of equipment – actually old things in general. I post so many landscapes that you’t think I had a passion for landscape photography, but this isn’t actually the case. At one point, enamored of Ansel Adams I thought I might ...
- Discarded Kettle
I came across this old kettle while walking in the woods – apparently discarded by someone.
- Shack in the woods
Walking along the Old Cannon Trail between the North and South Redoubts above Garrison, NY I came across this old shack. I have no idea what it was/is.
Wheelbarrow and other abandoned objects.
Some kind of geared implement.
- Dale Cemetery, Ossining, NY
I don’t know how I missed this place for so long. I live quite close by and the cemetery even bears the same name as mine. We’ve often passed along Routh 134 in Ossining, NY and I’ve often seen a cemetery on the side of the road. Thinking it was the Dale ...
- Statue in a cemetery
Seen in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, NY. I haven’t been able to find out anything else about it.
- Two graces
Doorway of the Michael Kors show at 610 fifth avenue, NY in Rockefeller Center. This entry door between two shop windows belongs to the “Maison Française”, which celebrates the “Friendship of France and the United States. It features a gilded bas-relief by Alfred Janniot called : “Paris and New York Joining Hands ...
- Detail of a gravestone at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
A lyre. The instrument of Apollo, the lyre is a Greek symbol denoting heavenly accord, harmony, and music and song praising God. It could also be seen as a harp, which is a symbol of heavenly music, or hopes of heaven. Stringed instruments such as these are often associated with Divine music. Lyres on gravestones ...
- Three garden chairs
Our local garden club organizes a garden tour every year where we visit a number of gardens around the lake. During this particular tour I spotted these three chairs sitting in the shade. I liked the fallen leaves and the light coming through the leaves as well a the contrast between the earth ...
- Hans Christian Andersen Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), Copenhagen, Denmark. Created by Henry Luckow Nielsen (1902-1992) in 1961. I haven’t been able to find much information about the sculptor.
This was taken back in 2005. Our elder daughter and her family lived in Copenhagen for several years and we went to ...
- Civil War Monument, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
According to a post on the CT Monuments Site (Civil War Monument, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.)
The village of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., honors local Civil War veterans with a granite-and-bronze monument in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
The monument, near southwestern corner of the cemetery, was dedicated in 1890 by the local GAR post. Inscriptions on the front (west) ...
- Monument Park, Peekskill
I first noticed this impressive monument some time ago, but didn’t have a chance to look at it closely at the time. I went back yesterday. It’s the Town of Cortlandt Civil War Memorial even though it’s located in Monument Park, Peekskill. It’s the most spectacular of the monuments there, but it’s not ...
- Tall Figure III
Taken August 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It’s certainly by Alberto Giacometti, but I’m not entirely sure what it’s called. I believe it’s Tall Figure III.
This was taken inside Niese’s Maple Farm in our town of Putnam Valley. I’ve always loved clutter. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a very small house. I took an immediate liking to all this “stuff”: bottles, toys, signs, candles, jugs, buckets etc. Niese’s is a great place to visit, but ...
- Owen Jones Memorial, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
This spectacular memorial to Owen Jones is, with its gothic embellishments, to me one of the most striking in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I’d been up at the top, nearer to the memorial, but close up I found it difficult to get a good angle on this rather large structure. I gave up and ...
- Reaching Through The Shadow: 9/11 Memorial – Croton Landing
I’ve posted about this memorial a couple of times before. It’s in Croton Landing Park, a favorite spot for walking he dog:
Croton Landing Park
9/11 Memorial at Croton Landing revisited
The memorial seems to have been evolving. When I first went it was essentially just a twisted girder from the ruins of the World Trade Center. ...
- 4th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
On the way in to our lunch with Andres we had to pass through Grand Central Terminal and I visited the Annual Holiday Train Show to take a few pictures. It’s interesting, but apparently not a patch on the train show at the Botanical Guardian.
- Angel in Ossining
This is one of two Civil War memorials in Ossining. The other one is more visible (it’s on the corner of Pleasantville Road and Brookville Ave) and I’d seen it on numerous occasions, but this one is “hidden” in a small park near Route 9. The Field Guide to US Public Monuments and Memorials describes ...
- Scary sculpture on a building in Manhattan
Taken in March, 2012 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-7. This architectural feature is fairly high up on a building in Manhattan. For all its failings (smeary images, green cast, over-aggressive noise control – many of them fairly typical of small sensor compact cameras) the ZS-7 has one great advantage: its 25-300mm zoom range. ...
- Graveyard for stone pillars.
I noticed these four stone pillars in a garden not too far away from where I live. They each have a metal piece sticking out of the top and I found myself wondering what it’s purpose was. Maybe something had once upon a time been attached? But what? They were placed ...
- Christmas Ornaments
It was a cold, gloomy day and I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to go out. So I took a look around the inside of our house to see what I could find to photograph. My wife had been putting away the Christmas decorations on our mantel and these were lying on ...
- Statue in a Church
As mentioned in an earlier post, we recently went to a memorial service. While we were in the church I noticed this statue. I think that what attracted me was the light and the way that the statue almost seems to float.
- Old Cart
I came across this old cart in a friend’s garden. I liked the faded colors and the rotting, weathered wood.
- An Organ In an earlier post I mentioned that an old friend of ours had passed away. His memorial service was yesterday and of course we went. I was sitting near this organ and decided that it would be worth a picture when the service was over. I liked the straight lines contrasting with ...
- Old Tractor
We were returning home along the Taconic one day when we decided that neither of us felt like making dinner. Instead we thought we would have our old standby – Chinese food. So we got off a the Secor Road exit and went down to Chan’s Garden (It’s mostly a takeout place and ...
