With 2015 quickly coming to an end, I wanted to share my 10 favorite photos that I took this year. While I was going through my photos, I realized that I definitely did not hold true to one of my New Year’s resolutions which was to explore more with my camera. Looks like I will be trying that resolution out again in 2016.
My favorite piece of art along The High Line, even though it is not part of The High Line. This incredible street art is on a building that The High Line overlooks and everytime I visit this is where you find the biggest crowd snapping pictures.
I took this during what was the last New York Islanders game I attended at Nassau Coliseum. After the Islanders lost in the first round of the playoffs, the Coliseum was officially closed since the team has now moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I haven’t attended a game yet in Brooklyn, but nothing will ever mean as much to me as an Islanders fan as the Coliseum. Sure I loved Shea Stadium and I think Citi Field is great to see my Mets play at, but there was something magical about the Coliseum that had me in tears during what would be the last televised game to take place there. I’m sure Barclays is great since it is all shiny and new and eventually I will get there for a game, but the old barn will always hold a special place in my heart.
With the weather in New York on the warm side for what is almost the beginning of winter, it makes you forget just how cold it was last winter. We had snow on the first day of spring and the first day of winter they are predicting weather in the mid-50s. With all the snow and frigid cold last February, the jetties on the beach were frozen, a sight you do not see every winter.
The sunsets this autumn have been absolutely incredible. This stunning one from a few weeks ago was definitely one of my favorites.
Sunflowers are my favorite flower — sorry dahlias — and I couldn’t resist photographing this beauty at Clark Botanic Gardens in Albertson.
I work across the street from the Nassau County Museum of Art so when the weather is nice I take my lunch breaks over there wandering the grounds and garden. This peony from the spring is one of my all time favorite flower photos, it almost looks like the flower is made out of paper.
I love to visit Old Westbury Gardens and I always thought the best time to visit was in the summer, but was proven wrong when I visited mid-fall. With the mix of late summer flowers, fall flowers and the leaves changing colors, it was the most perfect time to be there. The water lilies were in full bloom and I felt like I had walked into a Monet painting, they were so picturesque.
Allium is one of my favorite plants to photograph, even if you really can smell the onion scent the closer you get to it. When these butterflies landed on the plant I did my best to carefully sneak up on them to capture some photos.
I had to get in a dahlia photo, I just had to. They are my favorite flowers after sunflowers and there is something about this photo out of all the hundreds of dahlia photos I took this year that I just keep coming back to.
I did not totally fail my explore resolution, there were some new places I did discover, just not many on the list I had. One of the places I did find that I cannot wait to go back to this spring is the campus of LIU Post. The campus sits on the grounds of a former estate and between the architecture and the gardens, there is so much to discover and photograph.