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Views from the Edge

Views from the Edge

On another day of my January staycation (first mentioned in the previous post), my targets in Manhattan included sights in Hudson Yards and Chelsea that I never explored before. Starting with one of the newest attractions in the City – the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere called…

Afternoon in Central Park

Central Park, January

At the end of last month, I took a week off work, for reasons none other than I would lose a perfectly useable vacation week if I haven’t done so. It was my first staycation in recorded memory, a type of holiday that has never held a lot of appeal…

On a boat in Camden harbor

On a boat in Camden harbor

Restaurant reservations aside, a sunset cruise on a tall boat was the only pre-arranged bit of entertainment on our road trip along the Maine Coast. Late September evenings are already quite cold at those latitudes when you are on open water, but bundling up and taking ample advantage of the…

Snippets of Maine (cont.)

More snippets of Maine

Continuing from the prior entry, here is another limited selection of pictures from various Maine locales taken during the September trip. Main Street in Camden. View to the Camden Public Library from the green of Harbor Park. The opposite views over Camden Harbor. The tall ships seen in the above…

Fragments of Maine

Snippets of Maine

Our itinerary along the Maine coast was structured as a road trip with a lot of comparatively small stops. There is no particular narrative that lends itself to such an approach. This tranche of visuals represents brief impressions of a quartet of such stops in different parts of the state…

Mount Desert Island, Maine

Mount Desert Island, Maine

“Acadia National Park” is probably the more common way to identify the location of Mount Desert Island. It is not without reason, as the national park is a non-contiguous entity with several areas covering large portions of the island (and a couple of other islands as well). Not all of…

Lighthouses of Maine

Lighthouses of Maine

Lighthouses are among Maine’s best-known points of interest, and on our recent trip we specifically marked out a few for a visit. With just a couple of exceptions, they all turned out to be true highlights of the trip. Our first stop was the Portland Head Lighthouse. One of the…

Back from Maine

Back from Maine

In our days of closed borders, enforced quarantines, and mask-up regulations, road trips to manageable-distance destinations become the primary refuge to somebody starved for travel. Over the last few days, we took one such trip to the great state of Maine, which we never managed to visit in the past.…

Sunset watching

Sunset watching

Earlier this week we did what we usually only do only on vacation: made time to watch the sunset. We went to a place on the central Jersey coast called the Fisherman’s Cove, found a likely spot at the edge of the marina, and lingered enough to see the sun…

Memorable shots: Dubai

Memorable shots: Dubai

This favorite photograph is actually a shot that went rather wrong when it was taken. It is a picture of the lake adjoining the Dubai Mall, with Souk Al Bahar prominently shown on the left. The lower levels of Burj Khalifa skyscraper occupy part of the background on the right.…

A postcard from Yafo

A postcard from Yafo

This is one of the most recent entries on my list of favorite shots. I stood on this spot and took this shot only about 5 months ago. This is the port of Yafo (I prefer the Hebrew transliteration to the more commonly used name of Jaffa), a millennia-old settlement…

Memorable shots: Granada

Memorable shots: Granada

This is Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana that sits at the mouth of Carrer del Darro in Granada, Spain. A landmark shot of the kind that is frequently derided by landscape photography aesthetes, “Oh, look, it’s another church façade”. Except that in this case, the sunlit façade offers…