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New York City - Night - Street Art - Houston and Bowery Wall - East Village

When I was really young, I used to imagine that at night when the majority of people went to sleep in New York City, all of the graffiti and street art on the walls would come to life. Every figment of an artist’s imagination, previously bound to the confines of a wall, would finally .. .continue reading here… 

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This is my weekly blog post to PDN’s   Emerging Photographer’s Blog.

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New York City - Night - Street Art - Houston and Bowery Wall - East Village

When I was really young, I used to imagine that at night when the majority of people went to sleep in New York City, all of the graffiti and street art on the walls would come to life. Every figment of an artist’s imagination, previously bound to the confines of a wall, would finally .. .continue reading here…

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This is my weekly blog post to PDN’s Emerging Photographer’s Blog.

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Enjoy!

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View: "Night Visions - Street Art - East Village - New York City" in my photography portfolio here, Gear List, Travel Blog, email me, or ask for help.

The first in a series of travel journals about my travels in the Pocono Mountains…

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Autumn in the Pocono Mountains

In another life, I lived where open spaces wed themselves to an infinite landscape.

In another life, the city was a speck on the imagination of a wilderness so vast, it yearned to meet the horizon and keep stretching itself further into the collective consciousness.

In another life…

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Travel is the glue that binds us to alternate narratives of our own lives.

I grew up in a family that didn’t have the financial means to travel and so I traveled in my own mind to the parts of the world I would read about or come across in cinema.

Traveling as an adult has started to become a never-ending way to stretch my mind’s interpretations of places far past their previous limitations.

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My version of America outside the confines of cities has always been shaped by other’s interpretations. Growing up in New York City, the rest of America has always been a daunting concept. Beyond its plethora of symbolic meanings, America is the wide-open unknown that stretches across huge expanses of the United States. It’s the sprawling wilderness that stretches north into Canada. It’s the stunning array of countries that stretch south beyond the United State’s southernmost points.

And so, when I got the chance to explore a small part of the over 2000 square miles that the Pocono Mountains region covers, my mind was swimming in previous interpretations of that hallowed part of Pennsylvania.

Decades ago, the Pocono Mountains area was referred to as The Poconos and in the New York City area The Poconos was advertised as a honeymoon shangri-la of epic proportions. The commercials I grew up with referenced jacuzzis in the shape of champagne glasses and the mere mention of The Poconos in conversation would incur an amused eyebrow raise and chuckle.

Armed with these rather peculiar and comical interpretations of the area, I set out on a three day journey with the Pocono Mountain Visitor Bureau. My aim was to photograph the Pocono Mountain area and their aim was to open my eyes and change my previous perceptions about the area.

I didn’t come across giant champagne glass shaped jacuzzis at all during my exploration of the area. What I did come across were miles upon miles of untouched wilderness in the throes of autumn, a striking array of outdoor activities, and a large variety of small and medium size towns and cities that intrigued me enough to put them back on my bucketlist of American towns to visit.

One of the highlights of my journey was having the conductor of the LeHigh Gorge Scenic Railway allow me to take photos from the back of the train. Train travel and trains are some of my favorite things in this world.

Here is a location guide to the photos in this set:

1 - Autumn foliage and railroad tracks seen from the LeHigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The poles on the right are the original telegraph poles used for early communication in the mid 19th century.

2 - Spectacular autumn landscape and view at Calkins Creamery

3 - Autumn hiking trail and bicycle path at Woodloch Pines Resort

4 - The site of “the first commercial locomotive on rails in the western hemisphere” in Honesdale

5 - Zip-lining through beautiful autumn trees at Pocono TreeVentures

6 - A view of the Delaware River at The Shawnee Inn

7 - Autumn lake landscape at Woodloch Resort

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View these photos larger and in a set here (click on each photo in the set to enlarge):

American Autumn - Pocono Mountains

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New York Autumn - East Village - Alphabet City


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Autumn clung to the city:

fingertips 

red from the heat 

of a flame

that couldn’t  

be contained.

And the city rose

out of this

fiery embrace:

a phoenix

clinging to the earth

as winter

waiting on the broad arms 

of extinguishing winds

looked on.


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Late autumn is full of tension of a kind that only rears its head once a year. It’s the vivid last breath that nature takes before winter spends a long time making itself comfortable in the city. This was taken earlier this morning with the Sony QX100 and my iPhone.

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New York Autumn - East Village - Alphabet City

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Autumn clung to the city:

fingertips

red from the heat

of a flame

that couldn’t

be contained.

And the city rose

out of this

fiery embrace:

a phoenix

clinging to the earth

as winter

waiting on the broad arms

of extinguishing winds

looked on.

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Late autumn is full of tension of a kind that only rears its head once a year. It’s the vivid last breath that nature takes before winter spends a long time making itself comfortable in the city. This was taken earlier this morning with the Sony QX100 and my iPhone.

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View: “New York Autumn - East Village” in my photography portfolio here, Gear List, Travel Blog, On G+, email me, or ask for help.

Awesome New York City Day Trip: Orchard Beach and City Island - Bronx

My recent quest to visit spots in New York City that I have never ventured to before took me all the way up to the Bronx last week. I found an activity on Sōsh, a great new app that highlights activities all over New York City, that referenced Orchard Beach lagoon and Pelham Bay Park which piqued my interest.

The last time I went to the Bronx, it was well over 10 years ago and while I have always been aware that the Bronx has beaches, I never really took the time to explore them before. The activity on Sōsh that caught my eye described the New York Water Trail, a lush 160 mile trail of waterways throughout the five boroughs of New York City. If you are curious, here is a link you can use to explore Sōsh: Explore New York City (search for Orchard Beach if you are curious about this particular excursion).

While I was wandering around Orchard Beach, I took the time to cross the tiny bridge over to City Island which is an island off of the coast of the Bronx that was first settled in 1625. It was like being transported to a New England fishing village! In the third photo in this set, you can see how close City Island is to Orchard Beach.

Looking forward to exploring more of the parts of New York City I rarely explore!

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