From Resilience Of Ground Zero To Reality Of 9/11 Memorial

We visited the 9/11 Memorial soon after it opened to public on Sep 12, 2011. These pictures were taken then.

I’d like to quote what Barrack Obama, President of the USA, said on the occasion:

When people visit the 9/11 memorials in the future, they will know that nothing can break the will of a truly United States of America. They will be reminded that we are not perfect, but our democracy is durable, and that democracy — reflecting, as it does, the imperfections of man — also gives us the opportunity to perfect our union. That is what we honor on days of national commemoration — those aspects of the American experience that are enduring, and the determination to move forward as one people.

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HeroismJanuary 2012 095

The ParkJanuary 2012 106

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They Say:

You touch the feet of Theodore Dwight Woolsey, and you’ll study at Yale.

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Did I touch his feet when I toured Yale University? Yes

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Could I study at Yale? No

Grab the bull by its balls, and it’ll bring you financial good luck.

Did I grab the balls? Yes, the cold bronze

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Did the grabbing help? No

Lastly, on a Halloween night:

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Do I need that mask to be called a devil? No

So I am a devil? Yes

Do I hate myself? Not yet

Happy Ending or Nappy Ending? Happy ending, hopefully.

Sir Snow, Spare Us The Repetition

First, it was Nor’easter at night, then Nor’easter next morning, followed by Polar Vortex and Arctic Blast, and today, there was another snowstorm.

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Just a click to your dreamDSCN1406

Dive in

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Is somebody in there?DSCN1350

Took a turn for the better?DSCN1378

Where dreams are made ofDSCN1397

Bed to be tucked inDSCN1403

When top doesn’t share the burdenDSCN1419

Is there another word for beauty?DSCN1410

Nap, ladyDSCN1426

Postcard view from the apartmentDSCN1446

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The Lure Of The J.Paul Getty Museum

When we were in Los Angeles, we didn’t miss the opportunity to visit The Getty Center. The J.Paul Getty Museum turned out to be one of the best museums we ever visited. Everything from sculptures to decorative arts, drawings to pre-20th century European paintings grabbed our attention.

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The cable-pulled tram took us from the parking garage at the bottom of the hill to the museum at the top of the hill.  The museum has a 7-story deep underground parking garage.

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One of the outdoor sculpturesLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 121

The inner courtyardLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 142

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Los Angeles seen from the top of the Getty Center. 405 San Diego Freeway lines the middle.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 163

Bust of an African woman (in marble) by Henry WeekesLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 175

Bust of Christ (in bronze) by Constantin MeunierLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 212

Head of Saint John the Baptist (in bronze) by Jean-Baptiste ChatignyLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 214

Self-Portrait as Midas (in patinated plaster) by Jean-Joseph Carries. Midas, the mythological king of Phrygia, was known for his foolishness. Apollo, punishing Midas for having favored the satyr Marsyas over himself in a musical contest, gave the king the ears of an ass.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 216

Mischief and Repose (oil on canvas) by John GodwardLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 172

The Ransom (oil on canvas) by John Millais. Millais’ praise of medieval chivalry is at the same time a lament for its absence in contemporary life.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 184

A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros (oil on canvas) by William Bouguereau. A young girl playfully struggles with Eros (Cupid) to avoid love’s arrow.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 193

The Fright of Astyanax (by pen and brown ink) by Benjamin West. As the Trojan hero Hector bids farewell to his family, his son Astyanax is frightened by his father’s helmet and runs to the nurse.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 202

The Holy Family (oil on canvas) by Joseph Paelinck. Here the Virgin Mary and her mother, Anne, hold the Christ child, while Mary’s husband, Joseph, and her father Joachim, quietly observe.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 229

Herm of a Vestal Virgin (in marble) by Antonio CanovaLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 226

Apollo Crowning Himself (in marble) by Antonio Canova. Apollo’s idealized body and balanced pose recall ancient representations of nude male figures.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 242

Juno (in marble) by Joseph NollekensLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 239

Venus (in marble) by Joseph NollekensLA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 238

The Elements Paying Tribute to Friendship (in marble) by Louis-Simon Boizot. The four elements (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) in the guise of ancient gods pay homage to Friendship who’s standing on the pedestal. (I love this one)LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 234

Dancer (in bronze) by Paolo Troubetzkoy. Countess Tamara performed throughout Europe and the United States.LA 25 Aug 2011 UCLA Getty Center 218

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Mayflower II In Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we experienced the mystery of Mayflower.

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Mayflower II is the replica of the 17th century ship that transported pilgrims to the New World. The replica traveled from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 1950s. The project was meant to commemorate the United States-United Kingdom cooperation during World War II.

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My Undying Love For Bridges

Bridges connect lands, shine after rain, and wink when there’s sun on steel.

I’m very familiar with these bridges — they get my undivided attention.

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George Washington Bridge connects Manhattan and New Jersey. World’s busiest motor vehicle bridge, carries 102 million vehicles every year.Manhattan.20mile walk.pregnancy 218

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Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Love locks and the everlasting love.

