Women’s March on NYC

January 21, 2017 marked the Women’s March in various cities. I attended the one in NYC, hosted by the Human First Society. The march began at a staging area in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza between Second and First Aves. It then went south down Second Ave to 42nd St, headed west in front of Grand Central Station, then headed north up Fifth Ave to 55th St. I hopped into the demonstration around Grand Central Station, then worked my way to the end. There were lots of signs and chants. NYPD were terrific at helping people out, especially if they needed out of the cordoned off route to get to a bathroom or food. Everyone was very polite while I was there. It all went very smoothly. Here are some of the over 200 images I got at the protest.

Signs and cheering.

Signs and cheering.

A drum group performs.

A drum group performs.

Lots of colors and creativity.

Lots of colors and creativity.

Children brought us all hope.

Children brought us all hope.

The young protest as well.

The young protest as well.

People lined the bridge over 42nd St and cheered on marchers.

People lined the bridge over 42nd St and cheered on marchers.

Yes we STILL can.

Yes we STILL can.

One of the more popular posters, always bringing a laugh and OMG to viewers.

One of the more popular posters, always bringing a laugh and OMG to viewers.

Flags waved in the breeze.

Flags waved in the breeze.

Children joining in brought tears to my eyes.

Children joining in brought tears to my eyes.

May or may not be a celebrity sighting. Everyone blended together.

May or may not be a celebrity sighting. Everyone blended together.

A wonderful blend of all ages.

A wonderful blend of all ages.

An incredibly detailed poster.

An incredibly detailed poster.

Signs of all ages and languages.

Signs of all ages and languages.

This man made it so that he could rotate the signs like a pinwheel.

This man made it so that he could rotate the signs like a pinwheel.

The NYPD watch the parade pass by.

The NYPD watch the parade pass by.

Dads holding up their daughters.

Dads holding up their daughters.

This one cracked me up.

This one cracked me up.

This kid would pose any time a camera pointed at him.

This kid would pose any time a camera pointed at him.

One of my favorite images of the march.

One of my favorite images of the march.

The NYPD watches on - I saw him help an older couple get through both layers of dividers so they could reach a restroom.

The NYPD watches on – I saw him help an older couple get through both layers of dividers so they could reach a restroom.

She would stop and let people read and not move on until they let her know they had finished.

She would stop and let people read and not move on until they let her know they had finished.

Balloons!

Balloons!

An abundance of energy.

An abundance of energy.

Lots of cheering.

Lots of cheering.

This one was touching.

This one was touching.

Protesting while taking a breather.

Protesting while taking a breather.

We were not allowed in front of Trump Tower.

We were not allowed in front of Trump Tower.

Courteous workers direct us along the barrier to side street exits.

Courteous workers direct us along the barrier to side street exits.

Her outfit just emphasizes the poster.

Her outfit just emphasizes the poster.

Walking out of the demonstration area.

Walking out of the demonstration area.

So many wonderful posters.

So many wonderful posters.

While there was laughter, it was also a serious event.

While there was laughter, it was also a serious event.

Yes, someone went there.

Yes, someone went there.

Getting this in front of a cop car was great.

Getting this in front of a cop car was great.

Yes, cosplayers protest as well.

Yes, cosplayers protest as well.

Her sign was very popular, and she brought her dog.

Her sign was very popular, and she brought her dog.

This makes it look like the NYPD was marching as well (these two did not notice them coming up behind them at first).

This makes it look like the NYPD was marching as well (these two did not notice them coming up behind them at first).

The NYPD politely escort protestors from the protest area so that more could continue to move forward.

The NYPD politely escort protestors from the protest area so that more could continue to move forward.

She stood on the side of the exit street showing everyone who passed by her sign.

She stood on the side of the exit street showing everyone who passed by her sign.

Next entry: back to our regularly scheduled updates of Saxon Woods that was preempted this week.

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Mills Reservation Hike in Essex County

In late October, 2016, we took a trip to Essex County in NJ to hike Mills Reservation. It is a hilly hike that offers a nice view of NYC from the top of the mountain trail. It’s a pretty easy hike, not too many hills (unless you go exploring outside of the park for food – which is not nearby or easily accessible by public transportation on the weekends). We entered on a side trail not on the  trail maps that I nicknamed the “bottle” trail as people had used empty bottles on sticks to designate the path. The leaves had started to change and we had a lot of sun on this hike.

It had been very dry and there were a lot of dry creek beds.

It had been very dry and there were a lot of dry creek beds.

Another dry creek bed.

Another dry creek bed.

The paths are quite wide and surrounded by large rocks.

The paths are quite wide and surrounded by large rocks.

Someone cut the logs so you could walk easily on the paths.

Someone cut the logs so you could walk easily on the paths.

In this case, ramps were made instead of cutting the logs. Bikes can go over these as well.

In this case, ramps were made instead of cutting the logs. Bikes can go over these as well.

The open path.

The open path.

The sky peeks in through the trees.

The sky peeks in through the trees.

Reaching the top.

Reaching the top.

The path to the summit.

The path to the summit.

