Saturday, March 31, 2007

At last! The first signs of Spring!

...or, at least that I finally noticed.

These were blooming on a tree right in front of my apartment building where I live in Brooklyn. I'm botanically challenged, so I have no idea what the tree is called, or if these nascent blooms have their own unique name.

I do know that they are lovely (ack!), and precisely what I've been looking for to start off my macro exploration of Springtime 2007.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Keep Out

Center Drive, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fascinated by the statue of Peter, and his pet dog, Willie.

There must be something about this statue that Marcus finds so funny. Maybe one day Papi will get the joke, too, especially once my little boy can talk and break it down for me.

You can read more about the statue, based on Ezra Jack Keat's children's book, "Whistle for Willie," here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Abraham Lincoln statue in Prospect Park

It's hard to tell because he's not wearing his signature stovepipe hat, and the silhouette obscures his beard , but it's old Abe, alright.

Prospect Park, Concert Grove, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Stopping for a bite at the Cheyenne Diner.

33rd Street, near 9th Ave., Manhattan, New York.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Hardened

More like pitted and rusted.

Greenwood Avenue, near 11th Ave., Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Mister Softee

The day was warm enough for a Mister Softee ice cream truck to make its appearance next to Prospect Park.

Prospect Park West, near 11th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Out with the Old, In with the New, Pt. 1

Flatbush Avenue is Brooklyn's longest avenue, stretching from Brooklyn Heights all the way out to Rockaway Park. The section of Flatbush Avenue that runs adjacent to Park Slope and Prospect Heights is undergoing slow yet inexorable change. Gentrification, coupled with soaring real estate prices, is replacing long-time shops and services with new businesses that cater to the more recent residents.

Corner of Flatbush Avenue & Bergen Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Sef

Greenwood Avenue, near Prospect Avenue, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lonelyville Coffee Shop

Prospect Park Southwest, near Vanderbilt St., Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

F Train Streaks In

Seventh Avenue subway station, Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Brooklyn

Prospect Park West, near Bartel-Pritchard Square, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day from NYC!

Fifth Avenue, near 82nd St., Manhattan, New York.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Beware the Hail of March

In an abrupt departure from Wednesday's taste of spring weather, we got hit by an unwelcome blanket of icy sleet and hail -- the latter so intense that without the protection of an umbrella, it stung rather painfully.

That comically small blue car on the left can be seen in greater detail here.

Corner of 9th Street & Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Mommy Squirts Marcus with Water in the Tub

Marcus smiles to encourage Crystal to squirt even more water!

He could probably keep doing this all day if it wasn't for the fact that his whole body would eventually look like prune and his fingers and toes like raisins.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Springtime Romance in the Park

In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish’d dove;
In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

-- Alfred Lord Tennyson

It looks like she's still a bit unsure. Perhaps he should try another line!

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Comfort Station

Greenwood Playground, Kensington, Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Friendly chat with New York's Finest

It looks like Junior would like to join the conversation, too!

Corner of 9th Street & 5th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sealed with a Kiss

Okay, so they're not really seals -- they're sea lions. You can tell the difference because of their unique ear flaps.

Regardless, they're still an affectionate pair. Do you suppose the one in the back is complaining because he's not getting any love?

Arf, arf!

Friday, March 09, 2007

...and now he's gone.

32nd Street, between Broadway & Sixth Ave., Manhattan, New York.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Marcus takes off in his new Baby Nike Shox!

After having eaten a good quantity of cheddar Goldfish, Marcus is now recharged and ready to explore some more in his new Nike Shox, sized just right for his little baby feet. He's trying to turn the TV on at the same time, which is hard considering that Marcus is holding the remote sideways and upside down. Once he can walk and turn the TV on at the same time, watch out!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Lonely Park Benches on a Wintry Night

Corner of Sherman Street and Ocean Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Late Afternoon Stroll Past a Crunchy Brick Wall

Imagine putting this wall between two slices of bread. It would be quite crunchy, indeed -- provided your teeth didn't shatter first.

Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, March 05, 2007

F Subway Train @ Fourth Avenue Station

Heavily influenced by the abstract minimalism of a fellow photographer, I tried my own hand at transforming the mundane into geometric unity.

It's not quite as stark or surreal as Pete's work, but I'll get there eventually!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Not the Sistine Chapel Ceiling

I had once told a fellow photographer that the subways, metros, and tubes/undergrounds of other cities may have far cleaner and more immaculate train stations, but my heart will always belong to the gritty and trash-heaped subway stops of New York City -- including the wonderfully chipped ceilings with their peeling paint.

Broadway-Nassau Street subway station, Manhattan, New York.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Taking a Load Off

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Thursday, March 01, 2007

At Last! Finished Eating the Granola Bar.

After several days and much gnawing, Marcus finally finishes a granola bar I gave him to keep all of his seven baby teeth occupied in between meals. At the very last, when the granola bar was the merest nub, he popped it whole in his mouth and chewed and drooled it until it was soft enough to swallow. It kept falling out in the meanwhile, which is why the front of his shirt is covered in granola bits and baba (Spanish for baby drool).

This was shot at a high ISO of 1600, with only the kitchen light above for illumination, which is why the image looks a little flat. Unlike the other well-lit photos shot prior to this one on the same day, we decided this was the most adorable, hence a natural for Photo of the Day!