West 28 St Cattle Egret

For the last week or so lone Cattle Egret has been at West 28th Street between 8 and 9th Avenues, Chelsea. This is a rare bird for New York City. Looks like it may have migrated a bit north of the usual breeding territory. The bird usually hangs out in a small fenced in area of grass, trees and flowers; and has been seen roosting on a balcony of the Penn South houses. This Cattle Egret mostly feeds on earth worms—lots of them.

Here it is catching a worm:

The blur is because it moves fast.

Other poses:

Note the orange breeding plumage.

Beresford Doors

The 23-story pre-war Beresford at 211 Central Park West (CPW) was designed by the architect Emery Roth and completed in 1929. It takes its name from the Hotel Beresford, which had occupied the site since 1889. Roth designed The El Dorado, The San Remo, and The Ardsley, also on CPW.

The Beresford’s mass is relieved by horizontal belt courses, staggered setbacks required by the 1916 Zoning Resolution, which provide some apartments with terraces, and Georgian style detailing. The Beresford sits on the corner and has three octagonal copper-capped corner towers. The view east overlooks Central Park; and the southern view is of Theodore Roosevelt Park, with the American Museum of Natural History. The building is U-shape, with a central court. Each floor originally had 2 apartments of a scale that was eliminated in NYC by the stock market crash and the Multiple Dwellings Law.

The co-op apartments can go for $3 million to $22 million. One unit was listed for $62 million. The building’s residents have included comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actress Glenn Close, singer Diana Ross, tennis player John McEnroe, and actor Tony Randall, to name a few.

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Beresford door 4/11/2017
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Berresfoird lamp 4/11/2017
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Beresford side door 4/11/2017

Central Park April 18

The third bird down is a composite image.

Palm Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Palm Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017

Snake's Head Fritillary, Central Park 4/18/2017 Snake’s Head Fritillary, Central Park 4/18/2017[/caption]

Sessile-flowered Wake-robin, Central Park 4/18/2017
Sessile-flowered Wake-robin, Central Park 4/18/2017
Daffodil, Central Park 4/18/2017
Daffodil, Central Park 4/18/2017
Red Tulips, Central Park 4/18/2017
Red Tulips, Central Park
Yellow Tulips, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow Tulips, Central Park 4/18/2017

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

My husband, Marc, and I went to Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island, with two friends yesterday. It was a glorious day for a leisurely stroll and the grounds look lovely at this time of year. In the early evening, we stopped for a fabulous meal at the Jolly Fisherman’s Restaurant in Roslyn on the way back to New York City. It was a lovely day all round, thanks to our friends.

Cherry, Bayard 4/16/2017
Cherry, Bayard 4/16/2017

If anyone knows the name of this wildflower (next 2 pictures b elow) please let me know. I tried to find it in my flower books.

White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
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White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
Star Magnolioa, Bayard 4/17/2017
Star Magnolioa, Bayard 4/17/2017
Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn NY 4/16/2017
View out the window at Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn NY 4/16/2017

High Line Flower Fun

I love taking pictures of flowers with my AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8 G ED lens. I took these Friday morning on the High Line.

Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017

Central Park Spring Flowers

Photographed using a Nikon D750 with a Sigma 150-600 mm lens in Central Park Tuesday April 11. I find that my big lens can work a lot like a macro.

Virginia Bluebell, Central Park 4/11/2017
Virginia Bluebell, Central Park 4/11/2017
Rhododendron. Central Park 4/11/2017
Rhododendron. Central Park 4/11/2017
Chinese Barberry, Central Park 4/11/2017
Chinese Barberry, Central Park 4/11/2017
Peach, Central Park 4/11/2017
Peach, Central Park 4/11/2017
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Central Park 4/11/2017
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Central Park 4/11/2017

Central Park Birds Wednesday

I actually photographed these on Tuesday April 11 in Central Park and processed them next day. So the title is not totally wrong.

One of those lucky shots.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 4/11/2017
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 4/11/2017

The Red-headed Woodpecker has been there all winter but I was unable to get to that part of the park to see it until now. A terrible bunch of photos of it, but they are mine.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Cnetral Park 4/12/2017
Red-headed Woodpecker, Cnetral Park 4/12/2017

Chinatown Doors

By the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown, New York City, is a Buddhist Temple.

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors April 13, 2017

Buddhist Temple 4/8/2017
Buddhist Temple 4/8/2017
Buddhist Temple 4/8/2017
Buddhist Temple 4/8/2017
Manhattan Bridge 4/8/2017
Manhattan Bridge 4/8/2017
Manhattan Bridge 4/8/2017
Manhattan Bridge 4/8/2017
Manhattan Bridge 4/8/2017
Manhattan Bridge 4/8/2017

Interesting history of Manhattan Bridge and this overelaborate entrance (Wikipedia).

Chinatown

We like to visit and eat in Chinatown in Manhattan, New York City. The multi-floored  Golden Unicorn at 18 East Broadway has some of the best Dim Sum. When we go there we take a number and sit and wait in a hidden corner by a tattoo shop. Sometimes we dine less expensively at the tiny Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle place at 1 Doyers Street.

Years ago fireworks were allowed in Chinatown the noise and confetti was fun. The dead sparrow and bottle was there. I didn’t pose them or know how the sparrow died.

There is a marvelous almost hidden Chinese Market under the Manhattan Bridge. The entrance is between the arches. The trains roar overhead as you enter and inside is a colorful pandemonium. There is a huge variety of things for sale.

As we left the market on Saturday I saw this curious site in the Sophie Irene Loeb Playground. The old man was heating his feet on a fire he made.

Man heating his feet, Chinatown 4/8/2017
Man heating his feet, Chinatown 4/8/2017

We discovered a street market on Christie Street, parallel to the bridge entry ramp. The prices are amazingly low. A few of the stalls had long lines.

To tell the story I used photos spanning from 2004 until now.