Monday, February 23, 2015

Trying 500px

A very good friend suggested that I try out 500px.  After 24 hours, and three pictures, I will say one thing -- it is a heck of a lot easier than uploading photos to blogger and the linking out to 500px from here seems to be similarly easy.

This photo is from a new dig that is happening near Hudson Yards.  I think if I was going to be a piece of construction equipment, this is the one I would want to be.  Such a serious looking machine. It's a Liebherr LB28 -- which roughly translated is that it is a rotary drilling rig.

Hope I get back this way again in time to see the holes this rig can dig.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shades of Tulips

Shades of Tulips #tulips #conservatorygarden #centralpark #nyc ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Shades of Tulips
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
I subscribe to Notify - NYC -- the City of New York's official source for information about emergency events and important city services.  That statement kind of leaves me wondering what the UNimportant City services are but I digress).

Dreaming of Parrot Tulips #tulips #conservatorygarden #centralpark #nyc ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Dreaming of Parrot Tulips
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
This evening's notice:
"Notification issued 2/18/15 at 5:25 PM. New York City Emergency Management has issued a cold weather alert for extremely cold temperatures & subzero wind chills Thursday, February 19, 2015. High winds are expected to begin Thursday afternoon and continue through Thursday night, with sustained winds of 20- 30 mph and gusts up to 35- 40mph. Temperatures remain around zero Thursday night, but wind chills will be as low as 15 to 20 degrees below zero. Temperatures remain extremely cold Friday, with a high near 15 degrees and wind chills as low as 2 degrees. New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution during this period of extreme cold weather and check on their neighbors, friends, and relatives, especially the elderly and those with disabilities and access and functional needs."
It seemed like a very good night to dream of warmer days in Central Park's Conservatory Garden and to edit some photos of tulips.

Gentle Rain #tulips #conservatorygarden #centralpark #nyc ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Gentle Rain
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Squirrel Photo Shoot

I Work for Nuts #squirrel #Squirrels #wildlife #NYC #RiversidePark ©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
I Work for Nuts
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
I think this squirrel has a future in modeling.  She (or he?) can be found scampering around the stairs at the 72nd Street exit from Riverside Park if you are interested in signing her (him?) up as a client.  One never knows when a director might have a need for a cute little squirrel.

My Best Side #squirrel #Squirrels #wildlife #NYC #RiversidePark ©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
My Best Side
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Photography as Peace

Carving Peace #CarvingPeace #StJohntheDivine #pew #NYC ©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
Carving Peace
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
As much as I am enjoying the popularity of the Decontructed #ThickenedLiquidChallenge,  it's time for another post.  Truth be told this blog very rarely experiences triple digit traffic and so for a post to get there within 5 days and then go on to surpass Lions Eating Dinner is big news in my little corner of the internet.  Obviously I was helped along by the fact that it was in response to a challenge from the creators of GeriPal and tagging on to their effort to increase health professionals' awareness of the pros and cons of prescribing thickened liquid.

Kelsey Still #KelseyStill #makeportraits #MoMA #MuseumofModernArt   #NYC ©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
Kelsey Still
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
But I digress which is particularly crazy given that this post is one about mindfulness and the practice thereof.  Believe me when I tell you that I rarely meditate -- unless one counts zoning out at some particularly inappropriate time (like during the sermons of my youth).  So, I was surprised to find that I actually practice mindfulness pretty much every day upon opening my daily missive from Harvard Business Review (HBR) last November (yes, sigh, I have been thinking about writing this post for that long).  The piece was about using one's daily commute to practice mindfulness -- which HBR so very helpfully defined as being all in when it comes to the present moment.  Of course, HBR was talking about those of us who commute by car and maybe not so much someone like me who is usually on foot or the subway or in a cab (having weaned myself from my daily cab habit over the past year).  But the piece obviously resonated.

Stranger Portraits #StrangerPortraits #makeportraits #MoMA #MuseumofModernArt   #NYC ©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
Stranger Portraits
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
So how does one practice mindfulness amidst the hustle and bustle of NYC?  For me, it's mainly with my camera or iPhone.  It's at that time of day that my mind slowly empties out as I begin to observe what is around me looking to see something I've never seen before or to see something I've seen before in a new light.  It's actually pretty extraordinary how quickly my mind becomes fully engaged with what I am seeing around me and the thoughts that otherwise occupy pretty much my every waking moment just vanish from my head.

Photography as meditation.  Photography as mindfulness.  Photography as peace.

Doors Opening #Doors Opening #StJohntheDivine #pew #NYC ©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg
Doors Opening
©2015 Nancy Lundebjerg