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My Favorite Things – A Snow Day in Manhattan

I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch today, but most of the city was “cancelled” this morning due to a large winter storm.  So I suited up in my warmest winter finery, pulled on my rain boots, and headed out with my camera – the first time in a long while that I’ve had an afternoon free to shoot pictures.  I wasn’t the only one out in Central Park, but the blanket of snow, blustery wind and flurries made it still feel very isolated and peaceful.

Here’s what I saw…

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jogger-in-the-snow

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brown-burr-in-the-snow

the-beresford-in-the-snow

snow-covered-benches-in-central-park

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twig-in-the-snow

snow-covered-iron-gate

across-the-reservoir

snow-swirls

little-girl-in-red-coat

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My Favorite Things – Love, Actually

Because what else allows our partners to overlook our foibles and shortcomings (and, need I say, vice-versa)?

If you purchased the Joana Miranda Studio 2017 Cartoon Calendar you’ll recognize this cartoon which is now available as a greeting card in my shop at Etsy:

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Also, brand new, is this Dating Couples greeting card:

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More “couples” cartoon cards are in the works, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, may you be showered with many smooches (and laughs)!

Joana Miranda Studio

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My Favorite Things – The 2016 Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman and Van Cleef and Arpels

I look forward to seeing the holiday window displays at Bergdorf Goodman’s every year.  In fact, this year I went twice since my first visit was in the late afternoon when there was still too much sunlight bouncing off the windows to get really good photographs.  The theme this year is Destination Extraordinary, and I think you’ll agree that the colors and attention to intricate details ARE extraordinary!

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2016-bergdorf-goodman-holiday-unicorn-window

2016-bergdorf-goodman-holiday-maze-window

2016-bergdorf-goodman-holiday-swamp-window

2016-bergdorf-goodman-holiday-jungle-window

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Next door at the Van Cleef and Arpels windows, monkeys toss diamond and jade baubles around like they were peanuts.  If only they could toss one my way…

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My Favorite Things – Castles in the Sky

Which is pretty much how many of the majestic buildings along Central Park West have been looking in these last days of fall.  Without further ado, here are some of my best photos from this week:

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blue-and-yellows-on-a-crisp-fall-day-in-nyc

sunlit-fall-foliage-in-central-park

water-tower-on-the-upper-west-side-framed-by-fall-foliage

art-deco-building-through-the-fall-foliage

architectural-details-on-the-upper-west-side

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My Favorite Things – A Perfect Fall Day

Because being out in the sun and crisp fresh air will cure just about any blues!

Here’s what Central Park is looking like this week…

empire-state-building-framed-by-trees

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red-leaves-against-a-camoflage-tree

jacquie-o-reservoir-looking-west

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milkweed

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jackie-o-reservoir-looking-south

 

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My Favorite Things – A Late Fall Escape to New England

With the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater fall seasons wrapped up, my husband and I jumped at the chance to escape from the city for a few days.   We chose to head up to New England since we know and love the area, and getting there is fairly easy via Dartmouth Coach.

The views on the lake where my mom spends every summer were a wintry mix of hazy purples with dots of late fall orange foliage.

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And the autumn light (seen here from a covered bridge in Woodstock, VT) bathed the landscape in a shimmery glow.

Photo taken on covered bridge in Woodstock, VT in the late fall by Joana MirandaFallen leaves and bare branches…

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Made it seem like Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  (Or perhaps it was our TWO trips to the fabulous King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT that whet our appetite for holiday baking and celebrating!)

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In any case, we certainly were very thankful for our little escape!

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My Favorite Things – Early Fall in Central Park

Actually, I should preface this post to say that my favorite thing of late is just getting a free hour to walk outside with my camera!  With the New York City Ballet fall season well underway, there’s been little time for anything but practicing, rehearsing and performing.  But today I DID get a free hour and the weather just happened to be sublime.  Fall is only just beginning here, but even so the light is starting to change and a few leaves are following suit as well.

Here’s what I saw on my walk…

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san-remo-towers-in-the-early-fall

pink-flower

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pale-green-and-dark-blue-foliage

yellow-leaves-and-red-berries

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