Rainbow, Osprey and Pretty Sunset – Aftermath of a N.J. Summer Thunderstorm

Numerous photos of last night’s photographically awesome storm, rainbow and sunset were posted locally, recording a spectacle which left jaws dropping. Many captures of the boiling storm clouds, intense and full rainbow, and incredibly striking sunset – many far better than these, show how good, and prolific everyday photography has become in recent years. 

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Osprey and the end of the rainbow, on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
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In my rush to catch the tail end of the show, I left my wide-angle lens behind, but did manage to catch the plane, left of center, above.  Click or stretch for closer look.

…As usual, thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome. M 🙂

Park Police Escort – The Dilemma of the Capture

This Post Contains Four Images

Two images captured of the New York skyline were featured on my previous post. To change perspective, I  drove closer to the George Washington Bridge, now 1/2 mile (.8 km) south, for this view from the edge of the Hudson River as twilight was approaching.

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ABOVE, Left to right;                                                                                                     CitiCorp Center, 7.1 mi. (11.4 km,) Height 915′ (279 m) opened 1977

432 Park Residential Building, 6.9 mi. (11.1 km) – 1396′ (426 m); 2015

Chrysler Building, 7.6 mi. (12.2 km); 1046′ (319 m); 1930

Met Life Building (Pan Am), 7.1 mi. (11.9 km); 808′ (246 m); 1963  

Riverside Church, 3.3 mi. (5.3 km), 392′ (111 m); 1930 with Grant’s Tomb, 1897

Comcast (GE, 30 Rock, RCA) Building, 7.1 mi. (11.9 km); 850′ (260 m); 1933 (far right) 

North River Treatment Plant, 2.3 mi. (3.7  km); 1985 (on river)

George Washington Bridge, 0.5 mi. (0.8 km); road: 212′ above Hudson; 1931

To keep from dying (the wickedly cold wind chill was brutal,) I was now shooting from my car, with the telephoto extending out the window for support.  Since I thought no one else was in the area, I had driven off  the road to a snow covered grassy area near the water.

Busily shooting away, I didn’t notice the Palisades Interstate Park Police cruiser,  headlights on, approaching slowly from the road. It was now well after sunset, and the park was officially closed – a fact that had escaped me. For several reasons I was grateful for their leniency and appropriate scrutiny followed by a cordially-offered wave of approval. I’m sure the barrel of my lens pointed at the GWB could have been likened to something a little more threatening.

Giving me a few more minutes as the skyline grew increasingly more impressive, they eventully escorted me up to the top of the switchbacks where I drove to the Rockefeller Lookout, 2.3 miles further north and 400 feet (122 m) higher, on top of the cliffs. 

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ABOVE: The GW bridge cable and roadway lights are now visible in the lower part of this image, as seen from on top of the Palisades.

731 Lexington, 9.0 mi (14.5 km) from lookout, 806′ (246 m);  1985, is lit on top.

Trump World Tower, 9.8 mi. (15.7 km); 861′ (262 m); 2001, at far left.

BELOW: Centered                                                                                                          Empire State Bldg., 10.2 miles (16.4 km)  from lookout, 1220′ (372 m); 1931        

One 57,  to it’s left, 9.0 mi. (14.5 km), 1005′ (306m); 2014

BOA Tower, right of Empire State Bldg. 9.7 mi. (15.6 km), 1046′ (319 m); 2007

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BELOW: a wide shot (as my fingers turned to ice,) 

One World Trade Center -Freedom Tower, seen at the far right., 13.1 miles (21 km) from the Rockefeller Lookout, standing  1776 feet high (541 m), and listed as a 2014 completion. 

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Click or stretch images to see at wonderfully higher resolution.

Acknowledgement  to Wikipedia for info and data

Thanks for visiting, and as usual, comments are always welcome – M 🙂

A Winter’s Day…. Late-Day NYC View From the Frigid Englewood Boat Basin

Located aside the Hudson River, the Englewood Boat Basin is on the New Jersey side, a few miles north of the George Washington Bridge. 

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The icy wind assured there would be no “old friends” on these park benches,

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just  “cold as bones” trees silhouetted before the bridge, and Manhattan beyond.

More images shortly, as twilight and park police crept forth.

Thanks for visiting, and as usual comments are always welcome.

The Crowded Skies

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“Will you look at that!!!!”

A little before sunset last night, atmospheric conditions were  just right to reveal the many aircraft, likely full of holiday travelers, flying the skies west of coastal New Jersey. 

(This post contains 6 images taken just after 4:30 PM, 12/27/2014)

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Same area, panned to the left….
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Closer look near the horizon…
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Thirty or more separate contrails were visible
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Contrails like these are relatively high altitude

In the original image above, a lower “local,” aircraft is seen left of center, below the parallel contrails. Click to enlarge.

The above image also contains two nuclear power plants – The Sun, (92 mil. miles – 148 mil. km) and the Oyster Creek Generating Station a little closer, in New Jersey!

Thanks for viewing, and as usual comments are always welcome. M 🙂

Three Days of Summer, Sandy Paw’s Winter Get-away (Part 2)

After a couple of long days on the road, we delighted in the warm, wonderful sunshine of South Florida, relishing in outdoor waterside eateries, and soft sandy beaches. Sandy Paws enjoyed exploring new grounds and meeting ODD friends.

Carefully sniffing the fauna on Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island

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In a small rental boat, we explored backwater mangrove islands,

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Colorful waters and condos,

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new types of friends,

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pristine beaches,

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and across “New Channel,” sighted a special beach, … for DOGS!!! (Whoo Hooo!)

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Sandy Paws was a little intimidated at first by the BIG dogs playing…

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but quickly fell in love with a cute canine friend – a back beach romance.

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Unfortunately, it was soon time to go,

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stopping first at the doggie shower

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and saying goodbye as the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.

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Thanks for visiting. Click on any image for full resolution, and as usual, Likes and Comments are always welcomed.

Dedicated in memory of Shep, Sandy Paw’s best friend…