- Bock, bock, bock, bock, bock, begowwwwk
The rather strange title is supposed to be the sound that a chicken makes. I had no idea how to write that sound so I looked it up on the internet. I found a number of possibilities – none of which seemed to be particularly compelling. This one seemed to be the ...
- 2015 Favorites – Color The British are coming.
The previous post highlighted my favorite black and white pictures from 2015. This one deals with my favorite color pictures (again in no particular order).
Inside Tompkins Corners Church.
New York airshow.
Jami and Peggy at play.
River Hudson from the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club
Hydra 70 rocket pods on Apache attack helicopter
Moonrise Roaring ...
- Lunch Chez Germaine
I’ve posted about Germaine before in Germaine. She’s still going strong and today invited us to an impromptu lunch. She also invited another friend: our neighbor, Muriel. It was supposed to be just sandwiches, but if you read the linked post you’ll realize that Germaine does not do things by halves – particularly where ...
- Madonna and Child Statue
Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 in March, 2011 at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, Ossining, NY.
I came across a very small shrine in the grounds and in it was this lovely little statue.
- Abandoned Car
Taken late in November, 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 at Graham Hills Park, Westchester County, NY.
I remember a couple of things about this walk. The first is that I completely underestimated how long the trail was and didn’t take into account how early it went dark at that time of year. I ...
- Abraham Lincoln Statue, Union Square, NYC
This was taken around 10:00 am and the light was already bright and contrasty. I thought I’d avoid the probably most common view of the statue i.e. from the front and take my picture from the side. The color didn’t add much value so I started to think in terms of black and ...
- Dolls on Display
Or at least doll’s heads. Seen at a local craft fair. I liked the colors and the slightly surreal look to the “dolls” (e.g. bodies made of old jars; strange costructions on the heads etc.) If I had it to do again I’d move the camera to the right. I think there’s too ...
- Madonna and Child
Seen in Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. Looks like something by either Andrea or Luca Della Robbia, but I’ve so far failed to find any further information about it.
- Madonna and Child Statue
I came across this statue outside St. Mary’s Church (Poughkeepsie, New York). According to Wikipedia:
The congregation was organized in 1873 when the Rev. Patrick McSweeney, D.D., pastor of St. Peter’s, Poughkeepsie purchased a former Universalist church building on Cannon St. The church was dedicated on July 20, 1873 by Cardinal McCloskey. On May ...
- At Home – Briarcliff Manor
Yesterday was Black Friday and my wife wanted to go shopping. Since the demise of our old Toyota about a year ago we now have only one car and I didn’t feel much like going to the mall so I stayed at home in Briarcliff Manor. To keep myself occupied I walked around ...
- A Glass of Beer
I have a very clear memory of taking this shot. It was taken in June 2012 and I’d been walking around in NY City all day. I’d been down to Adorama where I’d just bought a new lens for my NEX 5N: a 30mm Sigma f2.8, which I hadn’t yet used. It ...
- Radiator – 1927 Ford Model T Tudor I don’t know much about cars from this time period, but a card on the windshield states that it is a 1927 Ford Model T Tudor. The extract from Wikipedia below indicates that the Model T was only made until 1927 so this must be a very late model.
According to Wikipedia:
The Ford Model T ...
- Self Portrait In A Damaged Mirror
This was taken inside a toilet at Law Memorial Park, Briarcliff Manor, NY. As I was leaving I noticed this mirror. It was made of very shiny metal rather than glass and it had obviously been vandalized extensively. I also noticed that my reflection in the mirror was distorted because of the ...
- Green Benches
Taken at Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, Connecticut – around 7:00 am and the light was wonderful. This is one of the relatively few times I’ve been able to get up early enough to take advantage of such great light. Sometimes when I’ve gotten up very early it’s turned out to be a ...
- New York Central Locomotive
The museum’s web site provides the following information:
As built, this was an E-7 diesel-electric demonstrator unit which was labeled “The Train of Tomorrow”, a four-car domed streamliner. This train made two visits to Connecticut – once in November 1948 and again in April 1949. In 1964, it was converted to an E-8 by the Union ...
- Chairs and Tables in Bryant Park
Taken in Bryant Park (behind the Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City) in May, 2012. I liked the contrasts and the shadows.
- Hot Dogs Anyone?
As I was walking the short distance from the cemetery back to the car I noticed that in the small gap between the two was a house – and in the driveway of the house was this odd-looking vehicle. The bright reds of the door and the lettering contrasting with the darker greens first ...
- Recumbent Lion
Our neighbor (two houses away) has stone gate posts at the end of the driveway and on top of each of the gate posts lies one of these lions. I was walking home as the sun was going down and picking out the lion on the left gate post.
- Kino Precision Kiron 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 Macro
I picked this lens up for $9 at a nearby Goodwill Store. I’d heard that Kiron lenses were generally pretty good and already had a Kiron 80-200mm F4.5 Macro zoom that I’d picked up at a garage sale for next to nothing (it came attached to a Minolta X-370). Although I hadn’t used ...
- Twig on a Rock
I liked the texture of the rock and the diagonal lines of the cracks. Also the contrast with the black, essentially vertical twig.
- Funfair – Peekskill
This was taken back in October, 2011 with a Sony Alpha 500 and Sigma 75-300mm lens. We’d been on a boat excursion on the Hudson with four friends and we’d arrived back in Peekskill just as it was getting dark. I recall that I wanted to get some sense of movement to capture ...
- Hallowe’en’s Coming
The title says it all. Taken somewhere on the east side of Manhattan on October 18, 2012 with a Sony NEX 5N and legacy Canon 50mm f1.4 FD lens (with adapter).
