Dawn near Sienna

In 1986 my mother took the family on a vacation to Sienna, Italy. We stayed at a beautiful old rustic farmhouse outside of Sienna. The first morning there I woke up at dawn and went for a walk. The soft air and light sparkled. I knew I was someplace special. I left the road and explored down a path. I saw through the cypress trees and magnolias a ruin with a fresco. I was overwhelmed—tears sprang to my eyes. It was so beautiful; words can’t describe how I felt.

A ruin near Sienna, Italy 5/7/1986
A ruin near Sienna, Italy 5/7/1986
Near Sienna, Italy July 1986
Near Sienna, Italy July 1986

I have only a few pictures that I took with a point and shoot film camera.

Swallowtail Light Door

The Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada photographed in 2012. One viewer asked why is it called Swallowtail. I looked at a map and saw that of Grand Manan; the shape of North Head and Swallowtail point, that the lighthouse is on, resembles the point of a Swallowtail butterflies wing.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors 8/25/2016.

Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light Door, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light
Swallowtail Light on Grand Manan Island 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light
Grand Manan Island by the Swallowtail Light 9/4/2012

About the lighthouse:

More inormation:

A great site for geology and maps of Grand Manan

Hallowell Maine

To add to the vacation at Grand Manan and to break up the long drive back to New York City I booked a night at the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell, Maine. Hallowell is a charming little old town on the banks of the Kennebec River. The Inn was gorgeous and the hospitality tops. I wish I could have stayed longer. At dawn we walked to Jimmie Pond nearby and I was able to photograph the early morning mist on the lake. A tearful rainy goodbye is the last shot.

Grand Manan

In September, 2012 we took a birding tour with Bob Duchesne to Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada. We stayed at the Marathon Inn. It was one of the best vacations of my life.

We started from Bangor, Maine, then next day met up with the small group and took a ferry from Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, Canada to Grand Manan. A short trip to the marshes then back to the charming hotel.

My list of birds seen out of the expected species: Sherry’s Manan count

The trip included seeing parts of the Island, such as Dark Harbor where they farm kelp and fish.

One of the days was a pelagic trip to see birds and whales.

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.

Hotel – May 1 Photo Focus

After: Hotel by Julie Powel - edited by Sherry Felix
After: Hotel by Julie Powel – edited by Sherry Felix

To show it can be done, I took some extra time to remove the dead branches. Not 100% perfect but it will do.

May 2016 One Photo Focus sf2.jpg
After without dead branches: Hotel by Julie Powel – edited by Sherry Felix
Before: Hotel by Julie Powel
Before: Hotel by Julie Powel

PS for hotel

I wanted to change the light and make it a bit more romantic. To do that I used two other photos, one of a sunrise and another of a flowery meadow. In Photoshop I masked parts of them off. I also used overlays; a photo filter to put a little blue back in and a warming filter. The screen capture shows how I masked the layers.

Created for One Photo Focus, May 6, 2016.