Something Pretty

Something Pretty

From the orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden, today March 3, 2017.

A Moment to Refresh

A Moment to Refresh

On a hot summer night at Washington Square Park.

An Oasis In The Bronx

An Oases in The Bronx

Stream and Pond in The Rock Garden of The New York Botanical Garden; Bronx, New York.

Lines in the Grass

Lines in the Grass

Lawn and Mertz Library building at the New York Botanical Garden.

The Jewish Move

The Jewish Move

Multi-cultural chess players at Bryant Park in New York City

Scholarly Tranquility

The Chinese Scholar's Garden in Snug Harbor, Staten Island, New York.

The Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Snug Harbor, Staten Island, New York.


Sony RX100 III

The Path Ahead

The forest at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York

The forest at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York


Canon S100

Garden Reflections

Wetlands at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York

Wetlands at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York


Canon S100

Mum’s The Word

Your little secret is safe in this parking lot at the High Line in New York City

Your little secret is safe in this parking lot at the High Line in New York City


Ricoh GR

the otOn Track To Spring

The High Line elevated park in Manhattan, New York

The High Line elevated park in Manhattan, New York


Ricoh GR

Too Cold For A Picnic

Plenty of empty seats at Bryant Park in New York City

Plenty of empty seats at Bryant Park in New York City


Fujifilm X100T

A Cottage In Manhattan

Fort Tryon Cottage, dating from 1908, was originally the Gatehouse of the G.K. Billings Estate and Mansion, located at what is now Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park.

Fort Tryon Cottage, dating from 1908, was originally the Gatehouse of the G.K. Billings Estate and Mansion, located at what is now Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park.


It was a treat to finally get inside during today’s Open House New York. Hard to believe that this is in Manhattan.
Ricoh GR

A Meadow in Brooklyn

Long Meadow in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Long Meadow in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.


Ricoh GR

An Upper Manhattan Oasis

The Garden at the historic  Morris-Jumel Mansion, a tranquil hidden gem in a hectic city.

The Garden at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, a tranquil hidden gem in a hectic city.

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Morris-Jumel Mansion
Ricoh GR

Something Meditative

Chinese Scholar's Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Garden, New York.

Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Garden, New York.

Olympus Trip 35, Zuiko 40mm, Fuji Superia 400

A Suspended Walkway

Squibb Bridge, a plank-and-cable bridge connecting Squibb Park and Brooklyn Heights with the newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Squibb Bridge, a plank-and-cable bridge connecting Squibb Park and Brooklyn Heights with the newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Olympus E-M5 with the m.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens

August Petals

A tapestry of tree petals among the benches at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

A tapestry of tree petals among the benches at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Ricoh GR

The Illusion of Space

Le Parker Meridien arcade, a public space between West 56th and West 57th street, designed by architect Philip Birnbaum.

Le Parker Meridien arcade, a public space between West 56th and West 57th street, designed by architect Philip Birnbaum.


Ricoh GR

The Power of the Drums

Members of the Taiko Masala at the NY Botanical Garden. The program said that: “The taiko (Japanese drum) has been called “the voice and spirit of the Japanese people.” From its roots in agriculture and use in the ancient music in shrines and temples, traditional taiko folk music is believed to have entertained the gods, attracted good fortune, driven away evil forces and insects, lent strength and courage to warriors, and celebrated life.” – whatever the meaning, they were truly wonderful.

Members of the Taiko Masala at the NY Botanical Garden. The program said that: “The taiko (Japanese drum) has been called “the voice and spirit of the Japanese people.” From its roots in agriculture and use in the ancient music in shrines and temples, traditional taiko folk music is believed to have entertained the gods, attracted good fortune, driven away evil forces and insects, lent strength and courage to warriors, and celebrated life.” – whatever the meaning, they were truly wonderful.

United Nature

The United Nations HQ building seen from a lovely new garden area on Roosevelt Island, New York City.

The United Nations HQ building seen from a lovely new garden area on Roosevelt Island, New York City.


Olympus OM-D with the Lumix 12-35mm/f2.8 lens.

The Meditator

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island designed by architect Louis Kahn, New York City.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island designed by architect Louis Kahn, New York City.


