St Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue at East 51st Street, was undergoing extensive interior work when we dropped in after a full day of walking in June 2015. It’s hard to get a photo these days without getting another photographer in the picture!
The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle is a closed Roman Catholic parish church in New York City that has been threatened with demolition and has been the subject of a debate about the preservation of a landmark.. The church is located at 260-262 W. 118th St., at the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue, in Harlem.
We checked out the exterior which has posters saying they are open – but according to the web link above, it has been closed since 2003. It looks as though it was – and is – beautiful, but it is in need of much restoration. The picture was timed to catch this young family crossing the street.
Harlem Crossing One was last Monday but because both Crossing One and Crossing Two were scheduled I can’t provide the link. (I’m in Havana this week on a photo workshop!)
The WordPress photo challenge for this week is Trio. These trios are from October 3, 2015, shot with my Pentax K20D and a Tamron 28-200m zoom. Other WordPress entries can be found here.
While in Thailand in November 2012, we took a tour out of Bangkok to Ayutthaya. The tour stopped at the Summer Palace – Bang Pa-In – before reaching Ayutthaya.
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya Province. In fact, either the river flows through the palace grounds, or a portion of it has been diverted to form this beautiful waterway.
After falling into disrepair over the previous centuries, most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn. Wikipedia tells me that Bang Pa-In is used for banquets and special occasions, but rarely by the royal family.
The pavilion in the water was originally build entirely of wood but the base was later changed to concrete.
We were permitted to see the Queen’s sitting room and audience chamber, (no photos) but I had to put on a floor-length skirt in order to be admitted. (I was wearing capri-length pants.) While donning the skirt in a side room, I saw this light fixture, which I enjoyed as much as the buildings outside.
Next to Orwell Corner Historic Village is an abandoned house, which I know as the Stanley House. It has been empty for at least twenty years, and occasional suggestions that it might be refurbished and turned into an inn or a restaurant in association with Orwell Corner, or actually lived in, have not come to be. I had never actually been to see it and was sorry to see its present state. (I live about 4 km from it!)
The architecture is typical of PEI farmhouses from the end of the 19th century.
Views through the uncurtained windows yielded surrealistic views.
Oops! The dates on the copyright notice are wrong. The photos were taken in August 2014, not 2013, but I’m too tired to go back and re-export them from Lightroom with the right watermark.
At Orwell Corner Historic Village they keep chickens and geese. Most of the chickens were hiding in a dark hen house.
In the barns they had sheep and lambs, and pigs. It was too dark in the barns to shoot the sheep and pigs.
The boys were interested in the farm equipment.
Next PEI post: Orwell Corner school house and outside pump
These are photos of streets with people as the decoration, rather than the type of street photography which focuses on people with their urban environment as setting. Nonetheless the presence of people in the photos is what makes them interesting.
Below are a couple of colour versus black and white comparisons. The more I convert photos to black and white, the more I want to do more of it.
The best place from which to watch the Hong Kong light show is in Kowloon, because it is the commercial buildings in Hong Kong which provide most of the ‘show.’
Get there early so you can find somewhere to sit, relax, enjoy people-watching and see an impressive display of lights across the harbour. It was nothing compared to Impressions of Sanjie Liu but it was a pleasant way to end the day.
At last I have come to the last destination on my 21 day tour of China. Hong Kong was less smoggy than anywhere else we had been, though there was a haze as the day heated up.
We stayed at l’Hotel Nina et Convention Centre in the New Territories, not on Hong Kong Island, nor in Kowloon, which lies between the New Territories and Hong Kong Island. Our fellow tour-ists also stayed there and ate breakfast there, but we were free to tour Hong Kong on our own time and according to our own tastes.
Half way up the rise to our room, we had to change elevators – somewhere around the 44th floor. The elevator lobby at that height looked westward and southwest towards sea lanes and shipping. Most of the following photos were taken out of windows so you will see reflections in some of the corners.
From the same elevator lobby you could also see south towards a densely populated city where building was going on everywhere.
From our room we could see south and eastwards towards the mountains of the New Territories.
Looking down, you could see the hotel’s amenities, but we never went!
This dining table seats at least 25. We breakfast buffet clients didn’t get to sit there!
Next Hong Kong post: Victoria Peak
The photo above gives some idea of the tourist traffic in and around St. Paul’s facade.
The following two photos are of the narrow street leading from the remaining facade of St. Paul’s to Senado Square.
The layout of the tiles in Senado Square, in the middle of the touristy area of Macau, gave a tromp d’oeil feeling of an uneven plaza. The ground is perfectly level but even the pictures are deceiving. I don’t know if the phone holder is taking a ‘selfie’ or a shot of the plaza.
This next “street photo” was taken in Zhuhai near the Fisher Girl, similar to a photo from a couple of posts ago, except that a beggar has been added to the scene. We did see beggars at some tourist sites, but not very many.
The following photo is an orphan, not having any relatives in any other post. We thought the red jacket might have belonged to Mao (?)
And finally, a shot of an ad for a CANADIAN English language school. It was a bit of a surprise to me to learn recently that in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where I live, the most-spoken language after English and French is Chinese. After thinking about it for a while, I’m not really surprised at all!