New York Holiday Lights

New York City can be a magical place at times and the winter holidays are one of those. Last week we visited the shopping district on Fifth Avenue and walked to the Rockefeller Center to view the large Christmas Tree that, according to the ever reliable Wikipedia, a tradition dating to 1933. The same source says that about 125 million people visit the tree every year. A large percentage of them were there the night we dropped by. You can see some of them in the photos that follow.

We also viewed many of the decorated windows and exterior decor in some of New York’s “finest” stores..Those picture follow as well last set of photos are the illuminated “stars” that hand in the atrium of the Time Warner Shops at Columbus Circle and periodically change color. I hope that in these troubled times these photos will spread a bit of joy.

The last photo is of the socks that I absolutely do not want to own and will not wear under any circumstances so fuggedabowdit.

 

Mystery Mandarin Duck in Central Park

Some time back a Mandarin Duck mysteriously appeared in Central Park, joining the other ducks in the Duck Pond and attracting hordes of photographers and others crowding the shore to see him. He is an extraordinary creature and my wife and I were fortunate to see him up close today. At first he was far away under a bridge but then swam straight to the gaggle of photographers near us and then swam right up to where we were standing. No one knows how he came to be in the park but he/she is likely the most popular visitor this year and maybe ever.

A Trip to the Zoo

Central Park has a zoo of its own. It’s not the largest zoo around these parts, but it’s pretty interesting that such a place exists in the center of New York City. Last week we visited the place, camera in hand. The bird house and the snow leopards were probably the most interesting, the place was fun throughout. You can do the whole thing in an hour easily with time for a snack in the shop on the premises. Here are some photos. If you go, be aware that the birds in particular are very active so don’t stand around under them for long. If you know what I mean, and I’m sure you do.

PS- the bird in the featured photo at the top is a pidgeon.