proceed with caution

proceed with caution in nyc

on the streets of new york city…

 In my hood…the Upper West Side of Manhattan

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happy earth day

Located right off Fifth Avenue and Central Park South in Manhattan, across from the Plaza Hotel…a little park called the Grand Army Plaza, the home of the Roman Goddess…Pomana.  How many times have I walked by this area and never really paid attention to the statue, much less to learn the meaning of it. But just a couple of days ago, heading to the Easter Parade, the statue was surrounded by the full bloom of the ornamental pear trees…calling for our attention…as if she was telling everyone…HeyLook at me!  Look at me!  And I did.  And I now know that Pomana is the goddess of fruit trees, orchards and gardens…so appropriate…

This post is dedicated to Earth Day…a day to encourage respect for our Earth…giving us continued opportunities to view the amazing beauty that constantly surrounds us throughout this world.

And speaking of more amazing beauty that constantly surrounds us…

spring in central park, nyc

spring in central park

 

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easter in nyc – it’s a wrap

Easter egg hunt on the east side, nyc

upper east side, nyc

Well Easter isn’t Easter without an Easter egg hunt, right?

Loved seeing the doormen and porters hiding Easter eggs for the children in their buildings.

Oh, and no plastic for these kiddies.  These are the real deal.

Real eggs for the Upper East Siders!

easter egg hunt, nyc

easter egg hunt, central park, nyc

central park, nyc

So on to the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan…  Always a fun time and challenging one to photograph.  Yes, plenty of people that’s willing to pose, but you have to fight the zillions of photographers (many rude ones too! – come on people – it’s EASTER!) as well as the sun shining bright one second and then shade the next…  Needless to say, it was exhausting, yet educational in the photography department and I wouldn’t have missed it!  Based on the crowds, it was more “portrait style” this year and thought b&w would be a nice change.

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

miss columbia

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter Parade 2014 NYC

Easter!  It’s a wrap until next year!

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easter in nyc

east village, nyc

Easter in new york city.  Yesterday, once again the Good Friday Blues at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery provided a unique experience using American blues music to recreate the Passion story of Jesus.  It also gave me the excuse to have lunch at my favorite restaurant, Cafe Mogador, and walk the streets of the East Village to enjoy the minds of the people who live in the area…ahem, like above.

But getting back to the Good Friday Blues…this event remains in my top ten experiences since moving to Manhattan a few years ago.  My first experience was last year and once again there were plenty of empty seats…and the question remains…why aren’t people coming to this incredible service?  You don’t have to be religious…and trust me, I’m far from it…but the talent here, oh my.  The dancers from the Vissi Dance Theatre, the St. Mark’s Choir, and those amazing gospel blues voices singing those familiar songs…You Got Me Where You Want Me, Chain of Fools, I’ll Take you There…Oh, so amazing…goose bumps are guaranteed.

Tomorrow there’s the Easter parade.  Well not really a parade, but a chance to walk Fifth Avenue and take photos of creative Easter bonnets and other outrageous outfits.  This will be my fourth year of adding to my photo collection.  Can you believe this tradition has continued since the mid 1800′s?

16 Apr 1922 --- Mrs. George Jay Gould walks with her children Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue

Piece of history: Dressed in the traditional Easter fashion, a Paramount newsreel cameraman trains his camera on the crowds in 1948

Wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing this Easter…enjoy!

I’ll share some pics next week.

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photo therapy in central park

Oh…how I’ve missed my city!

 quintessential spring in new york city’s central park…a throwback!

spring in central park 2014

spring in central park 2014

spring in central park 2014

nothing like a little photo therapy in central park…

 Yep, back in my city…at least for a few weeks!

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in appreciation…

magnolia tree in roanoke va

elmwood park, roanoke, virginia

One of my favorite blooms at spring time…not only for the beauty, but because the magnolia has a floral meaning of nobility.  The quality of being noble in character…representing virtue, goodness, honor, decency, integrity and generosity…all that represented my daddy.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or paid a quiet visit.  Perhaps you wrote the kindest words…perhaps we were just in your thoughts. Whatever you did to console our hearts, it was felt.

Thank you very, very much.

 

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with sadness and joy

yellow rose of grief

Whenever I would go home to visit my parents in Virginia, my dad would always pick yellow roses from his garden and place them in my bathroom.  That tradition continued all through the years, until my dad developed Alzheimer’s and he could no longer remember.

Today, to deal with the passing of my father, I took my camera to my garden for some alone time and found only one yellow rose in bloom.  When I picked it, one petal fell to the grass below.   I don’t have the words now…maybe later.

Don’t cry because it’s over…smile because it happened.

Dr. Suess

 

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exploring cambodia

What I learned exploring Phnom Penh, Cambodia…

It takes acrobatic acts to bring home the groceries…

shopping in cambodia

shopping in cambodia

It’s normal to balance children on your motorbike…

shopping in cambodia

motor bike in cambodia with child

There’s organized chaos in their traffic jams…

traffic jams in cambodia

Cambodia traffic jam

There’s more than just Buddhist temples in Cambodia…

Nurunnaim Mosque, Phnom Penh

nurunnaim mosque, phnom penh

muslim community, phnom penh, cambodia

Alfresco hair salons are very popular…

hair cutting in cambodia

hair cutting in cambodia

Health inspections?  I don’t think so…

but this restaurant served some of the best food ever!

Afternoon snoozes are a must…

afternoon snoozes in cambodia

afternoon snoozes in cambodia

People of all ages are soooo friendly!

the people of cambodia

people of cambodia

The best way to tour the Mekong Islands is through Grasshopper Adventures…

The best bicycle tour ever crossing the Mekong river by boat,

riding through communities on quiet back roads,

cycling through rice paddies and orchards,

enjoying the peaceful farmland

and learning about the lives of the people who live there.

Priceless!

grasshopper adventures in cambodia

Grasshopper Adventures in Cambodia

grasshopper adventures in cambodia

grasshopper adventures in cambodia

grasshopper adventures in cambodia

Coming up…the final leg of my trip…Siem Reap, Cambodia…stay tuned!

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chihuly in the garden

Just a little interruption to Cambodia…

The photos from the Chihuly In the Garden exhibition

at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix, Arizona were just shouting…

show me, show me!

 

chihuly in the garden

Dale Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as fine art, in addition to being a master of interior design.  This year Chihuly has returned to the Desert Botanical Garden with an exhibition that will just knock your socks off!  Read more about him here and more about the details of this installation here.  With the desert in full bloom, the timing was absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

chihuly in the garden

And then of course one has to play!

chihuly in the garden

Cambodia…coming up…unless something else spectacular happens!

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smiles from phnom penh, cambodia

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

people of phnom penh

More smiles and stories from Cambodia to share!

Stay tuned!

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