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NYC Marathon: Ambling To Watch Running

November 7, 2011

Central Park is absolutely stunning.



and multi-colored.

Esau the dog and I had walked across the park to cheer on the marathoners as they passed El Museo del Barrio at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street. The runners were as brightly colored as the flowers.

A steady stream of humans just kept on flowing,

and the fans just kept on cheering and high-fiving.

After watching for a few minutes, the dog and I felt inspired to wonder if we could ever, just maybe, just possibly, not run, but walk a half-marathon.

Heading west again, we stepped back into the park and took a turn in the Conservatory Garden.

We chatted with a Parks employee, who told us the Garden weathered last weekend’s freak snowstorm relatively well.

Water lilies still bloomed in the pool in the English Garden.

From the central garden, we looked back toward Fifth Avenue where we could see the runners still streaming south on this final leg of their journey.

Roses bloomed in the French garden.

Leaving the Conservatory, we continued northwest, turning for a last look at the runners from across the Meer.

On our way home we passed miniature hockey players at the Lasker Rink.

We wound through the Ravine in the North Woods.

Esau drank from the stream,

and we felt as though we were far away from the city.  Until …

we came upon a grate, just like the grates on any New York street, except that this one is rounded to fit the stream bed. Its presence didn’t diminish my pleasure, although it did remind me that all the parks I walk in on a regular basis are brilliant man-made creations, imagined, landscaped and continually managed.  And yet not everything is controlled or planned. New shoots grow out of the top of this magnificent old stump like a spiked punk hairdo. Hmm. Maybe we can finish that half-marathon one of these days.

We left the park and its glories behind.

Ah, home again. Time to put our feet up, and have a good chew on an old stuffed animal.

There’s nothing like a walk in the park on a glorious day.

Visit to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden

May 14, 2011

Green was the color of a recent bike ride across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

Glory be to green

Our destination was the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, the only large-scale formal garden in Central Park.  It features three distinct landscaped areas, each reflecting a different style of landscaping.

The center area is Italian. An expanse of green lawn stretches to a circular fountain

Sun and shade in the Italian garden

Stone staircases lead up to a magical wisteria-draped secluded area.

Shades of green

The Italian garden is flanked on either side by a gorgeous allee of crab apple trees; the branches intertwine to make a living roof that creates perfect sun-dappled shade in which to read or simply commune with nature.

One of the best reading spots in all New York

On Tuesday, just enough blossoms remained on the branches to create gentle pink-and-white snowfalls whenever the breeze stirred the trees. Robins, blue jays and a pair of bold cardinals fluttered back and forth, showing off their colors.

Natural beauties: male cardinal and androgynous robin

The female cardinal, although not as flamboyant, is equally stunning.

Female cardinal flutters a wing

To the south of the lawn is the French garden and to the north is the English,

filled with tulips


overhung with lilacs and their delicious scent


and centered by a Frances Hodgson Burnett-inspired fountain.

Cavorting figures

 As we left, the male cardinal watched over his little world from atop an old-fashioned lamppost.

The red and the black

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