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Through the Lens of My Camera: Winter Storm Jonas

I headed down to Lincoln Center this afternoon for the first of two shows with New York City Ballet, only to learn that both had been cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas.

Taking photos at Columbus Circle was a challenge since the wind was whipping snow into my face and camera…

Columbus Circle statue during Storm Jonas

Lanterns in Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

So I headed home where I spent the afternoon gazing out the window at the few passersby.

Upper West Side pedestrians during Winter Storm Jonas

woman with multicolored snow gear

Though the storm showed no signs of letting up, in the early evening I went for a walk…into a city that was eerily quiet and magically transformed!

Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

Sparkly street lights in Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

snow covered tree with little lights during Storm Jonas

Parent and child walking in Winter Storm Jonas


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My Favorite Things – A Foggy Day in the Big Apple


One misty, moisty, morning,
When cloudy was the weather…

I went for a walk around the Jackie O Reservoir!

And here’s what I saw…

Yellow tree in Central Park in the fog

San Remo towers in the fog

Upper East Side in the fog

Church and Upper East Side Condos in the fog

Upper East Side church and high rise in the fog

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My Favorite Things – New York City Brownstones Decorated for the Holidays

I had one of those rare mornings today where I realized that I actually had nothing pressing to do.  The presents are wrapped, cookies are baked and packages are shipped.  Even better, my sweetie is now home from Australia so I can relax again.  So, after walking him to work, I decided to take some detours along some of the side streets on the Upper West Side to see if there were any pretty holiday decorations.  This is what I saw:

Pretty brownstone doorway in NYC decorated for Xmas

Arched windows in NYC brownstone with holiday wreaths

Green wreath with green velvet bow

wooden doorway with holiday wreath

Doorway in NYC with iron grill work and holiday wreaths

Brownstone with wreath on the window

Manhattan brownstone decorated for Christmas

Happy Holidays!

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Friday’s Thought – Nighttime in the City

night sky

“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.”
(Rupert Brooke)

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Friday’s Thought – Castles in the Clouds

sunset in the clouds over Manhattan

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”

(G.K. Chesterton)


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A Special Anniversary

Every anniversary should be special, but today just happens to be an extra special one since it’s my husband’s and my…

11th anniversary!

Which in my eyes is even more significant because we both happen to be in palindrome age years as well.   I’m 22 and he’s 33.  (Well, not exactly since that would have meant that our marriage was a punishable offense, but I think you get the picture.)   Add to the significance of all of those special numbers the fact that it’s supposed to be a full moon tonight and I think you’ll agree that today must be charmed.

The day got off to a lovely start, when my husband presented me with this gorgeous bouquet…

anniversary flowers

And we surprised each other with Skagen watches – and that’s without even knowing that the 11th anniversary gift is supposed to be steel.  (I just happened to look it up for the purposes of writing this blog post.)

His and hers Skagen watches

Lunch was at Robert Restaurant at the Museum of Arts and Design

Robert restaurant menu

Where our vantage point overlooked Columbus Circle up the south side of Central Park.

the view from our table at Robert Restaurant

table flower at Robert restaurant

the view from Robert Restaurant

I could have spent the day just looking at the view, but with food this magnificent our attention was quickly diverted.  (My Niçoise Salad looks five times bigger than my husband’s Grilled Cheese Eggs Benedict but that’s just camera perspective, of course…)

Nicoise Salad at Robert Restaurant

Our entrees were followed by this divine Chocolate Mousse which we split. The two mini cakes were compliments of the pastry chef.

chocolate mousse dessert at Robert Restaurant

As we were polishing off the last bites, my husband noticed a sparkly looking person down on the circle.  To give you a perspective on his eagle eyes, I’ve added a yellow arrow to the photo to aid you in picking her out.

woman in tutu

(Thank God for my Panasonic Lumix’s zoom feature!)

woman in tutu waiting

Then, to our surprise, she began to dance…

woman dancing in white tutu

Woman dancing around the Columbus Circle fountain

woman twirling around the Columbus Circle fountain

Until she seemingly “bumped” into a passerby and he, too, joined in!

pair of dancers on Columbus Circle



And around the Circle they went…


ballet with backpack


Ta da

Here’s to celebrating love and happiness with a good dose of laughter!


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My Favorite Things – A Moment in Time

Happy accidents of light and darkness…moments that caught my eye today.

A dark canopy frames the Beresford…

The Beresford as seen through the trees

While crisp blossoms obscure high rises in the distance.

flowering tree on the reservoir

Water drops glisten…

Fountain in Central Park(And X marks the spot!)

light in the trees

These are just a few moments in time!

reservoir at dusk

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