Animal Fun With Tongues at the Bronx Zoo

Looking through a bunch of the images I took at the Bronx Zoo, it was brought to my attention that I had a lot of shots of animals yawning and/or sticking out their tongue. So this could be a theme for a possible project or two. Take a look.

Big yawn!

Big yawn!

Keeping the nose in frame this time.

Keeping the nose in frame this time.

Licking his chops.

Licking his chops.

Yawn in the shade.

Yawn in the shade.

Tongue curl in the yawn.

Tongue curl in the yawn.

Licking a tree.

Licking a tree.

Tiger panting.

Tiger panting.

Snow leopard licking his paw.

Snow leopard licking his paw.

Next week: A hike up Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the Adirondacks.

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Gorillas in the Bronx Zoo

Following up on our post last week. Here are the gorillas in all their glory! And there were young ones!!!

I have no idea what those others think they are doing.

I have no idea what those others think they are doing.

A mother watching her young.

A mother watching her young.

The pin-up model.

The pin-up model.

She posed for everyone.

She posed for everyone.

Looking to take the leap.

Looking to take the leap.

I'm going to eat right here.

I’m going to eat right here.

Play time!!!

Play time!!!

We fell over.

We fell over.

Hi mom! We're playing!

Hi mom! We’re playing!

Rolling around.

Rolling around.

Don't play with them, they're too rough.

Don’t play with them, they’re too rough.

Mmmm, food.

Mmmm, food.

Safe with his mother.

Safe with his mother.

Next week: One more set from the zoo, this time, it’s a theme!

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The Bronx Zoo in Early Summer, 2016

As I do each year, a trip occured to the Bronx Zoo to enjoy the animals in the sun before all the schools unleash the kids and camps. We went later in the day, so a lot of the animals were sleeping or waiting for their dinners. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

One of the elephants is waving.

One of the elephants is waving.

The elephant through the trees.

The elephant through the trees.

The rhino is hungry.

The rhino is hungry.

Go away! I'm eating!

Go away! I’m eating!

The black leopard is not amused.

The black leopard is not amused.

A better look where the reflections aren't drawing focus with their bright colors (I forgot my filter for reflections).

A better look where the reflections aren’t drawing focus with their bright colors (I forgot my filter for reflections).

Oh look up, there are bats. RUN!

Oh look up, there are bats. RUN!

This crane has been there for years. And is always memorable because of the missing wing.

This crane has been there for years. And is always memorable because of the missing wing.

The lions are having a siesta.

The lions are having a siesta.

I shall preen for you.

I shall preen for you.

Mmmmm, dinner.

Get off my lawn!

What's over there?

What’s over there?

I am a giraffe and I can stand still.

I am a giraffe and I can stand still.

Giraffe through the tree.

Giraffe through the tree.

The baboon on the ground.

The baboon on the ground.

Oh joy, more children are coming. Sigh.

Oh joy, more children are coming. Sigh.

Can i escape up there?

Can i escape up there?

I can't help but think they are looking at their genitals.

I can’t help but think they are looking at their genitals.

Comfy seat.

Comfy seat.

Inappropriate touching.

Inappropriate touching.

Where did you go?

Where did you go?

My feet!

My feet!

The komodo dragon has grown.

The komodo dragon has grown.

It is a hot day for the tiger.

It is a hot day for the tiger.

Shadow and the tiger.

Shadow and the tiger.

Next week: The gorillas. There were young’uns!

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Sigmund Freud Being Dissected in Madison Square Park

From June 16th-18th, there was a massive sculpture in the seating area just west of Madison Square Park. It was a piece from Austrian artist Nychos and sponsored by the Tourist Board of Vienna. It depicts a giant-sized Sigmund Freud looming over a therapy couch. He is split open and his skeleton and organs peer down at the couch, where people can sit and have their photo taken (but keep your feet off or be chastised by the staff). I took some images as the sun set, in hopes that their lighting setup would create a nice creepy effect. Unfortunately, they opted to just use white lights, so the creep factor wasn’t that great. Have a look!

For more info on the artist and sculpture, take a look at this article: http://untappedcities.com/2016/05/24/a-10-foot-statue-of-freud-being-dissected-is-coming-to-flatiron-plaza/

Sigmund Freud is split open.

Sigmund Freud is split open.

The full set up.

The full set up.

His brain is popping out.

His brain is popping out.

A straight on view.

A straight on view.

Creepy skeleton.

Creepy skeleton.

It's looking at me.

It’s looking at me.

Reminds me of the Angel of Death from Baron Munchausen.

Reminds me of the Angel of Death from Baron Munchausen.

The claw hand.

The claw hand.

Look at all the organs inside the skeleton.

Look at all the organs inside the skeleton.

A better view of the dissection behind the couch.

A better view of the dissection behind the couch.

A view from the back.

A view from the back.

The skull at night.

The skull at night.

Creepier at night, but more colors in the lights could have been fun.

Creepier at night, but more colors in the lights could have been fun.

Playing with shadow.

Playing with shadow.

From behind and facing the lights.

From behind and facing the lights.

The opposite side.

The opposite side.

The skeleton at night.

The skeleton at night.

B&W seems to work better on the creep factor.

B&W seems to work better on the creep factor.

Next week: Some shots from the Bronx Zoo (there were some babies out!).

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The Little Red Lighthouse let’s us Inside

As part of Open House New York, I did a trip up to the NYC landmark: the Little Red Lighthouse. The lighthouse is officially called Jeffrey’s Hook Light and is located in Fort Washington Park under the George Washington Bridge. Many people will recognize the lighthouse from the children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward.

