Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring in the City


Spring has sprung in New York City! I took these pictures at Madison Square Park on Madison Avenue and 23rd Street this week. Beautiful yellow and red tulips are in bloom, and trees are starting to fill up with green leaves. There is a very popular lunch spot in the park by a burger stand called Shake Shack, which must have the most delicious burgers in New York, since the line in front of it is usually a mile long, as you can see in the photo. As I was taking the picture, a young woman in a long pleated skirt and red purse went by, and I like the way her shadow coordinates with the shadows of the trees and lamp. Her red purse even matches the tulips! Such harmony in the city.

I'm contributing my photos to three wonderful sites: Walk in New York at http://walkinnewyork.blogspot.com/  (weekly challenge, street scene); Pixel Dust Photo Art at http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/ (prompt, path or road); and Floral Friday Fotos at http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/ (flowers, showcased weekly).

Lastly, I'm so excited to have just learned how to write haiku! Haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry, which must contain only 3 lines, with 5, 7, 5 syllables each. There is no title or punctuation. Something about nature must be mentioned in a haiku, but without any judgement or interpretation. It's up to the reader's imagination to find whatever meaning they see into it. I learned this on a fabulous poetic website, Metaphors and Smiles at http://wordrustling.wordpress.com/. So here is my first haiku, inspired by these photos. Enjoy the tulips, perhaps an imaginary NY burger, and the haiku!

barefoot in the park
yellow tulips beside fence
winding path ahead


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's a Small World

I spent a nice afternoon by the lake in my hometown in the suburbs of New York City. Forsythia is now in bloom and I took some pictures of the pretty yellow flowering buds by the water. It was a sunny day, but quite breezy, and the forsythia kept blowing in the wind as I was trying to take a picture. Both the blooms and the geese look so carefree in these natural surroundings in the woods. The bench by the lake inspired a new poem about our common bonds in such a vast world, which is small after all. I'm linking my photos and poem to another wonderful site I discovered, Our World Tuesday at http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/, where people from all over the world share their pictures of where they live. I'm sharing a little part of my world with you today! I'm also linking my poem to Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/, where the topic this week is seeing spirituality through someone else's eyes. Enjoy!

Someone Was Here

On a clear day such as this
I sit quietly on a bench by the lake
gazing at the sunlit water
where geese happily swim by

I wonder who else was here
before me, from different walks of life
admiring the forsythia in bloom
seeking refuge on this very bench

Many hopeful hearts crossed paths
united by the same dreams
basking in the knowledge
that we are not alone

On a clear day such as this
anything is possible
anything at all
miracles, big and small
                                                     




Friday, March 23, 2012

New York City Street Scene


I thought it would be fun to participate in Challenge Walk in the Street at http://walkinnewyork.blogspot.com/, a really cool site where bloggers post street scenes from all over the world and from my (of course) favorite city, New York. I took several shots this week of New York City street scenes, and I decided to contribute this one because it shows a really vibrant area, full of activities and color. It's the Flatiron District at the corner of 5th and Broadway where people gather and sit leisurely right by the street. I'll share with you what I like about this street scene, which is so typical of New York City. The first thing is the magnificent Flatiron building in the background. I find it amazing how they constructed it in this interesting triangular shape with a beautiful ornamental facade. To the right, check out the whimsical building with the golden roof. I love the red New York City sightseeing bus on the street, taking people for tours around the city. Coincidentally, there is a lady crossing the street with a matching red sweater! I like the fact that the lady with the laptop in the front has a reflection of a tree on her screen. By the pink magnolia tree on the left, a couple is studying a map, while someone else takes a photograph, probably tourists. And let's not forget the little pigeon making a cameo appearance on the ground as well. Ah, New York City, I do love thee.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Interconnection With Nature

Time for hyacinths! I found them at Madison Square Park this week and they inspired a new poem, which is my contribution to Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/. The prompt this week was to write about "connections" and one of the quotes that was used as an example was by Jacob Bronowski. He said: "A man becomes creative, whether he is an artist or scientist, when he finds a new unity in the variety of nature. He does so by finding a likeness between things which were not thought alike before." I just love this idea, which is reflected in my poem called Interconnection With Nature. I'm also linking my photos to Photo Art Friday at http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/. Here is the poem and enjoy the hyacinths!


Interconnection With Nature

Would I be
like a blue hyacinth
resting on a green mantel
renewed by morning dew?

Would I be
like a hummingbird
singing to the trees
refreshed by the breeze?

Would I be
like a sun ray
shining upon the earth
reflected on grass?

Would I not be me?

 








Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Red Light

I took this picture on Monday on Madison Avenue and 23rd Street in New York City. I was engaging in a visual exercise of trying to find bright colors among the gray. As I was walking around the city, suddenly the traffic light stood out against the architectural structure of the buildings behind it, and I took a picture just as it turned red. I am intrigued by the geometric patterns of the circles, squares, and rectangles in the image. This photograph and my new poem below are my weekly contributions to The Creative Exchange at http://www.the-creative-exchange.com/ and Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/. The prompt this week was to write a poem about an intangible emotion and then assign that emotion to a strong tangible descriptor. 

Red Light

Sometimes
I need to stop for directions
to find faith along the way 
Sometimes
I need to circumvent
the traffic jam of fears
Sometimes
I need to wait for the light
to turn green  
freeing me to let go
and move forward

Monday, March 12, 2012

First Sign of Spring

I was pleasantly surprised to see daffodils already today. It's been so warm out lately that they are blooming early.  I love daffodils because they announce the beginning of spring, with a promise of good things to come. Yellow is such a cheerful color and it brightens my day. So here is the first daffodil of the season I spotted in the park this afternoon. It looks so happy to be out in the sunshine and so am I to have found it. I discovered a really pretty photography sharing site, called Today's Flowers at http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/ to which I'm linking my post. It's fun to share photos with others with the same interests. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Open Up

 Open Up

Unlock the door
of your mind
Open the window
of your imagination
There are no limits
but those you impose
on yourself


I have just discovered another wonderful site, called Creative Exchange, you can find at  http://www.the-creative-exchange.com/, where bloggers share their beautiful photographs. I took these pictures of a closed door and a closed window to create a sharp contrast with my poem. I chose red because it transcends positive energy and passion breaking through. I'm also linking my post to Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/. The topic of this week's jam was "inner and outer limits," which inspired my poem, Open Up. Don't ever give up on your dreams.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Anaphora Poem

I'm very excited to have joined a wonderful new poetry site called Poetry Jam you can find at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/. I just learned there about a form of poetry called Anaphora, which is "the repetition of a word or expression several times within a clause or within a paragraph." Here is my Anaphora poem, inspired by a picture I took of the ocean last year.

Infinite
Blue touches my soul
as I walk on the infinite sand
Blue illuminates my mind
as I gaze upon the infinite sky
Blue replenishes my body
as I emerge from the infinite water
Blue awakens me infinitely





Thursday, March 1, 2012

In the Country

It would be nice to go away for a long weekend in the country. As much as I love the city, I find being in the country very peaceful and restful. I took these pictures in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, last year and would love to go back. The landscapes are so green, and the pace of life is so much slower than in New York. Is it me, or does it look like the ducks in the picture are kissing? A little country romance?

What would I do if I lived on a farm? Let's see, I would probably wear a straw hat, my hair would be unruly, and I would be incredibly tanned being out in the sun every day. I could hang out with a bunch of cows and sheep, perhaps go on a horse ride now and again. And let's not forget picking my own vegetables and fruit right in the field. Strawberries and raspberries, fresh basil and tomatoes. Oh, and I would go apple picking. This comes so natural to me. I must have been a farm girl in a past life. Now back to the Big Apple.