NYC Blizzard January 2016

We had quite a bit of snow in January in NYC. I was in the city when it was snowing, so I wandered around to a few areas to take some photos. It was not easy going as there was no plowing going on. It was also very quiet, despite all of the people out and about enjoying the snow (NY-ers don’t hide in their apartments during weather, they find odd ways to enjoy it. Exhibit A: here). I didn’t have a cover with me for the camera, so I kept it under my coat most of the time and called it quits when both the camera and myself got too cold. Here are some of the shots I got.

Empty street of snow.

Empty street of snow.

Already piling up.

Already piling up.

Flag in the snow.

Flag in the snow.

Someone is a stubborn street vender.

Someone is a stubborn street vender.

Entering Madison Square Park. We aren't alone here.

Entering Madison Square Park. We aren’t alone here.

We may not be sitting any time soon.

We may not be sitting any time soon.

That fence is half covered.

That fence is half covered.

Heading towards the Flatiron.

Heading towards the Flatiron.

Looking down Broadway at the Flatiron.

Looking down Broadway at the Flatiron.

Anyone want to slide down the subway steps?

Anyone want to slide down the subway steps?

The snow is getting deeper in the street.

The snow is getting deeper in the street.

This bike is going nowhere.

This bike is going nowhere.

Welcome to Union Square and no Farmers Market.

Welcome to Union Square and no Farmers Market.

Sums up the day.

Sums up the day.

Snowy statue.

Snowy statue.

More benches you probably won't sit in.

More benches you probably won’t sit in.

Snow filled fountain.

Snow filled fountain.

Walking along the paths.

Walking along the paths.

Even the cops aren't moving much.

Even the cops aren’t moving much.

Yeah, they're not going anywhere.

Yeah, they’re not going anywhere.

Gotta love snowmen with ass cracks.

Gotta love snowmen with ass cracks.

The snow gets heavier.

The snow gets heavier.

There's some ice forming too.

There’s some ice forming too.

I feel this encapsulates the day.

I feel this encapsulates the day.

More path walkers.

More path walkers.

Oh, and a dinosaur on skis.

Oh, and a dinosaur on skis.

Next week: Night time in Washington Square Park with some bubbles.

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Animals and People in the Forest

While walking around with people and animals, there are always some happy accidents that will occur. Hopefully you have the camera with you and can capture those moments. Here are a few I got while checking out the beaver dams.

Checking out the pond.

Checking out the pond.

Incoming dog!

Incoming dog!

I smell something.

I smell something.

Into the woods we go.

Into the woods we go.

The sun shines on the path.

The sun shines on the path.

A man and his dog.

A man and his dog.

Looks like a painting.

Looks like a painting.

Jack looks at the water - too cold for swimming.

Jack looks at the water – too cold for swimming.

This path may not work.

This path may not work.

I asked him to pose for this one.

I asked him to pose for this one.

Next week: My shots of the NYC blizzard of 2016.

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Stumps and Moss in the Woods

While walking through the woods on a cloudy winter day, and also on sunny days, the moss and growth on the tree stumps makes for lots of fun and interesting images.

The moss covers the whole stump.

The moss covers the whole stump.

Only a table top by the water.

Only a table top by the water.

Even out on the water, the moss attacks the stumps.

Even out on the water, the moss attacks the stumps.

Much like a faerie shot.

Much like a faerie shot.

Ripped down the middle.

Ripped down the middle.

A small island.

A small island.

A landmark on a piece of land.

A landmark on a piece of land.

Looks like a whole different world.

Looks like a whole different world.

Using reflections to add to the color.

Using reflections to add to the color.

A stripped stump.

A stripped stump.

Growing out of the stump.

Growing out of the stump.

Almost looks like a termite hill.

Almost looks like a termite hill.

A land of fog and cloud.

A land of fog and cloud.

Green and yellow everywhere.

Green and yellow everywhere.

A large and odd shaped one.

A large and odd shaped one.

Some fungus on the moss.

Some fungus on the moss.

A better look at the fungus.

A better look at the fungus.

Trees on the water and reflections.

Trees on the water and reflections.

Another stump on the water.

Another stump on the water.

Different fungus shapes.

Different fungus shapes.

One of a different color.

One of a different color.

A carpet of moss.

A carpet of moss.

Stump in the trees.

Stump in the trees.

Next week: Some people and animal shots in the forest.

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A Beaver Dam in the Backyard

Christmas on the east coast was incredibly warm this year. While visiting family in the Adirondacks, I was told that they had a beaver dam deep in the backyard. So I went out there to check it out on two separate occasions. The first day was very cloudy and we briefly saw a beaver, but it spooked before I could get a shot and never resurfaced. The next day was filled with sunshine and no beavers. The dogs loved running around though, and might have contributed to the lack of beavers. Here are the images I got of the area.

Dad took that tree down, not a beaver.

Dad took that tree down, not a beaver.

An abandoned tree the beavers started on.

An abandoned tree the beavers started on.

They do a heck of a job.

They do a heck of a job.

Look at all the trees they've felled.

Look at all the trees they’ve felled.

One of the dams.

One of the dams.

This water didn't use to be here.

