Scott Matthews took the following four photos in a span of eight hours starting Thursday night — from evening to daybreak. The shots of the Archangel Gabriel blowing his horn are particularly special; Matthews says that the sun only coincides with the statue twice a year, a phenomenon he describes as “Cathedral-henge” (this shot shows the most perfect representation of it).

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This is a 3.5-hour exposure that shows the movement of stars and planes at La Guardia.




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    1. mary says:

      I’m puzzled by the shot of the statue on the Cathedral at sunset. This is the view from my window, in the Avalon at 110th and Morningside, but it faces north, and the sun never appears in that perspective from there.

      • It’s sunrise, as seen from 106th & Broadway looking north-east. If you’re looking from 110th & Morningside, then the cathedral would be north-west from you, so you’d have to be looking for a sunset — and I’m not sure if the Sun ever sets far enough north for it to align from your vantage at 110 & Morningside.

        • mary says:

          Ah, that explains it! I never manage to catch the sunrise.
          They’re lovely photos!

    2. geoff says:

      i share your joy!

      it must have been like magic to have seen this, captured it and shared it.

      for me, i am reminded of a metallic gold coloured beetle i once saw in mexico. at that time i realized there is probably no colour or hue that we can imagine that doesn’t exist in the real world.

    3. Imagine the skies over New York being clear on a regular basis. We could celestial miracles on a daily basis.

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    5. Elizabeth says:

      True artistry!

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    8. Upperwestsideguy says:

      What great fun. Thanks for sharing.