East Village Park Hawk

 A little natural beauty today…
while our hearts & prayers go out to everyone/anyone experiencing tsunami trauma, drama and earthquake aftershocks….
The Tompkins Square Park hawk, about a week or so ago (note snow still on ground!), perched itself on a limb in the tree outside my window. 
I climbed up on my desk and tried to get shots of the beauty without scaring him off. A bit out of focus, I’m afraid, was worried that if I opened the window, he’d fly the coop.
Then my buzzer rang and off he soared!
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Pretty Snowflake Fairy Princess

What with the mess and stress of the weather today, I’m longing for the pristine beauty of the newly fallen snow. 
And the beauty and style of the fashionable woman I am calling the Snowflake Fairy Princess. 
We came upon her the other morning at Tompkins Square Park after our last blizzard, walking in the quiet snowy morning around the perimeter of the park. She let me take her picture and said she’d made her gorgeous coat herself many years ago and wore it only on occasions such as this.
Perhaps we’ll see her again tomorrow morning after our forecast of more snow and ice? 
Anyone know who she is? We forgot to ask her name!

Long Live the Holiday Lights

Let ’em light, let ’em last.

I’m all for holiday lights lasting waaaay past the holidays, at least well into January. And, heck, why not into February, too? We all start to feel to so glum around that time. It gets dark so early, it can be bitter cold, it’s a bleak time of year. Why not have something a little festive that lasts long after the Winter Solstice before the next happy holiday hits (Valentine’s Day, which, granted, for some can bring more pain than pleasure).

Retailers start too early with — dare I say — Christmas lights. Hey, let Halloween and Thanksgiving shine on their own. Maybe we should start a trend of black light decorations that begin early in October. Thanksgiving could switch to warm glowing tones. But then let December’s ampage remain and illuminate into the next year. It brightens the city to have an arch of lights hovering over streets, windows and fire escapes twinkling above, trees adorned in the parks, like ours is in Tompkins Square, above.

I sat, let’s start a movement! Make a petition! Take it to the mayor!

Shine on, holiday lights. Shine on!