Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day is done

The long and winding road




When the day is done and I take the short walk home from downtown I have the choice of four routes, . Not often I go this way but I knew this road would be empty during the motorbike event and guessed in the golden hour the shadows would be at play and the curving sweep of the road could be viewed in a prettier light than usual. This road is usually busy with workman and sprawling vehicles due to the housing estate on the left being knocked down and rebuilt. It is usually shrouded under a layer of fine cement dust when dry and mud puddles when wet. Not at all a pleasant walk when you have bags of shopping and forced to jaywalk due to parked vehicles and railings cordoning off the path. Dodging rush hour and school run traffic is not my idea of a leisurely walk at all! As you can see not a soul around apart from my camera and I on a fine dry summer's evening. Heavenly!

Sad news today for us City Daily Bloggers. One of our most popular brethren Ming The Merciless, New York City Daily Photo has drawn a veil on the blog. The Northern Sky has lost one of it's brightest blogging stars to the real world. Ming is in the next phase of his life down the long and winding road and his fabulous blog will cease to be. Fortunately you can all catch up with his marvellous back posts a must for anyone curious, visiting or relocating to New York. One of these things I know blogs ceasing, but I am genuinely sorry to see this one end. Good job he's on Facebook then to follow his next adventure. Ha! Escape from New York, but not the net Ming.


93 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Love the tree shadows... and the sheen on the tarmac...

Tom
My Sky Watch post are: Views and Rainbows

Tranquility said...

Looks like you got to enjoy a quiet peaceful stroll. Very pretty road (at least when it's empty and quiet like in the photo)! ;)

Susan at Stony River said...

The curve of the road and the clouds above makes me feel I'm speeding along it--love this photo. Glad you had a pretty day for the drive too, but road works, ugh. All our roads are filled with workers and diggers too, this time of year.

Thanks for Ming's link too!

Carletta said...

Taken with a great perspective - I love the play of light and shadow.
Lovely image!

Sylvia K said...

Perfect! Just the way to end the day! Lovely, peaceful shot! I just left a message on Denise's blog that I'm jealous of her chance to have met you! Sounds like it was so much fun! Have a great weekend!

Hildegarde said...

'The long and winding road' (yes, I like this title) : could be dull but you made an exciting photo of it with the winding and the shadows, very well done if you ask me.

bowledover said...

A tranquil ending to the day for you it seems.
Lovely, restful and the shadows are great.

Donnie said...

Day is done. I never figured you for that. Amazing use of light.

Vita Stunder said...

Love how you use the light!
And the name of the this shot..

The shadows, angle.. So great!

Peaceful..
The day is over and the picture really shows that.

You are so gifted and it is a pleasure that you share your knowledge and your photos with us :)

Have a great weekend!
Anna

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a treat to find the road quiet on your way home. How clever of you to go that way on a delightful summer evening.

foto CHIP said...

What a beautiful light ... shining in the trees ... making the long shadows ...leading like the road :)
Thanks for your coment!

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Glad you had a nice walk home. I can't imagine a more peaceful way to end a work day. That curve is most inviting.

Carver said...

I love the say you shot the curve into the sky. Beautifully done!

Wren said...

I'm sure it was nice to have a break from the motorcross - still, I had to smile at the contrast of your words reality and my mind's picture of the "slow road"

Well done, all round.

Halcyon said...

How sad to see Ming go. Glad you had a nice walk home and thank you for the comments on my skywatch entry.

Linda said...

Looks the essence of tranquility - hard to believe it's such a maelstrom normally.

Lynn said...

Great photo. I love the shadows, the low clouds... It all looks sort of dramatic.

Barb said...

Quite a dreamy shot after your exciting motorbike ones! Glad you were able to catch it at just the right moment.

Pam said...

Bewitching. I only get to see your island when we come for the bikes. You make even the boring areas look magical.

Be nice to meet next year?

Guy D said...

Now that is a great shot, love the lighting and shadows.

Have a great weekend.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

SandyCarlson said...

Nice, nice road.

That's a lovely and familiar face below, too. Neat stuff.

Photo Cache said...

I think I have Escape From NY on my blogroll. I enjoyed the writings and the posts/photos, but never really commented.

