Monday, October 26, 2009

Central Park, Manhattan - Part One


All mosaics will enlarge when clicked on if you would like to see more detail

Sunday was a glorious autumn day in New York City, with a bright sun and moderate temperatures, so my husband and I decided to take a walk though the middle of Central Park in Manhattan to enjoy the fall foliage that had finally arrived!

In the mosaic above, from top left going clockwise, you can see a row boat on the lake, The Bethesda Fountain, The Falconer statue, a scene from The Sheep Meadow,the Trump-Wollman Ice Skating Rink, some fall foliage, and a section of the bedrock called "Manhattan schist" which is the foundation of most of Manhattan, and which allows tall skyscrapers to have a strong foundation.

This mosaic is comprised of the beautiful Bethesda Fountain "Angel of the Waters," and some of the sculptures of Bethesda Terrace, plus the Minton Tile ceiling in the Arcade. The Minton tile ceiling is made up of 15,876 elaborately patterned encaustic tiles handmade by Minton and Company, a leading 19th century ceramic manufacturer in Stokes-on-Trent, England. Originally installed in 1869, the tiles were recently restored after an extensive restoration project.

One never has to buy a ticket to a concert or a show when visiting New York, as all you have to do is walk through the park on a pleasant day and you will be entertained by all sorts of musicians, and mimes! We saw a jazz band, a Latin band, folk music, a Chinese lute musician, and a Hawaiian ukulele musician. We even saw a musical trio counting a large stack of dollars they earned in tips for the day!

Please come back on Wednesday, as I'll be showing more sceness from Central Park, including the mosaic memorial to the Beatle John Lennon.

I'm linking my post today to Mary at My Little Red House's "Mosaic Monday" Event and also Sally at Smiling Sally's "Blue Monday" event. Please visit their blogs today to find links to many other blogs participating in these wonderful events.


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52 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What beautiful photographs, Pat! I love the tile ones and of course, the blue sky shots. That one of the statue with the birds is just wonderful!

I think it would be great fun to sit in a park and people watch in NYC. I love the fairy/mime.

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Jackie said...

Morning

Love the mosaics. I have been in Central Park once before but still hoping to get there next year with my hubby for my 60th!! I think there is probably something different there every day during all the seasons.Your blog makes me want to visit a ASAP!!!
Have a good day, Jackie in UK

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Hi pat!

What beautiful pictures of Central Park! I really love the mosaic of Bethesda fountain! So beautiful.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Anne Fannie said...

What pretty pictures!
Happy Blue Monday!

~Ann

Marilyn said...

Beautiful photos of the park!

****I woke up this a.m. to see the Yankees WON!!!!!*****

WOO HOO!!!!!!
Love,
Marilyn

M.Kate said...

Such a wonderful and colourful post Pat. happy week ahead, love...M

katherine said...

What a great entry for Blue Monday meme. I love the photographs.

Happy Blue Monday.

Mine is up too.

Gracie said...

It wouldn't be NY without Central Park, right? I can only think about how many times I saw it in movies, or read about it in so many novels, or listen to its name in so many songs........
I can't wait to read the following parts, thanks Pat.

SmilingSally said...

What a fabulous place to visit, but oh! the pigeons! I loved looking at your photographs. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Blue Monday!

Jenny said...

Beautiful colors! Hooray! I'm glad they finally showed up for you! That angel statue is amazing. The sense of the past in your pictures was very evocative.

Riet said...

THank you for taking me on a tour through New York. I love all your photographs and stories that go with them. I have been to New York twice and it sure is my favorite city in the world. I would love to go again but I don;t think that will happen again. So now I tour with you every week.
Have a happy Monday

grey like snuffie said...

I'm so glad I found your site...NYC is the one LARGE city in the world that I want to come back and visit some more. I'm not a large city person and took a high school choir group there 3 years ago...I want to come back....thanks for sharing so much.

DoanLegacy said...

Fantastic mosaics, and Central Park looks like a fun place to spend time.

Becky K. said...

It was lovely here in the Northeast yesterday. I was wishing for it to last a couple of months more...but...will have to settle for as much as we get.

Your photos are lovely.
Glad you had a great day in the park.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

chubskulit said...

Oh I love your entry, lots of beautiful places and faces!

Here's my first Blue Monday entry.

Zuzu said...

How fun! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and taking us on the tour - it's more wonderful than I ever imagined! Lucky you to see it all in person!

Have a lovely day,
Zuzu

Lucy said...

I love the pigeons perched on the angels wings. Very cool!

Joops said...

I really enjoyed the pics. I'm a big fan of meticulous detail, so I really loved the tile work. This post was awesome!

Please join me in chasing fun with my son for Blue Monday!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Central Park is such a gift isn't it - just like your blog and the great pictures. Loved the girl with the orange getup on a pedestal.

ARLENE said...

I can think of few better ways to spend a glorious fall day than walking in Central Park. I miss my weekends in NYC--another time in my life. Yesterday was indeed a perfect day.

