All posts tagged: Weekly photo challenge

On Serenity

In the middle of crowds and chaos, I am learning to tune out noise and aspire for calm. There, in the in between, in the just-arrived and not-there-yet; the I can come in and choose to stay an observer; twinkling lights, fun and merry-go-rounds against a soft picturesque as-if-it-was-painted backdrop; the middle of the day and night, the light still but not quite dark — is serenity. Picture taken of Warwick’s 4th of July Carnival, 2014, Warwick, NY using my iPhone Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

The Chrysler Building; and Not Only Seeing, But Understanding

One sees differently from different angles. May it be when looking at something’s tangible physical attribute or in an argument, a fresh view leads to not only seeing but understanding. Weekly photo challenge: Angular The Chrysler Building as seen from New York City’s The Ride, a tourist bus that takes people around midtown Manhattan while entertainers perform inside the vehicle and on the streets. (We did not particularly love The Ride, mostly because we thought it was going to bring us to more destinations. Perhaps if you’re familiar with the city don’t expect to be in awe.)

What Colors are the Empire State Building?

When you are walking in the vicinity of Herald Square, it’s always fun to see what colors the Empire State Building’s lights are and learning what those colors mean. Here are some photos I took using my phone as I just happened to chance upon the pretty colors of the ESB those nice New York nights. Follow the @EmpireLights twitter account or visit their website for a lighting schedule. Weekly photo challenge: Nighttime

Lady Liberty, a Symbol of Our Enduring Ideals: Democracy, Freedom, and Hope

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus A gift of friendship from France to the United States, Lady Liberty is a symbol of democracy and freedom. She stands tall through everything we had endured in New York and beyond, a true universal symbol of the strong woven fabric that we are made of and what we can do together. Times may be volatile but there are ideals that remain the same, and the pursuit of these endure not only in our symbols — which help remind us of what we have accomplished, what came before, what can be when all seem hopeless — but also within each of us. Photo taken during a cruise around Manhattan with my parents some years back. Weekly photo challenge: Endurance

On Endurance: Don’t Pray for Lighter Burdens

“Don’t pray for lighther burdens, pray for stronger backs.” – Anon Photo taken of hardworking donkeys, as they stop to take a quick break in Oia, Santorini, during our trip to Greece in November 2013. Tourists are often given advisories not to take ‘donkey taxis’ in Santorini as most of them are reportedly being mistreated by their handlers (something we ourselves did not witness: the man in this particular photograph seemed to us to have been intent on the task at hand, like many of the hardworking folks we met in our travels). It’s also symbolic of the endurance and strength we should — and find within us to — exhibit when we have to take on the challenges we are given. Weekly photo challenge: Endurance

On Humanity: Joining Together Through What Seems Insurmountable

What makes us human? Is it looking into someone’s eyes and seeing joy, love, or hope? Is it triumph, sadness, pain during unfortunate times, is it survival? It’s everything isn’t it, but more so joining together in experiencing everything we all go through individually, knowing we have each other through it all — through the seemingly insurmountable, impossible battles we face. Weekly photo challenge: humanity