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USA Wanderings: Riverside Park in New York

When I was in the USA, over two months ago now, I took so many photos. I’ve tried to show you a selection of all the places I went to, and I can’t believe there are still photos to show. Today I have some photos that I took the day I spent with Robert in Riverside Park in New York.

Riverside Park is between the Hudson River and the Upper West Side. It was a great park to wander around. I think it is quieter too and seemed to have more locals in it. I didn’t get the whole tourist vibe while there. It was really nice.

We had planned on going to Central Park but since I went there the day before we decided to walk to the river. We also passed some amazing homes, brownstones, I believe they are called. I was also fascinated with the fire escapes. We don’t have them here, so I enjoyed seeing them as well.

I will leave you with a gallery now. I will put captions under some of them if they need some explaining. I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been working on photos for my book. I think I needed to start. I am so happy with how the images are looking.





USA Wanderings: Walking Around the Financial District in New York

When I spent the day with Stacy and Robert we covered so much of New York. We walked so far. It was fantastic. I think it was the day I realized that New York really was huge. I had heard it was, but I think until you actually go there and try to get around you don’t really understand. I imagine London would be the same too.

We walked over 8 miles that day, or 13 kilometres. It was a massive day, my feet were killing me at the end of it, but it was also worth it. I really enjoyed it and will always remember it as one of my favourites.

I am just going to leave you with a gallery now. I will put captions under the photos so you know where they are, if I know. I did get a bit lost really, but I had people who knew where to go, so that was good. These photos are from when we got off the train at the new Fulton Station, and until we got to the Brooklyn Bridge.

It is Saturday here now, I’m planning on having a quiet weekend. I was out most of yesterday taking more photos around Aireys Inlet. It has been strange since I got back, the place I keep itching to take photos of is the city. I think New York helped me to find architecture again. Take care and enjoy your weekend too.  Remember if you like the post, please share it.

USA Wanderings: Monterey Bay Aquarium

What do you do when you only have a few hours left in one place or with some people? Go to Monterey and see how much you can see.

Before going to my sister in laws in the afternoon to stay my friend and I decided that we would get up fairly early and go down to Monterey and maybe go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

I’ve heard so much about this aquarium since my husband had visited it on his trip there ten years ago. If I could find the time to go I really wanted to see if it was a possibility. I thought the time had run out and then my friend said, let’s just go. So we did.

I have already shown  you the jellyfish photos I took there, but I thought today I could show you what else I saw. There is something very calming about watching fish swim around, or the sea otters, I think that is what they were. I love the glass dome that had waves going over it. It was all great.

It wasn’t easy to photograph and the photos aren’t great, but hopefully they will give you an idea of what was there. If you are ever in Monterey you should see if you can get to the Aquarium it is amazing. Maybe you have already been and can tell us about your adventure there.

Here is a gallery with some of the images I took at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Have a good weekend.

USA Wanderings: Leaving San Francisco

Carrying on from yesterday, we did go and see the play Beach Blanket Babylon. It was fantastic, and if you get a chance to see it then I really recommend it. I didn’t get everything, but the costumes and such were so amazing. It was a visual treat as well as entertaining.

We had planned on having dinner in the city but the car park where we parked the car was closing so we had to leave. We decided to head back home.


As we were leaving we realized that all the sunshine was gone and the city was covered in fog or low clouds, not sure which. I suspect all the same thing really. So you can see we lost the top of the buildings.


As we got on the freeway to head to San Jose a look back at the city revealed all white. The city had disappeared into a blanket of white. Very weird.  Not a great photo, I’m afraid, but I wanted to show you how it looked. Taking photos from a car is never great.


Then as we were going along the freeway you could see the sun setting, but also the fog rolling in. It really was rolling in. I was so fascinated by it. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was so strange. Here fog just sort of appears, it doesn’t come rolling in like this. You could see it moving along. Even now I am totally amazed as I think back to it. I think if I lived there I would be trying to photograph it as much as possible. Though it is easy to say that when you don’t live there, it is like snow I guess, great to visit but a pain to live with.

