Sunday, February 28, 2016

Audubon Mural Project

Swallow-tailed Kite (and others) by Lunar New Yea by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com
I went on a hunt for the murals in the Audubon Mural Project yesterday.  The project is a joint effort of the Gitler and  ___ gallery and the National Audubon Society to paint 314 murals depicting bird species that are threatened by climate change.  It was a gorgeous day for a walk -- I clocked almost 8 miles.  Love those kind of days.

Roseate Spoonbill (by Danielle Mastrion) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


Tricolored Heron (by Iena Cruz) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Frozen Lake

When you wake up and it's 0 out and feels like -19, the best thing to do is to hunker down with a cup of hot coffee, catch up on Homeland, and troll your photos from that time you went to Canada to see the Northern Lights and really big waves.  That time when it was this cold and they took dressing you up for the weather really, really seriously (MushYukon ImpressionsOf Ice Fishing and S'Mores).


Walking on a Frozen Lake by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Yesterday was the first day that the sock monkey hat purchased in the Vancouver airport and the red wool buff purchased in White Horse came out so I could go on an expedition to see the frozen fountain in Bryant Park (Frozen, Frozen Fountain).  By the end of my little expedition, I was really wishing I had worn my really big mittens and had the parka wardrobe to choose from at the Inn on the Lake.


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Frozen

Braved the elements today to get a photo of this year's version of the Bryant Park frozen foundation (Frozen Fountain).  It was really, really cold out there today -- especially when the wind blew.

Frozen Fountain (2016) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Snow in the City -- Part 2

Vertical Push Up by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


I had a really good hour with my camera in Central Park on Friday morning.  My biggest achievement was the headline photo from Snow in the City --- Strolling in the Snow.  As I wrote on 500px, I have this goal of taking what I think is one of the most iconic shots in NYC -- a single person carrying an umbrella walking north on the mall towards Bethesda Foundation.  After capturing this image, I am going to check that item off on my mental list of photos I'd really like to take.  Unless I happen to be on the Mall with my camera while a single person is walking north towards Bethesda Fountain carrying an umbrella.  Hey, ometimes a person needs to keep her options open -- right?


Going Places in a Fairytale Landscape by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


The three photos in this post are of people exercising in the park -- with the exercises of choice being vertical push ups (who knew there was such a thing), walking (yes, walking counts as exercise), and running (while wearing shots!).

Runner by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Snow in the City

Strolling in the Snow by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


I swear, I don't plan these things this way but I was away for the monster winter storm that the national weather service called Storm Jonas.  In fact, it was touch and go as to whether I would get home that Sunday but the intrepid snow removal crew at #JFK got the airport open in plenty of time for my plane to land and for me to make it home for the last quarter of the Patriots and Broncos game (we won't talk about the fact that my Patriots lost -- there is always next year).

This more recent storm was just not the stuff of weatherman's dreams so there was no build up to the big event.  It did turn Central Park into a winter wonderland on Friday morning.  It was the sort of snow storm that invites you into its arms as opposed to sending you running for the snow melt and salt.  The kind of storm that I like very much.

A year ago, I wrote about using photography as my daily mindfulness practice (Photography as Peace) and my Friday morning walk was a perfect example of that.  The nosiest things in the park were chirping birds and frolicking dogs.  There was a smaller than usual complement of runners and most walkers were intent on getting to their destination.  I am lucky that I live near the park and can fit in a walk there on my way to work.  And that is what I did on Friday morning -- emptying out my mind and being in the moment.

The Lake, Central Park, New York City, NY
The Lake, Central Park (© 2016 Nlundebjerg)