Allen Street Crossing Delancey

Sometimes there’s something I see in one of my photos when it’s large on a computer screen that I missed in real life. I’m not usually visually unaware, so perhaps this is because I’m nearsighted. Then again, perhaps I become so focused on certain aspects of a scene that I miss others.

I was trotting along to get myself across Allen Street and catch up with my family when I stopped to take this photo on a cold day at the end of December. As I was rushing across the street, I glanced to my left and saw this… DSC00100-2-allen-st-crossing-delancy-3x2-terry-boswell-wm

The camera hanging around my neck begged to come out from under my coat.

I was taken with the curve of the bike path, the straightness of the walkway, the orange “No Pedestrians” sign, the street lights beginning to glow in the dimming light, and the center line of trees, along with the buildings on either side receding to a vanishing point.

What I missed that day was the Empire State Building slightly to the left of the vanishing point.

If I had seen it, perhaps I could have gotten a quality shot of Allen Street crossing Delancey instead of this version which I cropped from the photo above.


Then again, maybe I wouldn’t have. I had left the zoom lens, along with its extra bulk and weight, behind thinking I wouldn’t need it being hemmed in by large buildings without a panorama in sight!

What about you? Have you ever found something in one of your photos that you didn’t see when you took it? Have you ever intentionally left behind a piece of equipment and then regretted it later?

To see another photo that includes a little surprise that I initially missed, click here.

This post is in response to Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2015 Week #10. Thank you Cee!

I’m also including it in Lucile De Godoy’s Photo 101 Rehab Clinic. Thank you Lucile!

Writing 201: Hero(ine)

“Grab your verse by both ends (or hands; your call), like a hero with extra big hair. Week 2 here we go!”

The poetry prompt is “hero” or “heroine.”
The form is “ballad.”
The device is “anaphora/epistrophe.”

Rather than writing about a “hero with extra big hair,” in response to today’s poetry prompt, I’ve chosen to write a ballad honoring the invisible hero within each of us that perseveres through life’s daily struggles.

I didn’t use anaphora, the repetition of words at the beginning of a line, but did use epistrophe by repeating the phrase “persevering every day” at the end of a few lines.

Unsung Heroes

Unsung heroes of every day

facing the

responsibilities of life


Mouths to feed

and bills to pay

warmth, shelter

love to provide


Such small players

in a big world game

persevering every day


Grace be given

fortitude, wisdom

persevering every day


Living life simply

dawn ’til night


Grabbing joy

where it’s found


Persevering every day


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Pictures and writing
copyright, © Terry Boswell