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Bethesda Terrace #3

I was starting to process images from my weekend New York this past October when I realized I still had some unprocessed images from July. Sometimes its hard to stay on top of all the images but I am trying to clear up the backlog especially since I’m getting ready for another trip that’s just a couple of weeks away.

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Central Park’s Literary Walk

I hope all of my Canadian and American friends are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I thought it would be appropriate to share an image (or 3) from NYC today. The Mall in Central Park is a pedestrian walkway flanked by a quadruple row of American Elm trees. This is one of the last remaining stands of American elm in North America.

The southern end of the mall is known as Literary Walk where you’ll find the statues of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Fitz-Greene Halleck.

Below you’ll see 3 versions of my Literary Walk image, Black and white; Color and a high key artistic version. Which do you prefer???

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New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, travel photography, trees, benches

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A Short History Lesson of Bethesda Terrace

Here’s another shot of Bethesda Terrace (I hope you enjoyed my first one. You can find it here) I wanted to give you a little history of this wonderful hidden gem in the big city.

The terrace was one of the first structures to be built-in Central Park which construction starting in 1859 and continuing through the civil war. It was completed in 1863. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers wanted to create a place where people could enjoy nature as well as hold social gatherings. It was to be “a place to see and be seen while mingling with like-minded people,”  while escaping the stress of city life.

There is an upper and lower terrace which are connected by a two grand staircases and a smaller staircase that leads to “the Mall and Bethesda Fountain.”

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Bethesda Terrace

I was back in New York last weekend and as usual I had a list of things I wanted to shoot while there. There’s never a shortage of things to see and shoot in New York no matter how many times you’ve been there. I’ve been to Bethesda Terrace in Central Park many times before but always with hundreds of other visitors and while that’s okay for some street photography I selfishly wanted the place to myself.

My alarm went off at 4:30am and off I went. I grabbed a cab as I wanted to get there before the 5:15 sunrise time and as I got out of the cab two things happened. First I opened the door to the cab to get out and on the sidewalk were 2 rats the size of an external hard drive and second the cab driver told me to be careful. I thought he was talking about the rats and when I told him they’d already scurried away he said that he meant in the park. “There’s a lot of bad people in the park at that hour” Great…that’s what I needed to hear. I had already tried to put aside my concern about my walking through Central Park at that hour telling myself that it would be light soon and it wouldn’t be a problem. I was right. As soon as I started walking towards my destination I encountered joggers and cyclists and I immediately felt better.

As I was setting up my tripod and getting ready to start taking pictures a couple of more rats decided to run by my feet (surprisingly I didn’t freak out. I think they were more afraid of me then I was of them. Maybe because I used to have hamsters 🙂 )

Here’s the first that I’ve processed. I’ll have more later in the week along with a little history of the place.

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After the Rain

There’s something about walking through Central Park after a rain storm that’s both calming and mysterious.

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Saturday Skate in Central Park

Walking through Central Park on a mild January day my husband and I stopped to watch the ice skating. I knew standing there that I wanted to create an image that I could turn into a digital painting. The skaters in their colourful jackets, the buildings in the background…it was in front of me but the image I wanted to create was in my head.

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