Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Near and Far.

I’ve already posted one response to this challenge—three of my annual photos of a round-Manhattan swimmer next to my kayak with the Empire State Building in the distance.

A similar photo-op occurs in our kayaking trips through New York Harbor. We often paddle from Manhattan down to the Lower Bay for the day. As we return in the evening, we pass through the Verrazano Narrows and turn the corner into the Upper Bay. And there suddenly, across the entire Upper Bay, we see the ramparts of Manhattan in the evening sun. They are imposing, but still far, far away…

Swimmers, too, get to see that sight sometimes…

For more on “Paddling to Manhattan Island”, see here; for more on swimming there, see here and here.

48 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far, Take Two

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  2. Great shots, what a view!

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  3. I like kayaking after few times been invited and doing it with my friends. :)

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  4. Top photo provides some great perspective.

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  5. Another amazing Near and Far post! Love it.

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  6. It must be hard to swim in that choppy water. Great pics.

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  7. the fourth picture is so, beautiful

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  8. Great photo’s showing Near and Far. Beautiful no matter how you put it. Love this :)

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  9. Overwhelmed By Joy

    Fantastic shot

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  10. Just one word …. Amazing

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  11. Reblogged this on De Aquí, de Allá y de Todas Partes and commented:
    Este post está en inglés pero creo que las fotos no necesitan descripción. Son asombrosas especialmente la del nadador cerca de la boya.

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  12. Silken Photography

    Great photos, but I have to say I’m especially impressed by the swimmers. That’s no mean feat!

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  13. Breathtaking photos! It must be an awesome feeling to be kayaking so near NY. To be in the middle of a great nature experience and yet with a mega city right up. Gosh, I’m in total awe!!!

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    • Actually, I think we look at it the other way round—we kayak in the city, and to see nature we have to paddle out just a bit ;-)

      Thanks for following our blog! I’ve taken a look at yours, and you have some very lovely photos too… :-)

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  14. Wonderfull
    Your point of you on Manhattan is lovely

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  15. Wonderful choice of shots for the theme. Those shots, with city and the famous statue, give a perspective I’ve never had before. Super.
    *disparagingly* I don’t think the swimmers really see it. They’re too busy breathing and stuff.

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    • That’s what I always think, too—I am always mildly surprised when the swimmers can see my hand gestures, even though I am only a few feet away. On the other hand, they are surprisingly aware of the bridges they are swimming under and other landmarks along the course, and actually like to have them pointed out to them—probably anything to relieve the monotony! ;-) There is even one swimmer who carries a waterproof camera and takes snapshots as she swims…

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  16. Fabulous shots, as always! I Love to see NY through your eyes!

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  17. More wonderful shots. I love all of your approaches to the city.

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  18. What a contrast… the solitary kayaker and the skyline of Manhattan. Wonderful!

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  19. Well done…perfect shots for this week’s theme.

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  20. Very nice views – I particularly like the top shot with the single Kayak.

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  22. Terrific take two too. :-)

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