Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S. and a very belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada. Happy Thursday to the rest of the world.
As has become tradition for me, I’m in New York visiting family and as usual I’ve been taking pictures of my trip, including our long walk yesterday in Manhattan.
For the last few months I’ve been reading and learning how to take better pictures with my iPhone, hoping to put what I’ve learned into practice. Then we walk through the city and I realize I barely have time to snap shots and so most of my learning went out the window. Still I thought I’d share some of the 300+ images I captured yesterday to give you a feel for what’s going on.
One of the things we like to take in during our walk are the window displays in some of the department stores. It’s hard to take pictures of them as there’s little time where someone isn’t blocking the view and the camera captures an equal amount of display and reflection of the city across the street.
Macy’s went with a Peanuts theme this year. Perhaps not the most original theme, but who doesn’t like Charlie Brown and the gang.
Lord & Taylor’s had a candy and confection theme.
I was able to press my camera up against the glass of one of the smaller windows at Lord & Taylor’s that wasn’t part of the theme and was able to get rid of the reflection on this shot.
For a change Saks had their display ready. It usually goes up after our visit. They had a wedding theme going and I like how the refection mixed with the display in this image.
St. Peter’s Cathedral
Just past Sak’s is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I find it hard to capture what you see in photographs, but hopefully these images give you a feel for what it’s like to be inside such a beautiful building.
Egypt at the Met
Before going inside my brother and I were sitting next to the fountain in front of the Met. I tried putting some of my learning into practice by taking a picture in a puddle just outside the fountain and I captured this reflection of the museum and water from the fountain.
We only took in one exhibit this year. Egypt is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum, but I don’t think I’ve ever walked through the entire exhibit before.
No walk trip through Manhattan would be complete without some time in Central Park. I love the colors of the park in the fall.
15 years ago when we first stumbled on the parade floats being inflated, seeing them was a casual experience. Over the years more and more security has arrived and this year it was tighter than usual. We spent as much time trying to get out as we did checking out the floats.
I also realized that the older I get, the less I recognize most of the floats. I know the Kool-Aide guy, but I’m clueless who the other two are.
I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of Christmas trees to get you ready for the coming holiday season. The first is the tree inside the New York Public Library The second is an origami Christmas tree from inside the Museum of Natural History.
Once again, have a Happy Thanksgiving, a belated Happy Thanksgiving, or the best Thursday you can have.
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