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.
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.”
“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” (Carl Reiner) This opinion seems to be getting more popular in New York City:) But, not for those walking through a snowy Central Park… (Photo taken on March 1, 2015)
Central Park Winter - New York City by nythroughthelens
New York City in the snow. View from a frozen and snow-covered lake within Central Park overlooking the Manhattan skyline of Central Park West.
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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):
“To boldly go where no one has gone before…” (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) The absence of footprints told me that no one else had stood in this exact spot of the Central Park North Woods (at least, not since the snow had begun to fall:) (Photo taken on January 6, 2015)
“Currently, the temperature in Central Park is…" The Belvedere Castle is the location being referred to during NYC weather reports. On this cold and snowy day, the American Flag was a reminder that this castle is located in New York City rather than the mountains of Europe:) (Photo taken on March 5, 2015)
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!
“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)
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)