Friday, April 27, 2012

Apparently I have a 'thing' for empty chairs and tables outside a restaurant....
Photo taken at Hudson Street in the West Village earlier this week.
Today it is chilly and windy, not a day to have dinner outside!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yesterday I finally had a little bit of time to go outside and make some photos.
Found this awesome car somewhere in the West Village.
It's a Buick Le Sabre 400 and it think it is a 1967 or 1968 model. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Currently I am working as an author for a Dutch travel guide called '100% New York'. It will be a revised edition
so I am not writing a whole new guide, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of work to do.....
Everything that is already in the guide has to be checked.
(do places still exist or did they close, have opening hours changed, is it still nice enough to be in the guide at all, etcetera)
Of course the publisher wants me to find all the new and great places for our Dutch tourists, so I  have walked up and down the city to find new, exciting places of which I think they are worth mentioning in the guide.
My first deadline is coming soon, at the end of April, and that means I am working very hard at the moment, making sure everything is ready before my deadline expires.
Unfortunately I don't really have time at to go outside and make photos.
So therefore I am treating you with this shot of my desk where I am spending a lot of time these days, haha. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Today I am linking up again with Ashley Sisk for the Scavenger Hunt and this week's prompts are

* Simple
* Grain
* Transportation
* Stitch
* Bubble(s)

Here are my interpretations:

Eggs in a bowl. I think it is simply beautiful

Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, I simply added the grain

A bike, perfect for transporting yourself and maybe some groceries

Made this panoramic view of my teeny tiny apartment with my iPhone and used
the app Photosynth to stitch it all together.

It turned out that it is difficult to catch a bubble like the one I photographed.
But after a few attempts I finally managed to press the button of my remote control
on time and get some real action shots, haha. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Unfortunately I am not flying anywhere exciting this weekend (in fact, I'm not flying anywhere at all), but the photo is very fitting for Skywatch Friday,
don't you think?
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Taken this morning from the Bow Bridge in Central Park.
In the background you see the Lake and a group of people who are taking a tour through the park with a guide.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Taphophile Tragics

For a while now I have been following some other Bloggers who contribute to Taphophile Tragics
Had I not seen the beautiful photos everyone makes at cemeteries and the interersting stories they write about it I would not have thought of going to a cemetery to make photos. But this weekly meme got me interested. 

As per the Taphophile Tragics website:

Taphophilia is an interest, morbid or otherwise, in graveyards and cemeteries. Graveyards were attached to churches, whereas cemeteries were specifically set up for the burial of the dead.
A taphophile is one who finds they are attracted to walking around cemeteries, reading the headstones and musing upon the familiy history contained therein.

This weekend I went to The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York to make photos. This is a enormous cemetery and was founded in 1838. Green-Wood is 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths. The landscape is still the same as it was in 1838. By 1860 Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivalling Niagara Falls as the country's greatest tourist attraction. People liked to come out to the cemetery with their families to have picnics, carriage rides, view the beautiful sculptures and enjoy the landscape. This cemetery was a fashionable place to be buried. There are 560,000 people buried on this cemetery, including Leonard Bernstein, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Civil war generals, baseball legends, politicians etcetera.

I have made many, many photos and had a hard time choosing which ones to post for this weeks Taphophile Tragics. I chose for the photos I made of children's graves and from gravestones that had a 'mama' or 'mother' inscription. Unfortunately I didn't have time to do more research and maybe find some information on the people who were buried. 

This is my contribution to Taphophile Tragics:
George. Son of John and Ann Gill. Died December 9, 1849. Aged 5 years and 9 months.

Our Mamie and Willie
Ma and Tommie

Our babies Thomas and Mary Jane, children of T. and E. Henry
Mama. Isabella S. Brady died July 28, 1886 in her 51st year. At Rest.

This gravestone seemed very modern to me, considering it was made in 1886. The way the carved out the word
'mama' and the engraved leaves above that are beautiful, but as said, it seems so modern for that time to me.

Monday, April 9, 2012

I have found this mural last week in Chelsea, New York.
This area is one big explosion of art galleries, street after street, after street.
And there is also a lot of street art in that part of New York.

This mural is made by South African street artist Faith47 and her Chinese husband street sculptor DALeast.
It was the first time they ever made something in New York and the first time they've painted together.
This mural can be found in West 21st street between 10 and 11 Avenue.

I'm linking with Monday Mural

 I have also found a video of the mural they painted:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

One of the things I cannot resist photographing are bikes.
In this case I was attracted to the color.
This composition is very unusual for me, but there were a lot of ugly cars in the background so I decided to only photograph a part of the bike.
And I am actually quite happy with how that turned out :-)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This is the entrance to an art gallery in Chelsea, New York.
I am very happy with this photo. Especially because I had no idea what exactly I was photographing
(my camera is on the ground and I just clicked and hoped for the best)

Have a nice weekend everybody!

I'm linking with Weekend Reflections & Weekend in Black and White

Friday, April 6, 2012

I took this photo yesterday. It was a lovely day, bright blue skies and some clouds.
Photo taken at The High Line, on of my favorite parks in New York.
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan's west side.
For more info, visit the High Line website.

I'm linking with Skywatch Friday

Isn't this nice?!
I didn't expect to see such nice birdhouses in the middle of the city.
This really makes me smile.
West 23rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I have a thing for bicycles, even more now that I don't own a bike anymore.
I'm not really comfortable biking around here in NYC, traffic is crazy and a lot of (deadly) accidents happen.
This photo was taken in Holland, this past weekend, outside a church on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I am not very comfortable photographing people, unless I know them, but complete strangers is not something I photograph a lot.
I'm more of a 'thing-photographer'.
But last month on one of my photo strolls I walked around at the Union Square farmers market.
There are many nice things to photograph at the market, for instance these bright colored apples.
And this lovely lady just happen to end up in my photo as well.
Actually I like this photo a lot, maybe because it is something I normally wouldn't shoot.
This last month I have looked at this photo over and over again, should I post it on my blog or not, always ending up choosing another photo.....
Today this photo is finally ending up here, looking through all my March photos, this was the one I liked the most!

(today I'm linking up with Photo-Heart Connection)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I haven't been around much in the last few days, I was in Holland to celebrate my parents 35th anniversary.
I thought it would be nice to post a photo of dress and heels I wore that day since Rose and Julie requested this in the comments on my heels photo.
It was a lovely day and I am glad we were able to fly to Holland, even though it was only for a couple of days.
The heels were great too, didn't hurt a bit, but I must say that I sat down most of the time :-).

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I took this photo this morning in my hometown Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.
When I was in high school I passed this house everyday on my bike. I haven't seen this place very much in the last few years.
Not much has changed since, maybe a new rowing boat, other than that it still looked the same as ever to me.