Tracy said...

You make the most visually exciting mosaics, Pat...Just thrill to all these views from the large to the small. And can't help but admire all the blue... Happy week, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Regina said...

Another gorgeous post and lovely mosaic.

Charli and me said...

Beautiful photo's! I would love to walk through that park ♥ Happy Blue Monday!

Oliag said...

Central Park is quintessential NYC for me...wonderful mosaics!

Junie Moon said...

I love the mosaics, it's fun to see the groupings and having the ability to click on each one to see more details. How great to have so many varying musical offerings at once. And the beautiful autumn leaves, oh my, they're so gorgeous.

Fifi Flowers said...

Who does not like Central Park... such a FABULOUS place... le sigh... I NEED a trip East!!! GORGEOUS mosaic!

Mary said...

Your photos are really wonderful - the next best thing to being there. I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

Melanie said...

Love the colours of the leaves.

Oo Minton -yes they were bought up by Royal Doulton. Now that company has had recent trouble in the recession and I heard that the manufacturing was taken from England and the quality is different.

Central Park is so beautiful. My fondest memory of it is seeing a black squirrel for the 1st time there.

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Beautiful images, Pat. Love the woodland fairy... and her nerve. It's one thing to have a musical instrument to "hide" behind, but to just stand there in the park... in a costume no less.
If you're not being compensated as an ambassador for the NYC tourism bureau, somebody needs to make a phone call!

xinex said...

What a wonderful and perfect day to walk through Central Park, Pat. Your mosaics are beautiful! I have been there at least 3 times but I don't think I have seen it all!...Christine

Marice said...

those are really nice collages :) thanks for sharing!

u may view mine if u have time

magicpolaroid said...

hello! that beautiful composition!
ciao! Luis

guild-rez said...

Wonderful pictures of a beautiful
city.
Central Park what a great park!!
- Cheers Gisela.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, what wonderful photos and your mosaics are so lovely and each tell a story! I love New York and don't get to come as often as I would like.
Thanks for your visit today, I always love it when you pop in.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Elisa Day said...

Lovely post again. I wish I will visit New York some day soon

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous photos here Pat!

Something is just so magical about Central park. ~Stunning!

Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Claudia said...

I walk through the park every time I return to NYC.It was my old running place, hanging-out place,theatre place, concert place, boating place, skating place. One of my favorite places in the world. Thanks for bringing it back home to me.

linda said...

What beautiful pictures and what a beautiful time of year to be in Central Park!

People don't realize how beautiful New York can be do they...especially in the Fall!

Jeanne said...

Oh thank you so much for this walk through the park. I love parks in the middle of a big city and what a lively place it was to be on Sunday!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful mosaics!

Carolyn

Ebie said...

Pat, what can I say, I Love New York!!
Lovely virtual tour in your mosaic!
Wish I was there!

Definitely I will come back!

Dishesdone said...

Sunday was a gorgeous day in New York! On Long Island, too! Your pictures make me want to schlep into the city! I love your NYC mosaics! Monday was also gorgeous, have a great week!

tales from an oc cottage said...

How fun!!!

m ^..^

guild-rez said...

Hi Pat, thank you for your visit and comment.
Cats and Rosemary??
I don't think it is a good idea to let your cat eat it. The cat could be allergic. I don't know if it is poisonous to them, but just to be safe side, don't let him/her eat it. Cats will try to eat lots of things, both the good and the bad.
IMPORTANT- IF IT IS ROSEMARY PEA, IT IS POISONOUS TO CATS!!!
Take care,
Gisela
Got your flu shot yet??
We got ours last week!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I've walked through Central Park in the Spring, but never in the Fall. These pictures depict beautifully the lovely walk the two of you had. The mosaics make it even more fascinating. Thank you for sharing this.

Sea Witch said...

Central Park is truly one of our country's greatest gems. Lovely photography, Pat!

I'm catching up with postings after spending three days in bed with a nasty cold that turned to asthma issues. Just getting back up to my old self and have missed all of my blogging friends. Hope to be caught soon and back to posting on my own blog. Hugs to you. Sea Witch

steviewren said...

I studied every photo. There is so much going on in every shot it seems. The foliage is beautiful there. The leaves have seemingly turned overnight here...we still have a ways to go before we are at the height of color though.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Great photos as always! And I never, ever saw that tile roof...I love it!! Add it to my (long and growing) list of things I need to see in my own city. :-)

xo, Laura

p.s. Basil STILL growing!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'd love a walk through Central Park, thanks for sharing Pat. You are so fortunate to live in such an awesome city! It looks beautiful in autumn!

Mary said...

Oh Pat, how wonderful! It's almost a week later and I can't seem to remember a day when it hasn't been raining... Thanks so much for taking us along on your walk in the park. :)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Stunning mosaics! Great photos...Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful Blue Monday!

Jolie Belle said...

I would like to be there too