Ah, fine photographers. They understand their equipment; they have patience and skill; they have the eye to spot the perfect shot. My appreciation for them grows every time I venture forth with my camera.
Some days, though, everything is a picture, and even the lowliest among us can get lucky. So it was the day we walked along the High Line, a new addition to New York City’s magnificent city parks. As described on the park's website,
The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980.
From an aesthetic and design standpoint, it has always been our position to try to respect the innate character of the High Line itself. Our design aims to reflect its singularity and linearity, its straight-forward pragmatism, its emergent properties with wild plant-life—meadows, thickets, vines, mosses, flowers, intermixed with ballast, steel tracks, railings, and concrete.
The sun shone and the sky was blue the day we took our walk, but fortunately not cloudless.
A cloudless sky can make for boring photographs, but we were lucky, for clouds there were to give the sky some shape.
Some days, everything is a picture. In the old days, I would have run out of film.
Spotify Playlist: Spring Songs
Joy Spring, by Clifford Brown, Clifford Brown Quintet
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, by Wolf & Landesman, sung by June Christy
It Might As Well Be Spring, by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Up Jumped Spring, by Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
You Must Believe in Spring, by Michel LeGrand, Bill Evans Trio (Gomez, Zigmund)
Springville, by Miles Davis, Gil Evans arrangement, Miles Davis on trumpet
Spring is Here, by Rodgers & Hart
Credits: The quotation at the head of the post can be found here. The quotations about the High Line can be found here and here. The last photograph is of Sarah Sze's Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat).