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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunny Skies, in Santa Monica

Photo by myself on Ocean Avenue, in Santa Monica, California.

The weather in California has been incredible as usual, with brightly sunny skies, breezy winds and temperatures in the high 70's (about 26 Celsius).

We've been spending the past week here visiting family. It's been a wonderful break from the long winter in the northeast. There are palm trees along the roads, which still takes me some getting used to.

Even though the vegetation here is incredible, California has been going through one of its worst droughts. The state is rumored to run out of water a year from now.

Related posts: Greetings from Casa del Mar, in Santa Monica, The Getty Villa, in Malibu, California, and California Dreamin'.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Colorful Ships, on Sixth Avenue

Pop up cards, nyc
Photo by myself, around 25th Street and Sixth Avenue, in Chelsea.

A fleet of tiny three-dimensional schooners in various bright colors were on display in Chelsea, Sunday afternoon.

There were ferris wheels and fancy buildings, too, all in intricate detail. I cannot imagine what holds each of these precious creations together. Each one is glued to a card and pops up when the card is opened.

Wayne, a street vendor, told me he has a table on 40th Street and Madison Avenue in Midtown every weekday. He was working this weekend because the weather was so nice. We've had so many snow days recently, and such delicate items can't be subjected to bad weather.

Wayne referred me to the pop up card website, where you can see all their products. Check out their other items, from Big Ben to merry-go-rounds to butterflies, at www.popupcardny.com.

Wayne, Street vendor
Wayne, a street vendor, was kind enough to pose for me. He apologized, saying that he was not photogenic, but I disagree. Thank you Wayne!

Related posts: New York's Bravest, on the Upper West Side, On Tenement Life, in the West Village, and Saluting the Flag, Downtown.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Fire, in Park Slope Brooklyn

Fire, Park Slope
Photo by myself, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A fire occurred next door to our apartment building not long ago. Firemen took a ladder up to the roof and broke through a rear window to get inside. They also took a chain saw to parts of the roof.

Mark and I stood watched the whole thing from our apartment and were amazed that the firemen walked around on the roof without any fear of falling through. (I would have been a quivering mess).

Brooklyn is a densely settled area, and any fire has the chance to spread very easily. The owner was home at the time and escaped unharmed.

Related posts: New York's Bravest, on the Upper West Side, On Tenement Life, in the West Village, and Saluting the Flag, Downtown.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Waiting, in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A little dog waited patiently outside a neighborhood cafe for his owner.

Related posts: A Bit of Nature, in New York, Boston Terriers Gone Made, at the Mad Dog Run, and Dogs in Costume, at Tompkins Square Park.