Olympus OM-D with the Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 lens

Bruce’s Garden..a hidden gem

Bruce's Garden at Isham Park;This garden honors the memory of Bruce Reynolds (1960-2001), a Port Authority Police Officer, who on the morning of September 11, 2001, rushed from his post at the George Washington Bridge into the inferno of the World Trade Center, sacrificing his life to save others. Bruce Reynolds was the son of J.A. and Geri Reynolds; the family moved from Pittsburgh, PA, to Inwood when Bruce was only five years old. As one of the first African American families in what at the time was a predominately white, Irish-American neighborhood, the Reynolds's (both social workers) reached out to their neighbors. For their first Christmas in New York they held an open house party, and Bruce grew close to his Irish community. According to his parents, Bruce Reynolds wanted to be a policeman from the age of 12; it was also at that time that gangs wreaked havoc on Isham Park. J.A. Reynolds formed the Park Terrace West Gang, which, with funding from the New York Department of Youth Services, brought the neighborhood together to restore the park, and especially this garden. Bruce worked here for hours learning about horticulture. In May of 1980, after attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, Bruce joined the Department of Parks & Recreation as an urban ranger, where he brought knowledge of science and his gregarious nature to the teaching of children. Bruce left Parks in 1986 and joined the Port Authority Police. In 1990 het met Marian McBride of County Donegal, Ireland. They married a year later and bought a house in New Jersey; Bruce joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Briuce visited Ireland every summer, and spent time with the McBrides, walking County Donegal's bogs and singing in its pubs. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds had their first child in 1997 and their second in 2000. When last seen on September 11, Bruce was helping a woman who had been seriously burned by jet fuel. On May 18, 2002, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who served with Bruce in the Urban Park Rangers, formaly dedicated this garden to the man who as a teen gave of his time so that his neighbors might enjooy this garden, and as a police officer gave his life so that his neighbors might live.

Bruce’s Garden at Isham Park;This garden honors the memory of Bruce Reynolds (1960-2001), a Port Authority Police Officer, who on the morning of September 11, 2001, rushed from his post at the George Washington Bridge into the inferno of the World Trade Center, sacrificing his life to save others.
Bruce Reynolds was the son of J.A. and Geri Reynolds; the family moved from Pittsburgh, PA, to Inwood when Bruce was only five years old. As one of the first African American families in what at the time was a predominately white, Irish-American neighborhood, the Reynolds’s (both social workers) reached out to their neighbors. For their first Christmas in New York they held an open house party, and Bruce grew close to his Irish community.
According to his parents, Bruce Reynolds wanted to be a policeman from the age of 12; it was also at that time that gangs wreaked havoc on Isham Park. J.A. Reynolds formed the Park Terrace West Gang, which, with funding from the New York Department of Youth Services, brought the neighborhood together to restore the park, and especially this garden. Bruce worked here for hours learning about horticulture. In May of 1980, after attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, Bruce joined the Department of Parks & Recreation as an urban ranger, where he brought knowledge of science and his gregarious nature to the teaching of children.
Bruce left Parks in 1986 and joined the Port Authority Police. In 1990 he met Marian McBride of County Donegal, Ireland. They married a year later and bought a house in New Jersey; Bruce joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Briuce visited Ireland every summer, and spent time with the McBrides, walking County Donegal’s bogs and singing in its pubs. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds had their first child in 1997 and their second in 2000.
When last seen on September 11, Bruce was helping a woman who had been seriously burned by jet fuel. On May 18, 2002, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who served with Bruce in the Urban Park Rangers, formally dedicated this garden to the man who as a teen gave of his time so that his neighbors might enjoy this garden, and as a police officer gave his life so that his neigbors might live.


Olympus OM-D with a Lumix G Vario 12-35/f2.8 lens.

The Move

Chess players at Bryant Park, New York City.

Chess players at Bryant Park, New York City.


Panasonic G3.

Cooling off

Coping with 104°F (40°C) heat. Washington Square Park, New York City.

Coping with 104°F (40°C) heat. Washington Square Park, New York City.


Panasonic G3, 20mm f1.7 lens.

Keeping Cool

The temperatures in NYC reached a record of 104°F (40°C) and this was one of the ways to stay cool. Washington Square Park, New York City.

The temperatures in NYC reached a record of 104°F (40°C) and this was one of the ways to stay cool. Washington Square Park, New York City.


Panasonic G3, 20mm f1.7 lens.

An Ascent into Bliss

Entering The High Line Park at Gansevoort Street, New York City

Entering The High Line Park at Gansevoort Street, New York City


Lumix G3 with the 20mm f1.7 lens.

…..pause and reflect…..

Civil War grave at Greenwood Cemetery

Civil War grave at Greenwood Cemetery

A stroll with the angels

Greenwood Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery


If you temporarily want to get away from the hectic pace of the city, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY is the perfect place.

Taken with my Olympus Pen E-p2 and the Lumix 20mm f1.7 lens.

A Prayer for the Trees

Greenwood Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery


Olympus Pen E-p2 and a Lumix G. Vario 1:4-5.6/45-200 lens.

The Bear at the Cemetery

Monument at the grave site of American painter Wiliam Holbrook Beard (1824-1900); William Holbrook Beard was a painter of bears and other animals. For more than a century, Beard was lying in an unmarked grave. In 2002, a full-sized bronze bear (L'Ours or The Bear) monument, sculpted by Dan Ostermiller was generously donated by the artist to honor Beard; Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

Monument at the grave site of American painter Wiliam Holbrook Beard (1824-1900);
William Holbrook Beard was a painter of bears and other animals. For more than a century, Beard was lying in an unmarked grave. In 2002, a full-sized bronze bear (L’Ours or The Bear) monument, sculpted by Dan Ostermiller was generously donated by the artist to honor Beard; Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.


Olympus Pen E-p2 and a Lumix G. Vario 1:4-5.6/45-200 lens.