Monday, August 22, 2011

A New York City bird

New York City.  For many of us who do not live here,  it brings to mind thoughts of Broadway, the Twin Towers, yellow taxis, Central Park, the Dakotas, the Yankees, skycrapers, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Bronx, and the Empire State Building.

It really is a city that never ever sleeps.

Full of life and vibrancy. 



Sunday, The Professor and I went into the city so I could meet some new friends from blogland.  It can be a little intimidating meeting new people that you've met on-line.  Will they like you?  Will you like them?  Sort of like on-line dating. 

That is ... if you've ever done that sort of thing.  And yes ...  I did.  Twelve years ago.  That's how I met The Professor.  We hit it right off and have been together ever since.  Of course, he never expressed in his user profile his love for sports.  And I, who never watched sports, has learned to accept this .... sort of.



But back to my purpose in the city.  To meet my new friends.  Daryl, Kate, Lauren and Ann.  

I think we hit it off just great.  I was so relieved!  We walked, we laughed, we ate, and drank and shared bits and pieces of our lives.



And our cameras clicked away at the city sights.  

I particularly have a fondness for the water towers that hover above the apartment buildings.  Being a farm girl who grew up with water that came from a well deep in the ground, I marvel at these individual water towers.



Most small rural towns usually have just one water tower and can be seen for miles.  There are just so many in the city.  Someone really should do a coffee table book!  I'd buy it!




The five of us wandered around a couple of farmer and flea markets and I happened across this old saddle.  I thought it a rather odd contrast to the city.  Do you suppose somebody has a pony they are keeping in their courtyard?




And perhaps the best laugh of the day came when Daryl gifted me with this pigeon.  Don't worry.  Not a REAL pigeon.  It's made out of wood.  You see it sitting here on my patio joining all the other feathered friends who visit my backyard.

Daryl thought my bird blogs were a bit lacking without a pigeon being represented.

Just one other thing the city is well known for!
Hope your week has gotten off to a great start.

(By the way, all the photos were done in HDR.)

Until tomorrow friends,




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70 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Love, love, love your photos!
Brenda

Jill said...

YOU should do the coffee table book. Your pictures are outstanding!

TSannie said...

What gorgeous photos! (And what a FUN day we five had!)

TexWisGirl said...

oh PERFECT that you got a NYC rat with wings for your backyard! :)

your shots were beautiful. loved the textures you gave them. :)

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures and, I too, love the textures! What a fun day, too! I've had a number of those, meeting up with blogging friends and it has always been super fun! Look forward to the next time as I'm sure you do! Hope your week is off to a great start, Reena! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Jazzi said...

sounds like a fun trip.

wags
Jazzi

Daryl said...

Oh by the way kill me now they are so frickin gorgeous. My water towers never looked so good. I am happy to see Walter enjoying your backyard.

Madi and Mom said...

Reena what absolutely wonderful pictures. Whatever HDR is I love the effect!!

I'm glad to hear you had a great weekend meeting new frineds. Thus far I've met one blogging friend. There are lots of nice people in blogville.Now that I'm retired I hope to be able to meet more.

I made it to your party early LOL
Hugs C

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I don't know what you did with this set of pictures but it looks pretty cool, especially the first one. It really works on the street scene. No doubt whatever you did involves more than two clicks of the mouse button so I'll not even ask how. Very nice.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos and a really good reading aswell. You are a very good writer:) It should be amzing to visit New York one time, but I think that is not going to happen...we will see :)

Have a nice day!

Debbie said...

sounds like a fun time!!

i have no idea what hdr is but i think i like it ;)

Jennifer Richardson said...

swooning over your photos
....reminds me of my romantic
notions of Sesame Street
when I was a kid:)
I love the whole idea of New York City...wasn't fond of the dirty air.
But the energy is delicious!
Your pigeon is beautiful:)
-Jennifer

Ginny said...

I had no idea about the water towers!! I guess there is no room there for the huge ones like in the rural areas. How fascinating, really!! Those water towers, combined with your effects, make New York look like back in the thirties or forties!! These pictures really are timeless...The only thing in any of them that tells you when they were taken is the cars. And I love the pigeon, what a perfect gift he picked out for you!

gina said...

I love your city images...such retro feel and look! Glad your meet-up went well...I am planning one next month and I am nervous!

Leontien said...

I have no idea HDR is but i LOVE your pictures! they look kinda old but not really.... yeah i know...