- Old Pot-bellied Stove
Seen at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, NY and taken with a Sony NEX 5N and 30mm (45mm equivalent) f2.8 Sigma lens in Sony e-mount. The name “Station Agent” appears on the stove and at first I thought that this was because it was built to be used by a railway station agent ...
- Doll on a pole
I was walking the dog around the lake yesterday when I came across this doll. It seemed like it would make a slightly quirky picture. Seeing it made me wonder about why it was there. It was pinned to one of the poles that carry the electricity wires. I guess it’s ...
- Stone Doves
Taken with a Sony NEX 5n and Meyer Optik Görlitz 30mm Lydith f3.5 outside the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center in Virginia – one of the numerous stone birds scattered around the plaza
- Hallowe’en’s coming
Seen outside a local supermarket while shopping: rows of hallowe’en pots/buckets on shelves. I liked the contrasting colors: the greens of the plants; the purples of the shelves; and the bright oranges of the pots. I also liked the contrast between the textured plants and the smooth pots. Also the repetition of ...
- Dad and the Pink Flamingo
I had been thinking about telling the story of my father and the pink flamingo but I thought I would have some difficulty illustrating it as I didn’t think that there was much likelihood of coming across the pink flamingo that the story requires. I had just about given up hope and had resigned ...
- A Couple of Minions
I’ve posted about the metal sculptures along Secor Road in:
Mickey says hello
Strange creatures along Secor road
I recently noticed that these two ‘minions’ had been added to the group.
- A Faucet
Seen in a coffee shop in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I liked the smoothness of the porcelain and the shiny metal fixtures. Also the curves of the sink and the faucets as well as the delicate pattern on the tiles.
- Frog Statue at Stonecrop Gardens
I was very much taken by this huge (human sized) statue of a frog at stonecrop gardens. It turned out to be extremely difficult to get the exposure right though. First the auto white balance, which is normally quite reliable, was completely off – the picture had a very strong greenish-yellow cast. ...
- Lamp in the Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck, NY
The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY claims to be the oldest continually operating inn in the United States. It’s certainly old and part of it feels just like the English pubs I was familiar with while growing up in the UK.
Brian Plumb author of “Rhinebeck’s Historic Beekman Arms.” provides additional information in ...
- A Statue on top of Grand Central Terminal
Hercules looks up at Mercury in this statue by Jules-Félix Coutan called Glory of Commerce. The third statue (Minerva) is not visibly in this picture.
According to The Secrets of Grand Central, Part 2 on the Untapped Cities website:
The statue “Transportation”, alternatively “The Glory of Commerce” adorns the front of Grand Central facing south. On ...
- Boat Slip #18
Taken outside one of our favorite restaurants: Il Laghetto (formerly The Terrace Club) on Lake Mahopac.
- St Martin de Porres
Statue of St. Martin de Porres on the grounds of Graymoor, the home of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. According to a nearby sign:
Martin de Porres (1579-1639)
Born Nov. 9, 1579, in Lima, Peru.
Mother was a free nigress (sic) of Peru; father was a Spanish knight. At twelve was apprenticed to a barber-surgeon.
- Stairway Detail
I liked the curved columns (don’t know what the correct word is) and the way that they are layered to give the impression of two rows, one behind the other. The delicate but intricate carving also appealed to me. Taken in the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY.
- Private Parts – Doorway to a store in Cold Spring, NY
We (my wife, our late dog Jackson, and myself) had been to lunch at Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring. We were sitting outside (the only place they allowed dogs) when I noticed the entrance to this store right next door. I’m not sure what it’s called, but you can see from the picture ...
- Boat in Cold Spring
Our younger daughter and her family were returning to Geneva, Switzerland the next day and we were going to dinner at the Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring. It was around 8:00 pm, the sun was going down over the Hudson Highlands and this picturesque boat was moored to the dock. What could be ...
- Chess Pieces
This one proved to be more difficult that I’d thought. I liked the shapes of the chess pieces and the contrast between the blacks and the whites. I wanted to arrange the composition so that there was a strong diagonal line. What could be simpler? Well…I hadn’t accounted for the fact ...
- View from a Hotel Window
View of the plaza from our hotel window. I usually take pictures at ground level so this higher view is a bit different for me. I liked the concentric circles made by the benches and the paving stones and the way that they’re broken by the gap in the benches; the family; and ...
- Madonna and Child Statue
Another one from our trip to Washington, D.C./Virginia. My wife and her family wanted to go to Church. I, however, had to stay outside with the dog as we couldn’t take him in and it was far to hot (approaching 100F) to leave him in the car. I’d thought to take him ...
- Pirate Ship Playground
Another highlight of the plaza outside our hotel was a metal frame pirate ship for children to climb on – very popular.
- Stone Cardinal
Taken in the plaza outside our hotel. Scattered around were numerous tiny statues of birds – This one appears to be a cardinal.
- Hanging Balls
The next few posts contain pictures taken during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. (actually to nearby Tysons Corner and Falls Church). My father-in-law passed away in 1978 and is buried in Falls Church, Virginia. My wife and some of her brothers (and in one case his family) decided to go to visit ...
- Old Ford in Cold Spring
My brother-in-law Vicente has been visiting us and we decided to take him for lunch at the Depot in Cold Spring. As we were sitting there I heard the roar of an engine and saw this colorful car reverse into a parking space and rushed over to take some pictures of it.
I don’t really ...
- Anyone need a hand?
Part of a statue seen in a nearby park.
