Snug Harbor entrance in the fall
I had a few days of vacation left over this year and I wanted to take them next week when I guessed the colors here in the city would be at its peak, but working in retail such things are not easy to do, and getting a few days this week instead was going to have to do.
Seeing that the colors here in the big city still weren't all that photogenic, I spent the last two days travelling around some of the five boroughs to spots I haven't been to in many years to scout out new locations for future fall photo opps. Happily there were several spots where nice pops of rich color was already present, though often not on a grand enough scale to make for a nice scenic shot, but the locations held good promise for the future. I wanted to map a few more spots today, but not finding any places with web searches that I could reach for certain within an hour or so using NJ transit or the LIRR , I decided to scrap that plan and catch the bus to Snug Harbor instead. The last time I was here was this spring when I was looking to capture some new photo's to hopefully put up on mom's wall in her room at her nursing home. The colors were not that great, and additionally many area's were blocked off as they were getting some much deserved TLC, after the harsh winter and summer storms. I was headed for the front gate to catch the bus home when I walked past the latest huge barrier blocking off another area under repair. The covered fencing was so long and so high it completely blocked my view of the front entrance. When I came around the far corner of it I looked up and saw the late afternoon sun glistening through the autumn leaves, and the archway entrance just off to my right.
A bit run down looking from the front and back the archway's appearance in truth is really in keeping with the well aged historic look of this locally famous landmark (Did you know Herman Melville once lived here at Snug Harbor? It's in his time here at this once rest home for retired sailors that inspired his writing of Moby Dick). From the sides however the archway looks almost like a small cottage, and from this angle made for a perfect anchor point for some nice fall shots, so I stopped and paced back and forth for a few minutes looking for the perfect spot to stand that would do the scene the most justice. Once that perfect spot was confirmed in my mind I pulled back out my tripod and soon my camera was clicking away. Moments later a woman came walking up towards me and asked what kind of camera I was using, and if Nikon made a non professional version of it. I told her to look up the D7000, which was actually not only cheaper but being a newer generation better than mine. After thanking me she went on her way. A little bit later she walked past me again this time with her son and headed out that same front archway. I decided to include them here as a perfect accent to a charming fall scene.
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