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Jeffery Camera–New York, New York

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since we visited New York City for the first time together as a couple.  We had so much fun, but realized that The Big Apple is a much larger city that we imagined it to be and must plan another trip to take in some of what we missed!

The City is a great place to photograph and we had a wonderful time taking it all in.  Enjoy a few of our shots from this great place and we hope to go back very soon!


One of the most recognizable skyscrapers of the City: The Empire State Building

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Little flea market in the heart of the City: 

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Looking up at the then unfinished Freedom Tower from the World Trade Center Memorial Park:

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Until next time……

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We finally made it to the Big Apple! Having never actually been there myself, it was exciting planning our road trip.  We made many stops a long the way, but the big feature was a couple days in the big city. 

New York City is probably one of the most well known cities in the world and is one of the largest cities I have ever personally seen!  When you look out over the city, it is endless!  The activity never stops.  Every street corner has something going on!

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Getting off the train and walking into the main terminal of Grand Central Station is truly an impressive thing.  For years, I have seen Grand Central featured in movies, on television and in magazines.  But walking into the main area of the terminal is an unforgettable experience! 

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We bought “off-peak” tickets and even during those “off-peak” times, the crowds were so big compared to what we normally see in our little mountain town.  People rushing from one track to another with bags, briefcases, luggage and what not.  Others running an Olympic sprint and still others were like us, tourists, perhaps there for the very first time who couldn’t help but look up at the beauty of this building.

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In 1831 the first rail line into the City was formed.  It was called the New York and Harlem Railroad.  But it wasn’t until the following year when service began at the terminal located at 4th Avenue and 23rd Street.  And in 1869 when Vanderbilt purchased land between 42nd and 48th Streets and Madison Avenue and Lexington construction of a depot building began of what would become Grand Central Station.

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Years of development and growth followed and in 1903 the winning design submitted by the firm of Reed and Stern became the blueprint for the Grand Central Terminal that we know today.  As with many large projects, nepotism sometimes takes precedence and this was no different.  Reed’s sister was married to New York Central’s vice president of construction, William Wilgua.  After the competition an appeal was filed by New York architects Warren and Westmore, of which Warren was none other than the cousin of New York Central’s chairman, William Vanderbilt.  Needless to say, after winning his “appeal” the firm of Warren and Westmore teamed up with Reed and Stern to become co-architects of the construction of Grand Central Station.

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Ten years of construction and Grand Central Station officially opened in February 1913.  Despite the fact that construction was not completely finished, the terminal still functioned without missing a beat.  It wasn’t until years later after decades of ill repair and neglect that the terminal got a restoration.  In 1998 a complete overhaul began and in 2012, the terminal had finally been restored to the original splendor that it had once been.  This year the Terminal celebrates 100 years and if you ask me, I think it is still a grand place!  And despite whatever challenges it went through at the initial stages, I enjoyed my time visiting it!

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We walked around a little before heading over to the big double decker buses.  The sites and sounds were constant and the characters that we saw was sometimes quite hilarious! From Elvis to the young man dancing in his heels and underwear, there is always something going on.

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We loved the street markets and it suddenly hit me that New York City is made up mostly of small business.  Everyone you look, is small business.  Sure, the big stores and big corporations have their space, but when you go into the different neighborhoods, there is no Wal-Mart or big grocery store chain.  It’s small business running the neighborhoods.  That’s what America is all about!

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There was even a little corner “flea market” and everywhere we looked were the street food vendors.  There was everything from hot dogs, sweets, Asian foods to Middle Eastern foods.

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Of course, we had to stop at the Empire State Building.  This is one of the most famous buildings in the world and is featured in so many movies such as Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and one of my all time favorites, An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. 

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Did you know that the Empire State Building sits on about 2 acres?  No wonder I was so tired after walking completely around the building trying to find the special entrance we were supposed to use with our VIP passes!  Hot city sidewalks that just seemed to be never-ending.  If it weren’t for the scaffolding providing some shade, I think I would’ve just died! 

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Sitting 1,250 feet above street level, the 102nd floor Observatory offers some spectacular views of the City! There are 6,514 windows in this building and they estimate that about ten million bricks were used in the construction of this building.  After walking all over the place, elevator after elevator, we finally made it to the top!  With our tickets, we were allowed VIP access and could bypass the long lines, so we didn’t have to wait the 2-3 hours it normally takes.  So, I knew it would be crowded and it was.  Rows two and three-deep lined the deck, but with a little patience and keeping the camera ready at all times, we were able to snap a few great shots.

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From the top of the world, the views just take my breath away!  I can only look in silence and in awe.  And if I speak, it only comes out in a whisper!

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And the the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site is high in the sky!  Not quite completed, it stands taller than any building in the skyline.

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Feeling exhilarated after our sky-high adventure, we jumped back on the open top busses and went looking for more sites of what the City could offer us.  One stop was to see the Cast Iron Buildings.  The City is currently cleaning the buildings which accounts for so much of the scaffolding.  This is the E. V. Haughwout Building at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway.  It originally was a fashionable emporium selling imported cut glass, silverware, fine china and chandeliers.  And this was the place that the new official White House china was ordered by and made for Mary Todd Lincoln.

