Autumn - Central Park - Southeast Reservoir Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge and New York City Skyline - Summer Sunset
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New York City Skyline - Sunset over Midtown- By Vivienne Gucwa
New York City sunsets are songs.
They remind you of all of the times
you ran with open arms
into a city that embraced you back
on the whisper of a breeze
in a skyline reflected in glistening eyes
wide with hope.
carries the promise
of a new song.
This image was taken from the top of Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) during an absolutely gorgeous sunset. The view is of the skyscrapers and rooftops of the midtown Manhattan skyline looking south including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and 1 World Trade Center.
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New York City - Night Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa Dusk dances on the water every evening as the city hangs brightly in a night sky illuminated by the lights of skyscrapers that climb their way up to the surface of dreams. --- The moments between day and night are some of my favorite moments. The sky seems to linger and dwell in the hues of the day while the city's lights mix with the colors of the recent sunset on the surface of the water. This image was taken on a brisk night while standing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The view is of the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan including 1 WTC (also known as the Freedom Tower, the Woolworth Building, and New York by Gehry. ---
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New York City Skyline Cityscape- By Vivienne Gucwa The city rises out of the water proud, elegant adorned in its colorful, man-made suits of armor. And all of the hopes and dreams billow up to meet the sky propelling themselves past the places and spaces that hold them. --- This was taken recently while on a boat to New Jersey. As I have mentioned before in other posts, one of the many reasons I love living in New York City is that the shifts in perspective can be so incredibly jarring and thought provoking. When you are in the midst of it all, you don't fully realize that Manhattan (in particular) is an island. And yet, once you get on any of the boats that traverse the rivers that surround the city, it's really overwhelming to see Manhattan's skyline shrink into the distance under a vast sky. The Hudson River is all that sits between parts of New Jersey and Manhattan. This view includes the Empire State Building and the midtown Manhattan skyline that sits on the west side of the island. ---
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Williamsburg Bridge and New York City Skyline at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa Moments are vessels that contain: sparks, magic, effervescent happiness, lingering sadness, red-tinged anger, bittersweet joy all waiting to explode if and when that point in time is visited again. There are moments that exist somewhere between the excited beat of the heart and a welled-up tear in the eye. They are the chills that run up the back of the neck and the small smile that can't be contained when their memory is nudged by a sound, sight, scent, touch. It's the way the light was shining through the bridge as the boat pulled away under a sky blue with hope as the sun set and the lump in the throat subsided momentarily. It's the way the water looked as it rocked the boat gently like a lullaby as it drifted away from the sunlight that poured its light onto the surface of the water. And it's the way everything seemed pointless in comparison to the way the clouds gathered over the city: hopeful tufts of smoke emanating from the sun's extinguishing fire... --- This is a view of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Lower East Side as seen from a boat on the East River during sunset. In the distance sits the skyline of Brooklyn in Dumbo and the Manhattan Bridge. ---
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Cherry Blossoms - Bay Ridge - Brooklyn - Spring - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Unexpected magic is some of the best kind of magic especially when it is found in the most unlikely of places. ---- Spent an afternoon yesterday walking around Bay Ridge, Brooklyn while the temperatures dipped lower and lower (it's been a brisk springtime here in New York City). And as the sun crept closer to the horizon, I came across a tiny opening near an overpass, next to a parkway where this gorgeous, fairy tale scene appeared just around the bend. Sometimes there is nothing than better than those types of moments. ---
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Central Park Spring - Cherry Blossoms Along the Bridle Path
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New York City Skyline Sunset and the Brooklyn Bridge on a Summer Evening- By Vivienne Gucwa Summer evenings in New York City weave their own spell when summer night skies slide onto the city through the sticky-sweet haze. The skyscrapers cling to the sunlight wrapped up in the glow and hazy anticipation of just one more kiss of light. --- This was taken at the peak of last summer from a roof top in Brooklyn over looking the skyline of Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Bridge and a very hazy lower Manhattan skyline. I was shooting with a camera I wasn't at all used to shooting with and the temperature was hovering near 80 degrees at night with nearly 100% humidity. The air was thick as molasses and the heat was unrelenting but it was an absolutely gorgeous summer sunset. ----
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New York City Skyline - Financial District Skyscrapers- By Vivienne Gucwa In the winter, there is a clarity and edge that is carried on the frigid fingers of icy air and crystallized exhales. -- This is a view of the lower Manhattan skyline featuring the skyscrapers of the Financial District and Pier 17. The Freedom Tower (also known as 1 WTC or One World Trade Center), Woolworth Building, New York by Gehry, and the spire of the Municipal Building can all be seen here. ---
