NYC – Flowers an Inspiration

A limited series that first appeared on Facebook and Instagram

Taking a little break from the streets of NYC to highlight the flowers that help make our visual world so interesting.

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NYC – Winter Walk-Give it a try!

During this unique time and being careful of keeping distances and not going stir crazy, I suggest the following:

Find a few places to walk where there are not a lot of people in groups. Getting outside into the Crisp winter air emphasizes the beauty of luminous clouds, maybe eerie fog and mist, and (if an early bird) capture that special light only a sunrise can provide.  If not sure this is your thing then, you should start out taking short jaunts from your vehicle or apartment; no big hikes.

The city affords you to notice the changing colors and shadows along tree lined streets. City parks can provide you the beauty of a rural nature.

The main concern is to wear comfortable layered clothing. Do not bundle up too much! Believe me, the main concern is staying dry – little sweating – and being able to add or remove layers as needed to adjust to the temperature.

When I walk in the city, I wear a light knapsack. [When in a park or the woods, where there is snow, I do the same but sometimes drag a plastic sled behind me – good to store extra layers or maybe camera stuff or a snack. (don’t overdo the weight).]

My camera equipment, for the most part, will function as normal as I keep the battery warm as possible. I have a spare battery in my inside pocket. My Iphone stays in my pocket until needed.[Cold weather takes its toll on batteries]

With the right clothing, planning, and dependable equipment, nature provides us with some magnificent material! Give it a try if you haven’t yet.

I convinced myself to go for a walk in the neighborhood. Some of these photos will show you the vibrant colors that can be captured during of a winter walk. {You don’t need a camera to enjoy the walk!]

NYC – Puerto Rican Parade

update …The parade is still great… June 12, 2016… STILL TIME TO GO!

I am always amazed at the number of families that turn out to watch this parade. It is the loudest, most-colorful and lively parade in the city. The people  take a lot of pride in their heritage. The parade is full of celebrities, marching (dancing) people and trucks – loaded with people. It is a “fun” parade.

I captured some of the spectators as they enjoyed the day. The parade pictures you can find in newspapers or on the internet (they are often better than the ones I can get).

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Really into the Theme

 

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Homemade hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thirsty after the parade

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Happy Family

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Plenty of policemen around

 

 

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Show your flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lovely models

 

 

 

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Supporting Puerto Rico

 

 

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Colorful

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Trying to see the parade

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The little one joins the family

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The “young” look

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Sure get thirsty watching a parade

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Tiny ones need a boost

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Brooklyn represented

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NYC – Sikh Day Parade – 2016

Sikh Day Parade

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Devout Sikhs walk backward sweeping the street, as an act of religious devotion

One of many reasons I like to walk around New York City is experiencing the diverse festivals and parades going on almost every weekend. I specifically enjoy being among people of different cultures and religions while they are celebrating their heritage. This weekend thousands of people regaled in vibrant, traditional orange and blue gathered for the Sikh Day Parade. I have little knowledge of this religion so I copied the following as a brief introduction to my photographs.

 

Sikhism is the world’s fifth-largest religion, a monotheistic faith founded in the Punjab region of India about 500 years ago. Most of the world’s 25 million Sikhs live in India, but more than 500,000 make the U.S. their home. Additional information can be found  here.

Sikhs wearing vibrantly colored turbans parading to the sound of beating drums will commemorate a tradition centuries old.

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NYC – Chinatown – Hand Fans

 

Chinatown – first of three in series

The fan has a long history in Chinese culture. Since ancient times, along with the changes from one dynasty to another, the function of the fan has also changed. The fan was originally used for blocking the view, the sun or the wind and for keeping cool. Later on, people wrote poems and painted paintings on fans. In addition, they can act as tools during the artistic performance like pingtan (an art of Suzhou City), drama, dance and other folk arts. In the ancient times, dancers liked to hold fans while dancing, and the preference has been handed down until now. The fan dance has become a dancing art with distinctive Chinese characteristics.

 

The fan, which is made of thin bamboo strips, thin silks, feathers, leaves of sunflowers, and papers, is a traditional Chinese handicraft used for cooling. Fans, for they can bring people cool, were called “Shelter from the Sun” in ancient China, and called “Cool Friends” by the literati. The craftwork fans as commodities, which are made of bamboos, trees, papers, fans, ivories, hawksbills, jades, feathers of fowls, leaves of palms and arecas, stalks of wheat, and stems of cattails, can be produced in a variety of types with graceful shapes and exquisite structures. China is always regarded as the kingdom of fans.  Today you have to go to specialized shops to find authentic fans.

 

Those sold on the street are mostly plastic but still colorful and elaborate.