Friday, January 24, 2014

Braving the Storm


a red umbrella
brings a pop of color
into the foggy sky,
endurance underneath
thick winter coats


black boots leave footprints
on freshly fallen snow,
emerging from dark alleys
into afternoon light,
turning a corner


yesterday, today, tomorrow
seem to blend into
a continuous line,
meeting and merging
on concrete paths


braving the storm
in perpetual motion,
constantly evolving
or standing still--
the choice is ours


It's been very cold in New York with temperatures below zero and lots of snow! I took these photos right in the middle of a snow storm as it was starting up in the city. My commute back home from work from New York City has been an adventure this week. I'm always amazed by the endurance of New Yorkers, braving the storm. The storm inspired my urban poem, which can be read as one piece or four different "slices of life." In the midst of adversity, we can still choose to be brave and surmount any obstacle. A warm welcome to my new followers and friends. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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    1. A colorful umbrella seems to make a gray day more cheerful :)

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  2. Beautiful captures in an amazing city!

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  3. so true in how it all tends to blend together after a while...being out of school the first three days of the week i forgot what day it was ...cool to see the city in snow....there is just something about tht one red umbrella too you know....smiles.

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    1. Yes, time seems to become linear ... it feels good to capture the moment. It was freezing, but I couldn't resist taking photos ... it rarely snows that much in the city. And yes, the red umbrella could symbolize something unique that stands out ... you will find color if you look for it. Smiles :)

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  4. Wonderful analogy you draw here - surmounting any obstacle. I love the scene you paint here as well. So much beauty in a harsh winter :)

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    1. Yes, in the midst of adversity, we need to find the strength to overcome obstacles and keep going. Smiles :)

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  5. Yeah all of this cold and crap snow does blend as one, but we push on, or be a hermit and hide away lol

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    1. or we could hibernate like polar bears do
      and stay inside until Spring comes due :)

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  6. This is the first time in memory that we got no snow, when the city got quite a bit! :-)
    I love these photographs, Loredana, and as always, your words go with them perfectly.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Yes, it's so unusual to snow this much in the city! It's going to be cold and snowy next week, too. Stay warm! :)

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  7. Great shots and accompanying verse. Enjoyed recognizing the settings.

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    1. Thank you. I took them along Park Avenue on the way to 42nd Street and Grand Central ... lots of commuting people there. Smiles :)

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  8. Fabulous shots and equally stirring poetry. Esp loved the last stanza, so profound!

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    1. So glad you liked the last stanza -- yes, that was the main meaning of the poem. Thank you! :)

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  9. Love the photos. You captured the storm's mood beautifully, Loredana. And your words, of course. Always perfect. We got 12" of snow overnight. Fresh, powdery and beautiful if viewed with a cup of coffee from indoors looking out. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kim. Wow, you do get a lot of snow in your part of the world. Hope you're enjoying the view and coffee from your new cup :)

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  10. Great pictures! Nice flow of words that sync perfectly with the photos. I would definitely be one in motion, to keep the blood flowing. Great write! Chris:)

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    1. Thank you, Chris! Yes, it's good to be in motion -- it keeps you warm. Smiles :)

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  11. La tua poesia illustrata è molto bella , sempre bravissima. Keep warm !

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    1. Grazie, cara Jane. Sta facendo molto freddo e neve quest'inverno. Speriamo nell'arrivo della Primavera al piu' presto. Abbraccio :)

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  12. I don't know what snow feels like, but I'm fond of rainy, stormy days, when we happen to see people for who they are in face of things they cannot control. I like walking in the rain, and watching as people rush not to get wet, complain of soaking wet feet or cars splashing water everywhere. I also like it the way gray days seem to make people's colors more vivid and meaningful.

    I love your poem and photos, I'm afraid I'll always stop by and repeat myself.

    Take care and keep smiling.

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    1. Thank you, Kenia. Snow is magical despite the cold. It's fun watching it come down. It has a different feeling than rain ... softer, more tangible. Rain has its own magic. Smiles. And yes, I love the contrast of colors against the gray. Glad you enjoyed the post and welcome to my blog :)

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  13. This has been quite a winter where I live too, so I can empathize with your words & photos of the season, Loredana. I liked the red umbrella on the foggy sky & the way yesterday, today, and tomorrow seem to blend into a continuous line.

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    1. Hang in there, Mary. Spring will be here soon. Smiles :)

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  14. that feeling that it will never end... I get that... :) love your pictures Loredana they always speak volumes...

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    1. Thank you, Robert. Yes, photos can have their own poetic meaning. Smiles :)

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  15. Wonderful photos, and poem. I especially love the perspective in the closing stanza......whatever storm we are walking through, our choice to succumb or to evolve. Good one, kiddo.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. So glad you enjoyed the metaphor! :)

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  16. I wish you a happy new week.
    http://marciento.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/virtual-exhibition-of-photography/

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  17. Yes, remind us! Ways to get by and see the charm.

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    1. Yes, winter has charm despite the cold :)

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  18. So much enjoyed your urban pictures and nice poetry! Keep warm xx

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  19. Lovely description of a difficult time - the red umbrella is wonderful in the black and white landscape. Stay safe and warm. xo Karen

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  20. I have always said that New Yorkers are some of the very bravest people on earth. Love the red color pop.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! I always try to find color to brighten up winter :)

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  21. We're not having storms here, but it started snowing again today and it got windy towards the evening, so I hope it won't get worse.

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  22. I enjoyed your urban poem. The photos fit perfectly too. I hope you stay warm and safe, and have a happy week!

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  23. I like all your snowy photos! And your poem is wonderful as well. It does seem like the days just kind of blend together this time of year. I'm ready for spring :)

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  24. It looks cold. I can only imagine what you are going through.

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  25. Loredana these are fabulous...I really enjoyed the pictures as well as you had to brave such weather.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Hopefully, it will get warmer soon! :)

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  26. great images and a great read. I like the way you've made the "big city" seem like such a small town by showing us glimpses of the every day.

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  27. There are signs of a little dusting of snow on this side of the pond but no where near as much as you have had. Keep warm and safe. x

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    1. Thank you, Chel, and welcome to my blog :)

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  28. An interesting piece that I enjoyed reading. Very poetic!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  29. La neve è arrivata anche qui...ieri per strada ero quella che lottava con l'ombrello rosso girato dal vento al contrario e non riusciva a richiuderlo...La tua foto e le tue parole arrivano nel momento più freddo e nevoso dell'anno,con grazia e con stile inconfondibile.
    Abbraccio grande,Rita.

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    1. Cara Rita, ha fatto molto freddo anche qui. Guardo le tue foto dei dipinti primaverili per riscaldarmi un po' ! Abbraccio, Loredana :)

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  30. Brilliant Photographs - love the red umbrella one- impact!

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    1. Thank you, Tony, and welcome to my blog :)

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