The Brooklyn Bridge isn’t really in “my neck of the woods”, but walking it is one of my favorite things to do with out-of-town guests when they visit.  With my Portuguese cousins today I lucked out not only with the weather, but with the timing of our walk.

As we started out, the sun was beginning to set…

Statue of Liberty at sunset

And the buildings behind us softened in the late afternoon light.

Watchtower in Brooklyn

The Empire State Building was majestically framed within the arch of the Manhattan bridge…

Manhattan Bridge and Empire State Building

While on a more human level rusty locks clasped onto the struts of the bridge served as reminders of promises and hopeful wishes.

Brooklyn Bridge locks

Every time I cross the bridge I am awed by this majestic span…

Brooklyn Bridge

And the intricacies of its construction.

Brooklyn Bridge cables

How lucky that I can call this city my home!

Empire State Building


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Pam!

      I had to photoshop out some “dust” from the left portion of the photo (near where you can see the teeny plane in the sky.) Even though I’m careful with my things, I’ve discovered that one drawback to the Panasonic Lumix camera I have is that inevitably over time it collects dust inside the camera lens. In my pictures, the dust ends up looking like a U-shaped dark smudge. A few years ago I took apart the entire camera and blew out the dust (invisible to the eye) with a little bulb syringe. But when I tried to do it again recently I was unable to get to the inside of the camera because one screw is now stripped and won’t budge. I guess it may be time for a camera upgrade…

      Ciao –

      • Pamela Frame says:

        I wonder whether they would fix the stripped screw. Probably not worth it…those are nice cameras, though. We have heard glowing reviews for the petite mirrorless SONY A6000. Bill will very likely get one if he changes cameras, but I have a wonderful setup now so will stick with my Nikon. I think the SONY runs around $700. and there are a few lenses for it already, but you can use anything with a converter, of course.

  1. Pamela Frame says:

    I should add that Bill has to remind me constantly to keep the camera pointed down when I change lenses in order to minimize dust getting into the camera. I see professional photographers who don’t do this.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Pam,

      Since my camera is all enclosed (no lens changing with the Panasonic Lumix) the dust issue is not from anything I’m doing. I did try calling a repair shop that B&H photo recommended, but never got a response. I hate to add more plastic to the landfills, but getting a new camera is probably the only way to go at this point. This model is not horribly expensive (around $250, I think) and I can probably get a tax deduction if I donate my old camera to a charity like New York Cares – which is probably what I will do.

      Andy and I will be going to Australia in mid-November. He’s conducting there for a month and I’m going as “the wife” for the first part of his time there, so I think I’ll look into getting the camera before then.

      Gotta get ready for two shows at the ballet today.

      Ciao! Joana

      On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:34 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


        • Joana says:

          Hi Pam,

          Yes, we’re looking forward to our visit. I’m beginning to compile photos of interesting sites in Sydney on one of my Pinterest boards…for me the easiest way to get excited about a place is to look at pictures. 🙂 Aside from the very long flight, I suspect the trip is going to be wonderful.

          Hope you have a lovely Sunday! Joana

          On Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 1:57 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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