Posts tagged “New York

All that glitters is not gold

Although we often judge people, countries, cities

On outward appearances, there is far more to us

Than meets the eye.

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Despite current political rhetoric and media

That would have us believe we are each other’s enemies,

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I truly believe that there is far more that unites us as humans.

We just need to make sure we remember that.

So, here’s to no more hate and a lot more love!

(New York looks good from the New Jersey side at sunset!)

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Oh, that golden light!

Sometimes it’s worth setting the alarm for 4.30 in the morning

In order to capture the magical, golden sunburst

Of sunrise over the Manhattan skyline.

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(Photos taken in Hoboken Park, New Jersey, last week.

This week, it’s back to snow in Sweden.)

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The Twisted Pier

Oh, the things we do to get a photo!

While I was in New Jersey, I had some fabulous photo sessions with friends.

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One was a sunset session in a (secret) location on the New Jersey shore

With a marvellous view of the Manhattan skyline and the Freedom Tower.

I may or may not have trespassed on some waste ground

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In order to capture the twisted pier

And the buildings glowing in the perfect lilac twilight.

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For more great shots, please visit: Skywatch.


New York, New York!

Travel is a way of keeping yourself humble;

Of opening up to new people and experiences —

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Of finding love and beauty

Everywhere in the world we live in.

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I’m so lucky to be going back

To the vibrant city of New York.

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I won’t be around until the end of next week —

Until then, take care!

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Wide horizons

Part of the joy of life

Is broadening our horizons, seeing new skies

And experiencing new things.

Here’s a London view:

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Travel is a great way of doing this —

And of discovering that our little part of the world

Isn’t the centre of things.

Travel helps us discover that there isn’t only one way of doing things —

But many ways.

Here’s a New York view:

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For that reason, my daughter and I

Are leaving the cozy horizons of Stockholm —

Known as ‘The Venice of the North’ —

(See photo below)

For the real Venice in Italy.

Can’t wait!

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(Back next week – so I might not be able to visit you all.)

In the meantime, please visit: Skywatch for great skies

And Our World, for a glimpse into new discoveries.


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The Flatiron

As you read this, I’ll be enjoying a flaky croissant or three in Paris with my daughter (so won’t be around to visit until the end of the week).

Just over a year ago, we visited friends in another great city – New York – and, of course, I had to photograph some of its iconic buildings.

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My daughter recognized it straight away.

“Look! It’s like one of those old-fashioned irons that people used to use in the olden days!”

Just imagine seeing it for the first time in a city that wasn’t yet used to skyscrapers back in 1902.

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Alfred Stieglitz took a very famous photo of the building in 1903 —

And one that I tried to recreate for fun.

I’ll leave you with one of his quotations:

I have always been a great believer in today. Most people live either in the past or in the future, so that they really never live at all. So many people are busy worrying about the future of art or society, they have no time to preserve what is. Utopia is in the moment. Not in some future time, some other place, but in the here and now, or else it is nowhere.

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Love me

The huge city of New York

(I was there in February)

Seems to do nothing but reflect back itself

In its hard, shiny surfaces.

Yet, underneath its exterior,

You can find small signs of tenderness —

Like a tree trunk snuggled in a scarf of love;

And the faded yet vibrant beauty of an old emergency phone

Graced with stickers of love.

I’m away in the mountains of Norway for work and won’t be able to get around to your blogs for a few days.

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Art Deco skies

When the Observation Deck at the very top of the Rockefeller Center opened in 1933

I imagine it looked something like this…

Moody, Art Deco inspired and with glorious views.

I’ve manipulated this photo that I took in February of this year —

But left in the modern camera on the left as a way of connecting

The past of my imagination

With the reality of the present.

For more nostalgic skies, please visit: Skywatch.


A colourful world

February is a a time where nothing much happens;

Where life unfolds with the rhythm of the seasons —

And splashes of colour surprise and delight:

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A magical parchment sky,

A glittering rainbow world.

It’s true though that change is good for the soul,

When one kind of colourful world

Is exchanged – even though briefly – for another.

It’s nice to get away and gain a little perspective —

It helps you appreciate all the good things you already have.

The true harvest of my life is intangible – a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched. — Thoreau

The vibrancy of Time Square, NY

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9/11 Memorial

For many, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre were an essential part of the New York skyline.

That emptiness is now commemorated in the 9/11 Memorial that opened recently at Ground Zero.

The actual footprints of the towers themselves have been turned into reflecting pools featuring the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.

In the centre of each pool, there is what seems to be a dark bottomless pit:

Those deep holes made me strangely emotional.

Perhaps because they seem to signify the emptiness and futility of lives lost, of love wasted and of senseless hatred.

Near the pools, you can see the new Freedom Tower rising up into the sky.

My hope is that the new memorial will celebrate hope and light.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King

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