Monday, December 11, 2017

Mai Tais Anyone?

When we were in Honolulu, the ladies liked the idea of having drinks on Waikiki Beach in the afternoon, at Dukes, and at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.   They would order Mai Tais.  I don't do mixed drinks at all, ever.  But I thought I would try a sip of a Mai Tai.  Wow!  So when we got home, I had to do some research and find out how to make these.  The ingredients are not always agreed upon, but here is what I used: white rum, lime juice, orange curacao, orgeat syrup and dark rum.  The orgeat syrup was impossible to find.  I saw references to the fact that is is hard to get "on the mainland."  I managed to buy it online.  So here is my first Mai Tai.  The glass is too large, and I haven't used enough ice, but you can see how the dark rum was "floated" on the other ingredients.  There is another recipe I will make next that replaces lime juice with pineapple juice and orange juice.  I will let you know how that turns out. And, hey, I TOLD you that today's post would be different!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

OK, OK, I'll Stop With This Tree...

The snow yesterday was sticky, so everything looked like it was covered with frosting.  So "the tree" was the first place I went, of course.  Never to be disappointed, I found this photograph.  I promise that I won't take any more photographs of the tree.  At least not until next year...   :-)  Anyhow, I promise I will post something completely different tomorrow.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

From Color to Black & White

It was not that many days ago that this tree was a brilliant orange in color.  And now, with today's snow, it appears to be photographed in black & white.  But this is a color photo, believe it or not.  If you click on it to enlarge it, you will see hints of brown just above the bottom branch.  Such are the joys of watching the weather, and the changes in nature.  I love measuring the passage of time, by the changes in seasons here in the northeast.

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Jenga Tower"

When we were in the city, leaving the Hunger Memorial,  I looked up the street and saw this building which I couldn't quite believe.   I took this photograph, and then needed to research what the building was, because we didn't walk up to where it was.  Turns out this is an amazing work of architecture.  It  is called 56 Leonard Street and was designed by the Swiss architectural firm of  Herzog & de Meuron.  The 60 story building is 821 feet tall, and has 145 residences.
 The amenities, spanning over the 9th and 10th floors, include a 75-foot long lap pool with a hot tub and sundeck overlooking the Hudson, a fitness studio, lounge, screening room, and a private dining room.  Near the top you can see terraces with projecting balconies. This extraordinary tower appears to begin to disintegrate as it rises, fading from a solid extrusion to an ethereal crown, solid melting into air.  If you want to buy a penthouse you should know that one of them went for $48,500,000!  It has gotten the nickname "Jenga Tower" because of the game of that name. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and unstable structure. Yeah, this building looks just like that!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Black and White on White

Grace loves sitting on the back of this chair in the back room.  Sometimes she puts her front paws on the windowsill so she can look out the window.  The rest of the time she sits like this.  I just think this is amazing and lovely and fun to see.  Today because it was morning, the light was pouring in through the back window, lighting up everything.  So in the middle of all this white, sits Grace.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lavender in Fall

Although I love the brilliant colors of fall, I also an enamored of the subtleties of color we see as plants fade.  This is Lavender and it has turned silver as the weather has gotten colder.  I love that this is so subtle, that it appears to be a black and white image.  There are hints of green here and there in the picture, however.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

One Last View

You will have to be patient with my obsession with this wonderful tree.  This is one last look before winter arrives and all the color disappears until spring.  I know, I know, I have done this same photograph probably every Fall.  I cannot walk by it when it is this gorgeous, without taking a photograph.  I just can't help myself.