Month: April 2014

eighty-eight days…

“Yes,  I think that is my longest ticket ever,” eight-eight days.. I spell it out because it just seems longer that way,  the words fit the length of time.  The Parking Attendant was astonished and we both gulped at the $6 per day charge holding my car hostage at the airport parking lot.  

Since we decided several years ago to live a life in two places at once,  this was the longest spent in only one place.   Originally supposed to only be a couple of weeks,  the universe intervened and eighty-eight days later I am back in New Mexico.

Finally back a week before May,  spring slipping past quickly heading into summer.  But spring in the mountains is a tricky thing,  it tends to take its time.   The view from my bedroom window yesterday morning, a clear sign of its fickle nature.

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This is also an opportunity to introduce Shaggy Peak to my blog.  Shaggy is my friend.  Shaggy greets me when I rise in the morning and is often the last sight I see when the sun sets.  A small peak of solid granite it helps to mark the border where the Rocky Mountains slide and tumble into the desert of New Mexico.  

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I tried to get close once,  harder than it seems.  One day though I will tackle the climb.

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Shaggy has been my friend and companion it has also been the backdrop for terror.  Fire is our real threat here in New Mexico and recent years have been especially hard for those of us who live in the trees.

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Shaggy has also given me color, including this new year’s eve sunrise from a couple of years ago.

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Shaggy at its best is often in the middle of turmoil and change, storms roll of her back into the valleys below.

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Not to say there isn’t also beauty to be found in a quiet cloudless sunset.  The ravens circling in the dimming light, coming down to roost in the pines below.

If you have made it this far with me,  I will leave you here with this next shot.  Obviously my favorite Shaggy Capture up until this point,  but who knows what tomorrow will bring

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Eighty-eight days without Shaggy,  way too many in a row…

a mystery solved

NYC is a big city, ten million people in one place, a street photographer’s paradise.  You could probably walk a new street every day for a lifetime.  That is why it is an especially sweet moment of serendipity when someone walks into your frame on more than one occasion over the years.   Certain NY “characters” are easy to find,  they have their haunts, their stages, but this is different.

The first time I happened upon “the sad clown rabbit man” I saw him coming from way down the street.  I positioned myself and waited for him to pass by the kool-aid smile.  

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At the time I thought it was a once in a lifetime encounter with a man headed to a costume party, so when almost two years later I ran into “sad rabbit”  as I had dubbed him,  I was thrilled.

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But again,  I chalked it up to a chance encounter.  The mystery of who he was still remained.  Flash forward a year and once again the city delivers,  this time in a big way.  A few weeks ago I got a comment on the above image.  

Clown ToTo had found himself online.  

So now I had a name and a link to a facebook page,  a huge piece of the story.  Clown ToTo is a professional clown with a long list of credits, the rabbit being just one of his wonderful characters.  It wasn’t hardly a week later when I happened upon him in Times Square and shot the following series.  The light, perfect!  I even got the nerve to go up and exchange cards.  Clown ToTo these are for you!

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Want to learn more about Clown ToTo?  check out his facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/itsclowntoto

Here’s to the week ahead who knows where it will take us…

 

spring sprung and it’s the bee’s knees

For the last few weeks it has been all about the NYC.  From people to parades, from eggs to street art the city always has a gift to give. But now I am back in Santa Fe and while it is a city it is no NYC (that is a good thing, btw).  Spring is here and my world is in bloom.  Today I visited  a couple of my favorite trees.  

Honey bees are everywhere buzzing away,  I can’t wait to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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For the last couple of years a late frost has decimated the local apple, apricot and peach crops.  Fingers crossed that all these blossoms become fruit.

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So this is the first in a new category,  New Mexico.  Many more to come but if you are stuck on NY don’t fret.  Still so much left to see and do 🙂

 

the random files – street art

Tomorrow is a travel day.  I haven’t said that in a long, long time.  When I flew into NY right after Valentine’s Day,  I never dreamed it would be almost May before I made it back to Santa Fe.  It was a weird winter, a very weird winter.   By this time tomorrow I will be back in the desert for a couple of weeks.  A break from the city will be nice,  but it won’t be for long.  Hopefully there will be something to see along the way 🙂

But before all that I am launching a new series here on the blog.  I have a whole bunch of street art pieces from all my walks around the city and thought I would start sharing a few here on occasion.  So here is the first edition of hopefully many more.  If you know the artist and I don’t have it tagged,  please let me know.

