In May 2017 I set out to visit Yellowstone National Park with an old dear friend. We had all gone 20 years ago with my Mom. I had hoped to come back and see the beauty of this amazing American treasure and stay at the Old Faithful Inn, which we did. We stopped where the Battle of the Little Big Horn took place in Montana, also known as Custer's Last Stand. The sheer beauty and heaviness of this place makes one feel the enormity of what happened here on June 25, 1876.
In Cody Wyoming we stayed at the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody's beautiful Irma Inn built in 1902 for his daughter. The prime rib dinner is one of the best I have ever had. There was no room for dessert, so on our way back through Cody we stopped for some coffee and slice of homemade blueberry pie.
There is nothing quite like the openness, fresh air and beauty of Montana and Wyoming, particularly Yellowstone. We literally experienced all four seasons in just a week. I hope you get a chance to see this special place.
Scooter in wreath. ©2015 Rita Rivera
I came home from work and turned on the news. I was shocked by what I was seeing and hearing. A terror attack so brutal and heinous, I could hardly believe it but it was true. I could not take myself away from the tv, wondering if more carnage was about to happen. Over 127 people killed and many more injured critically. Makes me so sad and angry. My thoughts and prayers as so many of us, are with the people of the City of blinding light, Paris. We love you.
Couple looking at the Eiffel Tower. ©2010 Rita Rivera
Had a great time in Central Park with my old friend Alice to get a glimpse of Pope Francis. We arrived at 11:00 am. We walked slowly to get into Central Park which took 3 hours. We were tens of thousands of people with the same goal in mind. We made it into the park by 2:30 and then we found a place where we could see him pass by after 5:00. Was it worth it? Of course! We connected with so many people around us. People who were Catholic and those who were not. There is something special about Pope Francis that transcends religion and beliefs.
Million March NYC, December 13, 2014 over 50,000 people gathered and marched to protest the killing of unarmed African Americans across the United States. It was a peaceful march from Washington Square Park to 34th Street and downtown to City Hall.
Merry Christmas to all and wishing you a very happy 2015!!!
Me and Ewan McGregor in NYC!Read More
I was recently featured in Nueva Luz, En Foco's beautiful color magazine. I had a lovely surprise when I opened its pages last month and saw my photo of New York Yankee's closing pitcher Mariano Rivera. I was doubly surprised when I saw the blog! Thank you Miriam Romais of En Foco and special thanks to Ilan Stavans for writing so beautifully about my photograph.
Pink peony at Brooklyn Botanic GardenRead More
I started with this image when I created my website a year ago So here it is again! My dog Scooter in bunny ears!
On my way to class, walking along Centre Street I saw this man dressed in red from head to toe!
The International Center of Photography has put on an extraordinary show of legendary Magnum photographer Robert Capa. This show is absolutely captivating. Its full of never before seen color work by Magnum's star photographer. You will see work from the 40s and early 50s that were showcased in the big picture magazine's of that era. This show has everything from fashion to Hollywood stars, soldiers and includes personal letters sent to his brother Cornell and more. The exhibition closes on May 4, 2014!! Hurray you don't want to miss it!
2012 Bergdorf Goodman Window ©2012 Rita RiveraRead More
I was at City Hall this afternoon for a rally held by the Latino community for New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. Willie Colón, Rosie Perez, Congressman José E. Serrano and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez were there. Nice to be able to tell Ms. Perez how much I enjoyed her performance in the new film The Counselor. Its a star studded cast with Bardem, Fassbender, Cruz, Pitt, Perez and few other wonderful casting surprises like Bruno Ganz and a terrific performance by Cameron Diaz. Brace yourself for some extreme violence. The acting will blow you away!
Halloween was magnificent this year. The annual New York Halloween Parade has been going on for 40 years. Last year it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. People were so creative with their costumes and were in a great mood! I had a funny lighted pink wig on and this woman is coming toward me, to photograph me, I am thinking wow, she looks like Diane Keaton! Well, being New York it was Diane Keaton! I will share a few pictures.
I am happy that some of my baseball photos are featured on acurator.com
I have to thank my friend Mary Engel for connecting me with Julie Grahame, acurator's editor in chief!
Darlene Love and other notable singers discuss their lives as back-up singers for some of the biggest names in the business including Jagger, Bowie, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
In the photo below Darlene Love (center) poses with teens after the screening of "Twenty Feet From Stardom."
A new book by Tom Dunkel talks about players breaking the color line in baseball a decade before Jackie Robinson which took place in Bismarck North Dakota. The link is to an interview on NPR with Dunkel
Check out the Facebook page for Speak English! Writer Rafael Hermoso and I add comments and pictures about our experiences working on the book.