- Stained Glass at Scarborough Station
After wandering around on the riverfront in Peekskill I took the train down to Scarborough (the closest station to our house in Briarcliff Manor) where my wife was going to pick me up. We planned to go to a presentation on “Historic Downtown Ossining” given by the Ossining Historical Society at the Ossining Boat ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Sam Oitice Heroes Remembered 9/11
According to the Fieldguide to US Public Monuments and Memorials:
This remembrance honors Samuel Oitice, a 25-year Peekskill, New York, veteran firefighter, native and resident. Oitice was also a City of New York firefighter; he was killed in the terrorist attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center, 9/11/2001. The memorial recalls and pays homage ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Commemorative Bell A nearby inscription reads:
PEEKSKILL FIRE DEPARTMENT ALARM BELL
ON AUGUST 1, 1918 THIS BELL TOLLED THE ALARM FOR THE FLEISCHMANN MANUFACTURING COMPANY FIRE AT WHICH SEVEN PEEKSKILL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS LOST THEIR LIVES.
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE GALLANT MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE FLEISCHMANN FIRE
AUGUST 1 1918
This is followed by a listing of names ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Jan Peeck’s Vine
Seen at the Peekskill Metro North Station. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) press release dated April 26 2013:
The just-renovated train station at Peekskill now boasts “Jan Peeck’s Vine,” a steel sculpture that creeps around columns and railings and spells out the name “Peekskill” under the eaves.
The work by artist Joy Taylor and ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – The Golden Mean
By Carole A. Feuerman.
A nearby plaque reads:
The Golden Mean. Bronze with patina and gold leaf.
Using the riverfront’s edge on as its diving board, Feuerman’s monumental sculpture activates the urban environment and its inhabitants through a site-specific installation. Two years in the making, and more than 8,000 hours of labor, The Golden Mean ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Stargate on Hudson?
On of the numerous art works on the riverfront in Peekskill New York. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find any information (e.g. what it’s called; who created it etc.) on this work.
Our friend has some wonderful garden art. I’ve already posted about his herons, his wicker deer, his stone frog, and his swan. Here are some ducks.
- Bell Pull
I spotted this in a nearby church. I hadn’t seen one of these for a while. In fact I thought they’d disappeared entirely and that when you heard the sound of church bells (which you don’t hear as much in Putnam Valley, NY as you did in Sandbach, UK where I grew up) ...
- Swan and Jade Plant
Another garden ornament in our friend’s garden. I liked the contrast between the light colored swan and the dark jade plant. Also the elegant lines of the swan (I suppose swans are pretty much by definition elegant. At least I’ve never seen one that wasn’t). The contrast between the rough ...
- Frog In Hiding
Our friend has a lovely pond in his back garden. One day as I was visiting I looked in the direction of the pond and saw this stone frog peeping out from behind a rock. Seemed to be worth a picture.
- Firescreen at Law Park
This is a great example of how we walk past so many interesting things without really seeing them. This lovely firescreen is in the pavilion in our local park: Law Park. The pavilion looks out over the swimming pool and in summer they serve food and drinks. It’s a pleasant place to pause ...
- Heron Statues
I’m not even sure that these are herons – I’m not really that good on birds. My instinctive reaction was to think that they were cranes, but then I started to rethink. They’re in a friend’s garden. His house is situated right next to and slightly above a wetlands area. ...
- Monarchs of the Glen
These wicker deer are in a friend’s garden. I’d photographed them before, but had never been able to get the right angle – largely because I took the pictures from the street while walking the dog. I didn’t want to disturb our friend. Today, however, we were over for drinks, snacks and ...
I came across these canoes while visiting houses around the lake as part of the annual “Garden Tour”. What attracted me was partly the colors. I’m not usually very good with color photography, but these bright colors seemed to good to miss. I also liked the arrangement of the canoes – the ...
- Weathered Wood
This magnificent piece of wood is holding up a glass table top in one of our friend’s garden. I was sitting sipping a vodka and tonic when I noticed it. At first he jokingly said that he’d pulled it our of our lake, but finally admitted that he’d bought it. It certainly ...
- Colorful Toys
Seen at a nearby flea market. I loved the variety of the toys and their vibrant colors.
Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 with, I believe, its wide angle attachment.
Sculpture by Renée Sintenis.
According to Wikipedia:
Daphne (/ˈdæfniː/; Greek: Δάφνη, meaning “laurel”) is a minor figure in Greek mythology known as a naiad—a type of female nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater. There are several versions of the myth, but the general narrative is that because of her beauty, ...
- Objects in Gardens
As I’ve mentioned before we’re members of our local garden club and every year the club has it’s garden tour. We visit a number of gardens around the lake and then end up for lunch at a fellow member’s house. I’ve posted about the 2014 garden tour before.
As usual I was less ...
- Rusting Farm Equipment in the Snow
I’ve always been fascinate by old, rusting equipment. I found this piece at the Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill, NY. I have no idea what it is or what it does/did, but I like the way it looks.
- Still life with toes
Incredible though it may seem for someone living in Putnam County, NY this offering at the base of a statue was seen at a nearby Buddhist Monastery. What caught my attention was the contrast between the essentially monochromatic statue and the bright colors of the fruit; and the contrast between the smoothness of the ...
- The Pietrarubbia Group
A large-scale work by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. According to the MuseumPublicity website:
Pomodoro has described The Pietrarubbia Group as “a vision of an archaic settlement.” With its visual references to ancient burial traditions and hieroglyphics, the work commemorates the history and crumbling beauty of the nearly abandoned village for which it is named.
The Pietrarubbia ...
- Storm King Art Center Revisited
Five Swords, Alexander Calder and in the background Pyriamidian by Mark di Suvero.
I’ve posted a couple of times before on Storm King Art Center:
Something’s afoot at Storm King Art Center
Storm King Arts Center, New Windsor, NY
I find it a fascinating place and had the occasion to visit twice in rapid succession in the past few ...
