Photo Diary: 7 Days in Niagara Falls, CA

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From May 27th to June 2nd, I visited Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Yes, I’m crossing one off my 30 Before 30 list, because I’ve finally visited a foreign country!

I went with the ‘rents, who decided to take the 7 hour drive up there from NYC. Thankfully, I’m not a kid anymore, so I didn’t keep asking if we were there yet, but jeez, that was the longest ride!

Having only seen Niagara Falls in pictures, seeing the falls in person literally took my breath away. Majestic doesn’t even begin to describe the scene.

That's my "I can't believe I'm actually in Niagara Falls" face.

Behind my mom and I is the beautiful American Falls. That’s my “I can’t believe I’m actually in Niagara Falls” face.

Here’s a rather lengthy photo diary of my time in Canada:

Day 1 – May 27th: Crossing the border into Canada, seeing the Falls for the first time, and Clifton Hill at night

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Wall Art That Will Bring Spring Into Your Home

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The temperatures are finally reflecting spring weather in New York!

After your spring cleaning is all done, you might notice some empty space on your walls. Why not fill them with some spring-themed art?

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1. Birds Meeting.

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Here’s to wishing the birds will line up like this on the telephone wire outside your window.

2. Rainy

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For all the April showers that brought May flowers.

3. Spring Nectar Square III.

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The hummingbird in this piece reminds me of the song “Hummingbird Heartbeat” by Katy Perry.

4. Fragrant Spring.

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You can’t get closer to spring than this flower painting. You just can’t.

5. Boundlessness in Bloom.

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Fashionistas will fall madly in love with this one. Maybe you can even find a floral dress to match…

6. Japanese Garden in Bloom.

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You’re going to wish you could live in this painting after staring at it for so long.

7. Spring is in the Air.

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Indeed, it is. can it stay there?

8. Spring.

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Things that remind you of spring.

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Gallery Mondays: #CreekLove

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It’s finally back to feeling like spring again, and Earth Day is coming up, so I’ve decided to feature this artwork I found while visiting Austin, Texas in March.

The piece was created by Lucas Aoki as part of SPRATX‘s #CreekLove Storm Drain Project to promote keeping the creeks and lakes of Austin free from pollution. All of the art created for the project a painted over a storm drain.

I think it’s a pretty cool way to remind people to take care of their city. I was also quite odd but very pleasant to find art like this on the ground instead of on a wall.

See more of the art created for #CreekLove.

 

Fan Art Fridays: Snoop Dogg

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Or is he still going by Snoop Lion?

Regardless, the rapper is the voice of a new nature/wildlife web series called Planet Snoop on Merry Jane.

I wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but I’m being serious. Who in their right mind would cast Snoop Dogg for this kind of voice role?

What is he going to do? Rap a narrative of a cub lion’s birth?! This is madness!

Because of this, I chose a cartoon version of Snoop Dogg I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. The piece is by cartoonist Anthony Geoffroy.

I can’t tell which part of the cartoon is worse: the oversized nose, the exaggerated lips, or the elongated neck!

You can see the original fan art on Pinterest, watch the first episode of Planet Snoop below, and view more of Anthony Geoffroy’s work here.

The High Line NYC in the Fall

The last time I visited the High Line was May of this year. It was springtime, so all of the flowers were in full bloom and the colors were so bright and lively.

When I visited this month, most of the flowers were drying up. Instead of the bright pinks and orange flowers that are around in the spring, fall at the High Line looks very brown, yellow, red, and green.

It’s still quite beautiful. Just a different kind of beautiful.

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November vs. May at the High Line NYC

To add to the differences, this time I entered High Line at 23rd Street and walked down to 13th. Last time, I walked with my friends from 18th Street up to 23rd.

Since I walked farther down this time, I saw three new interesting things.

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Liquor Store Attendant by George Condo

1. Let’s just say this is a very interesting looking liquor store attendant.

Drag Queen Florent Morellet (aka Queen of the Meatpacking District) by John Ahearn

Drag Queen Florent Morellet (aka Queen of the Meatpacking District) by John Ahearn

2. Florent Morellet’s eyes follow you when you move around in front of him. I know for a fact that I’m wasn’t just seeing things, because my friend Vickie said the same.

Pan by Sean Landers

Pan by Sean Landers

3. Greek mythology on the High Line! I was instantly reminded of Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I was shocked to see how different the High Line looks when the season changes. Maybe I’ll go see how it looks covered in snow this winter.

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Rockaway Beach

Now that the Fourth of July festivities are over, and I can actually stay awake long enough to edit pics and video, here’s a glimpse of how I spent my holiday.

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Yup. I hit the beach with my friends Kristell, Gina, and Niketa for Independence Day!!

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Photo Credit: Kristell Taylor
l-r: Niketa, Gina, and Me

Rockaway Beach is located in Far Rockaway. It’s not as nice as Miami Beach of course but its still pretty cool.

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Cotton candy mouth!!

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We expected the beach to be packed that day but surprisingly, at 12pm it wasn’t that full.

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We left at around 4pm, when the tide was pretty much forcing us to move our stuff off the sand.

The birds fly really low at Rockaway Beach. Thankfully the seagulls were respectful enough to not poop on us.

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The scariest part of the day was when a horseshoe crab got washed onto shore. The kids started playing with it and turning it over with sticks.

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Horseshoe Crab.

EW.

The shells at Rockaway Beach are really sharp, so be careful. The ones that are still in tact are quite lovely though.

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We all had a great time at the beach on July 4th, 2013. I even became a mermaid for a bit! Haha!!

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Gina and Kristell made me a mermaid. Fun.

As always I couldn’t forget you guys:

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Check out some of the footage I got at the beach!

I hope everyone had an awesome Fourth of July holiday!!

 

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!