And the mouse we did catch eventually.... Not with sausage, but peanut butter!

Glad you had a great time with your galpals!
Leontien

Barbara Shallue said...

You're photos are awesome - they look electrified!! Sounds like such a fun day - I've never been to NYC and am aching to go. I never knew about the water towers, so WHEN I go, I'll be sure to look for them. Love that pigeon!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I watched a documentary on these towers. No wait, it was an episode of Dirty Jobs. You would not believe what they have to do to keep them working.

Love your little pigeon buddy. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love your pictures and the textures. They look like paintings in a book!

I'm glad you had a great time, and I'm glad you brought home a new friend!! I'm sure he will have an opinion of his new digs as soon as he gets over being shy!

Ashley Sisk said...

Love that first shot - a little HDR magic!

Hilary said...

Oh that is so Daryl... and Walter Pigeon.. too funny.

Your photos are lovely.. that first one could be a poster.

I'm familiar with all of the bloggers with whom you spent the day and I'm envious! Glad you had a great time, Reena. :)

Lois Evensen said...

What great fun to meet blog friends in person! :)

Corker2 said...

I think that your Images that are in HDR are real nice. A job well done.

We have been to NYC 3 or 4 times in the past. You are right about the City never sleeping. There is something always going on. Traffic, taxi's, fire engines, ambulance's, and hundreds of people each going somewhere and always in a hurry. We enjoy the City and all that you can see. Last time there we went to see Ellis Island & Lady Liberty. However, the weather did not favor us that day. Was cold, rainy, windy, and just plain miserable. We will return to NYC in the future.

Les

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

That HDR looks like old postcards.

Kathy said...

I saw your picture on Kate's blog. You two could be sisters! That first photo with an HDR effect is absolutely fab. I've been experimenting with it a bit and I do like it on bricks and old buildings.

Country Girl said...

That first photo? Totally crushing on it. I couldn't believe how many Nikons we had between us. It was fun.

Jillsy Girl said...

L.O.V.E that first shot! You clever girl, you!! Glad you got to meet some fellow blog peeps. You guys seem to have quite a few congregated together. Us southerners are spread few and far between.

Tammy said...

Wow! Love that first shot with the vantage point from the middle of the road!! The HDR is cool too.

Evelyn S. said...

LOVE the HDR effect! I've been in NYC just once, about 16 months ago. I, too, fell for the ubiquitous water towers, so I did a little research about their origin. It's so interesting to see the vintage-looking water tower juxtaposed with a modern glass building. Wonderful images of a city I hope to visit again next year, where our oldest son is executive chef of a Brooklyn restaurant.

Saun said...

Love your city images and the effect you put on them. Makes them really pop.

elizabeth said...

Isn't it amazing the wonderful people you meet online I just spent the weekend with a friend I meet in person last year bc of her blog and it felt so normal being around her! I knew it must have been HDR when I first started reading this post
Hopefully sometime we too can meet!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great HDR images. I really like the color range.

Oliag said...

I don't always like HDR photos but these are wonderful! The effect works beautifully with the subject...

I hope to meet some blogging friends one day...just hasn't worked out yet and I probably am a little nervous about it:) Sounds like you all had a lot of fun!

ladyfi said...

The city looks quite different and far more lovely in HDR! Stunning shots.

POESIE-LYRIK-HAIKU-KURZGESCHICHTEN-FOTOGRAFIE-H-P's FOTO ART said...

Grossaerige Fotografien, dramisch ins recht Licht gesetzt. Wunderschön...

Viele Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Grossaerige photographs dramisch set the right light. Beautifully ...

Many greetings from Switzerland

Hans-Peter

Bob Bushell said...

Great photos.

faye said...

Great shots and now I am going to have to experiment with HDR..
love it !!

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Reena! I love the HDR. The first shot is awesome. Well done! I am glad you had a great time in NYC with your new friends. Have a great day!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A very vibrant visit to the Big Apple. So pleased things worked out and you had a great time.

Ruth said...

Very interesting shots, the first one is my favourite! HDR does have it's place. especially with buildings, great work! (seen at Jillsys)

Rosemary Aubut said...

LOOOOOOOOVE IT! Great photos!

deb duty said...

Wow these are fabulous. I love the hdr look and you did it so well! I especially love the colors in the first one. The water towers are interesting. I didn't notice them on my trips to New York years ago.

Catherine said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic trip visiting New York and your blog friends.

