Sunday, May 3, 2015

Israel Odyssey - Day 1

I came home from Israel this past Wednesday (at 5:30 AM, Oh Joy!). It was an awesome trip to an amazing country. The people are beautiful physically and spiritually, their lust for life and determination to thrive and innovate is inspiring. There aren't enough expletives to describe the place or people. And if there were, using them would  become tiresome. There's just no way to explain what it's like to be there. It must be experienced.  The trip was way too short, even for a first exploration. I wish I'd had much more time by myself, but I was with a group and the tour guide was exceptional, so I had to stay up with him. I could have spent many days, even weeks, in each location and still not captured enough of the flavor and vitality of each place. And by the way, the food was extraordinary - I haven't yet weighed myself.

The best way for me to work through and present the photos is according to the schedule of the group. So here's some shots from our landing in Ben Gurion Airport and the first day in Jerusalem.

No matter how much influence, everyone waits at the airport:

Drummers and beggars at the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City:

Southern edge of the walled Old City with the dome of the Al-Aqsa mosque:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bonjour Tristesse

I was out this week walking the streets. Beautiful spring days in NYC! But sometimes nothing helps:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Looking At YOU!

While updating my photo catalog with some new keywords, I came across a shot from this past winter:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beautiful Spring Weekend

It's been a long winter in NYC. Even Easter weekend was a bit brisk, but yesterday and today Spring sprang. The people were out in droves. Most of them were happy:

But some were not:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring in the Air

Even with the very brisk temps today in NYC, people on the streets could feel Spring in the air.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Parade Part 1

A beautiful day for the Easter promenade on Fifth Avenue in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Every exhibitionist in NYC was out strutting around, and just as many photographers there to feed their vanity. The costumes were colorful, but I wanted to get something beneath.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The First Beautiful Spring Day

What a pleasure it was to sit in the sun and take off my jacket! Hopefully Easter Sunday will be just as lovely. I need to practice with my two-camera rig in preparation for my visit to Jerusalem. The 16-55 f2.8 lens on my XT1 and the 14mm f2.8 lens on my XP1. And all those people strutting around in their Easter costumes on Fifth Avenue. It's like Halloween in April.

This is from yesterday: