Often when I travel and tell people I’m from New York State, they instantly think of New York City (NYC).  Actually, I  live closer to the Canadian border than I do New York City.  I live in a rural area (think cows and farms) and far from the bright lights of the city.

Before I left my job in the corporate world to become a full time photographer, I travelled often to the city.  It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the people and activity.  I always find more comfort in the quiet of nature with mountains and lakes.  However, on one particular business trip to the city, I found some additional beauty in the lights of the city.   I took a boat tour at sunset.  The lights of the city are bright and beautiful at night, yet the city seems less hectic and far from the usual hurriedness that it brings.  But also, there is definitely a quiet calm when viewed from the water.

Yet the tall buildings and all the lights remind us that there are over eight million of people that live in New York City.  And this number is nearly doubled each day with the people that work in the city but don’t live there.  In 2017 an estimated 61.8 million people visited New York City!  In contrast, the town  that I live in has a population of approximately 6500 people.  it isn’t hard to see why I prefer rural living.   But It’s hard to dispute that the city lights provide a beauty of their own and bring a new sense of liveliness!

Freedom Tower at night with reflections in the water in New York City

The Empire State Building – Link to StoreEmpire State Building at night with reflections in the water in New York City

The Statue of Liberty – Link to StoreStatue of Liberty at night in New York City


New York at Sunset – Link to Store

New York City skyline at sunset

Freedom Tower at Dusk – Link to StoreFreedom Tower at dusk in New York City with bridge and reflection


Empire State Building in black and white – Link to Store

Empire State Building in black and white in New York City


Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi Marquette is a fine art travel photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   As a professional photographer, Debbi travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.   

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