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Skyline Sunset - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Late summer and early autumn sunsets in New York City are intensely beautiful. The city seems to cling to every bit of sunlight through a haze that sleepily hangs low over the urban waterfront. This was taken near the end of a four hour long ferry ride back and forth around the East River in the late summer. There were barely any people on the ferry that day and I spent entire rides just taking note of the sun's descent in the sky. When this moment occurred, it was so brief and fleeting and yet so dramatic in its intensity as the sun dipped towards the midtown skyline grazing the skyscrapers that I barely even knew if I captured it properly since the waves were kicking up in the river and the boat was swaying up and down over the waves. By then, I had gotten my 'sea legs' and knew the exact way to stand and counter the movement with my camera in my hands. And the sun-kissed skyline drifted away from view and descended into the twilight of evening. --- This view is of the New York City skyline in midtown including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building during the last moments of a sunset as seen from the East River. ---
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New York City Skyline at Sunset - Lower Manhattan Skyscrapers
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The New York City Skyline at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa Late summer sunsets over New York City are the most intoxicating. The bubbles from the wake of boats in the river go right to the head. And the sun's trail of gold kisses on the water lead straight to the heart of the city. --- It's this time of year when I start to miss late summer sunsets like this in New York City. When I need to clear my mind, I head to the water. Sometimes I go to the beach to listen to the waves and sometimes I go to the river to gain perspective on everything going on in my life. I don't know what I would do if I lived in a land-locked area. On the day that I took this photo, I rode the East River Ferry for 4 hours straight (the day-pass is incredible) watching the light stretch across the sky and cityscape changing subtly every hour until the sun burst over the city like a supernova. The waves were perfect that day. The East River Ferry stops in both Manhattan and Brooklyn going from 34th Street in midtown, down to Wall Street's Pier 11, passing under each of lower Manhattan's bridges and then across to stops in Brooklyn and Queens connecting at piers in DUMBO, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Long Island City. ---
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New York Winter - Central Park Snow
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Flatiron Building Sunset - Autumn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Late autumn in New York City has its own brisk beauty. Cold air sharply punctuates the end of every wind gust and the sun retreats earlier and earlier every day. Autumn clings to December in the brief moments before the trees drop their leaves to the ground for good and every afternoon sunset reaches through the sharp cold with its lighted fingers in one last dramatic attempt to bring warmth to the city. --- This particular view is of the Flatiron Building, one of New York City's unique and classic skyscrapers, as seen from inside Madison Square Park during autumn. ---
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The New York City Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa When the last of summer's sun-drenched caresses fall from the sky onto the buildings below, the city swoons and time holds still for a moment wrapped up in the beauty and warmth of this fleeting bliss. --- This photo is of a view looking out over the FDR Drive towards the New York City skyline comprised of the the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 17 at South Street Seaport sit in the distance. Taken during a captivating sunset during the peak of summer. ---
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New York Winter - Snow Over the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa Snowflakes swirl over the skyscrapers and buildings: confetti from the sky blanketing the buildings and streets. And the world transforms into a giant snow-globe, if only for a brief moment. --- What's more magical than New York City in the snow (when it first falls, of course)? This winter cityscape view is of the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan including the Chrysler Building, the MetLife Building and a barely visible 59th Street Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge). ---
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New York City Skyscrapers- By Vivienne Gucwa They rise: stalagmites borne from an earth bursting at the seams with lofty aspirations. And the city's streets weave their way through them: well-worn crevices on the surface of dreams. --- This is one of my favorite views of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. It's a view from the top of the Empire State Building. I have always loved the variety of architecture and intensely dense feel of this patch of the New York City skyline. ---
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New York Winter - Tompkins Square Park - East Village- By Vivienne Gucwa The clouds squeeze the last bit of light from the sun onto the city below. It falls over trees and buildings: liquid promise spreading onto a landscape de-saturated by winter's icy breath. In the wake of winter's gasping utterances, the sun uncovers the world that hides behind boisterous trees in summer. And a smile spreads across the city's face for a moment: warm and golden hope spreading itself over the remains of the day. ---
