When I have my camera slung around my neck, I always see more than I would otherwise because I’m looking for pictures. There are good pictures to be taken everywhere, but in NYC the subjects can be especially surprising.
On what was otherwise a fairly ordinary day, while making my way to Zabar’s on foot, I looked to the left on West 81st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam and saw a tree stump surrounded by mushrooms. It was just sitting there to the left of a brownstone, and people walked in and out of the building paying me no mind as I was taking this picture. I was astonished and they didn’t seem to care a bit about this unusual crop outside their building, but this is just another example of the privacy in public that is a specialty of NYC…
I don’t know what variety of mushrooms this is, and I wouldn’t recommend that anyone go foraging for dinner on West 81st Street unless they are planning to end up doing the hunting and gathering at Zabar’s.
On the way home, I again took West 81st heading back east. This time I was on the north side of the street and spotted something I must have passed hundred of times before. Behind some very dirty windows behind and below the pet store on Amsterdam and 81st is an animal shelter. Who knew? Here is one of the half dozen cats I saw slumbering in the various windows, seemingly quite content in each other’s company while waiting for adoption.
Sometimes the grittiness of New York City gets me down, but I must remind myself at those moments that what comes with the grit are some very good photo opps.