Galavanting in Central Park

The leaves in Central Park have just barely started to change color. I took a lovely stroll with a dear friend this time up the western side of the bottom of Central Park. And, of course, I took some photos to share with you.

We started at Columbus Circle by The USS Maine National Monument located at the Merchants’ Gate entrance. The statue collection was dedicated on May 30, 1913 to the men killed aboard USS Maine when the ship exploded in Havana harbor.

We passed by Sheep Meadow, which was dotted with socially distanced small groups of sunbathers. In the 1960s, Sheep Meadow was the site of many peace demonstrations.

We then wound round the Lake by Wagner Cove, where we saw the first of many wedding couples taking photos. Wagner Cove and Pavilion was originally a site where visitors could board the row boats that are now accessed by the Boat House Restaurant.

As we strolled around the lake we came upon two painters capturing the view of the twin spires of the iconic San Remo apartment building in the distance. 

We followed the lakeside trail to Bow Bridge where we encountered a fashion model being photographed.

Bow Bridge, while not part of the original park design, was the first cast iron bridge in the park and the second oldest in America.

We then passed into the ramble where we found some fascinating tree fungi on our way up past a waterfall.

We concluded our wall at Bethesda Castle where several other wedding couples were having their formal photographs taken.

Bethesda Castle is an original part of the park, though it was originally constructed as a viewing platform without doors or windows. Today it a meteorological site which collects data for the National Weather Service.

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