Friday, June 11, 2010

Sunset After the Storm

"As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night."
~ Dorothy Parker

After glowering most of the day, the skies delivered a fast-moving, soaking rain squall to New York City late Thursday afternoon. It ended just after sunset, and the waning light gave the world a silvery twilight radiance. I took a walk along the river.

The sky was aglow.

The water was aglow.

The Pepsi-Cola sign, a local landmark, was aglow.

Across the river, the Empire State Building was aglow.

Even the boardwalk seemed to be glowing.

Thank you, rain.

"Twlight: A time of pause when nature changes her guard."
~ Howard Thurman


  1. Gorgeous! Thank you. Have been in L.A. for 10 days and am ready to be back in the glow of New York.

  2. Thank YOU, Susan. You have just pushed me over the line. I'm going to buy a new camera. My old one died a few months ago and all I have these days is my cell phone.

    Meanwhile, we'll keep a glow in the window for you!

  3. Lovely photo set, Michele! I see bonus glows too, like the partial lamp in the top left corner of the first photo, and in the cutaway of the benches under the Pepsi sign. Rain has a bad reputation, but it can leave magic in its wake.

  4. Thank you, Stan. That lamp at the top left in the first photo looks a little like a flying saucer, don't you think? Invaders from Queens! In the fourth photo, the lights of the Chrysler building (the spire just to the right of the UN building, which is that wide, squat affair) were also on, but it's very hard to make out. This is why I need a real camera — for the zoom lens.

  5. Yes, it does resemble a UFO, or the sort of plastic burn you see when a film reel melts.

    I also love the tiny multicoloured lights along the far bank. They remind me of the kind of lights one sees on deep sea creatures.

  6. Those lights could be cars. FDR Drive, a major commuter thoroughfare, is right there. New York City has a history of squandering its riverfronts. The UN complex stands on what used to be a vast slaughterhouse. The park where I took these photos was once home to chemical plants and refineries. The only reason things in my neighborhood changed is greed — real estate developers suddenly figured out that we had a view people would pay large sums to enjoy.