A great change had occurred since my last Park stroll. Many of you all may already know that Central Park has a man made rolling terrain, and so you will see evidence of upstairs/downstairs levels in many of today's photographs.
Lots of yellow, white and blue flowers surrounded by a variety of green tones graced slopes near Central Park West and 72nd Street.
Lots and lots of other folks were also walking around admiring the flowers, or skating, or bike riding, or lying on the lawns, or perhaps being carried along in strollers or horse drawn carriages. A half-marathon race was also underway.
Some delicately hued hellebore flowers joined in the fun.
Here is another mix of pretty blue and white flowers. I know that you will know their names.
Many photographs were being taken all over the Park. A violinist played a sweet tune.
I took the next two photographs of charming Martenitzas in a large tulip magnolia tree in the Strawberry Fields area just for marvelous Rossichka.
I encourage any of you who have not had the treat of visiting Rossichka's blog to give yourselves a spring time treat and follow the link I've given you.
I saw many horse drawn carriages, and wondered if we will see them again next April. There is currently a debate underway about whether these horses are being ill treated, and whether the carriages should be allowed. The Mayor thinks nay; Liam Neeson and other supporters think yay.
The next picture looks down on to the western edge of the Bethesda Fountain plaza, with the Lake in the background and some lovely pink flowery trees on the left. And, lots of people enjoying the scene.
I don't think I have ever before shown you all any views of the impressive Minton tiled passageway under the stairs that lead from the level where I took the above photo down to the plaza.
I decided to walk across the plaza, continuing towards my Library destination on East 79th Street. Break dancers were performing on part of the plaza, but these acoustic performers in traditional attire were giving a very different performance.
The soft green of the new tree leaves around the Lake gave a very romantic setting for couples in the rowboats.
Brilliant swaths of forsythia decorated many of the arched passageways. I thought these accommodating tree trunks gave an additional frame to the scene.
Ahh! This tree has been basking in full sunlight for a few days and just had to burst into flower.
At this point I was getting closer to my intended exit onto Fifth Avenue. It was almost one o'clock and the sun felt very warm.
In the following photo, you'll be able to glimpse the glamorous, luxurious Fifth Avenue apartment buildings that face Central Park. If you look carefully in the center of the photograph, you'll also be seeing the model boat pond well known to all fans of the Stuart Little children's book.
Another archway, with a roadway overhead. And yet more daffodils are planted on each side of the archway. Can you see both patches?
What a lush green lawn!
And here is the pathway that leads to Fifth Avenue and East 79th Street.
I completely enjoyed this walk in the Park, and am so glad to have had this glorious day off. Next week will be Easter Sunday, and I do hope to be visiting the annual Easter Parade, taking my camera along to see what hats might be on display.
Back home today, I have been knitting a few more rows on my current fair isle scarf project. Its color scheme is not very springlike, but more like an antique persian carpet.
I will also share with you all another symbol of the end of chilly winter weather. I have switched my breakfast menu away from oatmeal and put away my beautiful little Riess porridge pan until next autumn. For the next six months or so, I will be treating myself to these cheery little O's. Pretty soon, I should be finding fresh berries in the markets to dress up my early morning meals.
Another dietary change will soon be possible for me. Chocolate returns to my world next Sunday. I've begun checking out various milk and dark chocolate bunnies around town, and also am aware of the availability of those irresistible Cadbury Creme Eggs.
Thank you all for your visits and comments. I am delighted to have a new follower, too. See you all soon.