New York Autumn - Central Park - Poet's Walk - Dusk
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Central Park Autumn - New York City - After the Rain
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Winter's Bare Branches - Holding On- By Vivienne Gucwa Stuck somewhere between the heart and lips pushed down by the echoes of memory echoes loss: the mirror reflection of connection. We spend our lives shedding pieces of ourselves: molted hopes and dreams that slough off into the thoughts of everyone we meet like stardust falling to the Earth from distant stars. These are the pieces we hold on to: the pieces that are part of us that can never be put back into the same place again after they dissolve into nothing. === On a bleak winter day, clusters of branches reach out towards each other against the backdrop of a bone-grey sky. Taken at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City - Queens, New York City. ---
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Central Park Winter Path- By Vivienne Gucwa
I think back to days spent wrapped in the cold silence of freshly fallen snow in Central Park.
The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace.
It’s on days like this when the sun rests longer than usual and winter’s essence seeps through every crack and crevice that the earth quivers a ghost shiver that rests in summer’s memory.
This photo was taken during a major snowstorm in New York City. The rustic wooden fence rests on a four acre section of Central Park known as the Shakespeare Garden which is located in the west part of the park near 79th Street. On the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 1916, this area was dedicated to Shakespeare and named. The plants and flowers that are found in this area are all mentioned in the works of the playwright and are also plants and flowers that are found in his garden in Starford-upon-Avon. There is even a white mulberry tree on this four acre plot of land that is said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in the 1600s.
While the paths that winds through Central Park's Shakespeare Garden is gorgeous in the warmer months of the year, it's absolutely stunning when snow has freshly fallen.
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Central Park - Autumn Trees and Leaves - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
All I can think about at this point is anything and everything that has to do with autumn: piles of leaves to jump in, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks, pumpkin in just about everything, cute scarves and socks, ducking into cozy places to warm up briefly before heading back out to enjoy the kiss of brisk autumn breezes.
Summer, we can always fall in love again next year.
For now, I have a huge crush on autumn.
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New York Autumn - Central Park - The Mall
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A New Day - Sun Through Cherry Blossoms - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Through the sky's shadowed embrace, the sun pulls back the curtain of night. And the earth basking in night's afterglow stirs slowly under the sun's radiance as each tree awakens to the promise a new day. ---
Dance of the Trees - Cherry Blossoms - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When no one is looking, the trees dance. With their limbs outstretched and their blossoms blush-pink and white in the heat of the sun's glow, they whirl gracefully with each and every pirouette. And the wind hold their limbs close to its heart twirling them around whispering utterances of love on every warm breeze. ---
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Weeping Cherry Blossoms in the Sun - Brooklyn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There are days when blossoms catch glints of sunlight on their petals that sway slowly in warm breezes. On these days, it is as if the sun has exploded in the sky raining its light down to the earth below. And the trees hold their branches out like eager tongues waiting to catch the first snowflakes of winter. ---
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Song of the Willows - The Lake - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When the summer sun has drifted low into the sky after every bit of earth has been soaked in its warm splendor, the trees hang their heads down in mournful remembrance of winter's impending icy touch. And the willows play a slow and deliberate adagio to accompany the last of summer's lovers on the sweetest sun-kissed wings of the wind. ---
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Flowers and the City - High Line - Chelsea - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There is a beautiful tension in the juxtaposition between the flowers that grow along the High Line and the distinctly urban views that exist beyond the High Line. The High Line is an elevated park that runs along 10th Avenue all the way from midtown down to the heart of the meatpacking district. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. Flowers and plant life now breathe life into this space that was once dominated by industry. Perhaps that is why it sometimes has a vaguely post-apocalyptic feel. The scenery calls to mind I am Legend's fictional world where urban settings which were once thriving hubs of industry are now dominated by the plant life that had been suppressed for years under the weight of urban life. ---
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Wildflowers Along the High Line - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The wildflowers that grow along the High Line Park are some of my favorite flowers in New York City. Greenery has a way of thriving in this elevated park due to the nature of the buildings that line the old railroad tracks which cast shade on certain sections while other sections bask in direct sunlight daily. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. The shaded areas are brimming with colorful flowers and plant life that has claimed its home here breathing life into this space that was once dominated by industry. ---
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Central Park From Above and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa When you look out above the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan, it's incredible to observe just how much space Central Park occupies. On a hazy day, it is as if the rest of the city disappears into the haze, infinite in all its dense glory. This view is facing north, looking towards upper Manhattan. Central Park is 2.5 miles (4 km) long between 59th Street (Central Park South) and 110th Street (Central Park North), and is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year and was completed in 1873. The park, which receives approximately thirty-five million visitors annually, is the most visited urban park in the United States. A long time ago I read that the real estate value of Central Park was estimated to be around $528,000,000,000. But really, it's priceless in terms of the value it provides the residents of New York City and the many visitors that visit every year. ---