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New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Growing up in Queens, a borough of New York City, I was surrounded by a general attitude of contempt and disgust regarding anything tourist related. My father who worked nights as a newspaper pressman in Manhattan hated going into Manhattan for anything other than work (his job was back-breaking) and my mother echoed the same jaded sentiment towards ‘touristy things’ in Manhattan as her other outer-borough friends. The ‘city’ (as many people still call it) was something to be proud to live in very close proximity to but anything too popular in the ‘city’ was the subject of eye-rolls. I grew up mimicking this sentiment; a sort of ‘been there, done that’ mentality. We would only ever go to things like Times Square and the Empire State Building when relatives or friends visited and there was a silent stoicism related to showing ‘the sights’ to ‘out-of-towners’. I always found this amusing. These sights that were derided as nothing more than trite spectacles were the same sights that my parents deemed worthy to spend time taking people to when people came to visit us. When I moved to Manhattan a decade ago, I carried this attitude with me. It wasn’t until I started taking photos that I fully opened my eyes (so to speak). Granted, I had always found beauty in the things many people passed over; architectural details on tops of buildings, the way that sunlight hit buildings at different times of the day. However, when I finally discarded the jadedness that permeated my early years I started realizing how utterly phenomenal and fascinating all those ‘touristy’ things are. It may have taken me many years to fully grasp why people come from all over the world to gaze lovingly at sights and architectural marvels like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building but now that I know it’s hard not to gaze at these sights with anything but wonder. There is so much to be in awe of in this spectacular city. --- This is an early morning view from the top of the Empire State Building looking out over the huge variety of skyscrapers that populate the skyline of midtown. In the distance sits Central Park with the MetLife Building and Chrysler Building to the right and Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center towards the left and center. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is to the right of the Chrysler Building in this view and Queens can be seen to the right of the bridge disappearing into the haze. ---
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Central Park Winter Path- By Vivienne Gucwa
I think back to days spent wrapped in the cold silence of freshly fallen snow in Central Park.
The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace.
It’s on days like this when the sun rests longer than usual and winter’s essence seeps through every crack and crevice that the earth quivers a ghost shiver that rests in summer’s memory.
This photo was taken during a major snowstorm in New York City. The rustic wooden fence rests on a four acre section of Central Park known as the Shakespeare Garden which is located in the west part of the park near 79th Street. On the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 1916, this area was dedicated to Shakespeare and named. The plants and flowers that are found in this area are all mentioned in the works of the playwright and are also plants and flowers that are found in his garden in Starford-upon-Avon. There is even a white mulberry tree on this four acre plot of land that is said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in the 1600s.
While the paths that winds through Central Park's Shakespeare Garden is gorgeous in the warmer months of the year, it's absolutely stunning when snow has freshly fallen.
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The New York City Skyline and the Chrysler Building- By Vivienne Gucwa
I have always been partial to late summer skyline views here in New York City. The haze that hangs over the horizon like a misty veil seems to lend a special sort of immediacy to the skyscrapers that assert themselves in the foreground.
The Chrysler Building, New York City's art-deco masterpiece of architecture, always looks so regal positioned in front of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (also known as the 59th Street Bridge). Four smokestacks playfully draw the eye towards the rest of Queens that sprawls out in the distance towards the fading horizon.
It's as if the sky is locked in an embrace with the rest of the city while the skyscrapers that make up the midtown Manhattan skyline are enraptured and wrapped up in their own special moment with the Chrysler Building.
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Central Park - Autumn Trees and Leaves - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
All I can think about at this point is anything and everything that has to do with autumn: piles of leaves to jump in, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks, pumpkin in just about everything, cute scarves and socks, ducking into cozy places to warm up briefly before heading back out to enjoy the kiss of brisk autumn breezes.
Summer, we can always fall in love again next year.
For now, I have a huge crush on autumn.
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New York Autumn - Central Park - The Mall
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The Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa
On hazy summer afternoons when dusk pulls its soft purple veil over the city, the skyline softens in the dreamy-eyed gaze of the clouds.
And as light slides from the sky making its way over steel, wood and concrete towards the disintegrating horizon, bridges and skyscrapers melt with the sun into the evening.
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New York Autumn - Central Park Fall Colors - Bow Bridge
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Autumn - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
The graceful limbs of Autumn's trees cling to all of Summer's sunsets searing their leaves yellow, orange and red with the sun's heat.
With golden leaves stoked by the last of Summer's fleeting flame, Summer's fire extinguishes itself in a carpet of brilliantly colored embers on the ground below.
