Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Indian Peacock (Pavo cristatus) Close-up

One of three peacocks who roam the 13 acre grounds of St. John the Divine. Peacocks have lived on the cathedral grounds since the 1980s, when the Bronx Zoo donated some chicks. The Cathedral is located at 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway, New York City, New York.

Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, a resident breeder in South Asia. The peacock is designated as the national bird of India and the provincial bird of Punjab.

While the Peafowl is native to India and Burma, it has been taken into captivity and developed permanent, free-roaming populations in Japan and England. There are permanent feral populations in Metropolitan South Florida that are protected by law. Musters of peafowl are frequently seen in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, near downtown Fort Lauderdale, and near Biscayne Bay in the municipalities of Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.

In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with Saraswati, a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and knowledge. Peacocks have a special relation with Lord Krishna. he wears peacock feathers on his head, and ties them with his flute. These feathers are given to him by the peacocks themselves. Peacock is also the mount of Hindu God of war Murugan, also called Kartikeya, the brother of Ganesha. Similar to Saraswati, the Peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin, Guanyin) is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. Legend tells us she chose to remain a mortal even though she could be immortal because she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.

In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock is identified with the goddess Hera (Juno). The eyes upon the peacock's tail comes from Argus whose hundred eyes were placed upon the peacock's feathers by the goddess in memory of his role as the guard of Io, a lover of Zeus that Hera had punished. The eyes are said to symbolize the vault of heaven and the "eyes" of the stars.

In Babylonia and Persia the Peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.


In Christianity, the peacock is a symbol of eternal life. The Peacock symbolism represents the "all-seeing" church, along with the holiness and sanctity associated with it. Additionally, the Peacock represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity. Themes of renewal are also linked to alchemical traditions too, as many schools of thought compare the resurrecting phoenix to the modern-day Peacock.

Indian Peacock Close-up

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Piper Seneca Paola Pivi - How I Roll. A Public Art Fund project

Paola Pivi - How I Roll. A Public Art Fund project, June 20 - August 26, 2012, Central Park:

Pivi’s sculpture incorporates a Piper Seneca six-seat plane that has been specially modified, enabling it to rotate through 360 degrees while held aloft on its wing tips.

The Doris C. Freedman Plaza is located at the southeast corner of Central Park near the intersection of 60th street and 5th avenue and is home to sculptural art installations,

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Piper Seneca Paola Pivi - How I Roll

Piper Seneca Paola Pivi - How I Roll

Piper Seneca Paola Pivi - How I Roll

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Washington Nationals Stadium Ballpark, Washington, D.C.

Title: Washington Nationals Stadium Ballpark, Washington, D.C. Creator(s): Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer. Date Created / Published: 2008 May 5. Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-highsm-04955 (original digital file)

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Call Number: LC-DIG-highsm- 04955 (ONLINE) [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Notes: Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2010:031). Forms part of: Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

Subjects: United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.) Washington Nationals Stadium. Ball park. America.

Format: Digital photographs--Color--2000-2010. Collections: Highsmith (Carol M.) Archive. Part of: Highsmith, Carol M., 1946- Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

Washington Nationals Stadium Ballpark, Washington, D.C.

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About the Carol M. Highsmith Archive

The online presentation of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive features photographs of landmark buildings and architectural renovation projects in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. The first 23 groups of photographs contain more than 2,500 images and date from 1980 to 2005, with many views in color as well as black-and-white. Extensive coverage of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building was added in 2007. The archive is expected to grow to more than 100,000 photographs covering all of the United States.

Highsmith, a distinguished and richly-published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource.

Monday, June 11, 2012

66th Tony Awards 2012 Final Review and Roundup

66th Tony Awards 2012 Final Review and Roundup.

The 66th Annual Tony Awards were held on June 10, 2012, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2011–2012 season. Shows that opened during the 2011–12 Broadway season before April 27, 2012 are eligible. They were held at the Beacon Theatrer and were broadcast live on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris acting as host.

