Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/

When I think of vibrant, I immediately think of Southern California and their colorful vegetation (pink cactus above)  and houses.  Below are few photos of vibrant structures in Venice, California.

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House on the Venice, California Canals.  Venice is a suburb of L.A.  The canals were originally built in the early 20th century to mimic the canals in Venice, Italy
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House on the Venice, California, Canals
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice

Optimism During a Snow Storm–Revisited

In response to the Post Weekly photo challenge: Optimistic

Yesterday, when I posted Optimism During a Snow Storm, I was using photos from past storms.  Then just today we got a blizzard here in Staten Island.  I’ve been out all morning taking photos.

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Man optimistic about shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard.
Frank, who lives in the same senior home as myself, buying provisions from Kuma at our local 5-eleven at Castleton and Port Richmond Road.
Frank, who lives in the same senior home as myself, buying provisions from Kuma at our local 5-eleven Deli at Castleton and Port Richmond Road in Port Richmond, Staten Island.  Lots of beer being sold.  Beer helps people be optimistic, no doubt. 

Optimism During a Snow Storm

In response to the Post Weekly photo challenge: Optimistic

Since a snow storm is supposed to happen tonight, I have snow on the brain.  These are photos of people showing optimism during a snow storm.

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This person is optimistic that he can push his car to get it going again.  He better call AAA.
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These people are optimistic that they will be able to get to where they want to go in their car.  Dream on.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless

In response to the Post Weekly Photo Challenge:  Weightless

The first thing that came to my mind on this subject, and of something that I might have a photo of, was clouds.  Especially clouds at sunrise.  When it’s a new day and the weight of the world has not yet hit us.

These photos I took on Raritan Bay in Staten Island, NY, where I used to take my dog for walks early in the morning and watch the sun come up.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

This looks like a man standing on top of the Flatiron building on 23rd St. and Broadway in NYC, but it's actually a statue by Antony Gormley.
This looks like a man standing on top of the Flatiron building on 23rd St. and Broadway in NYC, but it’s actually a statue by Antony Gormley. People on the ground looking up at it thought it was a man about to jump.

Since I live alone–but, I have a cat, who claws up my furniture–in a building for seniors only, in Staten Island, yet, my life may not be too adventurous.  Like many things I say off the top of my head, that’s not true at all.  My life now is more adventurous as it’s ever been.  I’m doing more art now than ever before, and making art is the greatest adventure of all.  Also living in Staten Island, I’m less than an hour’s bus ride from Manhattan, The Big Apple, the greatest city on earth, which I still find as exciting as when I first moved to New York, 31 years ago.  I feel as though I have Manhattan at my feet without having to pay the high prices.  Staten Island is so much less expensive than Manhattan it’s ridiculous, but a person can still partake of all that Manhattan has to offer.

My latest hangout in Manhattan.  The New Whitney Museum of American Art.  Opened 5/1/2015.  Member since 5/1/2015.
My latest hangout in Manhattan. The New Whitney Museum of American Art. Opened 5/1/2015. Member since 5/1/2015.

New York City is so gigantic that I’m still exploring it and finding new places all the time.  I seem to go through different periods, switching from an absorption in nature and the rural part of New York, where there are deer and the like, and the opposite, taking in the big city.  NOW, my fascination is with the urban side of New York City, and especially the art world.  My first attraction to NYC came when a teenager in Los Angeles, when on my lunch hour, I would go to my highschool library and read about the New York Art Scene in the New York Times.

Check this out:  The 50 Coolest Places in New York City Right Now.