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My Favorite Things – Walking Home Through Central Park On a Warm Fall Day

After my rehearsal finished today, I decided to walk home through Central Park.

The sky was spectacularly clear…

NY City castles in the sky

church on Central Park West

And the air was soft and warm.

pea pod tree

As I walked through the park, my eye was drawn to the rich colors…

dark blue berries in the fall

red, yellow and green in the fall

And the cheery yellow daisies.

yellow daisy

At the lagoon, I stopped to take in the view of Central Park South…

Central Park South in the fallAnd was drawn to the vibrant reds…

red berries in the fall

And greens of the berries in the surrounding trees and bushes.

green fall berries

The Beresford looked like a castle in the air…

The Beresford on a clear October day

And I felt a little like an enchanted princess!

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Indian Summer – A Timely New Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Not sure if we’re having an “Indian Summer” this year or not.  But, judging from the fact that the strappy tan lines on my feet haven’t yet faded, I’m still optimistic…and am celebrating the spirit of late summer in my latest illustration!

Indian Summer with Trees cropped for blog

(You can purchase the greeting card version of this illustration here.)


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Friday’s Thought – On Hope


“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

(Lady Bird Johnson)

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My Favorite Things – The Park in the Spring

If you’re wondering when to visit New York, right now would be a good time!  In Central Park, trees are beginning to flower, the daffodils and forsythia are blooming and there is a gentle haze of color beginning to fill the horizon.

Today as I walked home from Columbus Circle, I saw:

The gentlest hints of white, green and yellow framed by dark tree branches…

spring tree in Central Park

A spectacular yellow magnolia…

yellow magnolia and tulips

Pink tulips amid Bleeding Heart plants and blue wild flowers…

tulips and wildflowers

Blazes of yellow forsythia…

Forsythia bushes in Central Park

The gleam of skyscrapers across the pond…

Looking towards the south end of Central Park

The first cherry blossoms…

cherry blossoms emerging

Tulips and daffodils near the Swedish Cottage…

wood fence and wildflowers

A city seemingly renewed…

Looking south in Central Park

Sweet miniature blossoms…

white flowers

 And verdant paths each step of the way!

Lamp post and flowering bushes


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My Favorite Things – A Solitary Stroll Through the Conservatory Gardens on a Spring Evening

Earlier this evening I walked across the park to the Conservatory Gardens.

Conservatory garden


The light was clean and clear and the air was cool.  The gardens are just beginning to bloom, and the annual plantings are little more than promising rows of green shoots.  Even so, there were enough miniature wild flowers, blooming bushes and blossoming trees to keep me and my camera occupied.

This is what I saw:


green Lenten rose


yellow and white daffodils


Yellow Finch


furry twigs


yellow clusters of flowers against a blue sky


snow drops


pink magnolia blossom




pink blossom


pink tulip


pink Lenten rose


white magnolia blossom


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My Favorite Things – Celebrating the First Day of Spring

Ok, I’ll admit I’m digging a bit here…practically clawing the earth to see SOMETHING green on this, the first day of spring.  But I think these pictures from my walk today in Central Park are proof that spring IS here!


first signs of spring

Miniature irises!

tiny purple irises

(No ice here.)


And the palest greens!

weeping willows by the pond


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Friday’s Thought – Life Lessons

bridge near Jackie Onassis Reservoir

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”

(John Allen Paulos)


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