This New York City day has been enriched by the delivery of a remarkable new book containing truly splendid views of another city by the excellent photographer Colin O'Brien.
The book's photographs depict London from the early 1950s to the current day and will tell any viewer a remarkable tale of a changing place.
I first learned of Mr. O'Brien's work via one of my favorite blogs, Spitalfields Life. Perhaps some of you in the U.K. also know about the book. If not, you have great opportunity within the next few weeks to use the "listen again" feature on Robert Elms' BBC London Radio program to hear Mr. Elms interview Mr. O'Brien. You are in for a treat.
Meanwhile, back here in New York, yesterday was oppressive in its heat and humidity, and even though the predicted heavy thunderstorms passed us by, we were lucky to discover that the air had cooled somewhat today.
This was a good day for some errands requiring long walks outdoors. I had my camera with me and thought I would retrace some of places I'd shown you during winter snow days. This brownstone block is one of those that stage the elaborate scary Halloween displays.
Around this time in late June all is more relaxed with lots of green foliage and some bright colors. No snow, no skeletons.
I admire the way that the folks who live along this block share their front gardens with the rest of us. I imagine that the back gardens behind these buildings must be wonderfully tranquil havens.
It seems to be a good time for hydrangea blooms. I have seen lots of them around town. I admit that I am not all that sure about the bright yellow and orange flowers being so close to those cooler tones in the following photograph, but it is a very jolly grouping.
Please do take my word for it that there are more hydrangeas in the window boxes pictured below. The sunshine is glorious!
Varieties of coleus plants are also very popular, particularly for commercial businesses wishing for low maintenance gardens in front of their premises. If you click on the next picture to enlarge it, you'll see a reflection in the dark glass window of ... me.
Sometimes when I am taking pictures I tend to use similar composition for several photographs. In the photos above and below I am exploring horizontal stripes.
The yellow cab is whizzing down Columbus Avenue, passing by an ABC Television building featuring a zipper news announcement. It usually seems to be reporting some disaster, but I admit that I always look at it...usually to see the current weather report.
I'm hoping that you all have enjoyed this post's views from two different cities. Thank you for your visits and comments. I'm hoping that the hot weather is not going to make me into a lazy blogger. It can be so easy to succomb to the call of an afternoon nap on a hot day, but also can be lots of fun to share my city with you all.