Friday, August 31, 2012

End of the day

Walking past the quiet grounds of the Theological Seminary, long shadows signalled the end of the day. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer serenade

Sweet and slightly sad folk songs on banjo, tambourine, and guitar. That's an ice cream shop behind, so you can enjoy live music with dessert.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Washington Road Bridge

Over Lake Carnegie, from the Princeton boathouse. The bridge offers great views during rowing races (the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic rowing team is headquartered in Princeton). The bridge is also in the opening credits of House M.D. (below, at 0:20), set in Princeton.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tree blossoms

Against hazy August skies. I'm somehow thrilled that trees still blossom in late summer.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dog days of summer

How to say no to a friendly face? Meet Lucy, a sweet 6-year-old, English springer spaniel/border collie mix. (Speaking of summer days, I can't believe they're almost gone!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Block party

There was a block party Wednesday night with lots of great food...

...People danced, let down their hair...

...And enjoyed the lovely evening.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weekend explorations II: Unicorn tapestry

I found weekend photos I thought I'd deleted (phew!), so couldn't resist a second peek inside New York's Cloisters museum (posted Monday). The Unicorn in Captivity tapestry, 1495-1505, is one of many gems. Recently, it appeared in a Harry Potter film, adorning Hogwarts school.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Purple coneflowers

A swath of purple coneflowers, with a white variety ('white swan' coneflower, I believe) thrown in.

Weekend explorations: Northern Manhattan

The Cloisters are a tranquil museum of medieval art, an oasis in New York. The collection includes many architectural elements, displayed as part of the museum itself. These marble arches and columns (circa 1130-40) were from a monastery in southern France, abandoned during the French Revolution.

Friday, August 17, 2012


With several sticky somethings...I wanted to investigate, but mosquitoes were eating me alive.
~ Enjoy your weekends! ~

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Albert Einstein's house

One of the most common questions I get is: "Where is Einstein's house?" So here it is. (Not the best photo, but I felt sheepish jostling with a group out front - already taking photos.) Einstein lived here from 1936 until his death in 1955. It's still a private residence. I hear the current owner dresses as Einstein for Halloween. :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In vino veritas

The Corkscrew is an adored local wine shop. Friendly expert staff, cellar temperatures, unusual tasty wines (ahh)...what more could you want?

At left is the friendly Frenchman, Laurent (thanks for posing!), behind it all.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Slumming it

One of the "slums," as some Princeton University student dormitories are called. These dormitories are old and among the last choices in the student housing draw.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Future Olympic sport?

The Olympics are over, but faster, higher, stronger is never out of style. Cross-country street skiing, anyone?

Friday, August 10, 2012

You say tomato

Many-hued farmers' market tomatoes. It's the best tomato season in years, yum! Heirloom Striped Germans, above, are delicious. At left: tangy Green Zebras. (Who picks these names?:)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A good listener

Don't we all need one in our lives? This one seemed to be listening closely through the bark, still as a statue, even as I crept close. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," Scudder Plaza. A reinterpretation of bronze Chinese zodiac animals from Beijing's Old Summer Palace, looted during the Second Opium War, the exhibit explores the meaning of art relics (more here). Sorry about the overcast light, it's been stormy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Giant paddling pool

Summer evening at Scudder PlazaWoodrow Wilson School. That orange sign prohibits wading, in vain.  The architect behind this scene also designed New York's former World Trade Center. Taken last week, this photo shows the plaza before new outdoor sculptures arrived (I'll show those soon).

Monday, August 6, 2012

Weekend explorations: Lincoln Center on an overcast day

Henry Moore's "Reclining Figure" (1963-64), at the Eero Saarinen-designed Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York. A 2010 remodeling added a restaurant with a green lawn roof, right side of photo, for lounging. The remodeling changed the original layout of this quiet plaza, causing some uproar.

(The photo at left shows one reason we've been exploring our metropolitan area so much: the wonderful Lincoln Center Festival). 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Evening scene

On my way to a late dinner, there was still soft light in the sky. Long summer days are such a treat.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blair Arch

Instagramming (no camera then). Princeton students love singing here and Tina Fey's new movie has been filming here. Fey plays...a Princeton University admissions officer (a comical one, hopefully).

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August theme day: Numbers (How now brown cow)

Little ones at organic Cherry Grove Farm

Update: Wasn't sure at first, but minds greater than mine convinced me that #216 above, posted yesterday, should be today's August theme day submission (thank you Versailles Daily Photo, Today Around Coventry Daily Photo and Around Roanoke!), so here it is (again - sorry & hope I avoid the blogging police!). To mix it up, at left was my other idea, but I'm glad wiser minds prevailed!

~The CDP portal is still out; see theme day participants here.~