Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge

February 6th, 2011

I read about the Little Red Lighthouse in NYC from the City Secrets book of New York City. I have always loved lighthouses and have recently visited the lighthouses in Southern Washington. After the big snow storm that NYC had on Jan. 27th, I decided it was the perfect time to go visit this site. Ehren and I took the Number 1 train to 145th st. We then had to walk over to Riverside Drive. When we got there, we still had to go over a bridge and under a tunnel to get there.  Also, not everything was plowed so we had to drudge through the snow to get to the walkway way on the Hudson. Thankfully, the walkway was was clear!

The lighthouse is under the George Washington bridge which is near 171st. We needed to walk about 30 blocks. I got excited when I saw the destination up ahead. As long as I had my camera, I didn’t notice how long we were walking.


This past January, NYC has had about 4 major snowstorms. This past one on Jan 27th gave us about 2 feet of snow. This winter reminds me of my senior year at Syracuse, when they had to close the school due to the weather. Walking up to the GWB, I noticed that the Hudson had icebergs in it! Only the middle of the river was still flowing.


Finally made it  to the lighthouse! It was a perfect day for it. Around 32 degrees, partly cloudy, clear and cool. I wanted to go the weekend before, but the weather was around 17 degrees with the windchill was around 7 degrees. I don’t think my body could have withstood the trip then.




I took around 233 pictures. Some were duplicated from my fast shutter speed, but mostly I wanted to capture and document my trip. I will definitely be back when the weather is warmer!

Always bring your camera!

August 23rd, 2010

Whenever I go somewhere, I always try to bring my camera. This past weekend, I discovered that you’ll never know when you need to capture something in a picture. I was able to wake up at 6:00am to capture this sunrise on the lake this past Saturday morning.

There were several times this weekend that I didn’t have my camera. Friday, we went to Settler’s Inn ( in Hawley, PA for lunch. The flowers in their garden in the back were so colorful and abundant. On Saturday, I went down the Delaware River in a canoe. There were these beautiful wildflowers on the riverbanks. Also, when we were waiting to be picked up, there was this little rooster with feathered feet that I would have loved to take a picture of. We called him Boa-Feet.  Sigh…no camera.


I found while taking pictures of the sunrise is that you need to be patient to get the right setup for the light  to be just right. Also, by adjusting the ISO and focusing on the horizon, the sky becomes sharper and more vibrant.


I like it when I happen upon a scene where the light is just right. I walked down a path and discovered this scene. Sometimes, pictures like this only happen in the moment you take them. So I always have to bring a camera, even if it is just a small one to capture the moment.

Grounds for Sculpture

August 8th, 2010

One of the many peacocks that roams around the Grounds.

Lotus Pond at the Gazebo. One of my favorite places at the Grounds for Sculpture.

Detail of Manet’s “Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe” sculpture

Sculpture based on Claude Monet’s “Woman with a Parasol”

Sculpture based on Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party”

Sculpture based on Monet’s “Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies”

Wonderful sculpture garden and arboretum in central NJ.  Great place to spend the day!

Springtime on the lake

July 25th, 2010

I love the ghostly quality of these pictures. I was taking a boat ride on a Sunday morning. I wanted the capture the reflections in the water as well as the misty,foggy conditions.

Polarizing filters

January 24th, 2010

I went up the Poconos for the 4th of July. Being on the lake, I wanted to try out my polarizing filter. This filter cuts through the glare of the water as shown in this picture. One thing I’ve learned is when you finally turn this filter to the right setting, you need to leave it alone and don’t adjust it again. To take a vertical picture, you will need to readjust the filter.