Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Love This City!


Another face of Central Park! Be sure to catch them all in this series. From beautiful scenes to famous Statues to 'Birding' to some of the creatures that live here. A few more faces to come. Don't miss one! As you walk through out the 843 acres that make up Central Park you are of the illusion that you are not in the city. I used to 'hate' the city with the buildings, noise, smells, traffic, etc.etc. It was like chaos to me. BUT.....when I discovered the Park I then could sing "I love New York" This 'jane and barbie' adventure did not leave me wanting... Thanks Barbie for pulling me arm and enticing me to come.

In the Ramble you can walk through dense bushes, trees, small streams
and find a pond that looks like a country scene for sure.


Along the Harlem Meer people walk along the water and enjoy
the outdoors.

You would not think city when you see these people
out in their row boats for the afternoon, except for the
sky scape of NY in the background.

A brief History lesson:
New York's Central Park is the first urban landscaped park in the United States
Conceived by wealthy New Yorkers in the early 1850's, the park project
spanned more than a decade and cost the city ten million dollars
Chosen by the city and the park planners because its terrain was unsuitable
for commercial building, the site for the new park offered rocky vistas, swamps
which would be converted into lakes, and the old city reservoir.
It became the Park for the wealthy for the first decade because

it was too far uptown for the working class to come. But by the
1920's it became the Park of the People, and by the 1970's it was


fast becoming the Park of the World.
If you would like to read more about the Park go here:
History of Central Park

What the planners did not anticipate was how much wildlife would come
and stay in Central Park. The Birds would stop by in migration for a
much needed rest and refuel from travel, and somehow other wildlife would
find their way, stay and raise their families here.

As we walked through the Ramble we spotted two bull
frogs along the waters edge.



A squirrel having a peanut someone left for him.

Other squirrels chasing each other over stumps and logs.
We can't forget our adorable raccoon spotted in the N. Woods.


At Harlem Meer the Black Crown Night Heron shares his spot
with the turtles. Click for a closer look.

I haven't seen this many turtles at ponds near me.. and when
you do they skitter into the water faster than you can say boo!

One little.........


Two little.......


Three little turtles......


How many? Oh well you get the picture...


These guys weren't going anywhere, they almost seem to
pose for the photo shoot.



You never know what you will see next while walking here..
This was a pet rabbit someone brought to the Park.


And, check out this guy's, left shoulder. Yep! That's a
pet bird he brought with him!
After 9 hours of walking on the first day, we were bushed!
But that didn't keep us from coming back on the following day for
more fun in Central Park...
Please say tuned ... the second best activity and
the meeting of a special friend is next.

7 comments:

Sandpiper said...

Wonderful pictures! I am so impressed with all the great nature-y things that you got to see.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I loved reading all the things about the park...I am fascinated and will be back for more of this...I will never see this park and I always hear of it and see it in the paper and on tv...Jackie Kennedy used to walk in it I think as she lived nearby.

The Birdlady said...

New York, New York...You and Barb had wonderful fun, didn't you? I love the photo of the 3 turtles on the rock. Thanks.

jalynn01 said...

Thanks girls...

We did have a wonderful time. I didn't want to come home.

Stacey Huston said...

It is wonderful that nature survives even in the most populated (by humans) places..Odd to see the animals in such a staged and un natural environment.. thanks for sharing

Marsha said...

I am loving this tour of Central Park with you! I bet it was just as fun people watching as it was bird & turtle watching :-)
Thank you for sharing a little of the history of it with me.

Bird Girl said...

How about those turtles - I never saw so many! I'm glad your posts were long...I was feeling bad about how long mine were - haha. Nice job with the history of the Park and glad you decided to go! Unforgettable!

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