Lens-Artists Challenge #251 Buildings and Other Structures

Anne challenges me, to find fascinating structures that capture my attention, tell a story, or are just beautiful.

This gives me the opportunity to look at photographs from my New York City trip. I am originally from New York. Born in Manhattan but lived in Queens, and after the age of ten, I lived a suburban life on Long Island. Plainview to be specific. There is a vast difference between those 2 views. In 1978 the family left Queens, New York, and moved to Southern California. This was fortuitous since my husband worked on the 82nd floor of the World Trade Tower 2. Two years later we relocated to Northern California and settled in Sacramento. Did I know that my apartment in Northridge would be flattened in an earthquake? I now live in Fair Oaks part of Sacramento County for over 5 years.

In March 2020 we had tickets to New York City. At the very last minute we canceled, and New York City closed down. I don’t know why I don’t buy lottery tickets!

Leaving Kennedy Airport in Queens for Manhattan.

The architecture of the old TWA building.

But I still feel like a New Yorker, and when we visit we stay in New York City at The Lucerne.

This is a landmark building on the upper west side
The Lucerne on 79th Street
A condo was built in the space between

We made sure to visit different parts of the city each time.


The Empire State Building

On this very foggy day, we were told that there would be nothing to view from above. We came back another day for the view.

One World Trade Center

2014 was too soon to visit the site. There were still a lot of memories and a lot of construction.


2023 we visit One World Trade Center

Bird’s eye look at Manhattan

Going up to the One World Trade Observatory. Look at the view.

Amazing architecture

Madison Square Garden
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Met”
This full facade was moved to The Met from Wall Street
Macy’s on 34th Street. Just think of the Thanksgiving Parade.

So much remains, and so much changes. A couple of weeks after we visited The American Museum of Natural History an addition opened up. I visited this museum often when I was growing up. My Aunt Li, Uncle Henry, and Cousin Ricky lived about 10 blocks away. And as it happened my mother selected an orthodontist around the corner. So trips to the city were frequent. Without the new addition, I was still in awe of the changes made to this museum and the Hayden Planetarium located there.


Grand Central Terminal – outside and inside

The Oculus

2014 The Oculus under construction
The Oculus

So many memories, and so many new places to see.I hope you liked this whirlwind tour of New York City.

Lens-Artists Challenge #250 SKyscapes or Cloudscapes

This week Amy of The World is a Book challenges me to select a few cloudscape photos.

Having had a long period of drought, I value a cloudy sky. I especially like those puffy white clouds that I can imagine all sorts of stories. Usually, the summer skies can be a bit drab. Beating hot sun, and not a cloud in the sky. At that time a nice cloud cover is welcome. Sunsets and clouds are beautiful. A cloudy winter’s day can give me a feeling of moodiness. Clouds with the anticipation of rain can be welcome. Or if it goes on for too many days, it can make me want to stay in bed longer.

I often take a photo of the clouds with the thought that I might want to exchange a boring, bland sky for a cloudy one. It never happens, but I do have a fun library to look at when it can to this challenge.

Puffy clouds to imagine stories

What can you imagine is happening?
Something is up in the clouds
Can you see it?
A Sedona sky at sunset

Clouds at the shore

Maui Hawaii at sunset
Maui Sunset Cruise
Sacramento Wildlife Refuge
Laguna Beach before it rains
McKinley Park

Sunsets and clouds

Sailor Bar off the American River
Wonderful cloud formations in Sedona Arizona
Another from Sedona, Arizona

Clouds take their place in landscapes

Clouds in winter

Sacramento winter
This moody Livermore sky would work for a scary Halloween theme

Airplane View of clouds

That is all folks. When you go outside be sure to look up! Or out, or down!

My photo collection has over 200 cloudy images. It is fun to go back and review my collection. One of the perks of participating in these Lens-Artist challenges. What are your thoughts?

Lens-Artists Challenge #249 Public Art

This week’s Journeys by Johnbo challenge features a focus on the arts. Public art in all its forms and locations. Whether in a park or a parking lot, an outdoor theater, or a street corner, art in public places can be found in communities worldwide.

Sidewalk Art

Found outside a store. It has a message.
Hanging out in Roseville, Ca.

Airport Art

Baggage Claim at the Sacramento Metro Airport
Big Red Rabbit seeing travelers at the Sacramento Metro Airport
Indianapolis Airport

Art Found in a Park Setting

Dancing in Eureka, Ca.

Memorial Art

Cyclist Street Memorial
911 Tribute in 2018 Sacramento, Ca.

Art representing place

One day this sculpture appeared on the corner of Eastern and Marconi. I went home, grabbed my camera, and headed back. A while later it was gone.

Before galloping away

A couple of years later, this rooster appeared at this remodeled shopping center. So far, this rooster has found its home in Fair Oaks.

Fair Oaks Rooster
Historical Monument in front of Mono County Courthouse
Entitled Double Check in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan
George M Cohan on Duffy Square in New York City
Maui, Hawaii
Claude Chana Prospecter, founding father of Auburn Ca.
“Welcome” to visitors of Rough and Ready, Ca.

 Animals in Public Art

Napa, Ca.

Public Art that enhances its surroundings

Found this creative exhibit of public art in South Sacramento in a vacant lot.

Have I shown you something that you yourself have seen? Are there similar works of public art where you are? There is always surprises to see! Enjoy.

Lens-Artists Challenge #248 Mood

So, for this week, Sofia challenges me to think of mood, and how to convey and create an emotional reaction to my shot. That can be accomplished by capturing situations or occasions, photography styles, or people and their feelings.  Never forgetting how moods can be perceived in different ways by different people.


Silhouette at McKinley Park
On the dock in Old Sacramento


Can you please give me directions?
Helping his son.


Docent at the Sacramento Zoo
Docent at the Sacramento Railroad Museum
Learning out in nature


Local carnival
A bench in Berkeley


At a swim meet

Tired and Broken


Not happy to have his photo taken.
Renaissance Faire in Fair Oaks, Ca.


Animal Moods

My Moxie’s sweet eyes.
This iguana was out for a walk with its owner. Looks happy!
What’s going on?

I imagined a story by watching these gulls on the beach.

Wolf’s Guenon shows affection, protection, and care.

I’ll end here with the hope that everyone’s mood is positive, polite, and caring.