State of New York, City of New York

Recently, I was talking about how I hadn’t updated my travel blog in a while, as I hadn’t been traveling so much. I then discussed how that shouldn’t prevent me from updating my blog with observations from my usual surroundings and everyday existence.

After I expressed this, I did travel somewhere, and while I was away, I kept thinking about how the new scenery differs from what I have grown used to in my regular life.

This thought is probably one of the most common themes in travel, comparing new things you encounter to what you are familiar with — whether it’s convenience stores, pizza, train stations, electrical outlets or squirrels.

When I went on this particular trip, I thought of how things look different in rural New York State as opposed to urban New York City.

For instance:


A dirt road in the country.

IMG_0715[1]A paved road in the city.


Gardening with a lot of space.


Gardening with a little space. IMG_0703[1]Country cat.

IMG_0667[1]City kitty.


Getting fresh strawberries from the farm.


Getting fresh strawberries from the store. IMG_0699[1]Rural basketball hoop.


Urban basketball hoop.

IMG_0712[1]Back view in the country.


Back view in the city.IMG_0710[1]

(Delaware) River in New York State.


(East) River in the New York City.

IMG_0696[1]Sunset over the hills.


Sunset Park at sundown.

Of course these photos are only a visual gloss-over of what they represent, and showing single shots does not account for the complex life that surrounds them in actuality. Nevertheless, from such photos, we can see that different versions of the same species, berries or times of day can look starkly dissimilar depending on their placement in New York State or City.