Friday, November 23, 2007

day +94

This afternoon I learned that my grandmother - my only surviving grandparent and my father's mother - died. Recently, the stomach cancer for which she was treated successfully back in 2005 returned and we were in the process of exploring her treatment options. So, her sudden death came as a surprise to us all today despite the deterioration in her health. She would have been 88 years old on December 23rd.

But before I learned about this, I was out-and-about taking photos. I visited three bridges this morning: the Macombs Dam Bridge, University Heights Bridge, and the Henry Hudson Bridge.

At the time that I took these photos of the Macombs Dam Bridge, clouds blanketed most of the sky. I realized that because this bridge is painted a shade similar to cream, a cloudy sky distracts attention from the bridge. Clear skies are definitely better with regards to highlighting the features of this bridge.

I found a new but tiny park (if one could honestly call it that; it's more like a 15 ft long viewing area with a few benches) at W. 206th Street between 9th Avenue and the Harlem River from where I snapped these photos of the University Heights Bridge. The park, which opened this summer, is part of a recent rehabilitation project of the Harlem River's public space. Below is the seal found at the viewing site.

This was my first visit to Innwood Hill Park, which is located at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, in the neighborhood of Inwood. Immediately north of Inwood is the Bronx, which is separated from Manhattan by the U.S. Ship Canal which is a short waterway connecting the Harlem and Hudson rivers. Innwood Hill Park offers perhaps the best views from land of the Henry Hudson Bridge, which is shown above.

Before reaching the waters of the mighty Hudson, the U.S. Ship Canal meets Spuyten Duyvil, a narrow tidal strait about half a mile long, that is supposedly the area that Henry Hudson, the famous English navigator, explored in 1609 before seeking shelter during a storm in the hilly shoreline near the present location of the Henry Hudson Bridge. Another interesting historical note is that at Inwood Hill Park, one can find the supposed site where Peter Minuit famously purchased the entire island of Manhattan from the native American Indian tribe for the equivalent of just $24.00. Photos of this supposed site are above.

Both the Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge, which serves Amtrak, and the Broadway Bridge, which services the #1 subway line between the Bronx and Manhattan are within walking distance of Innwood Hill Park but I didn't check them out today.

While I was taking photographs of the bridges today, I also pointed my camera upwards towards the Moon, our radiant neighbor. The photo below is representative of the best resolution that I can get with my camera's telephoto lens.

Finally, I did get in touch with Ally this afternoon about the pressure that I feel in my abdomen. She said I could head down to Urgent Care at Sloan today for a CT scan, but I told her I'd wait until my scheduled appointment on Monday at which time I can talk to her and Dr. Castro-Malaspina in detail and they can examine me before going forward.


Comment Blogger Veronica said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandmother's passing. News like that is never pleasant, but always seems harder during holidays. Thinking of you and your family......xx

ps - hope your worries about your abdominal pressure are well and truly eased at Monday's meeting.......x

4:47 AM  
Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Duane, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother! She shares the same birthday with my sister! Thanks once again for some awesome photos..I always look forward to checking out your blog and seeing the terrific photos you take!

7:57 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of your grandma. words never seem sufficient t a time like this but wanted you to know we are all thinking of you and your family.

EFG and family

10:43 AM  
Comment Blogger Kelly Kane said...

Duane, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother, I agree with Veronica, it's always much harder on you and your family during the holidays. At least she doesn't have any pain anymore and won't have to face more chemo and operations.

As for the pictures, they're beautiful. I'm really proud of you just going out and doing stuff like that! I'm thinking about going to wander Boston tomorrow, maybe even by myself :)

Thinking of you and your family. I hope your scans go well on Monday!


10:55 AM  
Comment Blogger Chris said...


Again sorry to hear of your loss.
Thanks for the comment on my blog, its great to find a new reader. Your photos are amazing, a great capture of your area. I always thought of doing a blog on photos of my area, a snap a day? What do you think.

Anyway, good luck and again thanks


4:30 PM  
Comment Blogger Ally said...

I'm so sorry about your grandmother.

Thank you for checking in on me, I'm doing well.

I hope your weekend is wonderful :)

5:35 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks everyone for your very, very kind words regarding my grandmother's passing. Yeah, it didn't really hit until today when I saw my dad cry for the first time. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness. Thank you.

8:42 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks too for your positive comments about my photos. I'm glad you really like them, because I enjoy taking them. It's really strange how after 27 years I'm discovering all these cool, interesting places right in my immediate background. For the longest time, I felt like all the interesting sites were in NYC's other boroughs, but there's some pretty neat stuff right here in the Bronx. I guess it took this opportunity following my allo SCT to realize this fully.

If you have advice or comments regarding my photography, please let me know. I'm learning a lot as I go forward, so advice is always welcomed. :)

Thanks again!

8:48 PM  
Comment Blogger Mary said...

Hey Duane-

I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.

My thoughts are with you as you deal with both her passing as well as for this upcoming doctor visit.


7:38 PM  
Comment Blogger Kevin said...

Duane, I'm so sorry to read about your loss of your grandmother.

PS. The photos of your walks are really wonderful. I'm glad you are taking this as an opportunity to discover new things.

10:59 PM  
Comment Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother passing. We are thinking about you during this difficult time.

Wonderful pictures...

12:34 PM  
Comment Blogger Veronica said...

Hey Duane - it's late over the pond so I'm checking out for the night, but wanted you to know I'm thinking of you today as you go for your appointment to discuss the whole abdominal pressure thing - hope it turns out to be nothing.

Take care..........xx

5:09 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks again everyone for your kindness after the passing of my grandmother. It really means a great deal. Thank you. :)

6:13 PM  

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