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Next post comes from the west..  hope ya’ll come on back 

 

 

it was 50 years ago today…

On April 22,  1964 the World’s Fair in NYC opened to the masses.  In commemoration of the day and to raise awareness about the need to restore the grounds,  the New York State Pavilion was open to the general public for today on the 50th Anniversary.

We arrived around 10:30 to find what so often happens in NY, in a city of 10 million people if something cool is going down.. at least half of us want to be there.  The line snaked all around the pavilion and within minutes of us entering it by the Queen Theater it was already across the Grand Central,  hundreds deep.  

Lots of waiting,  lots of very cool characters and many happy, excited people.  So many had come bearing artifacts of the original fair from programs to proclamations. Met up with a flickr friend and met a new one.  And I have to say if it occurs in the photographic world it was there on display, thousands, strike that, MILLIONS of dollars worth of camera equipment walked by or stood in line waiting the chance to shoot inside.  So I bring to you, my measly attempt,  there will be thousands of shots out there over the next few days,  it was indeed an epic event. 🙂

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Our first sneak peak inside,  before we realized the extent of the line,  such naivety.

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Getting closer…

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And finally we are inside…

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Fragments of the original map floor that covered the entire Pavilion.. we can hope someday they will be able to restore the entire thing.

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This was definitely the golden ticket to have in NYC today.  

If you are interested in the restoration project you can find more information here: http://nyspproject.org

Until we meet again…

taking the 5th on easter…

As promised,  here comes a bunch of photos from the Easter Bonnet Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City (forever more known as NYC as I am tired of typing out the whole thing, I pride myself on my selective laziness and yet look at all the energy I just wasted telling you about it).

The Easter Bonnet Parade is a NYC tradition dating back to sometime in the 1870s.  Today’s parade can be described in many ways, closest I get?  It is the PG version of the Village Halloween Parade with flowers, eggs and rabbits thrown in for the season. The best part?  It is largely unorganized, even its beginning was a spontaneous event.

It is one of those times in NY when you are free to be exactly who you want and show it off for all the world to see (well, yes,  that is every day but usually you stick out in the crowd). Commonalities throughout the years tend to be dressed up dogs, groups of friends with themed hats and always babies and toddlers.  I think I have a little bit of it all to see.. so here we go:

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Even people’s feet get in on the party…

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The ever present Ms. Colombia,  if you have been following my blog you might remember him from the Macy’s Flower Show https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/03/29/mr-selfridge-would-be-proud-part-2  I have captured him in the past https://www.flickr.com/photos/bytegirl/5130492874  and even from last year’s Easter Parade https://www.flickr.com/photos/bytegirl/8621622075 such a wonderful man and a true staple of every fun NYC event!

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Until next year… but I am all for hats being fashion 365 days a year.  I wear one whenever I leave the house and love that more and more others are also.  

 

 

 

the grand egg-stravaganza

And now without further adieu the eggs-ceptional, egg-stravagant, egg-quisite, egg-citing grand display!

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Even Waldo eventually found his way to Rock Center.

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The chalk egg, one that everyone could be a part of.

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The late arrivals and once last chance to say goodbye to Ben from Brighton.  He will never forget New York and can probably find his way around better than most of us after his egg-perience.

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Green Eggs and Ham…  get it,  lol 

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Not anyone I know and really posed, but I couldn’t help it. I think she must have planned her wardrobe in order to match the Peter Max egg perfectly.

So there you are,  the hunt is over the eggs have all come home to nest.  Last I heard Jeff Koon’s Seal Egg is up to $410,000.00,  fantastic considering all the proceeds go to charity.  For all the information be sure to check out http://thebigegghunt.org 

Check back in tomorrow for pics from the annual Easter Bonnet Parade on 5th Avenue,  Happy Easter!

more egg-cential eggs

Easter Eve…. one last batch of eggs from around the city.  Tomorrow I hit you with the egg-splosion of all the eggs in the same place.  Rock Center has never looked finer.  But before then here you go,  uptown, downtown all around town:

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Interestingly,  Jeff Koon’s egg was at Rock Center.  I guess downtown by his sculpture wasn’t high rent enough.

