Three books I love, all set in New York - a place I’ve never been, but it’s on my bucket list. The novel I’m working on is set right here in Auckland, my home city. The thought of writing a novel set elsewhere, in a place I’m not as familiar with, would have been exceptionally daunting. I love Auckland for its cultural diversity, its wild west coast beaches, its stunning harbour and islands. Plus knowing it so well allows me to poke a little fun at its hypocrisies. But I’m in awe of authors who write and research settings outside of their own backyard (check out NZ author @rosetta.allan - her Russian novel ‘The Unreliable People’ is due out next year with @penguinbooksnz). Anyone else setting their novels in countries which are foreign to them?
Miss this Brooklyn sunset 🌇 (aka someone get me out of College Park)
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🚀 Autumn colors amazed me in their shades from yellow to red... But it was the huge amount of dry leaves on the floor that made me really feel what autumn is about. I'm from a tropical country and as such I'm not familiar with these marked seasonal changes in landscape. I had a scientific understanding of this process and methabolic pathways that lead trees to drop leaves before the onset of winter... But I had never felt it. As I walked around in Central Park I understood a little bit more about life and its cycles... and wondered for how many years those trees have undergone the same process over and over again. Nope. I don't wanna selfie with the yellow and red autumn leaves. I wanna selfie on the floor with those leaves that have already sacrificed themselves so as to allow the tree to survive til the next spring and to decompose themselves so as to provide nutrients for the tree. So, let my dry leaves drop... Let life go on as it should...
I just arrived home from a week in New York City. I was really put though my paces this past week and sad to say the city beat me badly. I only made it about 2 days until my feet had enough and gave out. I had to make a tough choice and rely on lyft and uber to get me around the city. While the rides ranged from super cheap to outrageous I did what I could to see as much of the city as I could. When my feet felt a bit better I tried to ride the subway just to be faced with sore feet once again. Overall I am happy with the shots I was able to get. It was one of those trips where going on vacation was actually more work then going to work. This shot was the last one I took in NYC. After going to Times Square at 4am and freezing I came back to the airbnb and took a nap. After the mornings excursion I felt like I was done and was contempt to just ride it out to my flight the next day. Upon waking up I just decided to go on one last adventure to the Manhattan Bridge to shoot Brooklyn Bridge Park. I knew if I didn't go it would always bother me that I didn't take this shot when I could of. Unfortunately the price to uber out to the bridge was out and I was not willing to spend the money. I had no choice to take a subway and walk the mile to the bridge on sore feet. About an hour later I had made it in terrible pain and freezing to death as the temperature stared dropping into the 40s. I braved the elements and my sore feet and I was able to get a shot I liked. You win this time NYC but there will be a rematch someday. #newyork#newyorkcity#newyorker#newyork_ig#instatraveling#brooklyn#brooklynbridge#manhattan#manhattanbridge#dumbo#traveling#traveler#travelphotography#nyctagged#nycprimeshot#what_i_saw_in_nyc#icapture_nyc#ig_nycity#newyork_instagram#topnewyorkphoto#unlimitednewyork#instagramnyc#picturesofnewyork#ig_great_shots_nyc#nycdotgram#wildnewyork#abc7ny#nbc4ny#loves_ny