As part of Open House New York, we were able to go inside the lighthouse and up to the roof to look around. It was a gorgeous sunny day. Take a look.

Coming up on the lighthouse.

Coming up on the lighthouse.

The lighthouse is out in the sun.

The lighthouse is out in the sun – note all the people standing out on the roof.

The tent out front was the registration tent for the tour.

The tent out front was the registration tent for the tour.

The plaque out by the fence.

The plaque out by the fence.

Looking up the lighthouse to the bridge.

Looking up the lighthouse to the bridge.

Detail of the wall of the lighthouse.

Detail of the wall of the lighthouse.

Under the stairs inside of the lighthouse.

Under the stairs inside of the lighthouse.

Looking up the main support pole.

Looking up the main support pole.

I can see outside as we walk up the stairs.

I can see outside as we walk up the stairs.

Looking across the Hudson.

Looking across the Hudson.

One of the rangers talking history.

One of the rangers talking history.

The view from the top of the lighthouse.

The view from the top of the lighthouse.

To get out to the roof, you had to crawl through this hatch.

To get out to the roof, you had to crawl through this hatch.

Railings, a river, and a bridge.

Railings, a river, and a bridge.

The light inside the lighthouse.

The light inside the lighthouse.

The hatch back inside the lighthouse.

The hatch back inside the lighthouse.

A steep ladder back down.

A steep ladder back down.

The door back to the spiral staircase.

The door back to the spiral staircase.

It's a little dark in here despite the windows.

It’s a little dark in here despite the windows.

One ranger was very musically inclined and gave us a short concert.

One ranger was very musically inclined and gave us a short concert.

The sun shines on the lighthouse.

The sun shines on the lighthouse.

Such a sunny day.

Such a sunny day.

The grounds around the lighthouse.

The grounds around the lighthouse.

Next week: I am out of town, so in TWO weeks we will see the Sigmund Freud sculpture that was briefly out by Madison Square Park this weekend.

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Central Park in Bloom 2016, part 2

Following last weeks entry. Here are all of the flowers and trees in bloom in Central Park south of the Delacorte Theatre. The sun was getting lower so the light started to dance in various areas.

Entering the Ramble from the north.

Entering the Ramble from the north.

The rowboats are out.

The rowboats are out.

This landing is new and very scenic.

This landing is new and very scenic.

My favorite arch in the Ramble.

My favorite arch in the Ramble.

The sun has come to play (and a difficult area to get shots with minimal people in the way).

The sun has come to play (and a difficult area to get shots with minimal people in the way).

A man and his dog.

A man and his dog.

The way to Narnia.

The way to Narnia.

The shadows bring out the drama of the shot.

The shadows bring out the drama of the shot.

Looking out on the lake.

Looking out on the lake.

Crossing the bridge over the lake.

Crossing the bridge over the lake.

Boats in the shimmering water.

Boats in the shimmering water.

Approaching Bethesda Fountain/Terrace.

Approaching Bethesda Fountain/Terrace.

Looking out on the lake through the trees.

Looking out on the lake through the trees.

Under the street, looking out at the terrace (and of course there is a photo shoot going on here).

Under the street, looking out at the terrace (and of course there is a photo shoot going on here).

Walking down the mall.

Walking down the mall.

The Gapstow.

The Gapstow.

The tree covered path by the Gapstow.

The tree covered path by the Gapstow.

The sun sets by the Gapstow.

The sun sets by the Gapstow.

This took forever to get with a minimal of people in it (and then the sun set).

This took forever to get with a minimal of people in it (and then the sun set).

Next week: A trip to the Little Red Lighthouse (and inside it!).

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Central Park in Bloom 2016

As Spring progressed, I had a shoot in Central Park for a new web series. At the conclusion of that shoot, it was a beautiful day out, so I decided to unwind with a long walk through the park with my camera. I started up at the northeast corner of the park, and worked my way through a bunch of the highlights. Here is the first part of that shoot.

Harlem Meer in the sunshine.

Harlem Meer in the sunshine.

Not enough leaves for shade yet.

Not enough leaves for shade yet.

The dry dock of the meer.

The dry dock of the meer.

The french garden of the Conservatory Garden.

The french garden of the Conservatory Garden.

I always like this view in the Conservatory Garden.

I always like this view in the Conservatory Garden.

The Italian section of the garden.

The Italian section of the garden.

The English section of the garden.

The English section of the garden.

Always a nice shady spot.

Always a nice shady spot.

It changes quite a bit when you do horizontal instead of vertical.

It changes quite a bit when you do horizontal instead of vertical.

I always love working on this image.

I always love working on this image.

The reservoir.

The reservoir.

One of my favorite bridge designs in the park.

One of my favorite bridge designs in the park.

Some cherry blossoms along the reservoir.

Some cherry blossoms along the reservoir.

Reading under the blossoms.

Reading under the blossoms.

Looking toward the Delacorte from the Shakespeare Garden.

Looking toward the Delacorte from the Shakespeare Garden.

The path into the Shakespeare Garden.

The path into the Shakespeare Garden.

The sun dances in the garden.

The sun dances in the garden.

So many tulips.

So many tulips.

Tulip close up.

Tulip close up.

Look at the details.

Look at the details.

So much color!

So much color!

These look interesting. Bluebells?

These look interesting. Bluebells?

Little Shop of Horrors invaded the garden.

Little Shop of Horrors invaded the garden.

Very British looking.

Very British looking.

The house in the garden.

The house in the garden.

I love this fence and stair woodwork.

I love this fence and stair woodwork.

The lesser travelled staircase.

The lesser travelled staircase.

The porch of the house in the garden.

The porch of the house in the garden.

Next week: The remainder of the walk through the park as it blooms.

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