Presenters were announced June 1 as follows. Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Christopher Plummer, Tyler Perry, Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Bernadette Peters, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin, Sheryl Crow, among others, will be presenters. On June 7, Matthew Morrison, Josh Groban, and Cote de Pablo were added to the presenter line-up. Other presenters included Patti LuPone, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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Tonys 2012 - Beacon Theatre Marquee


Tony Awards 2012

Tonys 2012 - "Backstage Swells"

Tony Awards 2012

Tonys 2012 - "how the sausages are made"

Tony Awards 2012
Nominees and winners

Best PlayBest Musical
Best Revival of a PlayBest Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a PlayBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
James CordenOne Man, Two Guvnors as Francis Henshall
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a MusicalBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Steve KazeeOnce as Guy
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a PlayBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Judith LightOther Desert Cities as Silda Grauman
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a MusicalBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Judy KayeNice Work If You Can Get It as Duchess Estonia Dulworth
Best Book of a MusicalBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Newsies, Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Jack Feldman
Best Scenic Design of a PlayBest Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a PlayBest Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a PlayBest Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a PlayBest Sound Design of a Musical
Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher
Clive Goodwin, Once
Best Direction of a PlayBest Direction of a Musical
Best ChoreographyBest Orchestrations
Martin Lowe, Once

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson River

Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson River - From the pier at west 13th street

Enterprise Moves to Intrepid, Atop a barge on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the space shuttle Enterprise was towed on the Hudson River on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will be permanently displayed.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson River

Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Hudson River

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Monday, June 04, 2012

Royal River Pageant on the Thames

More than 1,000 boats sailed down the River Thames on June 3, 2012 a flotilla tribute to Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne. organizers are calling it the biggest pageant on the river for 350 years.

And this from 350 years ago an eye witness account from the Diary of Samuel Pepys on the event of King Charles II and his new Queen, Catherine of Braganza's Thames pageant.

Creed and I walked down to the Styll Yard,1 and so all along Thames Street, but could not get a boat: I offered eight shillings for a boat to attend me this afternoon, and they would not, it being the day of the Queen's coming to town from Hampton Court. So we fairly walked it to Whitehall, and through my Lord's lodgings we got into Whitehall garden, and so to the Bowling Green, and up to the top of the new Banqueting House there, over the Thames, which was a most pleasant place as any I could have got; and all the show consisted chiefly in the number of boats and barges; and two pageants, one of a King, and another of a Queen, with her Maids of Honour sitting at her feet very prettily: and they tell me the Queen is Sir Richard Ford's daughter. Anon came the King and Queen in a barge, under a canopy, with 10,000 barges and boats I know, for we could see no water for them, nor discern the King nor Queen.

And so they landed at Whitehall Bridge, and the great guns on the other side went off. But that which pleased me best was that my Lady Castlemaine stood over against us upon a piece of Whitehall. But methought it was strange to see her Lord and her upon the same place walking up and down without taking notice one of another, only at first entry he put off his hat, and she made him a very civil salute, but afterwards took no notice one of another; but both of them now and then would take their child, which the nurse held in her arms, and dandle it. One thing more; there happened a scaffold below to fall, and we feared some hurt, but there was none, but she of all great ladies only ran down among the common rabble to see what hurt was done, and did take care of a child that received some little hurt, which methought was so noble. Anon there came one there booted and spurred, that she talked long with; and by and by, she being in her hair, she put on his hat, which was but an ordinary one, to keep the wind off; but it became her mightily, as everything else do. I went away, not weary with looking on her, and to my Lord's lodgings, where my brother Tom and Dr. Thomas Pepys were

Royal River Pageant on the Thames

Celebration on the Thames, Antonio Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio Canal (October 28, 1697 – April 19, 1768 better known as Canaletto oil on canvas, circa 1748

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Edward White Gemini 4 EVA Spacewalk

Edward White II Gemini 4 EVA Spacewalk. Ed White First American Spacewalker

Full Description: On June 3, 1965 Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space. For 23 minutes White floated and maneuvered himself around the Gemini spacecraft while logging 6500 miles during his orbital stroll. White was attached to the spacecraft by a 25 foot umbilical line and a 23-ft. tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand White carries a Hand Held Self Maneuvering Unit (HHSMU) which is used to move about the weightless environment of space. The visor of his helmet is gold plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun.

Keywords: Edward White II Gemini 4 Gemini IV Extravehicular Activity EVA Tether Spacewalk Hand Held Self Maneuvering Unit HHSMU Ed White

Subject Category: Astronauts, Gemini-Program, EVAs-Spacewalk,

Reference Numbers: Center: JSC. Center Number: S65-30433, GRIN DataBase Number: GPN-2000-001180

Source Information: Creator/Photographer: NASA James McDivitt. Original Source: DIGITAL

Edward White Gemini 4 EVA Spacewalk

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