Friday, December 9, 2016

Parking My Car

Here is another example of me parking my car, and then noticing something nearby that makes a photograph.  Obviously I took this photograph a month or so ago.  I parked at the bank and looked out my side window and saw these grasses.  It was hard to get a picture out of the scene.  I needed to use a wide aperture on the lens, or everything would be sharp, both background and foreground, and then the fuzzy tops of the grasses would disappear into the background.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Presipio

This is what I was photographing at the church the other day.  It is one part of the Presepio at St Brigid's Church.  It consists of three sections in an alcove where the choir sits.  In total it is perhaps forty feet long and includes this nativity scene and angel tree, a model of the church, and several buildings along a street, and is made up of three thousand pieces!   This is the 25th year it has been set up.  Presepio translates as "crib" but refers to nativity scenes.  The detail of the figures is just astounding.  These figures have been hand made in Italy, out of terra cotta and papier mache, and cloth. It is a sight to see! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Kathy and a friend of hers found this restaurant in the next town over which is a bakery and serves organic salads and wraps and juices.  So she and I went over there for lunch on a rainy day.  We sat on high stools at a long plank table in the front window and ate a delicious lunch - she had a salad and I had a wrap.  I was looking out at the tables out front which were not in use because of the rain, and I saw these slightly tired flowers.  What was interesting for me was the aluminum tables, with the water drops on the surface that made such an interesting background.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

They Don't Make Them Like This Any More...

Vince and I went over to the Nassau County Museum of Art to see a photographic exhibit that included some Ansel Adams original black & white prints.  We wandered around and saw two other shows while there.  We looked at a lot of photographs in the second floor galleries.  On the way back downstairs,  I noticed this amazing staircase!  I can't imagine how they carved this curving and twisting handrail!  This building was the former home of Childs Frick, who was the son of Henry Clay Frick, the founder of U.S Steel, so he had a few bucks to spend on building this place back in 1919.

Monday, December 5, 2016


I had to drive down to Westbury today to our church.  I was doing a favor for a friend who needed some photographs of some Christmas decorations inside.  More on that in another post.  As I was leaving late in the afternoon, I noticed the light on the side of the church.  I have never seen this before, because we are always there at mid-day on Sunday.  St. Brigid's Church is beautiful architecturally.  It is of Norman design, with the walls laid up of stone, and it is beautiful in this late afternoon light.  Please click on this to see more detail.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Parking the Car

Kathy was out to dinner with her cousin, so I was left at home alone, starving.  I decided to go to a nearby hamburger restaurant for my dinner.  I parked the car, and then looked out the front windshield more carefully and saw this!  Then I had to move the car so I could take this photograph!  I just love the subtle combination of colors and textures.  Please be sure and click on the photo in order to see more detail.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

"Tree Week"

It is beginning to feel like "Tree Week."  One more trip to the grocery store and one more view of this tree.  First it appeared to have spotlights in its branches, but that was not true - the spotlights are on a light pole.  I moved to one side, and photographed the tree which was illuminated by the spotlight.  Amazing how different the same object can seem in different lighting situations!