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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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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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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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“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” (John Steinbeck)  Many people dream about visiting a snowy Central Park.  So, I felt fortunate to be there.  On this day, my visit was brief due to the bitter cold.  But, the serenity of this area of American elm trees (The Mall) left a lasting impression.  (Photo taken on January 21, 2014)

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New York City Winter - Central Park in the Snow…

Winter’s silence is deafening,

as the earth

pauses:

swallowed

by the

engulfing embrace of serenity.

Memories

sit suspended

like words

caught momentarily

in the throat of winter:

stifled tales

of yesteryear

wrapped in a blanket

of alabaster.

And dreams sputter,

breaking through

shards of branches

conjuring up the outline of

buildings and cityscapes

on the condensation

of winter’s frozen breath.

Trees stretch

their fragile limbs

weighed down

by the sky’s

frozen tears of joy,

as winter muffles

the earth

silencing its yearnings,

until all at once

there is

peace.

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These are some of the hundreds of photos featured in my New York photography book released in stores everywhere worldwide recently.

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

View: My New York City photography portfolio, Cameras and Gear I Use, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

On this day, Central Park was an equal opportunity provider:)  Serious photographers were setting up tripods as I arrived with my simple “point and shoot” camera.  The combination of Central Park and snow is a match made in heaven.  So, no experience was necessary.  I could have closed my eyes and pointed the camera in any direction!  (Photo taken on February 5, 2016)

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” (Herodotus)  These ancient words are the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service.  However, understandably, my mail was not delivered today!  But, the blizzard did not prevent me from (carefully!) making my “appointed rounds” in Central Park.  Only the “gloom of night” will stop me from photographing this beautiful park:)  (Photo taken on January 23, 2016)