Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fireworks for Memorial Day

Every year on the Memorial Day weekend, there is a fireworks display put on by the town of North Hempstead, across the harbor from Sea Cliff.  So we walk down to the shoreline and find a place to sit on the rocks, and wait for the show!  It was great this year because the wind was light and the smoke had a chance so accumulate.  Many time fireworks are just bright bursts against a black sky.  This photo has a lot more subtlety with the smoke from the explosions everywhere.  Makes the scene appear a bit mystical, I think.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Airshow! (Rehearsal)

Someone told me that there was going to be a rehearsal for the Jones Beach Air Show, which is performed on Memorial Day Weekend.  It gets crazy crowded down at the beach on Saturday and Sunday.  So I took a chance and went to the rehearsal.  It was a wonderful performance from all types of aircraft, from the Navy's Blue Angels to small single engine monoplanes, and a jet powered biplane!  These first two photographs are the Blue Angels.

This is a single engine monoplane tumbling through its own smoke trail, appearing to be out of control, but actually being masterfully flown.

This is crazy!  It is a big radial engine biplane, to which has been added a jet engine!  I kid you not!  The pilot flies in with a familiar sound, and then pulls up, advances the power on the jet engine and shoots straight up in the air!

These are two AT-6 "Texan" aircraft flown by the Geico Sky Typers.  I think these aircraft were my favorites, because they were easier to see compared to the F-16's flown by the Blue Angels.

And here are two photographs of the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds.  They are unusual in that they are flying nine aircraft in some of their formations.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Resting on the High Line

In addition to walking the High Line, there are places to relax and sit along the way.  There are all kinds of benches, usually for 3 or 4 people, and then there is this area that is laid out as steps where there is room for people to sit and eat lunch and relax, and of course to take photographs of each other!  There are so many well-thought out ideas everywhere on the High Line

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

High Line, Up Close

I hope you will be patient with my obsession of the High Line.  After showing you some overall photographs of the High Line, in this post, I want to pay attention to some of the details.  The plantings here are just stunning.  I have read that many of the plantings are based on native plants that had taken root during the time that the High Line was abandoned.  In any case the garden designers are brilliant in what they have created here.  The first image shows trees planted in amongst some track crossovers that already existed.  The other photographs show the plantings in and around the tracks.  The last photograph shows the material that the walkways are constructed of - at the ends, the surface narrows like this leaving spaces between for more plantings.  Please click on these images to see all the wonderful detail.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Flowers on the High Line

The High Line is an elevated park.  It feels as if the areas of the plantings are much larger than the walking and sitting areas.  There are plants and bushes and trees everywhere!  I was able to look down onto part of the high line from The Whitney Museum, and it is a long line mostly of green. I had only been to the High Line in Fall before.  I was hoping on this trip to see a lot more blooming flowers.  There was a lot of green everywhere, but blossoms were few and far between.  I found this group of flowers in the midst of a work of art in between a set of railroad tracks.  The stainless steel rings, which go on for some distance, are part of an art work by Rayon Tabet, called "Steel Rings, 2013," and they go on for quite a distance.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

What ELSE is on the High Line...

I was stunned to come upon a crowd of people at one point on the High Line, and when the group parted I saw this man, wearing only underwear, apparently sleepwalking in broad daylight!  Only the man did not move!  One of the cool things about the High Line is that there are art installations all along the length of the park in the sky, and this is one of them.  It is called "Sleepwalker" by Tony Matelli, and is a painted bronze statue.  It is so lifelike, it is just unbelievable!  And it is fun to watch everyone looking at it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The High Line, Revisited

This is the High Line, an mile and a half long elevated park, that was built on an abandoned elevated  railway line, in downtown Manhattan.  The first section opened in 2009, and it took me three years to finally get to see it, in the fall of 2012.  I decided that it was time to go back, and see it in the spring.  It is an absolutely spectacular park!  It is about 25 feet above the street.  And it was really busy,  there were people walking along it from both directions.  It wasn't too crowded, just busy.  I found it really difficult to take one photograph that that showed the nature of the place.  So here are three images.  What's cool is that they have reinstalled the railroad tracks, and the gardens are planted in and around the tracks.  I will show you some more details in subsequent posts.  What's really interesting is that Mayor Guiliani wanted to tear it down, but so many people got behind the project, including Mayor Bloomberg and Diane von Furstenberg that the line was saved.