Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Breathtaking



I've had landscapes take my breath away before, but it's typically been plunging ravines or towering cliffs, windswept oceans or bleak desert. The only man-made scene to physically take my breath away was the Great Wall of China, and that snakes through mountains that are more than impressive enough in their own right.

Until this.

I'd seen the New York skyline before, of course. In endless panoramic film shots, which didn't really give me a sense of scale. And in the daylight, which simply didn't give me this hit of pure and overwhelming beauty.

It put me in mind of Christmas lights: quite possibly the biggest display of fairy lights on earth. Chatting to a colleague today, she said it made her think of black velvet studded with diamonds. But whatever your analogy of choice, it was certainly breathtaking.

I don't really do cities. But staring wide-eyed across the water, I could suddenly understand why someone might want to wake up to this view.



(I'm just sorry that the picture really doesn't do it justice. Sorry, but - since I've never seen an image that did really capture it - not terribly surprised.)

14 comments:

Kirsty said...

it's nice, but it's no 1000 cranes ;)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, it's lovely. I'd love to wake up to that.

jjdebenedictis said...

Beautiful, but no I do not want to wake up to that because it means I've woken up really freakin' early in the morning!

Chef E said...

I can imagine it, because I was there LOL

When I was driving back to the turnpike the GPS took me back that way and every car in front of me was driving very very very slow to take it in...I am taking every visitor that route from now on :)

The Bipolar Diva said...

It's beautiful! I love the city at night!

Kazzy said...

I love big cities. I think they are magical.

Rabbit Hole Report said...

It's safe to say you enjoyed Hoboken then? :) That shot is lovely, and your written reflections equally so.

christine said...

It must be one of those sights you need to see in person to really appreciate it, I suppose. Glad you're enjoying yourself - we've got summer again here!!!

Rachel said...

Pretty splendid, though, even in a photo!

Ashley Stone said...

beautiful!

Jenny Woolf said...

Your picture helped me to imagine the space and three dimensionality of this amazing scene. Some things pictures just can't do.

becky said...

I wonder if you've seen the NYC skyline with the tower lights shooting up into the night...the towers are gone but the lights stand in for them.

billie said...

Glad you're having a good visit - if you end up down south come by and I'll make you some scones using your recipe! :)

Charlotte said...

so gld to hear you enjoyed your tim in new york. I often stand at that very location after a long day of work to breathe in the sights and sounds of the city just across the hudson. Even in Hoboken, I can still feel it's pulse.

soooo great to meet you and I must upload my pics of our meeting. Hope you are recovering after your travels! Xoxo

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