Atop the Empire State Building

Bryant Park, looking north from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Bryant Park, looking north from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The WordPress Photo Challenge for the week is “atop.” To see more ‘takes’ on the theme, click on the link.

These pictures were taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building in mid-June, 2013.

Looking northwest at the fantastic detail in some of the older Manhattan buildings.

Looking northwest at the fantastic detail in some of the older Manhattan buildings.

Looking down and west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking down and west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking further west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking further west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The Flatiron Building, looking southwest from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The Flatiron Building, looking southwest from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Some other photos from the top of the Empire State Building were used to show the bridges of Manhattan here.

 

 

Red Canoes and Turquoise Water

Banff, Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Banff National Park

I confess: the red canoes were my favourite photographic part of the whole trip through the Rockies. As I’ve said before, this wasn’t a trip to take pictures but rather to see the Rockies slowly, by car.  If I got some photo time, that was a bonus.

Banff, Lake Louise

Looking towards the head of Lake Louise.

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff National Park:  Lake Louise, looking across the lake.

Banff, Lake Louise

Still too cold at the beginning of May.

Banff, Lake Louise

26, 40, 24…23.

Banff, Lake Louise

Red Canoes, Turquoise Water.

Young Cuban Faces

Central Havana February 2016 - Safe behind her wall.

Central Havana February 2016 – Safe behind her wall.

People throughout Havana were more than willing to have their photos taken or to have photos of their family or children taken. This post is the first in a series of people shots.

Central Havana February 2016 - Dad wasn't so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016 – Dad wasn’t so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms - Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms – Central Havana February 2016

No, mister, don't tell him to look at the camera.

No, mister, don’t tell him to look at the camera.

Somewhat older children next week…

Lake Louise, The Mountains.

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

As we walked around Lake Louise, there were majestic views of the surrounding mountains offset by the startling blue-green of the lake itself. Perhaps because it was a cloudy day, I was more aware of the danger and oppressiveness of the mountains. At the base of the mountain in all three of these first photos, you can see the results of a landslide, which must have created an immense wave as it fell into the lake below.

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

The photo below was taken when 3/4 of the way around the lake, looking up towards the snow-covered mountains and the glacier at the head of the lake.

A glimpse of the glacier at the head of Lake Louise.

A glimpse of the glacier at the head of Lake Louise.

And finally, a shot from the hotel looking towards the not-yet-open-for-the-season canoe rental and mountains enclosed in snow clouds.

Banff National Park, Lake Louise

Banff National Park, Lake Louise

More canoe shots in the next post!

Wish (copy cat!)

Kyoto Day 2 – The Philosopher’s Walk

WordPress posts a photo challenge every week in which we bloggers are encouraged to post a photo (or four) which fit(s) a theme.

This week’s theme was Wish and was illustrated by Shinto ema.  Wordpress’s Jen H. wrote, “Visitors to Shinto shrines can purchase small wooden plaques called ema, upon which they can share their hopes and dreams. Then, they hang them amongst other ema from people who have come before them, in the hopes that spirits will grant their wish… The ema were covered in myriad languages and sentiments; they were fascinating….”

Ueno Park Tokyo

Tokyo November 3, 2012

I was reminded of our trip to Japan in 2012 and am posting four photos from that trip which illustrate Shinto ways of meditation, or prayer, or wishing, if you will. If that makes me a copy cat, so be it.

I wish I could go back.

Ueno Park Tokyo

My entry in WordPress’s weekly photo challenge on the subject of Wish

Last visit to Havana’s Cemetery

Cuba Day 3

It was very restful, spending a half day in the nearly-deserted Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón away from the noise and bustle of Havana and the constant contact with my fellow photographers. We each went our separate ways within the cemetery and I didn’t see any of them again until just before it was time to gather at the front gate.

 

One of the cemetery workers, looking exhausted.

One of the cemetery workers, looking exhausted.

A sense of calm.

A sense of calm.

A resting place.

A resting place.

This is the last in a series of six Thursday posts on this cemetery.

Lake Louise, Hotel and Climbers

Fairmount Hotel, Lake Louise, Alberta

Fairmount Hotel, Lake Louise, Alberta

Lake Louise is one of the most iconic locations within Banff National Park. At one end of the lake is the expensive Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise hotel and at the other, though high above the level of the lake, a glacier. Most photos that you will have seen are from the far end of the lake looking back towards the hotel which once had a more fairytale-Alpen facade, or from high on the mountain behind the hotel looking across the lake.

We didn’t climb the mountain, but we did walk along one side of the lake to the far shore and back. These first three photos all incorporate the hotel. Other views in subsequent posts.

Banff National Park: Lake Louise and the hotel.

Banff National Park: Lake Louise and the hotel.

Banff, Lake Louise, in Black and White

Banff, Lake Louise, in Black and White

At the business end of Lake Louise are a number of memorial tributes to famous and unfortunate climbers who were attracted to this area at the end of the 19th Century and in the first decades of the 20th Century.

Philip S Abbott, who fell to his death in 1895

Philip S Abbott, who fell to his death in 1895

Tribute to Georgia Cromwell at Lake Louise

Tribute to Georgia Cromwell at Lake Louise