Rocks line the edges.

Rocks line the edges – it is basalt, very characteristic of the Watchung Mountain Range..

Looking back down the path.

Looking back down the path.

A place to sit on the top.

A place to sit on the top.

Seeing NYC through the trees.

Seeing NYC through the trees.

Using a telephoto lens to see the city.

Using a telephoto lens to see the city.

The city in the distance.

The city in the distance.

The trees frame the view.

The trees frame the view.

The sun is setting and gives us lots of rays through the trees.

The sun is setting and gives us lots of rays through the trees.

It is not an easy trail along this path.

It is not an easy trail along this path.

Leaves changing colors.

Leaves changing colors.

Smooth and easy paths once again.

Smooth and easy paths once again.

The original park entry gates.

The original park entry gates.

Post #1

Post #1

Post #2

Post #2

Extremely wide trails means there are bike riders about.

Extremely wide trails means there are bike riders about.

The trees hang like roots.

The trees hang like roots.

Some logs hang over the path. People like to climb on them.

Some logs hang over the path. People like to climb on them.

An old driveway entrance on the north end.

An old driveway entrance on the north end.

An old rock wall.

An old rock wall.

The trails are being renovated, check out the website link at the beginning of this entry for details.

The trails are being renovated, check out the website link at the beginning of this entry for details.

Autumn appears on the ground.

Autumn appears on the ground.

The trees are changing.

The trees are changing.

Next entry: A very cold walk through Saxon Woods.

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2017 Calendars

It’s a little late due to various circumstances, but here are the two designs I have for 2017 calendars. The first is the winner of a poll I did on the FB page: The Adirondacks. This includes pics from all the years I have been hiking up there, mostly from trips with my mother, who we lost this year due to pancreatic cancer.

Adirondack 2017 Calendar

Adirondack 2017 Calendar

The other calendar is a group of funny animal shots. There will also be humorous captions, but to see them, you’ll have to buy the calendar.

Humorous Animals 2017 Calendar

Humorous Animals 2017 Calendar

Cover of the Adirondack Calendar

Cover of the Adirondack Calendar

Sample page of Adirondack calendar.

Sample page of Adirondack calendar.

As usual, the calendars cost $25 each, this includes shipping and handling. To avoid payment fees, the preferred payment method is google wallet. If you contact me through nsantasierphotography@gmail.com I can send you the links to payment as well as get your contact info for mailing.

Any questions, please contact me at the above email as well.

Happy holidays!

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The 28th Annual Adirondack Car Show in Lake George

This past September, the weekend after Labor Day, numerous automobile enthusiasts thronged to Lake George, NY to show off their wares and precious car designs at the 28th Annual Adirondack Car Show. A group of us went to walk around. We stuck to the main street and saw cars driving back and forth, as well as numerous ones parked on both sides of the street. There was also a massive display in the field nearby, but they charged quite a lot just to view what we could already see outside for free. So we skipped that part (and due to the heat, this was a wise idea). Here are some of my favorite ones.

The TMNT car - one hell of a paint job.

The TMNT car – one hell of a paint job.

Now there is some gremlin green.

Now there is some gremlin green.

Gotta love the classic dice on the rearview.

Gotta love the classic dice on the rearview.

This might make you think twice about stealing this car.

This might make you think twice about stealing this car.

For anyone wondering, this will get you arrested for being an idiot.

For anyone wondering, this will get you arrested for being an idiot.

Nice engine.

Nice engine.

That is a fine blue.

That is a fine blue.

Break out the mob cars!!!

Break out the mob cars!!!

This car has muscle.

This car has muscle.

Gotta love the paint jobs on these old models.

Gotta love the paint jobs on these old models.

Now that is some bright orange.

Now that is some bright orange.

Big ass engine!

Big ass engine!

Looks like it's straight out of the Dick Tracy movie from the '90s.

Looks like it’s straight out of the Dick Tracy movie from the ’90s.

Interesting fluid tank.

Interesting fluid tank.

This was an amazing paint job.

This was an amazing paint job.

Tiniest car ever.

Tiniest car ever – that’s not a matchbox.

Finally found one with flames.

Finally found one with flames.

Classic paint job.

Classic paint job.

Look inside at the engine - like teeth.

Look inside at the engine – like teeth.

And the Pixar's Cars pickup.

And the Pixar’s Cars pickup.

I love this old paint color.

I love this old paint color.

Makes you think twice about breaking into it, doesn't it?

Makes you think twice about breaking into it, doesn’t it?

Next time: A hike through Mills Reservation.

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A Hot Day on Garnet Lake

It was a very hot day while I visited Dad this summer. We decided to take the dogs to Garnet Lake in the southern Adirondacks so they could swim and cool off. Unfortunately, there were lots of other people with the same idea, so we had to keep them on their leashes. I got some nice images of the lake while there. Take a look.

A nice sunny day.

A nice sunny day.

Look at those clouds.

Look at those clouds.

Looking down the lake from the shore.

Looking down the lake from the shore.

Shade on the shore.

Shade on the shore.

Looking in the other direction from shore.