- New Windsor Cantonment: Chess Pieces
Old Chess Pieces – part of a set on display at the Temple of Virtue, New Windsor Cantonment.
- New Windsor Cantonment: Revolutionary War Surgical Kit
Imagine being operated on by someone using this. No anesthetic; no antibiotics; and I don’t suppose that the implements were kept particularly clean. No wonder about twice as many people died from infection/disease than were killed on the battlefield. You really didn’t want to be wounded in those days.
- Two heads are better than one
Quirky bench seen in a nearby park.
During a recent trip to a nearby restaurant (not an Asian restaurant) I noticed a vase with calligraphy on it. I was attracted by the creamy, smooth ceramic of the vase next to the bold black calligraphy strokes.
- Something’s afoot at Storm King Art Center
Detail of “Three Legged Buddha” (see below) by Zhang Huan, one of the most striking (among many) installations at Storm King Art Center.
- Kikuyu Statues
I bought these during during my first visit to Kenya (don’t remember exactly when that was). There are two of them: A female figure and a male figure with a staff. I vaguely remember that when I bought them they were labelled as being Kikuyu. They sit in the window in our ...
- A Disturbing Object
Not far from where I live a trail goes off into the woods. I’ve documented it before in an earlier post: Wasteland off the Lake. It’s a strange area with an abandoned trailer, concrete forms, old tires, playground equipment etc. I went through again the other day.
I’d noticed these circular objects ...
- Converging Lines
I was sitting in Moonbean Cafe, one of my favorite local eateries when I noticed these lines converging towards the center of the round table where I was sitting. I also like the warmth of the wood grain inlay. It was pretty dark inside and I wanted a decent amount of depth of ...
- Woolly Things
Came across these strange woolly creations attached to a wrought iron fence in front of the Drew United Methodist Church in Carmel, NY. I’ve no idea what their significance is.
- Statue in the Old Town
From a scanned print and taken in the Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland sometime in the early to mid 1990s. It was most likely taken with a Canon AE-1.
- Grand Central Terminal
Or is it? If you give the picture more than a cursory glance you notice immediately that something’s off e.g. the vehicles are much too big in relation to the building. It’s actually a replica used in a model train exhibition held in Grand Central Terminal in 2013.
- Impressions of a pieta
My wife posts old pictures on Facebook every Thursday. She calls it ‘Throwback Thursday’. My job is to provide the raw materials, which often requires scanning old prints and negatives. A recent ‘Throwback Thursday’ covered Italy – or at least Rome, Florence and Venice. So I set about scanning some old ...
- Silver Balls
I’d seen these many times. They’ve been hanging from this post for months and somehow they have not lost their lustre. It was a nice sunny day and and they were shining brightly when I decided to capture them in all their glory. As I was taking the picture I noticed that ...
- Railway Carriage Interiors
Taken at the Danbury Railway Museum in June, 2013 with a Sony NEX5n and the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens. An earlier post can be found at: Danbury Railway Museum
In the image above I like the color contrasts and the converging lines.
I hadn’t been expecting to find a kitchen. Liked the reflections ...
- Red Cinnabar Jar
In earlier posts I mentioned that when the weather was bad I started taking pictures indoors. The weather has now improved but I’m enjoying taking pictures of objects, still life etc. so I’m continuing. It was a nice day today and the snow has almost melted off our patio. So I could ...
- At a Thai Restaurant
Wall Mounted Fountain.
We went for lunch with friends Olga and Gustavo de la Piedra and Ken Cross at Thai Angels restaurant in Mount Kisco, NY. As with many Thai restaurants there were a lot of decorative objects scattered around the restaurant: on the walls, free standing statuettes etc. Here are a few.
It was ...
When it was freezing cold and snowy outside I didn’t get out a lot to take pictures. Instead I continued with a long overdue project to scan old prints and negatives and I started to take pictures inside the house. This is one of them. It’s a small gold painted cherub that ...
- Waterford Glass Candle Holder
Winter has been harsh this year and it’s been very hard to get out and take pictures so I’d decided to take some of objects around the house. I’d had my eye on the Waterford Glass candle holder for some time but hadn’t gotten around to doing anything about it. The weather has ...
- Wooden Head with Owl
I was walking back from the Parker Bale Post 1597 to the FOE Ossining Aerie 1545 where I had left my car when I noticed these two wooden sculptures apparently carved from trees by the side of the road. I almost missed them. I’m not so wild about the owl but the head ...
- Artillery Piece in the Snow
I came across this in front of an American Legion post in Ossining the other day. I didn’t know what it was so I sent the picture to my friend Ken who’s a former artillery officer with the Australian Army. This is what he came back with:
It’s a US 75mm Pack Howitzer…the guns ...
Not much to say about this. It was taken in the men’s room at a nearby Barnes and Noble. The shiny metallic hinges (against the textured divider) caught my attention as well as their almost but not quite symmetrical shape.
- Another Batik
An earlier post (Bali I: Batiks) referred to some batiks we had looked at while visiting Bali. I also mentioned that we had bought one. We had it framed and it’s now on the wall of one of our bedrooms. This is it.
- Chinese Cabinet
Besides scanning and going to malls I’ve tried to escape the cold and the snow by taking some pictures inside the house. This one is of an antique chinese wedding cabinet, which we bought at an antique show in Divonne-les-Bains when we were living in France. I like the metallic fixtures against the red ...
- Carousel Horses
It had been gloomy, cloudy and snowy for a while and the landscape outside was somewhat monochromatic and featureless so we decided to escape to the nearby Danbury Fair Mall where I found these wonderful carousel horses. The bright colors cheered me up so much after the gloomy outdoors.
