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New York's Central Park (In Pictures)

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend four days in New York City shooting a video for one of my fave clients. The shoot took me to Rye Brook, NY, Greenwich, CT, and Brooklyn (DUMBO) over three days which left me with a free day to spend as I pleased. Now, having relocated to South Florida 12 years ago, I had been in NYC only one time in the fall (back in 2009) and had forgotten how beautiful the city looked this time of year. Being that I had my teenage daughter with me (and considering how much she marveled at the color of the trees as we were landing at Westchester Airport), I decided to spend a lovely 58 degree (thanks, God) afternoon in Central Park with her, my mom and brother.

In 1858, landscapers and architects, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) and Calvert Vaux (1824–1895), won a design competition to improve and expand more than 750 acres of land central to Manhattan Island set aside by a law enacted by the New York State Legislature in the summer of 1853. The land? Central Park, which opened in 1857 and is the most visited urban park in the United States. As I am wont to do while traveling, I brought along my Panasonic GH2, a few lenses and snapped up a few pics. Enjoy...

We started our stroll in the Strawberry Fields section of the park (West Side around 73rd Street), a living memorial to songwriter and peace activist, John Lennon...

Central Park - Strawberry Fields

Central Park - Strawberry Fields

Central Park

We soon made our way to Bethesda Terrace which features Bethseda 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...

Bethseda Fountain

Bethseda Terrace

You won't have to walk too long to hear someone playing music or singing - one of the great things about the park...

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Opera Singer

Ballerina

Harp

Violin player

Saxophone Player

Central Park is also a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax...

Central Park

New York City

New York City

New York

Great place for birds and even Big Bird to chill out for a bit...

Central Park

Big Bird

Sheep Meadow, the Park's largest lawn, was originally the home to a flock of pure bred sheep(!) from 1864 until 1934.

Sheep Meadow

After an afternoon in the park, my daughter couldn't contain her joy...

Sheep Meadow

A final stroll with my daughter down Literary Walk, Central Park's most important horticultural feature and one of the largest and last remaining stands of American Elm trees in North America...

Literary Walk

My traveling mates, very good company...

Family

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