Archive for November, 2010

November 26, 2010

chinatown, nyc

One of the items on our list of must-sees while in the city was Chinatown. I think it is fair to say that neither of us really knew what to expect. I knew it would be overwhelming and colorful, and really that was about all I knew 🙂

I was in for a surprise….Chinatown is so far beyond overwhelming. I am not a huge crowd person…when I saw the upcoming crowds I was ready to do a quick turn and head the other way! We saw two Chinatowns; the tourist version, and the real version. The tourist version is a constant flow of people. Tight crowds. t-shirts and hats and scarves and everything in between. If you pay close attention, you will notice unassuming women walking through the crowd quietly announcing Gucci and Coach and everything in between. The tourist version was quite overwhelming and you will see no photos of that version because, well, I was too overwhelmed 😉

And then we kept walking. And we found ourselves in a realer version of Chinatown. Suddenly I realized I was not hearing as much English being spoken. Suddenly I couldn’t understand the street signs. The food being sold was unrecognizable. THIS was Chinatown!

and one of my favorite photos from the whole trip….

November 19, 2010

seeing big

As a macro photographer I see the small things in my world. I see little. Trying to capture the big world is difficult for me. So me + New York City? What a challenge it was for me to try to put all that big-ness into my camera. In all honesty, I failed at the challenge. It is slightly shameful how few photos I took of the stunning city. I was so overwhelmed by the incredible scope of my surroundings. I have always struggled with landscape photography, and as far as I am concerned, capturing cityscapes is the same as capturing a mountain view. This macro girl Struggled with a capital S! But the photos I did get? I am quite happy with. And the memories I took home? I don’t need a photograph for those.

One more of the Empire State Building….I know I have already forced you to look at this building twice, but I love this shot. If you look closely, you can also see the Statue of Liberty.

I got to see fall colors!

and a favorite…..

November 18, 2010

Dear New York,

I would like to formally apologize for having such a misguided opinion of you. You see, I watch too much television and I am easily swayed by that glowing box. My love for Law & Order may have poisoned my mind slightly and so I went into our first date with a bit of trepidation. Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty sure we would have fun together. I mean, you are New York City after all. But I thought my fun might be dampered by a mugging (really) or being cursed at by scary New Yorkers. I thought I would be faced with a dirty cityscape. And saddened by outrageously overpriced food (you can thank Chicago for that tom-foolery). But here is the thing New York, I was wrong. And I’m a big enough person to admit that.

New York, it took only one blind date  for me to fall in love with you. I know it may seem a little fast, but it’s the truth. I want to run away with you and marry you and have your babies. Yup, it’s the truth. You are so friendly. And not nearly as dirty as I expected. You are ridiculously dog-friendly (a high ranker on my list of must-haves).  You are overwhelming and comforting all at once. You are an adventure of sights and sounds and smells. You are old and new and just the right amount of grit. So I hope I don’t scare you away with these feelings. But I thought it was only right for me to be open and just tell you. Ok? Call me!

November 15, 2010


These vagabond shoes They are longing to stray Right through the very heart of it New York, New York

November 4, 2010

a fly on the wall…

I’m a nosy kind of girl. I admit it…if you have left the curtains open at night, I am craning my neck to see what the inside of your house looks like. Medicine cabinets might as well be a magnet to me. To be a fly on the wall? How glorious for a nosy girl!