Good Morning Everyone,
I have enjoyed browsing my archive of New York and reliving experiences through the photographs.
I remember walking along the banks of the Hudson from the Financial Region towards China Town. It was baking hot and New York was suffering from a blistering heat wave.
Along the way, we came across this army of wooden posts in the water. What was their purpose? There seemed no logical explanation other than, had there once been a huge jetty here!
No matter, the posts offered an unusual photographic opportunity which I hope you enjoy, too.
Have a lovely day,
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Nicou (131398) 2014-07-15 1:30
quelle image et compo superbe vue avec la barrières tous ces pieux de bois qui font un très beau graphisme et ces édifices en fond superbe.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (89738) 2014-07-15 2:25
Something quite different from NY !
Very nice effect of the wooden posts.
TFS and best regards
snunney (90728) 2014-07-15 4:05
The wooden posts whatever their origin nicely mimic the background skyscrapers making for an excellent graphical composition. Fine realisation from NYC where there are endless opportunities for the perceptive photographer.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-15 4:15
This is an interesting shot! The poles seem to mimic the buildings in the background. The lighting is fine as is the sharpness and detail. I think that it might have been better to have left out the rail in the foreground but still a fine shot.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-15 4:21
I have seen a few shots of these stumps before on another site and they do look like they were part of something significant. They do make an interesting lead into this wonderful river-scape. A mystery indeed!
Regards - B.
Sergiom (68638) 2014-07-15 5:32
Effectivement, ce n'est pas trop recommandé de visiter New York par canicule au mois de juillet. Aussi bien se rafraîchir sur le bord de l'eau. Je crois bien que c'était une ancienne jetée qui sert maintenant de brise lame . Une belle image profonde.
holmertz (45927) 2014-07-15 8:05
This is a very attractive and interesting composition, also a bit puzzling. Could this be resting-places for seabirds, kindly donated by an organization that cares for the well-being of animals? :-) I think I can see two or three seagulls using them...
Regardless of their purpose these wooden poles create a good counterbalance to the skyscrapers across the river.
worldcitizen (7710) 2014-07-15 11:06
You found an iconic view that many tourists might miss, and I'm happy to help you solve the mystery. :-) First, about the photo itself, I like the view of New Jersey on the other side of the river, and, of course, the wood pilings that jut out of the water. I also like how you used the railing in the foreground.
Now about those mysterious piles...in the past, when ships were still used as the main transportation for both people and goods, the west side of Manhattan was lined with more than one hundred piers. Large ships docked there, and business was bustling. One famous passenger line that had four piers on the west side was the White Star Line, and the Titanic was heading for one of them before it tragically sank. Then business began to decline, and most of the piers were left to rot, with just those wood pilings as a reminder from the past.
Have a good evening! :-)
saxo042 (37724) 2014-07-15 11:21
An interesting picture with all these poles in the water. There must have been some kind of intention with them, it appears to have been a hard work to get them in place. Now they just look good in your photo.
lousat (83500) 2014-07-15 13:36
Hi Bev,i don't know the answer to your question,maybe this is just useful to an original pic...ehehe..and you caught very well this unique and original opportunity with this neverending perspective and the usual top quality,i like it! Have a good evening and thanks,Luciano
PiotrF (11886) 2014-07-15 14:16
Great , rare view of NY with poles and the buildings in the background. Wonderful picture with natural colors, good sharpness. Perspective and depth are perfect taken. Nice shot.
rychem (28929) 2014-07-15 22:31
An interesting photo of New York, I think your explanation is right, beautiful photo with a clear FG and beautiful view of NY in the BG
emka (87458) 2014-07-15 23:38
hello Bev, I remember these poles, I saw them from the boat, and it was a mystery for me too. I read Brenda note and finally the mystery is solved:). Very attractive capture, good use of the railings, splendid perspective and nice bluish colours.
WArm regrads MAlgo
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-07-16 9:08
Beautiful view of the slightly hazy skyscrapers across the water. The wooden posts surely make a very attractive (and mysterious :)) subject. I liked the lovely natural colours of this picture and also the included railing in the foreground.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
macjake (62308) 2014-07-16 12:43
you know what, if you want any mystery solved about NYC, all you have to do is wait for Brenda to answer your questions :)
and she did just that!
i like these popular views from locals that tourists may not be 100% familiar with.
and i have to say that i don't recognize any of the buildings in the bg.
interesting photo of the magically disappearing pier!
enjoy your day
ChrisJ (105485) 2014-07-20 2:45
I might have tried shooting through the fg fence to exclude it altogether to put more emphasis on the interesting, partly submerged pylons, rotting away in the water. Amazing repetition. This must have been a huge pier complex at one time. Good sharpness and the old vs new contrast with the bg high-rise buildings adds interest. Tfs!
serp2000 (42216) 2014-07-22 11:50
Thumbs up! I know this place too. And I did take similar photos mostley from Staten Island and from Southern Manhattan. I will post my version some later.
Amazing comparison of the old wooden parts and so beautiful new skyscrapers on the background.
jcpix (13820) 2014-07-22 19:32
Being that my last run of pictures have been from New York, this one of yours caught my eye as I've been trying to get caught up in your gallery this evening. :) I have also taken a similar picture with these old posts.
They sure make for a fascinating and inquisitive subject, yeah? :) I see that Brenda has explained their history, and it's sure fun to try and think what they once supported.
Always nice to see something out of the ordinary, especially from a place so well known in picture. Hope all has been going well. Take good care.
Curious_Eye (1320) 2014-08-24 10:10
This is an intriguing sight indeed! I like how you used the posts to lead us to the cityscape and how you captured the contrast between the old and the new. Thank you for sharing this story.
All the best,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (33825)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Trip to New York [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-15 0:38