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CN Tower In Toronto

It was a day of fun at CN Tower. The view from the Observation Deck was spectacular.

Your Majesty!

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One of the tallest freestanding structures in the world740301_10151422660890625_871648377_o

In a high-speed glass-fronted elevator. Racing upwards at 22 kilometers per hour.343434

This glass floor (1122 feet up) can withstand the weight of 14 large hippos.741157_10151422661485625_1799800368_o

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View from the Observation Deck (116th floor). Billy Bishop city airport (center-right).736008_10151422662130625_1191204972_o

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The night view

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Father and Son

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When they had a hearty laugh doing a selfie, and his budding teeth have blossomed.

An Impromptu Poem

Their love’s not strange
Like all fathers and all sons they are,
Their equations can’t change
For how many years there are

A father and a son
They wait for the Sun,
In the middle of the night
When the Moon shines bright

The father tries again
The forecast predicted rain,
Clouds shroud the Moon
The son cries soon

Rain lashes at the windows
Flash, the Moon goes,
The son isn’t sleepy
The father is weepy

Then he croons Little Piggy
The rain’s jiggy jiggy
Clouds clear, the Moon returns
The Sun’s still far, off the light turns

The father and the son
After the day’s fun
Embrace sleep and night
For morning’s first light.

How Thick Blanket Of Fog Obscured Manhattan Today

It felt surreal as I clicked these from our apartment.

A thick blanket of fog appeared out of nowhere, as though a jet whooshed past inches above the Hudson River leaving contrailsphoto 3 (2)

The more the fog thickened the less the sun’s intensity; the downtown Manhattan skyline is bracing for impactphoto 5 (3)

The sun’s misty brightness; its rays’ reflection in the river were drops of sparkling pearls. But where’s the skyline?photo 3 (1)

The sun and the fog: Will they or won’t they…?photo 5

They met and merged. Every obscurity may not mean enmity. There’s life, love. Any of our interpretations is only reflective of our identity photo 1

Shades And Spots

These are some of my favorite clicks:

When the sun was setting amid dark rain clouds (West Jersey)57404_10151289597130625_1617344439_o

As the sun rose in Florida its patch of white light with its not-so-flattering reflection in the river (from aboard the Norwegian Gem)69748_10150112127110625_4662958_n

The circle of dark orange protecting the thick sunset of white (the East River, NYC)6016_139051120624_8135282_n

The disappearing hues of white and orange knocking on the windows of twilight (New Jersey skyline)75878_10150093045210625_1588157_n

The dusk’s only a few moments away (Manhattan skyline)IMG_8116

How every sunrise is the beginning of freshness (downtown Manhattan)IMG_9447

This quiet surrender wanting you to surrender too (Sandy Hook, New Jersey)334297_10150380642230625_6636000_o

How this day was glorious like any other day (Jersey City skyline)76391_10150093044755625_2593560_n

White with shades of gray and black (A night in Kerala, South India)615390_10151294044070625_1254638598_o

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No Bird Brains, They Are Intelligent

I photograph birds whenever there’s an opportunity. Could anyone imagine a world without birds? And here, each bird gets a quote.

Duck – Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath73265_10150093045700625_5339354_n

Swan – I think it requires a bit of honesty, Swan Lake281062_10151294044640625_204651817_o

Pigeons – are gentle and smart and have complex social relationships; their hearing and vision are both excellent53977_10151316831565625_1763796616_o

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Vulture – I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all428849_10151139967540625_1987028922_n

Seagulls – When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea398037_10150620616145625_61593921_n

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Crows – are incredibly smart; they can be taught five things on the drop220749_10150247263015625_2396874_o

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Sparrow – I am only a sparrow among a great flock of sparrows18355_288009195624_2856938_n

Parrot – Teach a parrot the terms ‘supply and demand’ and you’ve got an economist132999_10151289566380625_1553200387_o

Goose – The buzz is still with me; I get goose bumps209366_10150247235575625_8026390_o

(Ryan) Gosling – If you are a bird, I am a bird4676_108455940624_374602_n

Window

I captured this from the window of my apartment. After Nor’easter and Polar Vortex, icy river has been a common sight.

There was no sun for most part of the day yesterday with temperature hitting 0 F. Then: in the chill and gloom of the evening, the sun appeared out of nowhere, giving the melancholy a glittering break.

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More Nor’easter pictures

As per the National Weather Service, “Much of the United States will see the coldest temperatures in almost 20 years. They are expected to be 30 to 50 degrees below average in some cities.”

All the best!

When benches are white-cushionedImage

Make hay while the sun shinesImage

What can be done, should be doneImage

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Same bench story, but these: more individualImage

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When trains don’t arrive, find them hereImage

Snow’s shade: the subtle natureImage

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This bench is ownedImage

Nor’easter in progress

A few hours into it, Nor’easter has already dumped 4 inches of snow. This may continue for a couple of days before we have a foot of snow to stare at. Temperature: 17 degree F; Wind: 15 mph.

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Snow River RocksImage

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Before…

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… After

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Me and my memory trailImage

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The holiday celebration must go onImage

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