The breeze off the East River was brisk but the view was crips. You can see the 103rd Street Pedestrian Bridge in the distance (on the left).
I didn't know if I would find the center of the bridge lowered but I lucked out.
I had the entire bridge to myself and it felt surprisingly massive whereas it appears almost fragile from a distance.
The view of the Upper East Side from the center of the bridge.
This is Mill Island which I saw for the first time from the center of the Bridge. I had never even heard of it. Since my walk, I read that it got its name because a mill was built on the island in 1701 and later, there was a farm there. It's hard to picture this being a good place for a farm with those smoke stacks looming in the background.
As you can see, there are no stairs on the stanchions but they are tall!
This is the Manhattan Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane which is the biggest building on Ward's Island. I didn't linger here too long.
A view of the bridge from the shore of Ward's Island.
This is one of the two operator pods that are perched on the bridge.
Here you can get a sense of how high the top of the stanchions are.
I've always heard there are chapels in airports but this is the first time I actually saw one. In fact, I found four in a row. This is the catholic one where I popped in and relaxed after being picked over by security.
Another view of the Catholic Chapel.
This is the neighboring synagogue.
And the protestant chapel is next door.
And then there is a general meditation chapel that seems to be mostly used by muslims.
And now to the zoo in Prague and a sleepy komodo dragon.
Even though I can't tell you the type of monkey's I can tell you they were much cuter in person.
This poor polar bear seemed really stressed out. He would move away from the stream and kept shaking his head back and forth. In a neighboring pen, there was another agitated polar bear so I could only guess that maybe they had recently been separated and didn't like the new arrangement. Copy the link below into your broswer to see a short video of this bear so you can see what I mean when I saw he was agitated.
This was the neighboring bear that I think was stressing the other bear out. They were beautiful beasts but it was sort of sad to see them so stressed.
Now to a more peaceful tortoise.
This cutie was fascinated by the wrist cord on my camera. I guess all cats, big and small, love strings.
And they clearly love to eat and sleep. Look at the belly on this cat!
Another sleeping beauty. I'd never been this close to such a big cat. There was only about 3 inches of glass between us.
Being so close, it got a good sense of how big its paws are. Very intimidating!
Ah, even The Czech zoos have flamingoes!
This bald eagle was more beautiful than any I've seen in the States!
And finally, a funny little guy that certainly seemed out of place in Prague.
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