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The City's Memory - High Line Flowers - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Where does the city’s memory imprint itself? Is it imprinted on the concrete of sidewalks weathered by world-weary feet? Is it imprinted in the foundations of the skyscrapers that scratch the surface of the sky connecting the sidewalks below to loftier aspirations? Is it imprinted in the people whose lives unfold frenetically over the vast urban landscapes that stretch across the city like veins and arteries? Is it imprinted in the transportation systems that contract and expand like ligaments and tendons, flexing their way through the corporeal terrain? Or is the city’s memory imprinted on elements that only peripherally stake their claim on such a grandiose landscape? In the petals of flowers, freshly opened and unfettered by permanence, the city effortlessly makes an impression like pressing a hand into soft flesh or falling slowly into a cloud. ---
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New York - Spring - Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn
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Stars in an Earthly Sky - Cherry Blossoms in the Sun- By Vivienne Gucwa The sun burned bright like a fiery orb as the churning storm clouds in the sky sought to extinguish it: their tufts of purple and grey gathering round in consensus before a final engulfing embrace. As the sky determined its own fate, the sun's fire burned a fiery trail through spring blossoms and leaves. And in the sun's wake, each blossom twinkled: luminescent stars in an earthly sky. ---
Spring Sunlight over Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden- By Vivienne Gucwa The sun washes over the battle-scarred winter weary limbs of the earth's trees drying the melted tears of winter with its rays of light. And the world reels in the warmth of the sun and the hues of possibility. ---
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Catching the Light - Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden- By Vivienne Gucwa Staring into the light of the bright spring sun surrounded by flowering trees, petals swirled in the wind catching the light like glowing embers eventually scattering to the algae-colored pond below where they shimmered on the surface like tiny lanterns. I was reminded of a comment that someone made about several of my recent spring photos where they were surprised to see nature represented in such a way in New York City because for them, New York City seemed to be nothing more than "a wilderness of rocks". The truth is that there are so many places to find serenity and nature in New York City. There are over 1700 parks that span all five boroughs of New York City, many of which boast beautiful landscapes. This particular image was taken yesterday at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, one of my favorite spots to enjoy the many colors and sights of spring. The Brooklyn Botanic garden has more than 200 cherry trees of forty-two Asian species, making it one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan. The first cherries were planted at the garden after World War I, a gift from the Japanese government. The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden located in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden. It was constructed in 1914 and first opened to the public in June 1915. It is widely considered by numerous landscape architects, to be the masterpiece of its creator, Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota. ---
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Spring's Embers - Cherry Blossom Petals on the Surface of a PondSpring rises as a younger subdued phoenix from Autumn's dormant flame stoked by the warmth of the sun as it ascends from the icy muffled ground of Winter. As Spring burns with its pink and white flame, the trees dance shaking off frigid thoughts of barren times. And when the trees have fortified themselves with the fire of renewal, Spring's pale pink and white ash scatters onto the wind carried by the whisper of Autumn's dreaming utterances before falling to the surface of the water like tiny embers as they flicker in the sunlight alight with a dream of Summer. --- Cherry blossoms petals on the surface of the pond at the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City.
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The Urban Forest Primeval - Conservatory Garden - Central Park - New York City
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Blush Response - Japanese Magnolia Blossoms - Spring - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa As the steel exoskeletons that wind along city buildings bask in the glow of springtime, fresh-faced blossoms blush in the warmth of the sun tilting their heads skyward hoping for a kiss. And the earth swoons. ---
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New Hope Springs Forth - Chelsea - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The world opens up in the spring drenching itself in new warmth: heady intoxicating warmth that bubbles up beneath the surface for months before rushing over the parched earth. And as the sun washes away all of the fears that have been buried beneath winter layers, petals open up one by one yawning delicately into the light of a thousand sparks of promise and hope. ---
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Winter's Dream - Autumn - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Under a canopy of elm trees, nothing is quite as beautiful as the warmth that emanates from fallen autumn leaves. Scattered like fiery embers, they are strewn about only suspended in motion for a short time before the wind stirs them from their molten slumber. If winter had but one dream, it would be of this. ---
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In a trance - Central Park Winter Trees- By Vivienne Gucwa Winter crunches underfoot yielding to the heavy enormity of the sheer weight of souls in transition. Trees laden with snow frozen in thought stand dormant until the springtime. It’s on these sorts of days that the earth feels as if it is caught in a trance somewhere between dreaming and opening its frozen eyelids. -- This is a view of a snow-covered path during a beautiful snowstorm in the heart of Central Park, New York City.
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The Grandest of Dreams - Cherry Blosssoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden- By Vivienne Gucwa Cherry blossom trees celebrate new life under the strong illuminating glow of springtime sunlight at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City.
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Serenity Memory - Bow Bridge in the Snow - Central Park
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Dream Sputters - Bow Bridge Central Park Winter- By Vivienne Gucwa
In the silent stillness of winter the world stops rotating temporarily.
All sound, speech and thought is muffled as the earth slumbers briefly under a blanket of freshly fallen snow.
In each snowflake rest the hopes and dreams of all who have ever felt the warmth of an anticipatory heart-flutter: dream-sputters that wrap the earth in the weight of their desires.
Built between 1859 and 1862, Bow Bridge is one of Central Park’s most iconic structures. Taken during a snowstorm in Central Park, New York City, the bridge is covered by a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow and is surrounded by snow laden trees.