Farewell February

Record snow falls in the past 48 hours! I spent a lot of time at the reservoir today (frozen above) just leaning over the railing and enjoying the peace of the snow falling, of birds flying in flocks near the water...away from the traffic and honking of the street. The reservoir, which divides the East and West sides of Central park, is in the middle of the city, and you would never even know it! (besides the skyline of course :)

I love this post from Invisible Children. Partly because I took a class taught by Tom Shadyac during my last semester of college. He quickly became one of my heroes as well and I will carry some of the discussions we had in that classroom with me for the rest of my life. I also love Mary Oliver. I first heard of her while I was working at Summit Adventure during the summer after my junior year. There was something so natural about reading her poetry in the backcountry of beautiful Yosemite. But I have truly grown to love her writing as I've left college and attempted to find my own way. One of my favorites is also probably one of her most famous poems and struck a chord in me...here it is:

The Summer Day:

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down--
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do 
with your one wild and precious life?


la blogotheque

I love La Blogotheque.
they did a session with Sufjan Stevens playing a cover of Innocence Mission's "Lakes of Canada" a while back. Two of my favorites. Here.

Another favorite that made it to their site recently: Phoenix.
1901 and Long Distance Call.

(via hearblack)


Photos to Share:

Here's some recent photos I've taken...nothing too exciting--just life in New York as I know it now :)...
My Valentines Day (LAST weekend...holy cow!) was spent with a friend in Midtown with the Red Empire State Building and thai food. Our meal began with Pomegranate Lemonade and Thai Iced Tea (yum!!...non-alcoholic delights!)

Evidently I have taken it upon myself to photograph Astoria Park in every season. There's also one of the local Greek Orthodox Church and the view from my back window of the blue sky on Valentines Day. I've been missing that sky on these cold winter days.

One more thing to share with you on this Friday evening:

The brilliance of Jonsi from Sigur Ros.


I've seriously watched this at least 20 times. 

Happy Friday to you! Any brilliant weekend plans? I've got Yoga on the brain and I can't wait for a Saturday morning class in the Village...love this place...I'll write more about it sometime! 


Happy Friday

Happy friday!
I had a very interesting week. I spent a lot of time at Columbia (above). As you can probably tell, I'm loving the scraggly bare branches of the trees. The Wednesday "blizzard" had all of NYC frazzled. Schools were cancelled for only the 3rd time in 6 years. It was pretty lovely! I stayed in and baked Monet's Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins (also above). Go visit her blog now. She is going to open a bakery someday soon. Those muffins were to die for (sidenote: I'm not a baker, so mine did not come out very pretty, but they were delicious!).

I have some links to share with you...here is a friday list! I love lists.

1)  Another beautiful photoblog! Tommy lives in London. I came across her via the blue hour.

2) Our Labor of Love is selling their SmileBooths!!! If only I had a pile of extra cash lying around...

3) I have never seen Jimmy Fallon's Robert Pattinson impression until today. Thanks, Lorene for posting! (hilarious)

4) I love this Anil Dash article I found via the blue hour. It is pre-state of the union address. But still. It inspires me to write and share more about causes I care about.

5) And speaking of causes I care about: Congrats to the Ashraya Initiative for Children and their beautiful new addition to the family!! Follow them on twitter and check out their facebook page and albums. They do incredible work with children in the slums of Pune, India. I volunteered with them over the summer and their kiddos stole my heart!

6) Last but not least, I have a hectic work weekend ahead of me. But on Sunday I may use some free time to take a journey down to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Flea. Thanks to Cup of Jo for the link!

Happy weekend to you!


Weddings, Photos, and flowered hair pins

Yesterday was my sister's one month wedding anniversary!
Unfortunately I didn't take very many photos during the wedding week and weekend. I guess I was too busy running around like a crazy person.

But here are a few of the photos that I did manage to take:

They are a mix of DSLR and powershot photos. The first and eighth photo in this series I took back in the fall when Laura first picked out her beautiful wedding dress from Something New Boutique in Colorado Springs. I wanted to post the pictures soooo badly. But of course, her lovely fiance hadn't seen the dress yet.

I also had to post this last black and white photo because I was (and still am) in love with the flowered headband that she wore with a matching black dress for the rehearsal dinner. In the cake cutting picture (above, taken with a little Canon powershot), you can also see that she chose to wear a small headband with flowers at the wedding instead of a veil. I just LOVE these accessories. As such, I was thrilled to discover this blog recently: {hope}venessa and her etsy shop. I met this lovely lady during my summer in India. We were both volunteering in Calcutta at Mother Teresa's homes around the same time. Little did I know that she is an incredible artist, jewelry, and accessory designer! She makes everything herself. I think I might have to purchase the flowered headbands and/or hair pins someday soon! Check it out. (valentine's gifts!!). Yet another bonus is that half of all the proceeds go to either Invisible Children or Missionaries of Charity (founded by Mother Teresa).

One last thing: if you haven't already, head on over to RachaelHopePhotography to see the professional wedding photos. AMAZING!


MLK & Banana Bread

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I went to this amazing free concert in the city on MLK Day a little while back with some friends. A bunch of artists and poets came together to perform and collaborate in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as to take donations for the tragedy in Haiti. I hurriedly snapped some pictures of the opening performer (who also was my favorite musician of the night), before the MC came out and told everyone to quit taking pictures. Oh man. This guy was incredible. Daniel Bernard Roumain. Maybe you've seen him on TV performing with Lady Gaga or performing on American Idol. Not only is he a classical musician and composer but he bridges the gap between classical music and modern R&B, pop, and anything and everything else! 

In other news, I am failing BIG TIME with my photo-a-day project. I was doing alright for a little while. But here was the last one I took, which was on January 21st I believe (I know...that was a long while ago):
Some delicious homemade banana bread my roommate made from scratch! You can even see the crumbs on our stove and everything! :)

I'm finding that I don't like to take my camera out with me everywhere I go on a daily basis (to work and back for example). Also, I find that the daily happenings of my life aren't always that interesting and so it becomes tricky to find a creative photo. Then I start photographing things like homemade banana bread...that I didn't even make. :)

Are any of you guys doing a 365 photo project?? Any suggestions or recommendations on how to keep it going? I found a great post with some helpful suggestions on Digital Photography School (another great blog you should follow!). I think I need to start again!

Lorene: You and Chad need to get your butts to New York!!!!...:) MISS you guys!
Morgan: Thanks, girl! You always leave the best comments...:)... and you're right...I am just going to go and eat there. Who cares if I can't afford it. Just once. haha :) 
Rik: I totally signed up for the Carnegie hall student rush list. If I can get cheap tickets next time, then I'm there!!