Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Central Park in Fall …

Anyway, it was October 16th (almost a month ago!) that I walked back through Central Park, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to where I was staying near Hell's Kitchen. I was on a hunt for autumn leaves ... and I found them!

Central Park
October 2013


Different kinds of music remind me, of different times of the year. Some are obvious, like the Beach Boys in the summer and Vivaldi's Primavera, in the spring. Some, are maybe not so obvious.

The soundtrack to When Harry Met Sally always reminds me of the fall. Maybe it's because I first saw the movie at the beginning of fall and continued to wear out the cassette tape (yes, that was a while ago) throughout the season. Or, maybe it's because of the scene where Harry and Sally walk through Central Park and the trees are a a spectacular mix of gold and orange. In any case, that's why this is the music I chose, for your stroll through Central Park!

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others
only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…
and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes of the man of imagination, 
nature is imagination itself.
~William Blake

Bethesda Fountain and Terrace
The fountain, created by Emma Stebbins, is the only piece of sculpture commissioned for the park, and was the first time a woman had received a public art commission in NYC. 

from the Central Park website:
Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers. The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand -- a symbol of the water's purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established.

Trees are poems 
that the earth writes upon the sky.
~Kahlil Gibran 
from Sand and Foam

from the website:
When the Park was designed 150 years ago, the Mall was a place for park visitors to parade in their Sunday best. Today you might see visitors in jeans, jogging and exercise outfits, but it’s still the place to see and be seen. 

(When I was there it was filled with artists selling their work and all different types of musicians … a man playing the sax, a trio of young classical musicians, and a folk singer playing the guitar. There were also a lot of people, like me taking photographs or having their picture taken.)

The Mall is the only straight line in the Park and is Central Park’s most important horticultural feature.  The main attractions are the American elm trees. They form a cathedral-like canopy above the Park’s widest pedestrian pathway. These elms are one of the largest and last remaining stands in North America, and one of the Parks most photographed areas.

The Mall in Central Park

The southern end of the Mall is called the Literary Walk …

Robert Burns by Sir John Steell (1804-1891)

Somehow Columbus (below) snuck in with poets … (?!)

"Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,' 
she whispered, 
as he lifted her to the ground.
'What nice dreams they must have."
~L.M. Montgomery
from Anne of Green Gables


Out of the magical oasis and back into the vibrant energy of the city!

And for your viewing and listening pleasure, here is a very young Harry Connick Jr. video, that came out to promote the movie and the soundtrack. 

To check out the Central Park website and learn more about it, click here.

Next up … New England and some aMAZing foliage and natural beauty!

Hoping November is finding you in gratitude and vibrant health!
Blessings and light!


Cristina Deboni said...

Noi c'è li sogniamo dei parchi pubblici così grandi e belli, con questi colori così vivi e rossi dell'autunno, vialetti poetici e passeggiate romantiche...il tuo reportage è stupendo e alcune foto meravigliose come la numero 20. Complimenti! ciao Cri : )

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Here we go again...I too had the cassette of When Harry Met Sally! AND that stone carving of the birds? I have a cut out of that exact same detail on an inspiration page in a journal and I never knew where it came from! AND I have a tiny silver pin in the same style as the deer head!
AND I love the fall and the leaves in all their glory...nice one Lucinda:)

Unknown said...

So much gorgeous color. I love these!

Loree said...

How beautiful it is. The colours are so vibrant and gorgeous, they just scream autumn to me.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Ahhhhhhh. And now I am recalling it too! Thanks, girl!

Linda said...

A truly gorgeous series of photos!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


I have been a wildly crazy busy teacher over here...but I finally got a chance to see my comments and there you were. THANK YOU for coming to visit and yes, who doesn't love sparkles, especially us artist-types!

Your photos are so stunning and vibrant. This is truly a great time of year to witness the miracle of change. I LOVE NYC! Have a super day of wonder my dear. LOVE! Anita

Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks so much ladies!!! :)
It was such a beautiful moment being in the park, that day, I am happy I can share it with you!!!

Victoria said...

A most magnificent tapestry of Autumns' beauty..how mesmerizing..your photos are hypnotic for me..I love nature so deeply and each colorful image was pure poetry in motion...love all of the sceneries..so beautiful!!Blissful Autumn...thanks kindred for the feast of visual decadence!! Shine on!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Well now you've made me very nostalgic for NYC...
A first time in Paris. I havent seen colors like that here.
Gorgeous !