After spending 10 days in Hawaii this November, I’ve started saying “Winter is optional” since one can move to the tropics and there’s no more winter. Seattle in the summer gives a different feeling. Summer with its incredibly long days feels endless. Of course, it’s not and summer inevitably fades aways and turns into a long grey winter. Sitting here at the tail end of December with the weather cold and rainy, I yearn for that feeling of never-ending summer.
Sunset over Bowling Beach Beach, Mendocino Coast, Califorinia
The National Parks Service turns 100 years old today. National Parks are one of America’s great ideas. Preserving our natural treasures in perpetuity as publicly owned parks was a brilliant and revolutionary idea in the late 1800s and it changed the world. Countries all the world have adopted the concept and in doing so have created an amazing legacy for future generations.
I treasure the time I’ve been fortunate enough to spend in our National Parks. A huge thank you to all the members of the National Park Service. They take care of our parks. It’s a vocation that people choose because of their love and reverence for the parks and we all owe you a debt gratitude for your hard work and dedication to our parks.
I spotted this illuminated roof line while walking to Penn Station one evening after dinner.
Only a month out from the winter solstice, the sun especially at more northern latitudes radiates narrow but very warm colored light as it sets. Here it illuminates historic buildings in Brooklyn Heights.
A fire escape on a historic building in Brooklyn Heights
This statue at the Brooklyn Museum is over 3000 years old but looking directly at it feels like you are in looking across space and time right into ancient Egypt.
The fading sun illuminates a building in Brooklyn Heights