On our way to a Garden Club meeting we passed this snowman standing by the side of the road. Couldn’t resist. Loved the cap and the golf club.
- Mailbox in the Snow
Another ‘dog walk’ picture. We’d walked around the lake and I’d noticed the mailbox and the footprints in the snow receding towards the building in the background so I took a picture of it. I guess I was a bit tired after the walk an didn’t look at the resulting image. When ...
- Panda Face
My wife had gone to her dance class and I was walking the dog around the parking lot when I noticed this snowy truck wheel. Somehow I saw a panda face in the pattern of the wheel nuts on the snow. I didn’t have a camera with my and so had to resort ...
- Stained Glass Windows
More scans. Judging by the context in which I found the negatives these were taken in the United Kingdon, but I don’t remember where. Liked the colors.
- Bali I: Batiks
Taken in a shop somewhere in Indonesia (I can’t remember exactly where). I was very much taken by their vibrant colors. We ended up buying one (not one in the pictures) and as I write this it’s hanging on the wall in one of our bedrooms. Ours is about 2ft wide by ...
- Colorful spherical furry tigery thing
I have no idea what this is. I saw it lying on the ground next to an apparently empty house in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’ve tried to find it on the internet – but with no success. It seems to be in good shape and probably hasn’t been there for very long. ...
- Mural on a church in New York City
The title tells it all. I guess I was attracted to the colors and the strong vertical lines.
- Old Pontiac
I bumped into (not literally) this wonderful classic Pontiac in a parking lot. Couldn’t resist taking some pictures. The owner was right by it so I asked his permission first. As the owner was pulling out I noticed that there was a model name on the side, but I wasn’t able to ...
- Old Tractor
Came across this colorful old tractor while walking the dog.
- Birdhouse by the Lake
The title says it all. I’d seen this birdhouse before and liked the way it looked with the lake in the background.
- Christmas Lion
Spotted while walking around the lake. One of our neighbors had decorated some of their stone (or maybe concrete) lions (there’s a second one on the other side of their driveway). He/she doesn’t seem very happy to be “dressed up” in this way.
- Christmas comes to Club Fit, Jefferson Valley
Colorful characters at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley – where my wife goes for her dance classes.
- Stag on a sign outside a Taxidermist
While I was taking the picture the taxidermist drove out and we chatted for a while. He invited me to drop by sometime and see inside.
- Large Bear on Route 9
This wooden bear is huge! Surely larger than life size. Bears can’t get this big can they? If they can I hope I never meet one. Come to think of it I don’t think I want to meet any kind of bear in the wild – even a small one. I ...
- Happy Thanksgiving
Two enormous inflatable turkeys seen in front of a house opposite Law Park in Briaricliff Manor, NY. Taken a couple of days before Thanksgiving, 2014. This was before the snow storm. They are now presumably under several inches of snow.
- An unlikely sight at Grand Central Terminal In January 2011, the Smithsonian Channel approached Kevin Hockley, an Ontario-based model maker, with a tall (and rather long) order: Build us a snake.
Several years ago, Carlos Jaramillo, a paleontologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and scientists from the University of Florida, University of Toronto and Indiana University unearthed fossils of a prehistoric ...
- Maryknoll, Ossining
We went with some friends to the Ossining car show, which was held at Maryknoll in Ossining. After we’d looked at the vintage cars we decided to take a look inside the Seminary Building (above).
Sony Nex 5N with 18-55mm kit lens.
Stained Glass Window.
Bell and Oriental Pavillion.
Madonna and Child in a niche.
- Green Jars by the Beach
I was sitting by the beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands having something to drink when I noticed the green jars on the table. The man passing by in the background was a lucky coincidence.
- Sculpture in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Something attracted me to this sculpture in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – I’m not sure exactly what. For some time I had no information about it, but just recently I bumped into Kit Gentry’s site, particularly the section on Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which provides the following information:
This is a monument to John Hudson Hall. ...
- At the Japanese Restaurant We recently went to our local Japanese Restaurant. They have redecorated so I took a few pictures of the new look.
Light Fixture. The background really was pretty much monochrome. I liked the contrast between the the bright, smooth, shiny fixture and the textured, somewhat plain background.
Flowers in the Window.
- Mummy at the Depot
We’d been for a walk at the Old West Point Foundry Preserve and on the way back home I stopped for refreshments at The Depot in Cold Spring. It was in full Hallowe’en garb. As I was leaving I spotted this life-size (if that’s the right word) mummy with a small skeleton on the ...
Minimalist kind of composition. Nice shapes and textures.
Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic film camera.
- Hallowe’en is coming
Small crowd of dolls in bright Hallowe’en colors on display outside a crafts store.
Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic film camera.
- Flowers in the Gazebo
We’ve been tidying up the garden in our house in Briarcliff Manor and I was cutting back some roses near the gazebo when I noticed the light shining on a old vase with some artificial flowers in it. I liked the effect and shooting through the screen seemed to add a kind of soft ...
- Kitchen Scenes
These are the result of sitting around in our kitchen while playing with my new toy: A Konica 50mm f1.7 AR. I’d earlier obtained two other Konica lenses: a 135mm and a 28mm. I’d been very impressed by the 135mm (I haven’t tried the 28mm yet) and I’d heard good things about the 50mm. ...
- 9/11 Memorial at Croton Landing revisited
Reaching Lady Statue.
I’ve been to Croton Landing many times. I’ve even taken some pictures of the 9/11 memorial. However, this was some time ago. Since the last time I was there a new item has been added to the memorial: a statue. Apparently it’s called “Reaching Lady” and it was created ...
- Stained glass at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery For some reason I haven’t been taking many pictures lately so I’ve fallen back on looking over my old pictures, deleting a lot and seeing if I can improve some of them (I usually can) through re-processing. Here are are few taken in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – with Panasonic cameras: the first two with ...
I was going to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and decided to walk through Central Park. Although I’ve lived near NYC for many years (and worked in the city for a lot of them) I’d never walked around in the park. In all I spent about two hours – including a ...
- Not something you see every day!
I’d photographed this barn before. At that time it had seemed odd to come across an old barn, in the middle of the countryside – with signs all over it.
Now it’s even more strange – it has a light aircraft parked outside of it. Not the entire aircraft mind you. ...
- Still Life
Not much to say about this. I bumped into this vase of flowers. Liked it and took the picture. I liked the pastel colors.
- Unknown object in Pocantico Lake
Unknown to me at least – I have no idea what it is. The shell is broken on the other side and the interior is full of plastic pipes. The exterior is coated with dried mud. We’ve had little rain of late and it seems to me that the lake is much ...
- Mickey says hello
In an earlier post I mentioned the strange metal creatures along Secor Road. Somehow I missed this one. Either it’s new or I just didn’t see it – it’s on the other side of the road. For all I know it’s might not even be connected to the others. I still ...
- Rusty Old Buckets
Bumped into this on the side of one of the hiking trails.
- Replica Parrott Gun on the Cold Spring waterfront This replica of a Parrott gun (named after its inventor Robert Parker Parrott) stands near the gazebo on the waterfront in Cold Spring, NY. Nowadays Cold Spring is a picturesque Hudson River town with antique stores, nice restaurants etc., but once upon a time the town was dominated by the West Point Foundry, which made ...
- Canoe around Dusk
The sun was starting to set and the lake was pretty smooth so there was a nice reflection of the canoe.
Seen in Geneva, Switzerland some time in August, 2010. I believe it’s either an XK-120 or an XK-150, but I’m not sure which. Actually, as I’m looking at it I’m becoming more and more convinced that it’s an XK-120, largely because the 120 had a two piece windshield while the XK-150 a curved ...
- Fire Engine – Devries Park, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Who dosn’t like a nice fire engine (or should it be fire truck over here in the US?)? Pity it’s not red. The red ones are the best!
Lots of dials
Legend of Sleepy Hollow detail.
- Pool Balls
I came across these in an antique store in Cold Spring.
- Old Roller
I was walking the dog around the playing fields when I came across this old roller in the undergrowth. I usually move my glasses up to the top of my head when I’m taking pictures and this time one of the overhanging branches must have knocked them off and I couldn’t find them. ...
- More from around the lake
Some more from one of my walks around the lake.
Trees and Rock Garden
Canoes at Moon Beach
Tree and Ivy
- Garden Tour
Every year the garden club (of which we are members) organizes visits to a number of gardens around the lake and this year we were one of six chosen. Of course they ask those who are chosen, but the other members of the garden club aren’t told until the day of the even ...
- Armillary sphere sundial
This ornament has been sitting in our garden for some time. It ended up in an area where flowers had grown all over it and it just disappeared. We were doing some weeding and it re-emerged. I’ve just discovered that it’s called an armillary sphere sundial. According to Wikipedia a real ...
- Still Life – Cat and Poinsettia
Trying out an ultra wide angle lens I’ve had for a while but haven’t used much. It’s a Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens with the Sony VCLECU1 High Definition Wide Angle Conversion Lens, which makes it about 12mm. Taking into account the crop factor this becomes the 35mm equivalent of 18mm – still pretty ...
- Rusty Nails and Tire
During one of my walks in the woods I came across this pair of rusty old nails lying on top of a pile of discarded tires.
- The man in the mirror
I noticed these two blue and white vases at a local antiques fair and decided to take a picture. As I was taking it I spotted the mirror in the background and decided to wait until someone walked by behind me so I could get their reflection.
- Old Car
I won’t go so far as to say that this car has been abandoned. The house in whose driveway it sits certainly isn’t. However, it does look as if it’s been there for some time. The paint is starting to flake and the moon roof has caved in.
- Wasteland off the lake
You can’t see this from the road around the lake, but if you look for a somewhat overgrown track near North Beach and follow it down a little you come across this interesting, but dilapidated area. If you follow the track (which seems to be used a lot by ATVs), it eventually goes ...
- Lamp and Maple Tree
The Moonbean Cafe is one of my favorite hangouts. Situated in Briarcliff Manor it’s a pleasant old house converted into a cafe and coffee shop. In nice weather I like to sit outside on the porch – reading, sipping coffee and watching the world go by. One day I was sitting there ...
- Old Lasalle Car Front view with radiator
On the way back from the Gomez Mill House we stopped a nursery cum farm store on the side of the road. This magnificent old car was in the parking area. They don’t make ’em like this any more. From the insignia on the car it’s an old La ...
- On the lake
View from North Beach looking south.
A few more pictures taken while walking the dog around the lake.
Canoes at North Beach
New wooden bridge. Part of a project involving the new bridge, some gravel paths and a seating area with picnic table. Nicely done by the Eagle Scouts.
- Magnolia Blossom
On one of my walks around the lake I passed a number of magnolias. Unfortunately they were either past their best, or the blossoms were so high that I couldn’t get close enough to them. Then I saw this one. It was just the right height. It was a blustery day ...
- Found Still Life
I returned home late one afternoon and put the car in the garage. I was taking something out of the trunk when I noticed this little group sitting in a corner. Sunlight was streaming in through the windows in the garage door and reflecting off the tail lights of the car to create ...
- At the Jefferson Valley Mall
Bush along a wall.
Taken while walking the dog around the Jefferson Valley Mall.