Luiz Ramos said...

The Ramsey Daily Photo goes on by Babooshka, indeed.
Beautiful road and sky shot.
Luiz Ramos

Thumbelina said...

It looks a peaceful walk down a quiet road.
Sorry to hear your friend is stopping blogging. Glad you can keep up with them though.

Pearl Maple said...

That is a lovely photo for sky watch friday and goes to show you never know when a pretty sky will present itself, always have to be ready to appreciate the show.

lv2scpbk said...

Love the night shot.

Jon, Ramsey said...

A messy road for sure in the day. Unrecognizeable as a beaut here but for G.Park.

Pam said...

What a scenic view of the day ending. fantastic shot!

Kel said...

Are you a Nick Drake fan? You must be.If I say way to blue you will get it huh!Neat photoblog.

Pacey said...

Wow, love the title and the shadows on the road. Excellent shot as always.

Enigma said...

One wonders where the road goes.......

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Beautiful sky shot. Love the shadows.

Calm Energy said...

There's nothing like the road home! love the photo!
*A wonderful weekend to you* Maria

Paul said...

excellent bit of timing! Great pic!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The picture says "Its Miller time!". Gread end of day photo.

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: Neat sky shot, I do like the shadows on the road, very special.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Lovely contrasting of the dark building and the light sky...wonderful sky watch post..have a great weekend. cheers.

Pietro said...

Very fine contrast and perspective!
Happy Sky Watch!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

The shadows add so much intrigue to this photo. It makes me think that Mrs. Nesbitt is lurking around a corner waiting to scare you-- for fun!

Rajesh said...

Simply superb. Loved the shadows on the road.

chrome3d said...

You certainly avoided all annoying school kids by going this way.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I love how the curve of the road leads the eye and the surprising element of shadow ... a beautiful composition, B!

Thank you very much also for your kind comment on my anniversary post.

Eki

Lew said...

Beautiful end to the TT week! And with Mrs Nesbitt gone, your clouds will surely return.

Hilda said...

I'm still at work looking at this, and now I want to go home!

I'm going to miss Ming's photos a lot too.

Maria Berg said...

The duck bag on the back I like it, MB

Jacqui said...

Makes me want to jump back on the ferry. Thanks for all your pics. I love Ramsey!

Eric(NL) said...

Very good composition, love it!!!

Have a nice SWF.

Greetings from NL

Babooshka said...

Jacqui- I wouldn't jump back on that ferry just yet. Nothing but rain.

Mo said...

A nice place to take a relaxing walk after such a hectic couple of weeks

Pam said...

Hey, Bab

Missed the bikes but this is a treasure sugar.

magiceye said...

this is so beautiful!

Cezar and Léia said...

Outstanding picture!

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shot. I love the long shwadows.
Enjoy your weekend!

Small City Scenes said...

I left a comment before but it apparently make it. super shot and I was wondering how you made it look like you were going around a corner. Or maybe you didn't and I just see it that way. Hmmm!! MB

kazu said...

It's cool shot!
Very nice photo.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Babooshka said...

Scs- It is a corner. I'm good but no that good ha! ha! It does help with the wmall wide angled lens though makes the angle nice and tight.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Nice shot this too, the light on the road gives it a look of silk. It's nice to hit the streets when they are empty :)

Bibi said...

Nice shot; very English to me! And now I can't get the song out of my head! :<)

Tomorrow I leave for the US and while I'll use pre-posting, I won't be able to check blogs for a bit! I'll be back!

Bestemor Aud said...

Nice curves and shadows with the sky as background. Clever to get such a photo from this street you described.
Have a nice weekend!

VioletSky said...

A rare peaceful walk along that road - and love the long reaching shadows. Perfect composition.

napaboaniya said...

Lovely sky that greets you towards the end of the day.
Have a good weekend :)

Jacob said...

Superb photo...to walk that road is to walk toward the unknown, where adventure but also danger offers itself in competing venues...choices must be made...where will the road end?

Dewdrop said...

You've launched me there... to the now-deserted, but usually bustling little suburb. Very lovely shadows in your shot.

Marie said...

