Friday, October 31, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Every season is the best season in New York City. Spring is for tulips on Park Avenue and the promise of a beautiful summer. Summer means long lunches, weekends at street fairs and dinners on outdoor patios. Autumn in New York is full of possibilities. Leaves falling off the trees mean that winter will soon be upon us and the holidays are on their way. Thanksgiving dinner and dessert (the one time of year when I don't feel guilty about all that cheesecake and pecan pie...and chocolate, warm apple pie, pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies...), shopping, lighting Hannakuh candles, buying a Christmas tree on the corner of where you live, spending time with friends and family, hot cider at the holiday markets in Union Square and Columbus Circle, gingerbread lattes at Starbucks, 8 million additional tourists on your block alone, ice-skating at Wollman Rink and Rock Center, holiday window displays at Saks, Barney's and Bloomingdale's...the list is endless.

But, before we can get to all the holiday, winter wonderland goodness, New Yorkers have autumn to enjoy. Yesterday and today I went to one of my most favorite places in all the city - Central Park. I honestly do not think that I have ever seen Manhattan as beautiful as I've seen it this week. Everything around is glowing. In a few weeks there will be no leaves left and all this gold and ruby red will be gone. The trees will be bare and hopefully, if we're lucky, we'll get some snow and the time to enjoy it before it turns to brown mush. In the meantime, I'm drinking in the colors of fall, the fresh crisp air and the sounds of fallen leaves beneath my boots.

What's your favorite season?

photoshoot in the park

bubble machine

A nice guy was selling those big bubble machines. No one but me paid any attention to him. It was school day. :)

Manhattan Bride on a Thursday in Central Park

Incidentally, I was pleasantly surprised to see three brides and three grooms at the park today...especially because it is a Thursday.

I haven't added a soundtrack in a while...what's up with that?

Today's soundtrack

Blue Chair - Morcheeba

ps--I obviously went a little bananas with the photo posting today but I'm just so inspired by it. I hope you enjoy.

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Monica said...

i love the photos. they look incredible, especially the girl in the blue coat. you're such a good photog.

is that little portia?

Chessa said...

Mon, thanks! Yes, that is little Portia. Nicole and her husband came to the city for a photo shoot. SUCH a wonderful family! This child is a total joy.

That woman in the blue coat was part of a photo shoot too...I took a few and this was my fave. I like that the elbow of the photog is in the pic too.

Angry Asian said...

i adore the crispness of your autumn pictures. my favorite season is Indian Summer, which isn't really a season. just that hint of fall creeping in, and the last of summer leaving. i love it because it is fleeting. the colors of autumn are gorgeous, you've captured them perfectly but i can't say that i love Fall, i just hate the cold!

Me said...

autumn -

I love the photo of the little girl with the wind in her hair and a bit of a leaky nose...

Bubble machine is cool too.

The Lil Bee said...

"Every season is the best season in New York City." I couldn't agree more. That one gold that on the hill to the right of the Boathouse, if you're looking at the Boathouse? If not, it looks identical to a spot where we take our dogs. Gorgeous!

Shannalee || Food Loves Writing said...

Three weddings on a Thursday? Crazy! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, though. Makes me all happy inside.

Chessa said...

Lan, thanks:) I don't LOVE the cold either but I can tolerate it bc of all the wonderful things there are to do here in the winter season...I'll have a list, I'm sure;-)

me, isn't she beautiful. I was hired by her mom and dad to take photos in the park...and we found so many other kiddies who were having their photos taken, as well.

melisa, yes, that's the tree! I hadn't been to that part of the park in ages. so great. thanks for all the love!

shannalee, yes, three weddings on a Thursday! I am sure that there were more! thanks:)