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The View from the Edge ~

Yesterday I got one of the maintenance guys in the building where I work to take me up to the 24th floor ~ the top floor ~ and open up the “outer ledge” so I could take some photos with a view.  The outer ledge is the area that is kept locked as there’s only a small rail that is between you and the 24 floor drop to the concrete below.  It’s a “privilege” to be allowed out there, though I was not unescorted.

It was partially cloudy and quite windy and cold, so I didn’t stay long.  It was an interesting view, but not as photogenic as I’d expected.  Maybe because it was so overcast, and I was preoccupied with freezing hands that had difficulty focusing the camera.  Also, everything is still so dismally grey going into Spring.

Downtown Syracuse, NY

Downtown Syracuse, NY

The War Memorial Building, Syracuse, NY

The War Memorial Building, Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse On Center, Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse On Center,  and Everson Museum (forground) Syracuse, NY

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Syracuse, NY

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Syracuse, NY

The SU Dome on the hill, Syracuse, NY

The SU Dome on the hill, Syracuse, NY

Look out below!

Look out below!

"Art/Science Center"?  Syracuse, NY

“Art/Science Center”? Syracuse, NY

This last photo is a pic of what could be the most hideous building I’ve ever seen in my life, and does not “fit” into the typical Syracuse architecture.  That blue/green building is some sort of art/science center, if I remember correctly.  It’s ALL GLASS, and has already had to be repaired several times due to wind damage.  It’s only a couple of years old.

I’ve been invited back up to the 24th floor for July 4th fireworks.  I’ve been told you can see dozens of fireworks displays for miles and miles.  But I’m not going to wait that long to visit again.  Once the leaves are back on the trees, and there’s some color to be seen, I’ll go back up and see what I can see in a couple of months.  Spring is incredibly colorful and fragrant in the city.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my view from the ledge of the 24th floor.  Feel free to come back, and thank you for visiting.

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

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Urban Fall

I love working in downtown Syracuse.  I’m not like, “downtown” the four corners of Salina and Fayette, but just down the hill from the hospitals (Crouse, Upstate and Golisano’s Children’s Center).  Although I’m indoors all day at work, when I come in to the city in the morning, and leave the city in the evening, I can’t help but notice my surroundings.  Most of the time, it’s beautiful here.  But never so much as it is in the fall.

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The city is alive with color in the crisp, autmnal air.  One never seems to  notice just how many trees can be found in an urban venue until fall comes and the bright yellows, oranges and reds reveal themselves.  Sometimes it can be a distracting drive if you’re looking at all the displays during a trip out of the office for lunch, or at the 5:00 rush hour to get home.

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What’s not to like about the city?  So often when asked where I work, when I respond that I work in “downtown Syracuse”, I get horrified looks and groans and comments like “I can’t navigate driving in the city”.  I guess it’s a matter of getting used to it, and knowing where you’re going and exactly how to get there.  I see something different every day when coming and going, and most often it’s beautiful.

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There are parks nearby with benches or picnic tables and water fountains that are wonderful for an hourly lunch during the summer.  But they tend to be often busy and/or crowded.  Not so much in the fall ~ it seems to weed out a lot of “fair weather friends” who begin to retreat to their office buildings or inside restaurants when the weather turns cooler.

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That’s fine.  All the better for me to sit and nibble on a salad and read my daily devotionals in peace.  Although, there’s lots less people-watching, which is also fun!

The next time you think about taking some inspirational photos somewhere, and head for the rural meadow, waterfalls or lakeside jaunts, don’t discount a trip to a big city.  The colors, people, happenings and architecture just might surprise you with an amazing photo op!