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Beach Sunset - Coney Island - Brooklyn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The sun whispers to the ocean in golden-voiced tones on evenings like these. Summer's warmth falls onto the bare skin of the earth as the air is punctuated by the sounds of distant laughter and birds And the city fades into the haze like a nostalgic thought carried away by an all too familiar melody. ---
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Sunset Over Central Park and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa When the sun stretches its fingers across the surface of the sky, it holds the city in the palm of its hand. And the sky and the impossible melt away if only for a moment. --- Taken from the Top of the Rock (which is located at the top of 30 Rockefeller Center) looking North over Central Park, the eastern part of Manhattan and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. ---
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Rooftop Graffiti in Chinatown Looking Towards the Brooklyn Bridge - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The sun streams across the city in the evening touching every layer of the city with its warmth. And the streets, buildings and bridges cling to its light with soft ferocity hoping to keep it from leaving the sky. ---
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The Manhattan Bridge and New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa "Chapter one. " "He adored New York City. He idolised it all out of proportion. " Uh, no. Make that "He romanticised it all out of proportion. " "To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. " If there is one opening sequence in cinema that perfectly illustrates even a tiny iota of the overwhelming love I have for New York City, it's the opening sequence to Woody Allen's Manhattan which is where the dialogue quoted above originates. I know that people have very definite ideas about Woody Allen but his early body of work still contains some of my favorite interpretations of life in Manhattan and this particular opening still chokes me up absolutely every time I watch it especially the montage from 1:52 on. I actually learned how to play Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue on the piano when I was younger almost entirely because of this opening sequence. I was asked a while ago if I ever get bored or jaded about certain views or landscapes in New York City. I didn't really know how to answer the question without sounding like a blubbering idiot. I know many people seem to get bored of overly-photographed parts of New York City but for me, there is always something new and something special imparted to these landscapes based on each individual artist's perspective. The photo in this post is of a landscape that overwhelms me every time I lay eyes on it. For me, this scene encompasses a feeling that is hard to express entirely in words. It's how the light falls onto the Manhattan Bridge embracing its architecture in a glow while the skyline gracefully pushes through the dreamy haze distilling the essence of New York City down to its purest forms of hope, beauty and possibility. ---
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Dance of the Trees - Cherry Blossoms - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When no one is looking, the trees dance. With their limbs outstretched and their blossoms blush-pink and white in the heat of the sun's glow, they whirl gracefully with each and every pirouette. And the wind hold their limbs close to its heart twirling them around whispering utterances of love on every warm breeze. ---
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Weeping Cherry Blossoms in the Sun - Brooklyn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There are days when blossoms catch glints of sunlight on their petals that sway slowly in warm breezes. On these days, it is as if the sun has exploded in the sky raining its light down to the earth below. And the trees hold their branches out like eager tongues waiting to catch the first snowflakes of winter. ---
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The Empire State Building and New York City Rooftops- By Vivienne Gucwa The Empire State Building always seems to stand out when viewing certain cross-sections of the New York City skyline. I have always imagined it to be an urban lighthouse helping all urban wanderers navigate through the dense sea of buildings that surround its distinctive shape. This vantage point is from a rooftop located as far west as you can possibly go in Chelsea before landing in the Hudson River. ---
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Flight - The New York City Skyline From Above- By Vivienne Gucwa Driven by an imagination stirred by visions Batman flying through Gotham, I used to have vivid dreams when I was younger of flying through the skyscrapers that are part of the midtown Manhattan skyline. This cluster of skyscrapers is one of my favorites. These buildings seem to huddle together in a solemn solidarity: titans comprised of multitudes of urban aspirations. ---
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The New York City Skyline and the Empire State Building- By Vivienne Gucwa Rising up from the density of the urban landscape, giant stalagmites formed by the downward flow of steel and concrete from somewhere high up in the clouds assert their presence. Reaching towards the dizzying heights where dreams reside, these monoliths guide all city dweller's dreams upward like lighthouses in an urban sea. ---
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Song of the Willows - The Lake - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When the summer sun has drifted low into the sky after every bit of earth has been soaked in its warm splendor, the trees hang their heads down in mournful remembrance of winter's impending icy touch. And the willows play a slow and deliberate adagio to accompany the last of summer's lovers on the sweetest sun-kissed wings of the wind. ---
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Kissed by the Sun - Summer - Central Park Conservatory Garden - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Kissed by the sun, the day lingers long into the night. Earth devours every last bit of of light as trees sway with their graceful branches adorned by summer's heavy garlands. And the glow of daylight's promises basks in its transient longevity. ---
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Wildflowers Along the High Line - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The wildflowers that grow along the High Line Park are some of my favorite flowers in New York City. Greenery has a way of thriving in this elevated park due to the nature of the buildings that line the old railroad tracks which cast shade on certain sections while other sections bask in direct sunlight daily. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. The shaded areas are brimming with colorful flowers and plant life that has claimed its home here breathing life into this space that was once dominated by industry. ---
