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My Favorite Photos of 2016

After lengthy deliberation I have selected the photos that I took in 2016 that are my favorites. I originally published this post with 10 photos, but soon after decided I needed to   add a few because 10 just wasn’t a large enough group to represent my favorites.

Most of the pictures I selected were right here in Easton, PA, along with a few in Montclair, NJ, where I once lived, and New York City, another former home city of mine.

All photos with my iPhone SE or my iPad Pro 9.7.


Nisky Cemetary, Bethlehem, PA


Spring Garden St., Easton, PA


Painters on the Lehigh River, Easton, PA


Centre Square, Easton, PA


Old Passenger Train Station, Easton, PA


Fall in Easton, PA, Route 611


Toll Bridge, Route 22, Easton, PA

Group II


Lower Manhattan from Governors Island


One WTC from the South


Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center


St Francis Xavier Church, 16th St., Manhattan

Group III


Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, NJ


Presby Gardens at Mountainside Park, Montclair, NJ


Gardens at Van Vleck Estate, Montclair, NJ


Ticket Windows at Hoboken Terminal

Hoboken Terminal Photos

During one of my recent trips to NYC I took quick trip over to Hoboken so I could snap a few shots of Manhattan’s West Side from the Jersey side of the Hudson. I took the Path train over to NJ and took a stroll through the historic Hoboken Terminal, one of my all-time favorite train stations. It was a Saturday when I visited so the station was largely vacant because the vast majority of the NJ Transit trains it serves only run Monday to Friday.

The Beaux-Arts style Rail and Ferry Terminal buildings were built in 1907. The building was designed by architect Kenneth M Murchison. A lot of work has been put in over the course of the last decade or so to restore this building. I remember what the terminal was like back in the 80’s and 90’s and was no where near as nice as it is now.

Here are a few the pictures I took at the Terminal that day. All photos were taken with my iPhone SE.


Van Vleck House and Gardens

I visited the Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey about 6 weeks ago. The 5.8 acre estate is open 365 days a year and entrance is free. It is a very tranquil and beautiful place. I have visited Gardens many times and always enjoy walking through the exquisite gardens.



More of My Favorite Pictures of 2015


Whoa, it is almost April 2016! Here are 10 more of favorite pictures from 2015. Going forward I am going feature more of my favorite pictures from prior years. I’ve been taking digital pictures since 2001 and I have amassed a fairly large number of shots that I would like to share with others on this blog. For the past few years I have posted top 10 collections for each year and in some cases expanded that number of favorites. Other times I have featured groups of pictures that I took at a particular location or event. I plan to continue to do that, but I also plan on publishing more blog posts that feature just one photo, or small groups of photos and provide a more detailed description of the subject of the photo (s) than I have previously. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it really enhances the value of the picture when you explain the story behind it.


My Favorite Pictures of 2015: 1 to 10

Here are my 10 favorite pictures of 2015. I took quite a few pictures in 2015 and it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorites to 10 shots. Most of my pictures were taken in and around the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where I now reside, as well as New York City and New Jersey. I’m going to post more of favorite pictures from 2015 soon because there were at least 10 or 15 another pictures that liked nearly as much as those included in this top 10. All pictures were taken with my trusty Canon S90.


Footbridge In Riegelsville, PA

Footbridge In Riegelsville, PA


The Bank Street Alley in Winter - Downtown Easton, PA

The Bank Street Alley in Winter – Downtown Easton, PA


Snow Covered Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge-Feb 2015

Snow Covered Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge-Feb 2015


Green Space at the Hudson Yards Subway Station - NYC

Green Space at the Hudson Yards Subway Station – NYC


St. Patrick's Cathedral Side Entrance (50th St.)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Side Entrance (50th St.)


Two Rivers: The view from Riverside Park, Easton, PA

Two Rivers: The view from Riverside Park, Easton, PA


Lenape Hall in HDR, Doylestown, PA

Lenape Hall in HDR, Doylestown, PA


Fall Colors - College Ave., Easton, PA

Fall Colors – College Ave., Easton, PA

Irises at Presby Gardens, Upper Montclair, NJ

Irises at Presby Gardens, Upper Montclair, NJ


1 World Trade Center in HDR, NYC

1 World Trade Center in HDR, NYC

Flower Power: Visiting Gardens in Montclair, NJ

Back in May I had an opportunity to make a day trip to Montclair, NJ to visit two sites which feature beautiful collections of flowers and other plants. I was originally going to post a few pictures from my trip back in May and I started composing this blog post back then, but I never made final choices among all the pictures I took and I just let the post sit in Draft status for the past few months. Anyway, just decided to select a few pictures a liked and finish this post up. I really did enjoy this trip. I lived in Montclair at different points in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but it had been long time since I visited the Gardens at Mountainside Park.

First stop was at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens at Mountainside Park. The Irises are in bloom from May 15th to June 5th, so late May is an ideal time to visit. I would highly recommend a visit to Mountainside Park at that time of the year if you want view the Irises

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

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I took quite a few pictures at Mountainside. Here a few of my favorites…..

Pres Gardens Irises


PG Bed 10 HOF

Next stop was the Van Vleck House and Gardens, which is located about two miles down the road from Mountainside Park. Just travel south on Upper Mountain Avenue, until you hit Van Vleck Street. Then you just make a left and the entrance to the Van Vleck estate’s parking lot on the right

VV House FR view

VVHG Tennis Court garden

VV Portico

VV House Flowers

Freight Train Crosses the Delaware River

Train Delaware Drama SSI took this picture around 6:30 pm, last Friday (08/21/15).

I took this picture from the Easton, PA, at the point where the Lehigh River pours into the Delaware river. The photo was modified on my iPad by applying the Drama Filter from the Google Snapseed App.

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