Monday, July 30, 2012

Across the Bridge


across the pond's bridge-
a green isle of serenity;
nature reflections
~ ~ ~

Serenity abounds by the pond in my hometown, Pleasantville, NY ...
... trees and clouds are reflected in the water ... 


... across the bridge over the pond, more nature reflections and ... 


... geese happily swimming by ...
~ ~ ~


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Love Sparks

video

unforgettable
sparks, first time my eyes met yours;
fireworks in the sky

Something a little different for your enjoyment: this is the first time I uploaded one of my videos to my blog! Ah, the magic of love! Sharing with Poetry Jam (prompt: magic) and Haiku Heights (prompt: forget-me-not). Please visit  http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ and http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/ for more literary sparks. Enjoy the fireworks!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Colors of Summer


Summer is in full bloom in my hometown of Pleasantville, New York. Here is a collage of flowers I paired up in opposite colors: red/green; violet/yellow; blue/orange. The inspiration for this colorful collage is the creative topic on "complementary colors" at Friday My Town Shoot Out!. Coincidentally, the interesting theme at Pixel Dust Photo Art is "improbable pairings." Of course, you can always find beautiful flowers at Floral Friday Fotos. Enjoy the colors of summer and have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Blue Sky


blue sky, green pine tree--
unbound, soaring to new heights; 
heaven and earth touch
~ ~ ~

These are some of the amazing views I found in nature today:
 a tall pine tree touching a cloudless sky, the bluest of blue


tree branches with light blue berries, reminiscing of the colors in the sky


ivy growing on a tree trunk stump, the circularity of which is timeless


creamy buds and leaves in perfect synch
~ ~ ~

Sharing my haiku with Haiku Heights and Chèvrefeuille's Haiku Blog and my photos with Rambling Woods. Please visit http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/, http://chevrefeuilleshaikublog.blogspot.com/, and http://ramblingwoods.com/

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fountains and Sculptures


This weekend, I'm taking you for a tour of fountains and sculptures. It's been so hot in NY with temperatures in the 90's that cooling off by a fountain sounds like a good idea! I took the first photo at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers, in the countryside of NY. Lovely traditional gardens here and a beautiful fountain in the entrance to the park. I love the summer sunlight shining through!


This is a collage of two fountains at Ridge Hill, Yonkers, in the suburbs of NY. A more modern design. I love how the water forms circular motions.


Here, we are in New York City, at the corner of Park Avenue and East 40th Street. The fountain also has a modern design with a lovely marble structure (and of course skyscrapers in the background).


We're not in NY anymore. I took this photograph of a fountain in one of the town squares in Salerno, Southern Italy. The dolphins are magical and the building in the background is so picturesque.


But there are dolphins in NY, too, and mermaids at the Rockefeller Center. There are several of these fountains in the entrance as you walk towards the center, surrounded by beautiful flowers.


This is probably one of the most photographed sculptures, right in front of the Rockefeller Center building, the statue of Prometheus. There is a reflection of the statue in the granite wall behind it. 


And here is a fun fountain at Madison Square Park in New York City in a playground for children. Splash! Kids keep cool here playing in the water!

Sharing my photos with Friday My Town Shoot Out!, where the prompt is "public art"; and with Pixel Dust Photo Art, where the theme is "light." Please visit http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/ and http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/  for more artsy photos. Enjoy the weekend and stay cool!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lighthouse



lighthouse, calm waters--
letting go of the anchor;
free to sail away
~ ~ ~

When we let go of what burdens us, it's like lifting a heavy anchor and setting ourselves free ... to sail away ... exploring new horizons in life. It just so happens that the topic at Poetry Jam this week is "river," and coincidentally my previous post was on the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Please see http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/07/hudson-river-views.html for more views of the river. One of my wonderful readers made a comment on that post that she would have liked to see a closer view of the lighthouse on the Hudson. So, here is a close-up shot of the historic lighthouse. It was built in 1883 and is a tourist attraction. My poem is a haiga, which is a combination of a picture and haiku. Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/  for more poems on the topic of rivers. Enjoy the Hudson view, and smooth sailing to you!

 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hudson River Views


This afternoon, I spent some time in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where you can see beautiful views of the Hudson River. Here is a mural in town, which has a painting of the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson. I love how bright and colorful this is and the words on the mural are so inspirational! Engage. Connect. Trust. Calm Steady Patience.


Here is a view of the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson, featured in the mural. There is a nice stone wall and boardwalk where you can sit and admire the river view.


This is a view from the other side of the stone wall. You can see the hills in the distance, and there are lovely wild flowers along the boardwalk.


Here is a close-up shot of the wild flowers near the water. They look so pretty!


On the other side of the bridge, there is a historic lighthouse, so picturesque.


Here is a view of beautiful condos right by the water with a great river view!


This condo is even closer to the water. I love the colorful flower containers all along the sidewalk. I'm sharing my photographs with Friday My Town Shoot Out! where this week's topic is "bright and colorful"; The View From Right Here; and Rambling Woods.

Please visit http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/; http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/; and http://ramblingwoods.com/
for more colorful views around the world.


And here is a close-up shot of the mural. Have a bright and colorful weekend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Daydreaming


i dreamt i was a child again
bright eyed and soulful,
the world in my hands
to hold and behold;

on a magic carpet ride,
a soft place to land
the clouds, my playground
imaginary friends;

a playhouse in the sky,
my heart's window
open and unbroken,
everything there was possible

and it still is ...

As children, the world seemed a magical place where everything was possible. Wouldn't it be awesome to feel that childhood wonder again and dream of what could be? I took this picture of an adorable playhouse in my neighborhood, which inspired my poem. This is my contribution to Poetry Jam, where this week's topic is "daydream." Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ for more dreamy poems. May your dreams come true!

Monday, July 9, 2012

In the Woods


in the woods--
a bench by the pond;
my refuge 
~ ~ ~
I took this photograph in the countryside of my hometown, Pleasantville, New York. It's very peaceful here in the woods, sitting by the pond and contemplating nature. Serenity.
~ ~ ~
Sharing with Our World Tuesday, Rambling Woods, and Chèvrefeuille's Haiku Blog. Please visit http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/http://ramblingwoods.com, and http://chevrefeuilleshaikublog.blogspot.com/ for photos and haiku from around the world.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Red, White, and Blue


The Empire State Building in New York City lights up at night in different colors depending on the occasion. Here it is in red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. I just learned the meaning of the colors: white for purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Sharing with Friday My Town Shoot Out! at http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/, where the theme this week is "patriotism"; and with Pixel Dust Photo Art at http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/, where the theme is "architecture." Happy 4th of July weekend, celebrating independence!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Morning Dew


morning dew
like gentle tears
renewing--
I forgive
and the sun shines
once more
~ ~ ~

I have been photographing this flower for a few days trying to capture different moments. The first image looks almost melancholic with the dew drops on the flower; yet the flower seems to be reaching outward. The second image is on a sunny day and is brighter and happier. I absolutely love this peachy color. This week's topic at Poetry Jam is "forgiveness." To me, forgiving is healing, just like this flower has experienced, it can bring sunshine again after the rain. Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ for more poems on this theme. Thank you for letting me share my poem and photos with you.