Thursday June 24, 2010

QUITO ECUADOR – The space above the a side isle in the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito. Wikipedia includes the following description:

“The basilica is the most important work of Neogothic Ecuadorian architecture and is one of the most representative of the Americas. It is the largest neogothic basilica in the New World. The building is noted for its grotesques in the form of native Ecuadorian animals, such as armadillos, iguana, and Galapagos tortoises.

“The Basilica is 140 meters long and 35 meters wide. It is 30 meters high in the sanctuary, 15 meters high in the votive chapels, 74 meters high in the transept, and 115 meters high in the two frontal towers. In the sanctuary, there are 14 bronze images representing 11 apostles and three evangelists. In the crypt, there is a pantheon containing the remains of several heads of state.”

Leica M9 and 50mm Sumicron Asph. Three images stitched.

Wednesday June 23, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This was a travel day, starting in the morning at LaGuardia and ending the day in Quito, Ecuador, via Miami. This out of the window of a taxi on the way to LaGuardia. The Bridge is the Triborough Bridge – at least that’s its historical name and what most New Yorkers call it. It was officially renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008. Here’s a short excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on the bridge:

“Construction had begun on Black Friday in 1929, and the Triborough project’s outlook began to look bleak. Othmar Ammann’s assistance was enlisted to help simplify the structure. Ammann had collapsed the original two-deck roadway into one, requiring lighter towers, and thus, lighter piers. These cost-saving revisions saved $10 million on the towers alone. Using New Deal money, the project was resurrected in the early 1930s by Robert Moses and the bridge was opened to traffic on July 11, 1936.”

Here’s a link to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s page on the bridge: RFK Bridge

RFK Bridge

Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron Asph.

Sunday June 20, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Dinner at Bar Boulud with some old friends and our son and daughter, who took me there for Fathers Day. This is a silly made-up holiday designed to promote greeting card sales, but I have nonetheless promoted it to our children as the most important day of the year.

Dinner at Bar Boulud

Nikon D700 AND Nikon 85mm f1.4 lens.

Saturday June 19, 2010

WARREN, CONNECTICUT – Perennial boarder. We bought our house in Warren in 1987. It was a split level ranch on a cornfield. We’ve added bits and pieces to the landscape over the years – it’s a delight that our efforts finally look like mature landscape.. It would be an exaggeration to say that we’ve had a master plan, but we have pursued a general direction, leaning toward the use of native plants in naturalized settings. We’ve planted one perennial boarder, however, that’s an exception.

Perennial boarder

Leica M9 and 50mm Summilux Asph