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My Favorite Things: The Stone Carvings at the Bethesda Fountain

Although I’ve walked to the Bethesda Fountain in New York’s Central Park many times, it was only this past Monday that I really stopped to look at the carvings that decorate the stone fences and stairways. ย Here’s what I saw:

A forest with singing birds…

Photo of stone frieze with birds in the branches, taken by Joana Miranda

Butterflies…

Photo of stone butterflies at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

A Deer…

Photo of stone deer at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

A bird guarding its eggs…

Photo of stone bird's nest at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

A book…

Photo of stone book at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

Birds in the trees…

Photo of stone birds at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

A bird flying with a broken wing…

Photo of stone bird at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

A tiny house in a keyhole…

Photo of stone keyhole house at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

(This bird even left droppings!)

Photo of stone bird at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

And, an owl and a bat.

Photo of stone owl and bat at Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

The Bethesda Fountain – Come visit!

Photo of Manhattan's Bethesda Fountain, taken by Joana Miranda

3 Comments

    • Hi Helen,

      It’s funny because I never noticed the carvings before. Maybe it’s because there’s usually so much activity (street performers, weddings, etc.) happening around the Bethesda Fountain area. Ironically, that day as I was walking home after having taken those pics, I ran right into the MSO’s Zachary C. He was on his way to play in an orchestra concert at the band shell nearby. Small world, eh?

      Take care –
      Joana
      P.s. I liked the picture of you playing in the quartet at Bayshore that was posted in the MSO Quick Notes:-)

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