This water didn’t use to be here.

Close up of their work.

Close up of their work.

Coming up on their home.

Coming up on their home.

A close view of their house.

A close view of their house.

Looking for entrances, but none are visible.

Looking for entrances, but none are visible.

Dam # 2 and the pond it created.

Dam # 2 and the pond it created.

It's a very long dam.

It’s a very long dam.

Close up on the dam.

Close up on the dam.

We caught it working briefly up by the red leaves, before it quickly dove back under.

We caught it working briefly up by the red leaves, before it quickly dove back under.

Colors reflected in the water.

Colors reflected in the water.

Logs in the water.

Logs in the water.

This water is from their work.

This water is from their work.

A sunnier day by the dam.

A sunnier day by the dam.

A nice view of the dam and a stump.

A nice view of the dam and a stump.

The reflective beaver pond.

The reflective beaver pond.

A very still pond.

A very still pond.

The sun is setting.

The sun is setting.

A better reflection of the sun.

A better reflection of the sun.

They dragged that tree there.

They dragged that tree there.

Reflection in the water.

Reflection in the water.

Close up of the dam.

Close up of the dam.

Next week: various stumps and felled trees seen on our walk (lots of moss and growth too).

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Times Square at 4am

I worked on a tv show late into the night. By the time we wrapped, I had Times Square to myself at 4am. There were very few cars driving through and very few people around. Take a look at what a typically crowded area of town looks like without the crowds and creepy mascots.

Lights and NYPD.

Lights and NYPD.

Unobstructed view of the electric flag.

Unobstructed view of the electric flag.

Completely empty from the south to the north.

Completely empty from the south to the north.

Not really sure what the gates are supposed to be protecting against at this time of night.

Not really sure what the gates are supposed to be protecting against at this time of night.

Even at 4am, it's still pretty bright due to the lights.

Even at 4am, it’s still pretty bright due to the lights.

An empty sidewalk.

An empty sidewalk.

Ever see the TDF area empty?

Ever see the TDF area empty?

Just red allowed.

Just red allowed.

A small group in the square.

A small group in the square.

A man rests in the quiet.

A man rests in the quiet.

Looking south.

Looking south.

They found a few seats.

They found a few seats.

Which angle is better? Horizontal ...

Which angle is better? Horizontal …

...or vertical?

…or vertical?

Barriers and cops.

Barriers and cops.

42nd St: empty.

42nd St: empty.

Next week: A beaver dam in Athol, NY.

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The New Hudson Yards Subway Stop

In September 2015, the 7 line was extended to reach 34th st at Hudson Yards. I have yet to set foot inside the terminal as I have no need of this stop with my usual commutes, but friends have gone in and taken shots. I took advantage of an earlier walk by to map out what shots I wanted to get as the sun set over the Hudson River. At the present time, the south entrance is the only entrance open to the public, while the north entrance is still under construction.

The dome of the entrance.

The dome of the entrance.

The park surrounding the northern entrance.

The park surrounding the northern entrance.

Lots of bench seating for people when it gets warmer out.

Lots of bench seating for people when it gets warmer out.

A prime lunch spot, especially with the Javits Center a block away.

A prime lunch spot, especially with the Javits Center a block away.

More seating and quiet walkways.

More seating and quiet walkways.

A seating area that references the Highline.

A seating area that references the Highline.

Looking through the park towards the south entrance.

Looking through the park towards the south entrance.

Looking through the park at the north entrance.

The bench seats and water fountain.

Looking north through the park.

Looking north through the park.

The sun sets through the south entrance.

The sun sets through the south entrance.

The park around the south entrance.

The park around the south entrance.

Hudson Yards subway station.

Hudson Yards subway station.

The Javits stands in the background.

The Javits stands in the background.

The tall buildings are all quite far away to the north for now.

The tall buildings are all quite far away to the north for now.

An elevator entrance for the handicap.

An elevator entrance for the handicap.

The sun creates nice shadows in the park.

The sun creates nice shadows in the park.

The elevator and entrance dome.

The elevator and entrance dome.

Commuters arrive.

Commuters arrive.

Looking down into the station.

Looking down into the station.

The sun sets.

The sun sets.

Next week: I got a chance to get some shots of Times Square at 4 am – when there are almost no people or cars in it.

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The Sun Sets behind the Javits Center

One afternoon after an audition I opted to walk down part of the west side of Midtown. I hit the Jacob K. Javits Center just as the sun was setting behind it. Here are some of the images I got.

Light reflecting off the buildings.

Light reflecting off the buildings.

Lens flare as we approach.

Lens flare as we approach.

Looking through the fence at a church.

Looking through the fence at a church.

Sun through the center.

Sun through the center.

Look at the light inside the center from the sun.

Look at the light inside the center from the sun.

Big reflection of what is behind me. Can you see me?

Big reflection of what is behind me. Can you see me?

Detail of the reflection.

Detail of the reflection.

Walking along the Javits Center.

Walking along the Javits Center.

The sun gets lower and lower.

The sun gets lower and lower.

Next week: It’s a holiday weekend, so nothing new until the new year where we will start with the exterior of the new 7 train subway station around the corner from the Javits Center.

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