The "play" of shadown and light is really fantastic. Well done!

RuneE said...

I have seldom seen title and picture match so perfectly. That is what I call atmosphere.

Pierre said...

As always just perfect. More bikes would be appreciated, the sidecars I like best.

Dancin' Fool said...

I like that a lot! The right pictures of a highway make me feel like I am going somewhere and it comforts me, born to be a traveller!

Wishing you a great weekend!

Babooshka said...

Pierre- Just a little break for the bikes and sidecars bit have an idea what I will be doing with the rest. Stay tuned.

Lisa Wilson said...

Very nice photo with a lot of depth! And as always a very entertaining post. :)

postcardsfromwildwood said...

See, you've been imprinting songs in people's minds too! Interesting shadow shot with the tree.
Janice.

Dot O said...

Great Skywatch entry - what a curve!!

Gail's Man said...

Bet the island is quiet now all the motorbikes have gone. Just the visitors propping up the ailing Manx economy.

I like the shadows of the trees, like fingers stretching out to the world.

Jim said...

Hi Babbs, I like the tree shadows and the clouds to the west. The picture did not enlarge for me to see if those are the mountains beneath the clouds or clouds all the way down to the horizon?

I was sorry to hear about John Crellin. I don't follow the biking and didn't see it reported in our news here. You may have known him?
Do they stop the electric tram, from Laxey to Snaefell Mountain summit, for the races? Paste this:
http://bp3.blogger.com/_aOZEGRAw2Q8/R0jahl0LlOI/AAAAAAAAA48/AhyHT3K-fjQ/s800-h/100_7407.JPG

Happy SkyWatch! I'm on JIM'S LITTLE BLOG this time with a Midwesterner (U.S.) roast of sorts.
..

A Blog In The Rough said...

very neat road :)
happy friday!

Anonymous said...

The tree creeping like fingers is creepy.

Babooshka said...

Jim - Thanks for the pic. I recognized the view straight away.

Jew Wishes said...

What a lovely photo! You lead our eyes to the bend in the road, and from there to the sky. I love the shadow play of the trees. Beautiful.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful and magic photo!

I also will miss so much Ming and his gorgeous photos of NY. Thanks for mention that he's on Facebook. So I will follow his next adventure too.

Kim said...

Thanks for the backlink to NY Daily. It is weird tree.

Karen said...

I love those tree shadows lying across the street..

It does look so peaceful...

Wonderful capture.

Thank you, also, for your nice comments on my post ... they are appreciated..

Gennasus said...

Looks a lovely peaceful evening.

Enjoyed catching up with your bike shots. We really must get there one year. All that vroom, vrooming, we'd be in heaven.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Sorry about the loss of your blogging comrade to life.

I really like this shot. The composition is great and I do like the lighting and shadows.

krizcpec said...

That's a long and winding road indeed. And perhaps one day the blogging star will be back on the road again. :)

Femin Susan said...

Looks the essence of tranquility... Thanks for sharing..

tapirgal said...

I hadn't been to Ming's blog for a few days and was completely surprised by your notice, so I went to check it out. I'm also really sorry to see him go, because he was one of my inspirations for getting here myself. We actually visited him in NY in May and had such a nice time meeting him! I left a long comment on his blog. Hope he gets it. I know we have to move on sometimes, and to do these blogs "right" takes time. I will miss his vision and insights, though. Go, Ming, have a great next phase! Babooshka, thanks for keeping me up on the news. I'm enjoying your TT photos a lot. It's been years since I saw a roadrace in person. So exciting!

Karl said...

I too have been away from the TT for too long. Thanks for following races. On my bucket list for next year defo.

Babooshka said...

Tapirgal- I'm sure Ming will be back but NY will be missing something now.

Karl-More tourists the better. Always bring the good weather.

imac said...

Great shadows.

PJ said...

So empty

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis», too, is sad to see Ming, as you wrote, put a veil on his blog.

Very nice SkyWatch contribution, Babooshka.

Steffi said...

What a lovely photo!Great shot!
Have a nice weekend!

CTG Ponies said...

A very nice photo.

Mojo said...

Just doesn't look the same without an alky powered race bike ripping through that curve. *sigh*

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