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Conservatory Gardens and a Cautionary Note

After last week’s big snow storm, I wandered and slithered around the Conservatory Gardens and the Ravine at the top end of Central Park. It was not a planned outing–my intention was to see an exhibit at the City of New York museum on 108th and Fifth Avenue but had forgotten that the museum is closed on Mondays! Never-the-less, I was glad of the opportunity to get some exercise and to break out of the cabin for a bit.

This much-photographed pair usually entertain the fish in the pond below them. They were the inspiration of my watercolor sketch “Pastoral Scene” which imagines them in a different context altogether! (See post ‘New Artwork’ which I will publish tomorrow).

These delicate fronds refused to be dominated by the snow

As soon as I neared the frozen Harlem Meer, I found myself being surrounded by Canada Geese looking for hand-outs. They were unlucky. I had no bread to feed them with as they were hoping.

Some squatted at my feet and were prepared to wait it out

And now, a cautionary note. In snowy New York DO NOT chain your bicycle to a post–When the snow retreats you may find you have been framed!

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2 Responses

  1. Beautiful winter wonderland! Stay warm and safe.

    • Valerie. Many thanks for your concern. I have posted a sketch in which I have placed the two cold characters, in the first picture above, in an imaginary setting. Let me know your reaction.

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