Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Lights in New York City


Dear friends, I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! As promised, I am back with a few festive photos. There is nothing like Christmas time in New York City. It is an ongoing display of lights and decorations no matter where you walk around. Here I was at Bryant Park where tourists and New Yorkers alike love to ice skate under the Christmas tree.


This is a street shot I took on Park Avenue. Just about every street is lined up with trees adorned with golden lights. I especially love to take pictures at night time so you can see the reflections and all the lights in the skyscrapers as well.


Here I was at Rockefeller Center where the famous and tallest Christmas tree is lit up in multi-colors surrounded by angels. It truly is a magical place this time of year. People from all over come visit.


This year right across from the tree at Rockefeller center they had an amazing light show. The colors kept changing to the tune of Christmas music, something really spectacular to see in person. 


Around the corner from Rockefeller Center, I decided to stop by St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's so peaceful to be inside this beautiful Church full of light and hope. I lit a candle for world peace, love and good health for family and friends. 


Here I was walking on Fifth Avenue and took a picture of the Empire State Building which is lit up in red and green at Christmas time. I'm not sure how city lights ended up forming stars but it was cool!


And lastly, given that the holiday season usually includes lots of sweets, I thought I would leave you with this huge gingerbread house I photographed at a New York restaurant. I simply love it! I hope you enjoyed a little tour of New York City and I wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year! Thanks for being here and your continued support. xo

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Beauty of Autumn


As promised in my last post, I'm back with a few colorful Autumn photos. Please feel free to share the image above with your family and friends as a Thanksgiving card. I took this picture at a local farm. I just love pumpkins and pumpkin pie of course! Can't wait for the festivities to begin.


At the same farm, I took a picture of all these gourds, so many of them, in amazing colors, shapes, and textures. These are fun as decorations around the house or as a centerpiece in a basket.


Here is a picture of the woods in my back yard on a day when the sky was blue and the foliage was at its peak. So many vibrant colors against that serene sky. Fall has been mild here in New York with beautiful sunny days most of the time. I hope Winter will be just as mild!


This is my back yard later in the Fall when all has turned golden and most leaves have fallen. It just shines, doesn't it. So peaceful. I'm thankful for such a beautiful view that changes with the seasons.


And here is one more picture of the fallen leaves in so many different colors and shapes. The trees are now bare, except for pines and evergreens--a reminder that soon Christmas will be here. I will see you again then with some holiday photos. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

What a Beautiful Summer


I hope everyone is having a great summer! Mine has been fantastic. In between working hard at my job, I managed to have some fun. I just wanted to share some pictures of the most memorable moments. Here is a beautiful lake where I went sailing with my husband and in-laws.


We did some more sightseeing by the water at the Hudson River.


Lots of dining at local restaurants al fresco. The Lamborghini is not mine!


The woods in our backyard have been a tranquil place to relax on the weekends.


We did quite a bit of entertaining outdoors on our deck.


OK, the giraffes are not in our backyard! No, I took this picture at the Bronx Zoo.


As always, we enjoyed the local farmer markets--here are some gorgeous sunflowers.


I have been trying to eat healthier foods and making salads every day--I love fresh tomatoes.


I have been doing container gardening in my favorite terracotta pots.


Beautiful blue skies in New York City where I commute to work. And lots more.

I've been busy writing poetry and prose and posting my black & white photography on my new blog, Magic of Words. I finally updated my profile picture here and on Google+. Recently, I returned to Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends overseas and on the West coast. I will continue to blog here but probably on a seasonal basis as this blog will always remain special to me.

Thanks for following along! xx

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Through the Fog


It's been raining most of the day and the fog is quite thick in the woods in my back yard. The fog looks kind of mystical, doesn't it, as it covers the sky with a white veil. So mysterious like an enchanted forest! And all this rain has made everything green and thriving.


The fog reminds me of those days when things seem unclear or uncertain.
Yet, it's also poetic and hopeful.


The fog will eventually lift and everything will fall into place as it should be.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Towards the Sun


I have an inspirational quote in my home office that reads:

"Turn your face to the sun and always believe that you will receive all that you need."

It seems that flowers know just how to do that. I have been watching this rhododendron in my back yard as it started out with many buds and, little by little, each one turned to the sun and bloomed.


Here it is as each bud was beginning to open up. To me, the quote also means having a positive attitude, opening up to possibilities, and trusting in the best outcome.


And this is how the bud started out. I find this transformation to be pretty amazing and so in tune with what the quote conveys. We may not always get what we want but somehow it all works out the way it's meant to be and we do get what we need indeed.
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Wishing everyone
Happy Memorial Day
and beautiful beginning of Summer! xx