Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Came In Like A Lion

Snow clouds over our area, of the Front Range of Colorado, tell me that March is coming in like a lion this year. No surprise, as traditionally March is the snowiest month. Spring may be only 19 days away on the calendar, but it takes its time arriving at our higher elevations.  (All photos will enlarge for easier viewing if clicked on)

When I lived in New York City, experience taught me not to plant anything outside before the middle of May, even if we had a few weeks of mild weather before.  In our area of Colorado I wait even a little longer, as rain can turn quickly into a snow shower, even in June! Snow is relished here, as it means moisture for our high desert climate.

Even though the Denver area broke a 103 record for snowfall this year of 22.1 inches, we've had a very mild winter so far with many days in the 60's and even some in the 70's.  The changeable weather keeps life interesting!

Winter holds a beauty all its own!

It pulls its white blanket of snow over the landscape....

...and makes the red rocks look like gingerbread frosted with icing.....

....and the deer seek shelter and warmth under the pine trees.

I enjoy Winter's silence, and its message to slow down and be patient. Spring will arrive and the earth will be re-born. In the meantime I am enjoying this season and its promises of what is to come.

Thank you all for you kind messages of sympathy for the loss of my dear friend Lucie.  There was extra heartbreak in that her son, who was also battling cancer the past two years,  passed away, just two days after Lucie did. Please keep their family in your prayers as they deal with this tremendous loss and their feelings of grief.  Although Lucie and her son's lives were so short, they were lives well lived, and I know that brings their family comfort as they hold onto their precious memories.

I hope you enjoyed my last two posts about a recent visit I made to New York City. I still have more interesting and unusual places to show from that trip. I also returned last week from a quick visit to New Orleans, Louisiana and I will soon be showing some highlights from that delightful city.

How did March arrived in your area? Like a lion or like a lamb? I know we are all looking forward to Spring!
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The World Inside the New York Daily News Building

The Daily News building, also known as The News Building, is a 476 foot Art Deco style skyscraper located at 220 East 42nd Street, between Second and Third Avenue in New York City. Built in 1929-1930, it was the headquarters for the New York Daily News newspaper until 1995.  It now has as one of its tenants TV broadcast subsidiary WPIX, (All photos and photo collages can be enlarged for easier viewing by clicking on them)

The Art Deco design over the front entrance doors say "The News" and the words "He made so many of them" above figures of people. I had passed this building in Midtown Manhattan many times but never walked inside, but on this visit to New York I was determined to take a peek.

 Inside the building lobby is an amazing sight!  It is the world's largest indoor rotating globe!

The Daily New illuminated globe is 12 feet in diameter, weighs approximately two tons, and makes a full rotation every ten minutes.

There are compass points set in the ground around the globe, with the names of major cities and their distance from New York City.  Unfortunately, the globe's maps have not been updated since 1967, which means it is no longer accurate, but it is still an imposing sight. 

The impressive ceiling rotunda above the globe is made out of faceted black glass.

The New York Daily News building was used as the location for "The Daily Planet" in the 1978 Richard Donner production of Superman. The actors portraying Clark Kent/Superman (Christopher Reeves) and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) could often be seen strolling by the globe as they entered or exited "The Daily Planet" (The Daily News) newspaper building.  You can look at this link to see photo stills from the movie that have the globe in the background.

Other features inside the building are brass meteorological gauges showing the weather conditions in the area, such as the temperature outside and wind velocity and direction. 

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There are also a series of panels describing the history of the building from its inception ....

...through the 1930's and 40's

...the 60's...

...the 70's .... the year 2003 when it was purchased by S.L.Green Realty Corp, New York City's largest office landlord

When you exit the building you'll get a view of another Art Deco gem in the distance on 42nd Street, the Chrysler building.

It is another beautiful building, with a unique facade and another beautiful lobby, but that is a story for a future blog post!

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