Saturday, April 7, 2007

Is Spring Here Yet?

It is already spring but why does it still feel like winter? The temperature outside now is 39˚F (4˚C) but with the wind chill, it feels like 32˚F (0˚C). I guess Punxsutawney Phil miscalculated the length of winter this year. Who is Punxsutawney Phil? Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog that, according to folklore, can predict the arrival of spring.

Based on the legend, if a groundhog see its shadow when it comes out of the burrow on February 2 (also known as GroundhogDay) there will be another 6 weeks of winter. However, if it doesn't see its shadow, there will only be another 42 days of winter. Obviously this is a joke because 6 weeks = 42 days. Regardless of what happens, spring will definitely arrive on March 21.

This photo above was taken on Wednesday afternoon when it was cold and rainy the entire day. The train approaching the station was the #7 subway train that connects Times Square in Manhattan and Flushing, Queens.

N.B.: I would like to thank Edwin of Kuala Lumpur Daily Photo for helping me reconfigure the size of this photo (and future photos) on this blog.

23 comments:

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Ming_the_Merciless said...

Vielen dank, auslander. Ich kann ein bissen Deutsche sprechen. Ich hat drei jahre Deutsche gelernt.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I continued playing with the configuration after posting the photo last night and must have accidentally activated the NO COMMENT ALLOWED option again. Oy vey.

Thanks Keropok Man from Singapore Daily Photo for alerting me to the problem. Terima kasih.

Strangetastes said...

Beautiful, atmospheric photo. I grew up is Sunnyside, two blocks from the No. 7 line, and the picture brings back many memories. Keep it up.

Bob

St. Louis Missouri Daily Photo Blog

edwin s said...

Ganz toll!

The bigger picture to the big apple. And keropok always comes to the rescue!

Can't wait to see the next big one.

Dsole said...

wow, Ming that's so great!!
And this photo makes me feel really cold! My brother and his girl are in NY until tomorrow, they said it's too cold there but they're so happy!

missy said...

oh my goodness! chilly chilly!i hate to say it but its lovely in the uk at the mo.

isabella said...

Great new format and a great photo!
Hope it warms up soon...

Per Stromsjo said...

Reminds me of an interesting movie with Bill Murray. You know the one where he gets caught in space as well as time where (and when) he’d rather not remain at all.

Chilly (but sunny) in Stockholm, by the way.

Annie said...

Just like those shining lights, soon you will see the sun glowing orange and making things warm again. Trust . . .

Carol E. said...

I love the melancholy feel in this photo. Nicely done.

Strangetastes said...

Ming - thanks for your note on my blog. My guess is that you shot this from the west end of the eastbound platform of the 40th Street and Queens Boulevard stop of the No. 7 line. That's my old neighborhood - my family lived at 41st and Skillman. Am I on target?

Bob

St. Louis Missouri Daily Photo Blog

Paz said...

Oh, I like this pic. Like the lamp posts.

Yeah, this weather is interesting. That's what we get for paying attention to a rodent (Puxsatauny Phil). ;-)

Paz

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I love the contrast of lamps in that "Winter" scenary. Really beautiful photo Ming.

Then you guys teach me too how to publish larger photo... :-)

Vincent Colignon said...

Yes I think you're right Strangtastes, it looks like the 40th Street and Queens Bld Stop...
Ming will probably confirm it...

So what about your favorite subway station in town ?

I think that my favorite NYC subway station is the City Hall Station.

But did you know that there was a former station there that closed in 1945.It was located at the south edge of the loop that turns Lexington Avenue IRT locals (#6) around to the south of the Brooklyn Bridge station.

Now it can only be seen by staying on the #6 local after the end of the line riding southbound, and looping around to enter the Brooklyn Bridge station northbound, provided the motorman allows you to do so.

It's really a wonderful station, I never had the chance to see it, but I saw some pictures and it's quite beautiful !!!

Ming_the_Merciless said...

fabrizio & vincent - yes, this was taken in Sunnyside on the 46th Street ssubway station.

zannnie said...

it's a nice shot! misty with the lamps in perspective;)



About the mini Quiz:-
I have knew Chris (the MadScientist) for sixteen (16) years! So the winner is Kerry-Anne from Cape Town.

It was after our GCE ‘O’ Level while waiting for our results, and we were in the same Orientation Group in a pre-university instituition. Our group name is “OG5″…and it’s amazing, looking back how long ago it has been! wow, 16 years!!

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Zannnie
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Delta Movies said...

This is probably my favorite pic thus far!

I like the stark linear contrast (sharp perp.angles) between the lamps and the buildings.

The massive sense of dimension and scale against the simple street lamps is thought provoking.

Also, despite the miserable and untimely weather, the NY subways forge ahead, stop after stop, their lights, beacons in the night, reassuring passengers that transportation, safety, and warmth is at hand.

Desoltation, immensity, warmth, human activities, monotonous routines, etc...

Very nice. I was trying to imagine which song could compliment this pic...perhaps a nice Billy Joel selection...?

Bri.
DeltaMovies
www.DeltaMovies.com
Louisiana

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I love this shot! Very moody. And the platform lights are lit and it's framed beautifully!

TCho said...

hmmm. i kind of like the smaller size better

Belinda said...

I was in NY in March 2005 and it was FREEZING. This photo brings that memory back to me, and it's lovely (the memory of NY not the freezingness!!) Love the lamp posts.

kostas said...

Very nice image!I like the lights against the gray sky!

pcfranchina said...

Now thats a nice photograph!