Thanks, Fumobici. I'm surprised the pods are so large. Will those open into flowers, or are those seed pods?
Yes, Bixa. That's Lilly on her first trip to Central Park. She's still trying to learn big city street etiquette. Things like: "Even though the jogger looks like he's running right at you, it doesn't mean he wants to play." And, "the stupid pug who growls and threatens you should be ignored. You don't have to go into attack mode and defend your walker in the middle of the street."
Kerouac, here's the Central Park Conservancy description of that bridge: Often called "Gothic Bridge" because of its reference to Gothic design, it is officially known as Bridge No. 28 and was designed in 1864. Spanning the bridle path between northern Reservoir and the tennis courts, it is one of the most impressive bridges designed by Calvert Vaux.
Today I was very fortunate to meet up with the gorgeous and talented Ncygirl, along with the most wonderful baby in all of New York City. Together we walked to the more formal Central Park Conservatory Garden located in the northeastern section of the park. A place I'd wanted to see. The gardens are very nicely kept and I imagine they are even more magical when visited in the late spring when the magnificent wisteria trellis is in bloom.
Aw, now everyone is jealous! Tell NYCBaby that in six years we'll waive the 13-year-old rule and she can start posting on anyport.
Those true-blue salvia! The deep dark colocasia! the bee-bedecked sunflowers! What a wonderful garden. The bathing birds make one of your prettiest pictures ever, but then you followed that with my favorite thing in the whole world ~ goldfish.
You truly captured a perfect summer day in that marvelous park. And to do it with those two lovely ladies *sigh* so nice!
It was a nice, relaxing morning, unlike my afternoon doggie walks when I have to be alert to any types of distractions (squirrels, other dogs, joggers). I did manage to snap a few more photos this afternoon though.
I'm so happy to see photos of the Conservancy Garden. It was beautifully planted when I saw it. That was in October, and one section was full of a simple low chrysanthemum, Korean if I recall correctly. Single blossoms, almost like a simple dahlia. One of the gardeners told me they dig them up and save some for next year but give the rest away. I seriously considered driving to New York to get some to brighten my garden, but I never did. Wonder if they are still there?
Thanks so much for meeting up with me! It was a hot one, but I really enjoyed our walk and, of course, the company. Wow, you got some great shots. The little birds frolicking in the water is my favorite.
Bixa, thanks for the names! I was wondering what they were called.
I don't know how I missed this thread last year. Catching up, it's great to see the park over the different seasons. My favourite picture is the one of the little sparrows in the water of the fountain from last summer.
Given how much colder winter is in New York, and that there was a lot of snow a few months ago, I am always struck at how quickly trees and greenery "catch up". The trees in the photo just above are a bit less green than here, but we didn't have any winter to speak of. I guess the trees and plants in the colder part of N America know they have a shorter growing season so develop more quickly.
And, what a good idea to put a large park with wilder areas in the middle of a city. That is something the British did in London but the French, with their formal garden mentality have never done in Paris. The Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg are not very nice, mostly sandy paths and benches. At least you don't have to pay to sit on the chairs any more!