And that wooden pigeon looks perfect sitting on your patio by the bird bath!

Very fun!
xo Catherine

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous captures! I love your new pigeon.

beth said...

how fun...and what a beautiful trip you just shared with us.
i'm so jealous you got to me kate and got to spend a day in the city !!
xo

Sandra said...

sorry but I must use the most used word in the world, AWESOME!!! I say Awesome shots, all of them. and now i am wondering how you stood in the middle of the road in that first shot. I LOVE IT.. the water tower is a favorite also. can you say envy? because i am

Louise said...

Beautiful shots, even if I do now have to go off and find out what HDR is. I have to admit that I don't like cities. Even smaller ones give me the heebee jeebees. The last time I went to NYC was over 35 years ago, and I was very glad to get back home.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Dadgum it, I come by just to respectfully pay a visit and you've hooked me!
I haven't met any fellow bloggers yet, but I have met up with a group from a forum I frequent - we all went to Disneyworld together. Yes, it was nervewracking leading up to it, but we ended up having a terrific time...and one of the members from Denmark is coming to li'l ole Pleasant View, Tennessee to visit me this fall!
Okay, I'm off to Google this HDR thing...

Tara said...

Wow, these are fabulous!!! I love love the HDR!!! Amazing work!

lisa said...

A truly wonderful city, and your photographs of it are just gorgeous Reena! How much fun that must have been to meet up with fellow bloggers!

Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

Stephani said...

Nice job on these. Like the city shots a lot! Have a great day!

Kamana said...

wow, i just love that first shot!!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

About 5 years ago I met two online friends and it was awesome. We met because of the show Rockstar: Supernova. We went to the concert in Dallas and one of the ladies spent the night in my house; I brought her to the airport the next day. People kept telling me I was crazy and that she was going to murder me in my sleep. But I somehow trusted, even though I'm normally pretty cynical. Obviously, neither person was a thief or murderess. We've lost touch now, but I'll always remember that special time. So much of life I miss out on because of fear. Not anymore! Loved this post. :)

Andrew said...

A beautiful post to read Reena and it's nice to hear bloggers meeting up...
It was pen friends back in the day isn't the digital age fantastic!!
Your images are wonderful...

dona said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the day in NYC with your on-line friends (and The Professor before)!
Water towers look so strange also to me and your photos are really stunning (love their colors)!

S. Etole said...

Your photos are almost reminiscent of a fantasy.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Glad you had such a fun time! What a great idea to meet in "real life"!

Love the HDR photos!!

Anna said...

What a great combo - NYC, cameras, and blogging friends! Sounds like a fun trip and love the photographic results!

Ann said...

sounds like you had a great time and the photos are fabulous

ds said...

Stunning photos. What a great time you all had!

Laura said...

Wonderful series of photos. Sounds like you had a great time. I've never noticed the water towers before. I will certainly make a point of looking next time I visit.

Brian Miller said...

wow. your pictures are incredible...i love NYC...was there last in march...what aan amazing city...

Pat said...

These are wonderful shots and I love your processing! I like the wooden pigeon too!

bon bon said...

oh, you have to tell the whole story about how you met the professor! or maybe you posted it before i began following you...if so, link please!
:o)

SEO Company Los Angeles said...

Oh, wow! That first photo is stunning! I love it!

Mental P Mama said...

Oh you and these fancy schmancy pictures!!!! Love them all. And you! That pigeon is priceless....I hope he doesn't scare all our other friend away.

Pam said...

I LOVE these! Especially the bird!

bobbybegood1 said...

I WANT THAT SADDLE!!! I love antiques. I bet you had a really nice time in NYC. I think Daryl did a proper gesture in giving you that bird. I have pigeons flying, nesting, mating, playing on my roof. All decked out in their regular colors - greyish blue, black and white. Then one day I saw an all white one. Had to be a girl - I thought to myself. Wonderful. Cheers!!

Rural Revival said...

Wow, wonderful photographs. I'd buy a book filled with just the first photo!

And I met the Artist the same way.
: )

Alissa Bonds said...

Thank you for convincing me that online dating sites are not a massive waste of time. Wish I could be more like you and make a great connection with my plentyoffish.com account (AND take equally gorgeous photos).

James Harris said...

Hi Reena!

I really liked the 1st photo from this blog post. I liked it so much that I decided to use it as a background in my M60A3 Patton image. I hope you don't mind...as common courteous, I credited and referenced your website from my portfolio. Keep up the great work!