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New York

31/12/2013 — Leave a comment

Since it’s New Year’s Eve and many Americans will be tuning in to watch the ball drop in Times Square tonight, it seemed like a good time to share my weekend trip to New York from earlier this fall. A friend had an art opening which was the perfect excuse to hop a train and spend a day or two window shopping and looking at art.

Usually I go to New York with friends, but this time I went on my own and was able to maintain the usual crazy walk-15-miles-despite-riding-public-transit-and-doing-a-lot-of-shop-browsing-and-coffeeing pace that I tend to adopt when traveling alone. And this time, I finally (FINALLY!) got over to the Highline.

I’ve been eager to check it out since it opened a few years ago, but clearly not enough to have made that happen until now. Anyway, after debarking a red-eye and dropping a bag at my hotel, I made a beeline to the Highline to enjoy the park before it got crowded. I lucked out with gorgeous (and absurdly HOT) fall light and weather and minimal crowds. Here are a few snapshots from one of my walks along the Highline that weekend:

Hydrangea | AmandaMuses

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Just a few final images from the Badlands earlier this year:

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

I don’t know about you guys, but I think those rocky spires and crags are just beautiful. Not sure when I’ll be out that way again, but these photos make me want to go back and keep exploring out west.

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

As promised, here are a few from the drive through the Badlands earlier this year.

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Ok, I’ll admit that not every one of these pictures is postcard perfect but I still shared them because even in not-so-great shots, I think the scenery is still pretty amazing.
Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Badlands | AmandaMuses

Looking through these again makes me want to hop in the car and just GooOoooOoo…

As mentioned in a previous post, I drove through the Badlands earlier this year. It was the off season and the chance of snow was still pretty high. But the weather held and I got to see some of what makes the US beautiful.

Along the way (before reaching the actual Badlands National Park), I saw some pretty special inhabitants of the area who were kind enough to let me watch them dine as the sun was sinking.

Bighorns | AmandaMuses

Since the weather was iffy and it was getting dark, I didn’t stop long and took these shots quite literally out of the car window, amazing. The buffalo were so close I could’ve touched some and they were so calm and lovely. I love buffalo.

Buffalo | AmandaMuses

Buffalo | AmandaMuses

Buffalo | AmandaMuses

Beware Rattlesnakes! | AmandaMuses

Next time I’ll share a few pictures from the Badlands National Park.

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Print All Over Me | AmandaMuses

At the moment, there are a handful of product options (T-shirts, sweats, pillows,etc) but I’ve applied a few of my photos to the products that struck me as most useful.

Print All Over Me | AmandaMuses

I’m pretty eager to see what the scarves, workshirts and totes all look like in person.

Print All Over Me | AmandaMuses

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It’s been snowy on and off here for the last few days. And since I’m a snow fan, I took a walk through the snow and ended up in an empty art museum. It was glorious having the place to myself. The museum has a lovely atrium that fogs up in the winter and feels like an inviting, somewhat intimate conservatory, don’t you think:
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How’s the season going wherever you are, dear readers?

This year has felt brutal in places and the last few days/weeks have been pretty intense (that’s not to say there haven’t been some highlights too but it’s been hard to get them to outshine the negative at times). Tomorrow is a new week though and in a month it will be a new year. So tonight as I try to focus on the glimmers of positive in the last week and forgive myself for skipping blogging and getting behind on work in deference to other emergencies, I am hopeful that soon the highlights will outshine the clouds.

Empty | AmandaMuses

This time of year as the winds and seasons change, I always get the urge to travel (or at least make plans to travel). A few months ago, I drove back from a visit out west through the Badlands. And lately, I’ve been fantasizing about being back there with the big sky and meandering roads.

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I’ll be posting more pics from this drive soon.

DK textures

19/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Even though I took these pictures on an overcast, drizzly day, the color palettes captured here feel warm and sunny. A little summer-y even.

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Untitled | AmandaMuses

Service

16/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Found this little plaque on the side of an old train car. It’s not the most beautiful piece of type, but it caught my eye none the less.

Service | AmandaMuses

Recent Clouds

14/11/2013 — Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I pulled together a collection of cloud pictures (Like this one and this one). Here are few more from the semi-recent past:

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How has everyone’s week been so far?

Vandring

13/11/2013 — Leave a comment

A few more from my last walkabout through Copenhagen. The building in the second picture was under construction when I snapped these, wonder how it looks now.

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Up close

12/11/2013 — Leave a comment

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Engraved

10/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Would love to know what was hidden under the paper-y residue on the rest of this engraved brass plate.

NE | AmandaMuses

And a few textures from Copenhagen:

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Contrasts

10/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Whenever I’m in Copenhagen, I try to pay a visit to the Design Museum. Enough time lapses between my visits that when I return, there’s always something new and different to see. During one of my tours of the museum, there was a dramatic lighting installation of aluminum. Oddly enough, it shared a space with a collection of lacework from the turn of the 19th to 20th century. The contrast of dramatic industrial lighting and understated yet ornate handmade lace was a little surreal. Too bad the light wasn’t good enough to take pictures of the lce

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House

09/11/2013 — Leave a comment

The last time I was in Copenhagen it was very gloomy and on a walk around town this sign caught my eye. Without realizing it at the time, it seems I also snapped a bit of a self-portrait while trying to capture this lovely type.

House | AmandaMuses

Beetle wings

08/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Can’t help but thinking of jewel beetles when I look through these images. Took these a few years ago in a railyard and am a little stunned they’ve just been collecting dust in a folder until now.

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Untitled | AmandaMuses

F

07/11/2013 — Leave a comment

While sorting photos recently, it struck me that I have unwittingly amassed a collection of photos of the letter ‘F.’ Strange, really. Here are a few:

F | AmandaMuses

F | AmandaMuses

F | AmandaMuses

I think I like this second to last one the best.
F | AmandaMuses

F | AmandaMuses

Valve

06/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Kinda wish this metal plate was located on the side of my building— the rhythm of letterforms and the moody color gradient are so simple and pleasant.

Valve | AmandaMuses

Petroglyph

05/11/2013 — Leave a comment

Oftentimes when I’m shooting pictures of old trains or rusted machinery or digging through oily machine shops, I find unusual marks or symbols on some of the components. While some of the symbols are signs to precaution mechanics or obvious makers marks, some prove to be inscrutable seemingly more ancient petroglyph than anything else. Here’s one such mark:

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It really burns my toast though that I didn’t notice the rain on my lens while snapping this shot; hindsight, eh?