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And it was in this building that the world’s first successful passenger elevator was installed on March 23, 1857.  It was a hydraulic lift designed for the building by Elisha Graves Otis and was powered by a steam-engine installed in the basement.  It wasn’t until 1965 when the building was designated a New York City landmark that it was protected from being torn down.

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I loved all the little parks scattered through out the City.  Makes the concrete jungle seem less…concrete.  It seemed like every neighborhood had one squeezed in between two busy streets somewhere!  Needless to say we did not have enough time to see everything and want to go back someday.  Stay tuned for more photos from our trip…

The Niagara Of The South?

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What? The Niagara of The South? Never heard of it? Me either, not until Jeff told me about it. Instead of seeing just rainbows in the water, you can also see moonbows. Yes, you heard it right, MOONBOWS.

Where is the phenomenon? Just over the state line from Tennessee into Corbin, Kentucky there is this really neat place called Cumberland Falls State Park. There’s hiking trails, cabins and camping as well as a beautiful viewing area of the falls.

The fact is, on a full moon night, there really is a moonbow in the falls! I know because I saw it! Photographing it has been a challenge, so for now, enjoy Cumberland Falls State Park from a sunny view!

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Whether looking at the Falls from the top or looking up at them from one of many viewpoints on the trail alongside the river, it is a beautiful sight as well as a beautiful sound! Waterfalls have always held a certain fascination for me that I just can’t explain. There’s something about the crashing water and the mist, the rainbows that pop out from just the right angle that are just so calming to me. And now…on a full moon, beautiful prisms of color will appear! I can tell you that the first moonbow that appeared left me speechless. I had never seen anything so spectacular in my life! There are no adjectives that would adequately describe just how beautiful a moonbow is.

You’ll want to get there early enough to get a great viewpoint because it gets crowded quickly. We tried to do timed exposures, but there were too many novice flash bulbs going off every second, so none of our timed exposures turned out. I suggest finding a quiet spot, possible further down the trail away from the crowds or maybe confirm with the park ranger when their slowest and least crowded nights are the best for serious photographers.

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I was actually surprised at how many people showed up the night we were there. Known as the “Niagara of the South,” the Cumberland Falls is a mere 125-foot curtain across the fast flowing Cumberland River.  Compared to THE FALLS – this beautiful gem of the South is no comparison! It may be the “Niagara of the South,” but it’s no Niagara!


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As young children, our parents made the trek to Niagara Falls, New York. Both of our families visited the famous honeymoon spot at a similar point in our childhood. I was just barely 6 years old, and oddly enough, Jeff was about 5-6 years of age when he went! Our families had not yet even met!

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Now, many years later as a married couple, we decided to take a “second honeymoon” to Niagara! We love road trips and this was just up our alley! Literally!

There’s just one thing I’d like to ask you to keep in mind if you decide to pack your bags and head for Niagara. Think about what time of year it is that you plan to arrive and spend your vacation!

We decided that the July 4th weekend would make a perfect long weekend trip. We could drive up in a short amount of time, spend a few days there and drive back and not have used more than just a couple of Jeff’s vacation days due to the holiday!

Yes, that was a wonderful idea! It was warm – so getting wet would not be a bad idea. We didn’t have to worry about packing parkas, gloves, boots, that de-icing stuff, ice scrapers and any other various winter items one would need…..

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And as luck would have it, the newest Royal Couple was going to be there….we were vacationing with Wil & Kate…

…but wait! It was going to be a HOLIDAY weekend on both sides of the river!

Why didn’t any bells go off in our heads????? HOLIDAYS on both sides of the river, newlywed Royal Couple….

…..shouldn’t that mean……….MILLIONS of people???????

There were no bells, there were no whistles, there wasn’t even a beep! Imagine that!

We stopped at a little place that first night in Niagara and arranged for a tour to the Falls the next day. Once we realized our HUGE lapse in memory, parking at the Falls was out of the question! It was almost as much as a tank of gas…..because there’s no parking in just one spot and walking around all day! There’s a lot to park in at each of the different areas! The tour group had a large, off-site parking lot, air-conditioned buses, and a driver that knew how to get around quickly! Our tour guide turned out to be a loveable, grandpa-kind-of-guy named Carl who remembered us as Mr. & Mrs. Tennessee! Carl was adamant about being prompt and also knew how to make everyone laugh. We really enjoyed his presentation at each stop and enjoyed the views even more!

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Since the July day was so warm, our tour of the Caves In The Winds was a refreshing stop! I’ve been through a few storms, like hurricanes, but walking up to the Hurricane Deck is an experience I will never forget!

Let me just say that trying to stay dry is, at most, impossible! The DVD-cam was tucked up safe under my poncho for most of the walk. I only brought it out to capture a few moments of squealing and laughing, while the rest of the time we used Jeff’s trusty iPhone camera to capture some of the following shots! Enjoy!

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Did you notice the LARGE crowds?

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Does this LOOK refreshing? It IS! And the sound is deafening!!!


But the most fun was getting soaked on the Maid of the Mist! This is where we get to see the Canadian side of the Falls. What a sight this is!

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What a wonderful memories we have of “both” Niagara Falls! I highly recommend them both! We’re planning on going back during a different season one day….