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New York City in the snow. Central Park winter landscape at Bow Bridge.

There is something undeniably magical that occurs as the snow falls

swirling and twirling in the air

until it hits the ground heavy with the weight of a thousand promises:

exultations and dreams held close to the earth

in the stillness between wintry pauses

as the city lays in wait

like a snow-globe resting between giddy shakes of joy.

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Bow Bridge is one of Central Park’s most iconic structures. It was built between 1859 and 1862 and is shaped like an archer’s bow. This particular image was taken during a snowstorm in Central Park, New York City. Bow Bridge sits covered by a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow as the buildings that line Central Park West sit in the distance just past the snow-laden trees.

I am a bit giddy because it appears that New York City may actually get some snow tomorrow. I read this highly entertaining piece of writing by Andy Newman in the NY Times earlier: “Tomorrow, It Will Snow, Perfectly” which had me at hello with its opening paragraph:

“The ideal city snowstorm, meteorological Platonists say, blankets the landscape without burying it, beautifies but does not burden, transforms and cocoons without paralyzing or even particularly inconveniencing.”

Of course, I always feel a bit like Winona Ryder in one of the best scenes from Edward Scissorhands (the music from that scene = awesome) during the first real snow of the winter season here.

Here’s hoping! :)

P.S. Edited to add that yes, this is the same bridge that Dr. Who ran over in the Angels take Manhattan episode.

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It’s very beautiful.

New York City - Snow - Central Park

Covered by a blanket of snow,

the earth stopped spinning.

All was silenced

except for the muffled

heartbeat of the city

falling in love with

winter

one snowflake

at a time.

This is an alternative edit of one of the hundreds of photos featured in my New York photography book which released in stores everywhere worldwide on November 24th. Info about the book (including many photos, sample pages, and info about my history and style of photography):

NY Through The Lens: A New York Coffee Table Book

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Central Park winter path. Shakespeare Garden in the snow.


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.


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.

This photo was taken during one of the last major snowstorms (a blizzard) in New York City back in 2011. We haven’t seen snow like this, in this magnitude, since then. I have been going through my photos from the two blizzards we experienced that winter season wondering if we will ever see snow like this again. Who knows?


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“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for spring.”  Rogers Hornsby was a great player (.358 career batting average) from the same era as Babe Ruth.  At a Central Park ballfield, I thought of his words.  It was officially spring, but not yet baseball weather.  However, unlike him, I was outdoors during the winter:)  (Photo taken on March 21, 2015) 

New York City - Winter - Central Park in the Snow

This is the always iconic Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City. This is an alternate edit of one of my most popular photos (ever).

It never even occurred to me that I had never shared this photo online on my New York City photography blog until this past week when it was tweeted by a very, very popular Twitter account: Earth Pics (with over 1 million Twitter followers). I have been hyper-focused on my Twitter lately and have been having an awesome time getting into the various discussions that occur on there revolving around NYC and travel, two subjects I am passionate about.

A Twitter follower of mine notified me that she noticed that a photo of mine had been shared without any credit and linked to the tweet. I scratched my head for a good 5 minutes or so trying to figure out how this popular twitter account even came across this particular edit when I noticed the unmistakable Stocksy watermark all over their share of my photo! You see, some of my photos belong to a rather exclusive (and gorgeous) stock collection over at Stocksy. It appears that whoever shared it went to my profile and yanked the photo directly from there to share it. The tweet got well over 2,000 re-tweets and 3,000+ favorites which is no small feat but I was really bummed that I wasn’t credited at all especially since my Stocksy profile actually shows all of my social media links including my Twitter!

In any case, I e-mailed them and they removed the tweet, apologized and asked me to re-submit to their site in the future and they would gladly tweet with proper credit.

So here I am officially sharing this photo that seems to have ended up in quite a few places already (it appears people on We Heart It and Pinterest also had a field day passing it around without credit at some point…). Ah, the internet!

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