Saturday, June 25, 2011

A study in orange...a Macro Flower Saturday Entry...

The Alabama Jubilee lily bloomed this week.  I think it's beautiful but I do have one problem - the blooms just don't last long enough.  So far these are my favorites in the new garden.  It must have something to do with the fact that oranges, apricots, and peaches are some of my favorite colors.  Gee, they're also good to eat!

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Alabama Jubilee Lily

 
Ruffles...

A diferent angle...

The ruffled petals remined me of the petticoats worn by French Can-Can Dancers;
so, when I flipped one photo over, I saw the dancing legs and slippers peaking out.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Trip to the big city - June 20, 2011...

As a young girl, I was taken to New York City probably twice a month by my aunts.  These were two career women who loved fashion, high heels, restaurants, and shopping and I guess I was their protege.  The city was definitely different then and, even though times have changed, many things about the city have not.  There are still crowds of people and these people are still animated, the pace is faster than fast, there is still an abundance and variety of eateries, and there are still high heels.
Don't forget to click on the photos to enlarge!
Never-ending movement, noise, conversation
A stop at Macy's Herald Square - 'Not Your Daughter's Jeans' and, at $128, not mine either.


The pedestrian mall - intense conversation during the lunch hour


Too many varieties to make an easy choice.

A musician and his accordian entertain the crowd at Bryant Park.
If you didn't see the signs, you might have thought you were in Paris.


A group enjoy an afternoon game of boccie. Chess and backgammon tables await nearby


As many times as I've seen these skyscrapers, I cannot help but look up everytime I visit

Could not pass up this V.P.L. sighting.


Hold it, hold it, hold it - got it!
A member of a Happy Tour snaps a photo of a friend.
Still don't know what that Happy Tour thing was all about.

A study in contrasts - One great shoe....the heel of course!
Please take all these pretzels so I can go home early!

At 18 feet high and 8 tons, Prometheus appears to float above the umbrellas
protecting the diners on the rink floor.



Fabulous slaw and pickles - on the house - at a favorite coffee shop
near Grand Central. A great ending to a great day.

My first attempt at street photography may not have been totally successful but it was certainly fun.  Hope you enjoy these sights and 'sounds' as much as I did.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Right in my 'backyard'...


2 Macro Flowers Saturday entries...

Actually the 'backyard' I'm referring to is a sitting area right outside my office building.  Yesterday's weather was so unbelievably beautiful I just couldn't help but inhale my lunch and head outside with my camera.  I even pushed the envelope and lingered longer than the customary one hour.  Can you blame me!

I found these flowers growing around a reflecting pool.  At 2 PM, the bright overhead sun came through the surrounding trees showing these beauties as if they were center stage, in the spotlight.
I was even lucky enough to catch that little bee (below) coming in for a late lunch.