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Hong Kong has some of the most ancient and majestic trees I’ve ever seen, located throughout the city, often in the most busiest of streets. They truly are a sight to see!



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I had the privilege of visiting the exciting city of Hong Kong over the holidays, and I have to admit it is a city that never ceases to amaze me. A futuristic city with a fascinating hybrid combination of east and west, traditional and yet extremely modern at the same time. A city of contrasts, and one that is as vibrant as any I’ve ever visited. Here is a sampling of photos I took in an attempt to capture the many sides to Hong Kong.














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I was quite impressed with the architecture at Green-Wood National Historic Landmark. The entrance to the cemetery has this great stone arched gateway with exotic parakeets nesting at the top.

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More views of the ancient trees throughout the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. I love how these trees are aging with the mausoleums and grave sites to the point were they intertwine with the Victorian architecture. Trees and architecture, my favorite subjects to shoot!

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A landscape view of Green-Wood – a must-see National Historic Landmark in the heart of Brooklyn.

A little bit of history about Green-Wood from their site: Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries,  the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for  its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By  1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling  Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds  flocked to Green-Wood to enjoy family outings, carriage rides and  sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes.  Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks,  including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

 

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That’s right, check out these wild parakeets that have built nests in the entrance to the Green-Wood cemetery, quite a sight to see!

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a historic walking tour of Green-Wood cemetery, a national historic landmark in Brooklyn. It was a beautiful fall day, and I could not believe the extent and historic value of this famous cemetery, over 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths containing the largest outdoor collection of 19th and 20th century stauary and mausoleums. Our knowledgeable guide, Ruth Edebohls,  showed us extravagant mausoleums and grave sites belonging such local celebrities as the first Brooklyn baseball player to become famous, those who perished in the Titanic and Lusitania, as well as many artists and civil war heroes. At one point in history, during the late 1800s, Green-Wood was tied with Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist destination in America! I highly recommend taking in this historic Brooklyn landmark, and it seems there is always some tour going on (they even have their own bright green trolleys!); its public programming is really quite extensive. Stay tuned, more photos to follow!

Here is little blurb from their site: Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees  offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents,  including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel  Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals,  baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

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