April 24, 2017

It was a lovely spring day in New York City. The sky was divided equally with a deep blue on the western horizon, while mounds of fluffy white clouds lazed about in the heavens on the eastern vista. It was a perfect day to walk in Central Park. A SUNNY PATHOnce at the entrance to the park I knew exactly where I was headed, to the lake. Most of the trees at first glance appeared bare. But looking closely, I could see little buds just beginning to swell on the tips of the branches. Nesting birds called out to each other. A few people strolled along the paths taking in the early morning crisp air.Spring #1The evergreens make a stark contrast to the trees that seasonally drop foliage in the fall and then slowly come back to life in the spring.

I have always loved the swagger of a Weeping Willow especially as they come out of their dormant state. Its lovely yellow-green foliage appears to be pouring from hidden limbs, a waterfall of color and affirmation.SQUIRL IN A TREESquirrels were busy chomping on the early green buds of the Forsythia bushes that were just coming back to life. This fellow is a bit hidden in the shadow of a tree as it frantically munched on its mid morning meal.

TURTLE WATCHERI got a real kick out of this guy. He’s a regular in the park. He slowly strolls along the paths, his staff clicking out his steps until he stops to check out the interesting happenings in the park. This day when I spotted him standing on the edge of the lake, I had a strong sense he was communing with this turtle bathing itself on this sun warmed rock.

TURTLESI walked a little farther and spotted an entire family of turtles taking in the morning sun. I’m sure they were happy to greet the arrival of spring after their long winter hibernation. These are such interesting aquatic creatures. When the season cools and the temperature goes below 50 degrees, these animals hunker-down, embedding themselves in the muddy bottom of the lake and drift into a semi sleeping state. Their heart rate slows to less than one beat per minute. During this time they do not need to breathe and I’m very sure they are happy to see the sun come out.

THE LAKECentral Park has many nooks and crannies, little hidden areas that have the sensibility of a personal garden. And then there are luxuriously languid grasslands, open meadows where children, or adults, can run and jump, do somersaults, or roll down hills of cool damp grass.

I walked for a couple of hours, sat on a bench and watched the geese paddling across the shimmering glassy lake. Then I headed home to write a page or two in an unfinished story. Tomorrow I’ll return to the park and visit what I think is the most beautiful walk this time of the year.

DARK MORNINGUnfortunately the next morning was a dreadfully dark day. Not the best light for taking photographs. But there was the promise of rain for the next couple of days and I knew that if I didn’t visit this special place now, the rain would bruise the blossoms and turn the petals raggedy and brown.

FAVORITE WALK IN SPRINGThis is my most favorite walk in all of Central Park. There are certainly uncountable lovely locations in the park, but in the spring I think this is the most beautiful. The trees explode with beautiful blooms. The pink petals flutter and dance in the cool morning breezes, and luckily for a few minutes the sun broke through an opening in the clouds and cast a lovely warm light on the trees.

PINK BLOOMSAnd then as quickly as the sun had appeared it was gone again. The joggers and dog walkers went about their daily routines undeterred by the somber morning light.

ROBINI walked up and down the path several times soaking up the deliciousness of this scene. A robin sat patiently on a limb, seeming to be listening for something. It pecked at the blossoms several times and then flitted to the next tree.

CLOUDS SWALLOW LIGHTAs I headed home to begin my day of writing, I walked past another scene that gives me much pleasure. This tree is very old. On warm sunny days children gather underneath this huge beauty chasing each other, playing hide and seek while mothers sit on blankets taking a rest from their daily chores.

The clouds slipped across the morning sun, muting the usual behemoth shadow that this tree casts. Then for a brief moment a thin ray of sun spotlighted a few branches. But it was a short lived brightness. The clouds grew thick and darker again. The wind began to blow and the birds stopped singing. It was a moody morning, a perfect morning for digging into why one of my fictional characters did the terrible thing that she had done.




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  1. Susan Bernhardt on April 24, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Gorgeous photos (and descriptions). I love Central Park! So many hidden treasures and not so hidden treasures. 🙂

    • Pushing Time on April 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Susan, So glad you dropped by this morning and left a lovely comment. Yes, Central Park is a totally amazing place. I don’t know if someone ever really gets to see all of what these park lands have to offer. But I’ll just keep trying.

  2. Sharon on April 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for taking us for a walk in the park. Spring is such a beautiful time. Mother Nature awaking from a long winters nap!

    • Pushing Time on April 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Sharon, It is always great to hear from you. Central Park this time of the year really does feel like it’s coming awake after a long winters nap. It looks so fresh and new. I love it. Thanks again for stopping by and I’m so glad you enjoyed this virtual walk with me.

  3. Maddy on April 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

    You know l love Central Park, so long time ago l were there in a horse wagon and slept at the Plaza. Good old time, thank you for bringing good old memories to me. Greetings from lceland, Maddý – Matthildur

    • Pushing Time on April 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Maddy, What a great treat to hear from someone who lives so far away. I have a friend who was visiting your part of the world a while back. It was early spring and she got caught in a winter blizzard. She loved it. I am so glad that you have such fond memories of Central Park. A ride through the park is a real lovely experience. It would be great if you could come back some day soon and we could meet up, take in some of the park, have lunch at the Boathouse and have a grand time just walking.

  4. Michelle Schmitt on April 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Your descriptions make me smile. Walking in Central Park in the spring, seems like the perfect way to sweep all those winter cobwebs away. Glad I could take that walk with you.

    • Pushing Time on April 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Michelle, I’m glad that I could make you smile. And yes, walking in Central Park in the spring is an ideal way to sweep away all those winter cobwebs. I am also glad that you enjoyed this virtual walk through the park with me.

  5. amreade on April 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This brings back lovely memories of the years I lived in Manhattan. My husband and I, and later our first child, used to love going to Central Park for a respite from the busy-ness of the rest of the city. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Pushing Time on April 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hi amreade, I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this virtual visit to Central Park. Everyone that I’ve met who has visit Central Park has fond memories of the place. It has so much to offer and is really one of the most well taken care of parks that I have ever seen. I hope you will be able to come back for a visit and rekindle ole memories. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  6. Susan G Sermoneta on April 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Is this what they mean by the expression “a walk in the park”? I hadn’t thought of what the expression means until I looked at all your images. Wonderful! Thank you (on this very rainy day) for a lovely walk in the park!

    • Pushing Time on April 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Susan, I suppose it does mean literally ‘a walk in the park’. It does look like this might be a seriously rainy spring season but I guess that will simple mean that there will be more green grass to romp in. Thanks you so much for stopping by and leaving this delightful comment.

  7. Eric Parker on April 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely spring walk with you Marge.
    My favourite moments are the turtles and the sakura (cherry blossoms)
    Thanks You

    • Pushing Time on April 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      HI Eric, Always fun to hear from you! I spent a bit more time watching the turtles, but they were so content and never appeared to move a muscle. Those sakura are totally amazing. Walking through those trees is like moving into another world. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a comment.

  8. Anne McCormick on May 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Marge, I am so slow to respond to your wonderful set of Spring pictures in the Park earlier this week. I absolutely loved them all and will go over one day soon – actually am closer to Riverside which is also lovely, but an entirely different personality largely because of the River. It is a beautiful Spring, and I thank you so much for your photographs and all your insightful comments.

    Anne McC.

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