Seeds in the parking lot
Artwork. The Jefferson Valley Mall is one of the most boring I’ve come across – at least for me. There are very few stores there that interest me. This artwork is well hidden. You go ...
- Windmill Tryptch Three shots of a small, colorful, plastic windmill turning by the side of the road.
- Stained Glass Windows A series of stained glass windows taken inside St. Philips Church in the Highlands, Garrison NY. An article in Wikipedia states:
St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands is an Episcopal church located on New York State Route 9D in the hamlet of Garrison, New York, United States. It is a stone Gothic Revival building designed ...
- 1957 Issues of Life Magazine A friend of mine collects vintage magazines. He has a novel way of displaying them. On his walls you see nicely framed covers. However, if you take the frame down you see that it isn’t just the covers that are framed, it’s the entire magazine – very clever.
He wanted to get rid ...
- Is he seeing the first sign of Spring?
We still have over a foot of snow on the ground, but it’s gradually disappearing and this little cherub has just re-emerged from a large pile. Five to eight inches of snow was expected last night and we got….nothing. I think the storm went south of us. In the mornings I hear ...
- Mysterious stone chambers of Putnam County My wife and I belong to the local garden club. They have monthly meetings, usually and not surprisingly on topics related to gardening. From time to time, however, they organize presentations on other topics. This time Tom O’Reilly gave a talk on “Stone Chambers of Putnam County”.
Apparently there are a large number of these ...
- Cars The first picture was taken while walking the dog in Teatown Preserve. This magnificent car was just sitting in the middle of a parking area. The rest were taken at a vintage car show in Ossining. All of the pictures were taken in 2012
- Messing around at home Little Angels
I haven’t been able to get out much for the past few days. I threw my back out shoveling snow; then we had friends over and I spent most of the day cooking. Our water conditioner started to leak (just a tiny amount of water thankfully). It’s ancient and I have ...
- Cairn on Peekskill Hollow Creek I was driving along Peekskill Hollow Road a few days ago – as I had many times in the year or so that we’ve lived out here. Most of the time you can’t really see Peekskill Hollow Creek because the leaves on the trees block the view. In winter though you see more. ...
- Motorcyclepedia Part 2 I recently posted about Motorcyclepedia, a motorcycle museum in Newburgh, NY. On looking at the post again I realized that there weren’t actually many pictures of motorcycles. So here are a few more:
- Statues Museum of Modern Art, NY
I was cleaning up and organizing some of my pictures when I realized that I had quite a few photographs of statues – at museums; cemeteries; in public parks, churches etc. Here are a few.
Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY
Civil War Memorial, Ossining, NY
Rockefeller Center, NY
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, NY
Statue above ...
- Self portrait with dog
I was walking around again with the dog when I came across a truck with very shiny rear doors. It also had a plate with a dog on it. The dog seemed to float in the air. I couldn’t see how I could get a picture of this without me in it so ...
- Strange creatures along Secor road Crocodile
If you take the Taconic State Parkway north you’ll eventually, after passing Yorktown Heights and Jefferson Valley come to an exit called Bryant Pond Road. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You’d think this would be Bryant Pond Road but it isn’t. It’s actually Secor Road. Pass the mobil ...
- Light Patterns We have some large windows in our living room and the house is situated so that, on sunny days, the light streams in. We got some blinds to save my wife’s plants from the bright sunlight.
I was sitting in our “breakfast nook” one morning drinking my coffee when I noticed these patterns caused by the ...
- Statement Necklaces A rich variety of over two dozen sea shell beads and sea shells in earth tones.
My brother-in-law sells unique and very attractive necklaces made of sea shells (among other things). Apparently they’re called “statement necklaces” because the shells are integral to the design of the jewelry rather than being incidental add-ons or accents. He also ...
- Details of Sculpture at Boscobel I was attracted to the curves and textures of this sculpture at Boscobel. Unfortunately I don’t know what it was called or who made it (maybe there was a sign but I missed it in my enthusiasm to take the pictures).
- A few colour pictures For a change a few color pictures. All pictures taken with a Sony Nex 5N and legacy lenses. The flowers were taken with a Rokinon 28mm f2.8 in Minolta mount. I bought an inexpensive Minolta X-700 and it came with a couple of Rokinon Lenses. The rest were taken with a ...
- Vintage Tractor show at Tilly Foster Farm
I love history and I’m fascinated by old things: old buildings; old cars; old aircraft; old machinery etc. So when I saw an ad for the vintage tractor show at the Tilly Foster Farm I had to go. When I was young my father used to take me to traction engine rallies. I can’t ...
- Some flowers in our garden Black eyed susans (rudbeckia)
Trying out a new Yashica 50mm f1.7 ML on the NEX before putting it on the Yashica FX-3 body. The nearest things to try it on were the flowers in our garden.
Easy to Love Rose
Graham Thomas Rose
Double Knockout tree rose
- A touch of colour: Spring flowers around the lake
Spring’s here and the flowers are bursting out around the lake. Here’s a selection, again taken while walking the dog. Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and Sigma 35mm lens. Above – Daffodils.
More of the white weeping tree
- Inside Cappello’s Auto Repair
From time to time I become paralyzed. I want to go out and shoot but I can’t think of anything worthy of picture taking. Part of it is laziness. I can’t immediately think of anywhere clever to go so I find excuses not to go out and shoot. It’s too early. The light’s not right. ...
- Mannequins Seen while walking around in Manhttan. Along Lexigton Avenue if I remember correctly. Generally liked the figures in the windows alongside the reflections in the glass.
Closer view of one of the figures
Uncovered female mannequin inside juxtaposed against covered up male outside.
Reclining figure vs. standing figure. With reflections.