Back in early April as I was wandering around my yard and attending my butterfly garden, I happened to look “Way Down Low” and low and behold there was a new Monarch butterfly on a Scarlet Milkweed plant stretching and drying his wings. In order for me to capture this phenomenon, Ihad to get “Way Down Low” on my robust belly to get the proper perspective and point of view as I took this picture.
At my wife Barbs’ 50th class reunion in Oceanside, New York the crowning activity of the weekend was the Saturday night dinner and dance. The buffet lines were set up but the covers were on and the cutting board was empty leaving everyone with the question: “What’s Cooking?”
Later in the evening the covers were removed to reveal veggies, potatoes, baked salmon and chicken parmigiano, and a roast was brought out to the cutting board.
Jux • ta • po • si • tion. The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
I’m getting double use of these two pictures, having used them in another theme. Had it not been for a comment made by a friend, I probably never would have connected these two New York City scenes with this theme. Thanks Vince for the idea. And now my definition of “Juxtaposition”.
In both of these photos the contrast of the old and the new is evident.
While Barb and I were in New York for her high school class reunion, we reserved a day to do some sightseeing in New York City. Fortunately our rental car had a sun roof which made it easy to take some pictures of the famous New York skyscrapers. Here’s my version of “I Saw It on Vacation”.
Somewhere I missed a sign and wound up on the entrance ramp to the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey. This turned out to be a good wrong turn as we found a super overlook across the Hudson River and a fantastic shot of the Manhattan skyline stretching from the Verrazano Bridge to midtown and including the new #1 World Trade Center building.
As we drove through the city that never sleeps, we were amazed at the variety of geometrical shapes of the new buildings and the blend of the old and new as seen in this view.
The Empire State Building.
The Flatiron Building.
And the new #1 World Trade Center. “I Saw It on Vacation” and now I’ve shared it with you. Hope you enjoyed it.
This is another theme that I have been planning on since last August when we kicked off the 52 week challenge. I knew that we would be going up to New York for Barb’s 50th high school reunion and that there would be time to get a few snaps in “MyHometown”. So – with no further ado, here we go:
Population 37,500 in the 2010 census.
My dad bought this house in the mid 1940’s and I grew up here. Since he sold the house in 1974, the new owners have put on at least 3 additions.
My elementary school. My mom and I both attended school here, she in the 1920’s and I attended in the late 40’s and early 50’s. We even had a couple of the same teachers.
My church. When Barb and I were married here in 1968, there were about 500 members. Now the membership has shrunk to about 40. How sad.
Sal & Vin’s Barber Shop. Note that it was established in 1952. This business hasn’t changed in appearance in 62 years. Still looks like it did back in the day when I got my hair cut there.
And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed “MyHometown” in pictures. This visit sure brought back a lot to reminisce about.
I felt pretty groovy today just like Simon and Garfunkel did when they sang the “59th Street Bridge Song”. Here is a picture of that famous bridge, aka the Queensboro Bridge and now the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. New Yorkers still know it as the 59th Street Bridge. Now I’m groovin’ because I have completed another theme – “A Song Title”.