Looking in the other direction from shore.

The trees overhang the shore nicely.

The trees overhang the shore nicely.

Shooting through branches.

Shooting through branches.

The clouds look so fluffy.

The clouds look so fluffy.

Playing with filters.

Playing with filters.

Hunter gets Jack wet.

Hunter gets Jack wet.

This isn't low tide or anything (it's a lake), the grass is that long.

This isn’t low tide or anything (it’s a lake), the grass is that long.

Interesting look in b&w.

Interesting look in b&w.

Next entry: The car show in Lake George.

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Artwork at Teaneck Creek

Included in the hike at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, are many examples of artwork. The first noticeable examples are some sculptures in the parking lot. But throughout the hike are murals, statues, and various wood designs that give the hike a very communal feel. Take a look:

Some metal work over a bench. Look at the design of the bench itself.

Some metal work over a bench. Look at the design of the bench itself.

I really liked this design for a seating area.

I really liked this design for a seating area.

A wooden turtle.

A wooden turtle.

A howling wolf.

A howling wolf.

A wooden turkey - don't eat it.

A wooden turkey – don’t eat it.

A wooden rabbit ... and in the background is a real rabbit.

A wooden rabbit … and in the background is a real rabbit.

The labyrinth is surrounded by a dried out creek bed and several of the rocks have been painted.

The labyrinth is surrounded by a dried out creek bed and several of the rocks have been painted.

The start of a painting.

The start of a painting.

PokemonGO hits nature hikes...

PokemonGO hits nature hikes…

At one entrance are several plaques of childrens' writings. I liked this one the most.

At one entrance are several plaques of childrens’ writings. I liked this one the most.

There were several of these along the path.

There were several of these along the path.

Sadly, this is all there was of Concrete Jungle (I am very curious as to what it used to be).

Sadly, this is all there was of Concrete Jungle (I am very curious as to what it used to be).

These were a fantastic use of water pipes.

These were a fantastic use of water pipes.

Each pipe portrayed a different time period.

Each pipe portrayed a different time period and message.

You could walk inside these.

You could walk inside these.

Painted on both the inside and outside.

Painted on both the inside and outside.

It's an elephant.

It’s an elephant.

Fish line the rim.

Fish line the rim.

Footprints on the ground.

Footprints on the ground.

Another howling wolf.

Another howling wolf.

All the NY/NJ critters of the forests.

All the NY/NJ critters of the forests.

Celebrating the world and nature and people.

Celebrating the world and nature and people.

Next week: A hot day at Garnet Lake.

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Teaneck Creek Conservancy in the Palisades

In the town of Teaneck, NJ lies a nice level hike inside the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. The trails are mostly well maintained (some are very thin, but most are wide and there are a lot of wooden planked ones). There is still a lot of cleanup being done on the conservancy due to vandalism and dumping. They accept donations here. There is a lot of local artwork in the park, as well as educational tools including a breakdown of the types of plants and animals found there. There are several entrances to the trails and it is super easy to access by public transit from NYC. It is a very shady trail which is excellent on hot sunny days like the one we went on. While this site says the trail is 1.2 miles, if you do all of the trails it is closer to 5 miles.

The entrance into the conservancy trails.

The entrance into the conservancy trails.

Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).

Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).

Looking out at the southern marshland.

Looking out at the southern marshland.

One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.

One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.

A very festive looking seat.

A very festive looking seat.

Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.

Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.

The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).

The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).

One of the thinner paths.

One of the thinner paths.

A bridge out to the surrounding industrial area (making the conservancy a fantastic place to take a lunch break).

A bridge out to the surrounding industrial area (making the conservancy a fantastic place to take a lunch break).

This reminded me of the trails around Stony Brook, NY.

This reminded me of the trails around Stony Brook, NY.

This bridge had bannisters.

This bridge had bannisters.

A great big Weeping Willow.

A great big Weeping Willow.

Cloudy water reveals fish.

Cloudy water reveals fish.

Very cloudy water.

Very cloudy water.

A lovely lunch area.

A lovely lunch area.

The tree wanted to make a bridge.

The tree wanted to make a bridge.

The north entrance - filled with lots of historical tidbits.

The north entrance – filled with lots of historical tidbits.

Historical info outside the entrance.

Historical info outside the entrance.

Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.

Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.

This tree has formed a bridge.

This tree has formed a bridge over a very dry creek bed.

Sadly no dogs are allowed in the conservancy - although it's a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.

Look! Dogs are allowed in the conservancy – it’s a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.

The sun shines off the creek bed.

The sun shines off the creek bed.

A picnic area.

A picnic area.

One of the few paths out in the open.

One of the few paths out in the open.

The sun shines on a bridge.

The sun shines on a bridge.

Vines envelop the tree.

Vines envelop the tree.

Someone wants to stand out.

Someone wants to stand out.

Nature begins to claim the bridge.

Nature begins to claim the bridge.

Very intense sunlight.

Very intense sunlight.

Out of the sunlight and into the shade.

Out of the sunlight and into the shade.

I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.

I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.

Next week: The various artwork found at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.

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