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Central Park From Above and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa When you look out above the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan, it's incredible to observe just how much space Central Park occupies. On a hazy day, it is as if the rest of the city disappears into the haze, infinite in all its dense glory. This view is facing north, looking towards upper Manhattan. Central Park is 2.5 miles (4 km) long between 59th Street (Central Park South) and 110th Street (Central Park North), and is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year and was completed in 1873. The park, which receives approximately thirty-five million visitors annually, is the most visited urban park in the United States. A long time ago I read that the real estate value of Central Park was estimated to be around $528,000,000,000. But really, it's priceless in terms of the value it provides the residents of New York City and the many visitors that visit every year. ---
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Coney Island Beach at Sunset - Brooklyn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Coney Island is the site of my favorite New York City beach. The Rockaways in Queens have become popular over the last few years and while I have fond memories of the Rockaways (since I grew up in Queens) Coney Island tugs at my heart in the best way possible. There is nothing like standing on the old pier that juts out into the Atlantic ocean while watching the waves crash onto the shore as the lights on the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone twinkle in the distance like a tiny city of candles. When I was much younger, I moved to New Mexico for a year and a half. I was in high school at the time and many fellow students would ask me what it was like to live so close to the ocean and I could never quite explain what it was like at the time. I was always at a loss for words. It was what I grew up with and it was hard for me to imagine life without access to the ocean. Years later, it’s still hard to fully put into words what it is like: breathing in salty ocean air, viewing the night sky while listening to waves, the feel of cool sand on bare feet, jumping through the ocean with wild abandon. I think I keep taking photos in an attempt to further explain what the ocean means to me. Isn’t that why we write, take photos, paint, dance, create music and engage in a variety of other artistic pursuits? It’s to put into form those feelings and experiences that remain otherwise formless. ---
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New York - Spring - Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn
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Spring Blossoms Overlooking the Central Park Reservoir - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa On Spring mornings, the world hangs in sleepy stasis. Trees, adorned with blossoms as soft as winter's first snow, use their branches to gracefully conduct the world's awakening in a daily symphony at dawn. --- I am admittedly a night person. I have tried for years to trick my stubborn body into accepting a different biological time-clock to no avail. However, on days when I am carefully trying to get myself to accept the mornings as a friend and not a foe, I am always amazed at how differently the world appears especially during certain times of the year like springtime. On a perfectly cloudy Spring day in Central Park, it's as if the world is opens up its dewy eyes one by one as the city stretches out languidly for a few hours. ---
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Stars in an Earthly Sky - Cherry Blossoms in the Sun- By Vivienne Gucwa The sun burned bright like a fiery orb as the churning storm clouds in the sky sought to extinguish it: their tufts of purple and grey gathering round in consensus before a final engulfing embrace. As the sky determined its own fate, the sun's fire burned a fiery trail through spring blossoms and leaves. And in the sun's wake, each blossom twinkled: luminescent stars in an earthly sky. ---
Spring Sunlight over Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden- By Vivienne Gucwa The sun washes over the battle-scarred winter weary limbs of the earth's trees drying the melted tears of winter with its rays of light. And the world reels in the warmth of the sun and the hues of possibility. ---
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Catching the Light - Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden- By Vivienne Gucwa Staring into the light of the bright spring sun surrounded by flowering trees, petals swirled in the wind catching the light like glowing embers eventually scattering to the algae-colored pond below where they shimmered on the surface like tiny lanterns. I was reminded of a comment that someone made about several of my recent spring photos where they were surprised to see nature represented in such a way in New York City because for them, New York City seemed to be nothing more than "a wilderness of rocks". The truth is that there are so many places to find serenity and nature in New York City. There are over 1700 parks that span all five boroughs of New York City, many of which boast beautiful landscapes. This particular image was taken yesterday at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, one of my favorite spots to enjoy the many colors and sights of spring. The Brooklyn Botanic garden has more than 200 cherry trees of forty-two Asian species, making it one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan. The first cherries were planted at the garden after World War I, a gift from the Japanese government. The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden located in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden. It was constructed in 1914 and first opened to the public in June 1915. It is widely considered by numerous landscape architects, to be the masterpiece of its creator, Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota. ---
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The Urban Forest Primeval - Conservatory Garden - Central Park - New York City
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Spring Cherry Blossoms - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa At the edge of winter sits the reflection of spring. Trees lifted from their slumber by weightless blossoms make their way out of the twilight of winter's last icy gasps. ---
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