Insects and

I went to Central Park with only my Nikor-Micro f2.8 105mm G lens on my D750 to photograph small things. After throwing out almost all of them I am left with these. I apologize for the poor quality of a few but I included them because I am so proud of myself for identifying them.

Thirteenth Century Doors

These doors are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The late thirteenth century carved wooden doors are probably from a Beyhaqkim Mosque, Anatoloa, Konya. they are decorated with a radiating interlacing star pattern with epigraphic and arabesque panels at the top and bottom. They are inscribed, “The wise one is he who has learned a lesson form experience. And the ignorant one is he who does not think of the consequences.”

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors June 23, 2016.

13 c. Doors, Met, NY 6/19/2016
13 c. Doors, Met, NY 6/19/2016

Castle – July One Photo Focus

The original “castle” by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography was dark (on purpose I’m sure) so first I opened up the shadows in Lightroom. I felt that the castle needed some breathing space and some interest in the sky. To do that I masked the castle in Photoshop and imported a suitable background of my own, taken in Panama 5/21/2014, to place behind it. I selected the water and duplicated it as a layer and stretched it to fill the bottom and stretched part of it to fill the area on the bottom left. I blended it in by cloning and masking then merged those layers. Lastly, I brought it into onOne for a few more adjustments.

Created for Stacy Fischer’s July One Photo Focus.

Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan with Volcan Baru background by Sherry Felix
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan with Volcan Baru background by Sherry Felix
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan

Hudson in the Evening

At the end of the street where I live is the Hudson River. It is pleasent there of a summer evening. When I took the first image a Black-crowned Night Heron happend to be flying by.

Black-crowned Night Heron, Hudson 6/18/2016
Black-crowned Night Heron, Hudson 6/18/2016
Fire boat, Hudson 6/18/2016
Fire boat, Hudson 6/18/2016
Freedom Tower, Hudson 6/18/2016
Freedom Tower, Hudson 6/18/2016
Lamps along the Hudson 6/18/2016
Lamps along the Hudson 6/18/2016

Wave Hill 3 of 3

The breezes from the Hudson help to cool keep it cool in the summer. We spent some time seated in the shade of an enormous Linden tree. The plants in the rock garden are randomly arranged in square tubs of varying sizes.

Arbor, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Arbor, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Small-leaved Linden (Tilia cordata), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Small-leaved Linden (Tilia cordata), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Wavey flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Wavey flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Onion spc., Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Onion spc., Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pea family, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pea family, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Poppy spcs., Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Poppy spcs., Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Palm leaf, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Palm leaf, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Rock, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Rock, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Carniverous plants, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Carniverous plants, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Rock garden, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Rock garden, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Stairs, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Stairs, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Bell shaped flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Bell shaped flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016

Wave Hill 2 of 3

Wave Hill is a peaceful and tranquil place.

Delicate blue, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016

Soft pink, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Soft pink, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
White with colored c ednters, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
White with colored c ednters, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Lavender colored flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Lavender colored flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Magnolia spcs., Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Magnolia spcs., Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pea family, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pea family, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Fuzzy pods, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Fuzzy pods, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Bee yellow, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Bee yellow, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Ladybugs, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Ladybugs, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Flower fly, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Flower fly, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Roses and bee, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Roses and bee, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016

Wave Hill 1 of 3

The variety and quality of flowers at Wave Hill is exceptional. I am sorry but I do not know the names of many of these cultivars. If anyone can add a few names I would appreciate it.

Taken with a Nikon XD750 with a Nikon AFS VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 lens

The history of Wave Hill, starting in 1853, is interesting, see the history page at Wave Hill’s site.

Flower and bud,Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Flower and bud,Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Opening flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Opening flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Bud, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Bud, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Gren flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Green flower, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Carnation, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Carnation, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Orange Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Orange Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pink Composite, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pink Composite, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Yellow flower,Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Yellow flower,Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Red and white, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Red and white, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pink Bud,Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Pink Bud,Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Borage (Borago officinalis), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
Borage (Borago officinalis), Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
FWhite flowe bud, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016
White flower bud, Wave Hill, NY 6/15/2016

Wave Hill Doors

Spent a lovely day at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, yesterday photographing the flowers and a few other things. I will be posting some of the flowers at a future date.

Here are a few doors for Norm’s Thrusday Doors 6/16/2016.

Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Glyndoor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Glyndoor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Glyndoor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016
Glyndoor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx 6/15/2016

 

 

Battery and Financial

Brookfield Place (Wikipedia), originally known as the World Financial Center, is a complex of office buildings located across West Street from the World Trade Center site in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Overlooking the Hudson River, Brookfield Place has been home to offices of various companies including Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets, Nomura Group, American Express and Brookfield Asset Management, among others. In 2014, the complex was given its current name following the completion of extensive renovations.

I use to work as a GIS analyst and graphics designer (1998-2012) for a AECOM, the later part of my employ at 200 Liberty Street. I included an old photo of the Twin WFC Towers and the Irish Hunger Memorial—part of Battery City Park.

The Winter Garden Atrium (Wikipedia) is a 10-story glass-vaulted pavilion on Vesey Street (runs east-west in Lower Manhattan). The street is named after Rev. William Vesey (1674-1746), the first rector of nearby Trinity Church. The Winter Garden is part of New York City’s Brookfield Place office complex. Originally constructed in 1988, and substantially rebuilt in 2002, the Atrium houses various plants, trees and flowers, and shops. The rear of the building opens onto the World Financial Center Plaza and the North Cove Yacht Harbor on the Hudson River.

World Trade Center Transportation Hub (Wikipedia) is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s name for the new PATH station and the associated transit and retail complex which opened on March 3, 2016. The station’s renaming took place when the station reopened. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Transportation Hub is composed of a train station with a large and open mezzanine under the National September 11 Memorial plaza. This mezzanine is connected to an aboveground head house structure, called the Oculus, located between 2 World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center, as well as public concourses under the various towers in the World Trade Center complex.

We entered at 4 Word Trade Center at the corner of Liberty and Church Street and walked along an underground passage to get to the Oculus.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, designer of the station, said the Oculus resembles a bird being released from a child’s hand. The roof was originally designed to mechanically open to increase light and ventilation to the enclosed space. Herbert Muschamp, architecture critic of The New York Times, compared the design to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park, and wrote in 2004:

“Santiago Calatrava’s design for the World Trade Center PATH station should satisfy those who believe that buildings planned for ground zero must aspire to a spiritual dimension. Over the years, many people have discerned a metaphysical element in Mr. Calatrava’s work. I hope New Yorkers will detect its presence, too. With deep appreciation, I congratulate the Port Authority for commissioning Mr. Calatrava, the great Spanish architect and engineer, to design a building with the power to shape the future of New York. It is a pleasure to report, for once, that public officials are not overstating the case when they describe a design as breathtaking.”

The Fulton Center (Wikipedia) is a transit center and retail complex centered at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The complex is part of a $1.4 billion project by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a public agency of the state of New York, to rehabilitate the Fulton Street New York City Subway station, and construct new underground passageways and access points into the complex. The complex officially opened on November 10, 2014, along with the Dey Street Passageway.

The Fulton Center (website) designed by Grimshaw Architects in collaboration with Arup and world-renowned designer James Carpenter, who is celebrated for his work with light and public space.

The centerpiece of Fulton Center is the Sky Reflector Net strung with a distinctive cable knit structure. Sun, clouds, rain and snow are all visible from inside the building. Natural light is amplified throughout the open spaces, penetrating the depths of the subway concourse two levels below the street.