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This egg was a kaleidoscope,  a great find inside a building at the South Street Seaport

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Love this one. Those of you who have been following my blog might recognize the artist,  Chor Boogie https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/02/23/chor-boogie-at-the-cubes/

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Three from the Empire State Building,  fancy eggs for a fancy lobby.

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Perfectly matched with the American Folk Art Museum.

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This was one of my favorites,  it now has a place of honor at the security desk at 30 Rock.  

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Leaving you here seems perfect as this egg symbolized the search so well.  In every direction we went we found eggs.  According to my pedometer app we averaged between 5 and 8 miles a day.  Told my son we could get to California in a year if we pushed it. 

Come back tomorrow for the egg-stravaganza to beat them all.  Oh,  and Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

 

egg-cetera, egg-cetera

Hello again, I have so many more eggs to show you and I don’t know how to pack them all in.  Tonight’s edition will be mostly pics and easy on the words.  Only a couple more days until Easter!

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This was one of my favorites because of its location.  Another one of those discoveries along the way.  A beautiful public space along Water Street downtown,  definitely worth visiting again.

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The New York Public Library behind this one is the best part, imo.

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Have to keep Kate Moss clean and shiny… I mean someone has to, right?

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These were on the Baruch College Campus.

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Madison Square in the Flatiron district was another great egg location.

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Don’t want to leave Chelsea Market out.

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I have thrown a few from Columbus Circle in but there are more to come. I am stopping tonight with the Terry Richardson Egg,  not my favorite for many reasons that I won’t go into here… although I deserve the right to rant on a future date.  I just liked that I caught the guy with the glasses in this one, so it worked.

See you tomorrow!

 

eggs-ploring beyond

Tonight as promised we head to the outer boroughs starting with Queens.  Not much of a show out here… originally there were 3 eggs but we were told that one was vandalized at some point during the night and was taken in for repairs.  Hope we get to see it when all the eggs are together in Rockefeller Center.

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 I personally thought everyone missed the boat on this one.  Sunnyside, Queens and no one thought about the connection to eggs and what could have been created?  

Next it is off on the Ferry over to Staten Island.  For those who aren’t NYers the Staten Island Ferry is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty and on a warm summer’s eve maybe check out a ballgame at the Staten Island Yankee’s (triple A – the fun left in baseball) Stadium right next to the Ferry.  They also have a beautiful 9/11 memorial along the waterfront walkway.  

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One of my favorite eggs in the hunt. Love that you can see the new Freedom Tower in the distance.

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Next up the Borough of Brooklyn and the most blessed egg-wise of all the outliers.  

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We start at Jane’s Carousel down by the water between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.   Dumbo that is…

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Even Jacque Torres got in on the fun.  This CHOCOLATE egg was pretty high up on the cool scale.

And now for a big change in the favorite egg status. Up to this point my son had been pretty much set on the d*face egg seen in https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/04/14/the-egg-citement-continues/ being his favorite.  All that changed with the egg below, the Tommy Hilfiger Egg.  The reason this one became his favorite egg,  the story of how we found it.

I haven’t really gone into the problems we had with the app and how we were working on a substandard map without addresses… but suffice it to say this was the only time it was an advantage.  The map showed the egg smack dab in the middle of the Brooklyn Navy Yards.  So we walked down Flushing Avenue for a really, really long block.  The GPS on the map showed the way in was through the guard shack and into the yards themselves.  We approached the shack and were immediately questioned.  We were not going to be allowed entry… the guard made a call and said for us to hang on just a moment.  Next thing we know, a shuttle van pulls up and we are told the driver will take us down to the other gate so we don’t have to walk all the way back to where we had been before. The best part,  the van took us right through the middle of the Navy Yards and basically gave us the GRAND TOUR 🙂  So this egg will always be a symbol to us of our private tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards and a super nice security guard that could have just told us to walk the long way around.. 🙂  Yay Brooklyn! 

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We finish off in Brooklyn at a sweet bakery and the Fulton Street Mall,  another area landmark.

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And finally the farthest we managed to roam in our search,  The Bronx,  that foreign land to the north full of Lions and Tigers and Bears.. (the zoo) Oh My! Took the always crowded 6 train up to Soundview for this beauty.  

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We go back to Manhattan tomorrow.. landmarks and maybe a museum or two,  see you then!