New York City - Spring - Blossoms and the Municipal Building
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Central Park Autumn - New York City - After the Rain
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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 Fall Colors - Bow Bridge
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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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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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Kissed by the Sun - Summer - Central Park Conservatory Garden - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Kissed by the sun, the day lingers long into the night. Earth devours every last bit of of light as trees sway with their graceful branches adorned by summer's heavy garlands. And the glow of daylight's promises basks in its transient longevity. ---
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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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Afternoon Sunlight on a Greenwich Village Street - New York City
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Spring Blossoms Overlooking the Central Park Reservoir - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa On Spring mornings, the world hangs in sleepy stasis. Trees, adorned with blossoms as soft as winter's first snow, use their branches to gracefully conduct the world's awakening in a daily symphony at dawn. --- I am admittedly a night person. I have tried for years to trick my stubborn body into accepting a different biological time-clock to no avail. However, on days when I am carefully trying to get myself to accept the mornings as a friend and not a foe, I am always amazed at how differently the world appears especially during certain times of the year like springtime. On a perfectly cloudy Spring day in Central Park, it's as if the world is opens up its dewy eyes one by one as the city stretches out languidly for a few hours. ---
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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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The Urban Forest Primeval - Conservatory Garden - Central Park - New York City
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Spring Cherry Blossoms - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa At the edge of winter sits the reflection of spring. Trees lifted from their slumber by weightless blossoms make their way out of the twilight of winter's last icy gasps. ---
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Winter - Central Park- Through Winter Trees - New York City
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The Color of Rain - Greenwich Village - New York City
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New York Autumn - Central Park Fall Foliage at The Lake
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Summer's Dormant Dream - Winter- New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Summer slumbers deeply. Tree limbs stripped bare remain vulnerable to the sky's attempts to stir them from their dreaming state. It's when the sky caresses and seduces the earth with its snowy proclamations of love that the earth transforms into a somnambulist navigating the boundary between sleep and dreaming: dreaming its dreaming self awake slowly. -- This view is of an Upper East Side tree-lined street during beginning of a particularly beautiful snowstorm.
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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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Deliquesce - San Remo - Central Park Winter- By Vivienne Gucwa In the yawning hours of the morning, the earth stretches its snow-laden limbs skyward and the clouds leave a dissolving trail of heart-heavy whispers in their wake as all of the city’s structures deliquesce into nothingness. --- This is a view from the top of Belvedere Castle during a snowstorm overlooking the iconic towers of the San Remo during the winter in Central Park, New York City.
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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.