I have some more photos for you, not many more, and they are pretty much the same thing, just slight differences, I hope you don’t mind.  I hope your weekend is going well. I’m taking it easy, before a busy week.

USA Wanderings: An Afternoon in San Francisco

When I was staying with my sister in law she took me into the city of San Francisco. The plan was to see a play, Beach Blanket Babylon. We decided to go in early and explore around the piers on the side of the bay, see the play then maybe dinner afterwards.


It is quite amusing that the play we were going to see also have a Boulevard named after it.

From the carpark we walked down the street and headed to the bayside area.


As we were walking there we could see the fog rolling in. So incredible to see fog rolling in in the middle of the afternoon. The sun was still shining, it wasn’t cold, but there was this fog. I’ve never seen anything like it before.


The area around pier 41, Fisherman’s Wharf and another Aquatic area, can’t remember the name of it now. It had lots of things happening and going on. It was good fun to walk around and just watch the people.

I had my first taste of Clam Chowder there. It was so good.


The streets and how steep they were was something I had to take photos of. It certainly didn’t make you want to walk around much.


A photo of Alcatraz. In the gallery at the end you will see another photo of it, but you can’t see it much because it is covered in fog. It lifted a little and you can see it a bit better.


You can see some great architecture as you wander and I especially liked this one of the house with its own trolley car.  It was the only one I really wanted to go in.


Look at how steep they are, the road looks like it finishes, but it doesn’t.

It was a great day, and I really enjoyed just walking around and seeing things. We had to get back so we could see the matinee performance of the play. More on that tomorrow.

Here is a gallery of the above images and some more from that afternoon. I hope your weekend is looking great and you are looking forward to getting out and taking some photos.

USA Wanderings: New York Public Library

On the day I spent with Stacy, Robert and Robyn we also went to the New York Public Library. It was one building that was most definitely on my list. I have wanted to see it ever since I saw the movie Day After Tomorrow. I know that probably makes me a sad person, but I do love a good disaster movie, and Stacy really understood why I wanted to go there.


Such an imposing building from the outside. It certainly has something that says it is important. Libraries can be so beautiful. The one here is gorgeous as well. Such grandeur.


The interior was just as stunning. I really wanted to take some photos from this spot as they ran up to here in the building to see the water coming in. If you look through the middle window, that is the road or street the water came rushing down.


You can sort of see where we were standing there up on the right. Look at the detail inside this building. It was so amazing.

Of course I look at many of these photos and wish I had changed something, or did something different and now I can’t go back and re-shoot them. It is one of the benefits of making where you live or places close by your subject matter, then you can keep going back until you get the shots as you want them. I will have to start making more trips to some of my favourite Melbourne buildings.

As we left we turned back and you could see the Chrysler Building in distance.


Out the back of the library is a really popular garden, or park, it is called Bryant Park, I believe. It was lovely to just sit there and watch the people.

We decided at this stage that we need to get food so we headed to a pizza place that Robyn knew and look what we walked through.


Yes, Times Square. It was my only visit to it. I know lots of people think you have to go at night, but from what I’ve heard it really wasn’t for me. I don’t like lots of people and crowds. It was good to see it, but this was enough.

It was all part of an extraordinary day and one I know I will remember for a very long time. I am going to leave you with a gallery now. I hope you are having a lovely weekend. We’ve had a thunderstorm and some rain, very nice.

Reflecting Back

It has been busy since I got back and I’m slowly catching up with everything. It’s been good to have some air to breathe.

I have been thinking a lot about my trip and how I still have so many photos to process, and I thought I might look at some that I have already done. Looking back really, it brings back so many great memories.

I’m off to take photos again today. I am going to go and take photos of something I should have done ages ago, so I am just going to leave you with a gallery of some of my favourite photos from my trip. I hope you have a great day.