Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring is Springing

Dear Flower,

I wish I knew your name

Amidst forgotten golden leaves,
you sprouted from barren earth-
a miracle in the making

Blushing in shyness,
petals like rosy cheeks-
you awakened the child within

Slowly opening up,
you promised a new beginning-
I do know your name now

I will call you hope

To my delight this week, I spotted these pretty little flowers while I was walking in the park. Perhaps one of my lovely readers can tell me their names. Does anyone know what they are called? They seem to have sprouted overnight, scattered among leaves and other buds. The flowers have a natural pink/purple hue to them, but I edited the photos to give the images a painterly effect and a bit of a mystical glow.

To me, Spring symbolizes a new beginning and the promise of hope. Notice how in the third image, the flower opens up, which inspired my poem. I'm sharing my poem with Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, where today's challenge is to write an "open letter." So, here is my metaphorical open letter to Spring! I'm also sharing my post with "Nature Notes" at Rambling Woods. And since these are floral images with an artsy look, I'm also linking to Floral Friday Fotos and Pixel Dust Photo Art. Enjoy my poem and photos!

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Walk in the City

It's been so cold this week that I haven't been out taking pictures that much. Today, on my lunch break, I finally ventured out for a stroll in the city. Braving the cold was worth it as I had fun being creative with some of the photographs I took. Here, on 5th Avenue, I took a shot of the Empire State Building and then converted it to black and white to give it some moodiness. I like the silhouette of the person walking down the street, don't you?

Here, I was on Madison Avenue and 23rd Street. I couldn't resist and had to highlight that yellow cab, so characteristic of New York City. Cabs connect us to people and places.

On Broadway, the Flatiron Building features different art regularly as a window display. I really like this leopard! Check out the reflection of the cab in the window. Are they going to crash into each other? I wanted to give this shot movement and energy.

I love these colorful buildings in the Flatiron District on Broadway and 5th Avenue. They bring some cheerfulness and brightness to a cold winter day. And history, too.

I took this shot near the Madison Square Park. I like the bare trees juxtaposed to the building architecture. The sky is so blue with some dreamy clouds. Well, I'm sure glad I went out to get some fresh air! Enjoy and stay warm!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Of Love and Roses

How do I express what is so intangible,
yet I feel it skin deep-
what I can't see,
yet it enhances my vision
It speaks to me as if in a foreign language,
yet I understand it
Like a red rose in a summer garden,
I would recognize its scent anywhere
its blossom, eternal
This love has no boundaries,
yet it is contained
in the tremble of my lips
as I gently kiss you goodnight

Happy Valentine's Day to all my lovely readers! May you be blessed with love today and every day. My poem was inspired by the question, "What is Love?" asked at the Imaginary Garden, and by my favorite quote by de Saint-Exupery below. Enjoy my love poem, my photograph of red roses in a summer garden, and my greeting card! xxoo

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye-
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rooftop Views

Oh the things that I do for photography. We got over a foot of snow this weekend, so I decided to go on the rooftop to take some photos. This is my view from the roof in my hometown of Pleasantville, New York. I love it when the sun comes out after it snows and the snow looks so bright and shiny. The sky is always so clear and blue the next day.

 There are rolling hills and pretty houses in the distance.

It snowed pretty deeply over the hills among pine and birch trees.

Here is another rooftop view from a different angle.

A little red house nestled among snowy pines.

OK, time to get down from the roof and enjoy the street view. 

Later, I went for a ride to the Pleasantville icy pond as the sun was setting. 
Brr ... but so pretty.

I felt like drawing a heart in the snow ... just because ...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Isn't It Grand?

Grand Central Station in New York City is celebrating 100 years this month. This is a special train station to me as I take the train every day to commute to work from my small town to the big city. As soon as I arrive at Grand Central, I'm transported into this enchanting place with passengers from around the world. Grand Central has been totally renovated and restored. I took these pictures in black and white to show the beautiful architecture. The ceiling has a constellation that lights up, just like being under the stars.

This month, they are showcasing the history of Grand Central with various displays. This is a vintage sketch showing the main concourse and correlates to my first photograph. 

Grand Central displays some beautiful and majestic chandeliers.
Here is one of them reflected in the window.

This is another of the many gorgeous chandeliers.
The architecture of the ceiling is so detailed and brilliantly unique.

This is another display showing a set of antique suitcases. I edited this photo in sepia to give it a vintage look. Imagine all the passengers that have come through this station over the last 100 years, how many lives, stories, tears, laughter, parting, reuniting, and so much history in this wonderful train station. Well, I think it's grand! Enjoy the tour!
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lavender Dreams

Purple Sachet

I dream
of lavender-
soft pillows, intricate
white lace, scent of you, wintry spice

Country Road

sky, lavender
scent in wild meadows, our
shadows alongside, muddy road-

Our local floral farmer's market featured pretty lavender bouquets today. My husband bought one for me, hand tied in a pink bow. The look and scent of lavender immediately inspired me to be creative. I started to compose poems, dreaming of lavender, and taking photographs of the little bouquet. I then remembered that I had taken photos of lavender blooms on a country road, which I'm also sharing here. How nice for couples to go for romantic walks in nature. Lavender and love, what could be better!
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The "Sunday Mini-Challenge" at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads is to write a poem in the cinquain form, which is a five-line poem in a strict 2-4-6-8-2 syllable count. There are other variations of this form, but I opted for this one. I wrote two romantic poems, both on a lavender theme, but with different takes and titles. I really enjoyed learning about and trying out this poetry form for the first time. I'm also sharing my post with the next edition of "Nature Notes" at Rambling Woods. Enjoy my poems and photos!
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