City carnival

I’ve learned one important fact from visiting Central Park during many visits to New York City: You never know what you are going to find.

I’ve seen jugglers and joggers, dancers on foot and on roller skates, artists and sunbathers, statues and tunnels, magicians and musicians (both good and not so good), a man creating giant soap bubbles to entertain kids, rocky hills and deep dark valleys, horse-drawn carriages and bicycle-drawn carriages. I’ve seen just about every breed of dog and just about every combination of breeds of dogs. I’ve seen people playing chess, checkers, cards, softball, baseball, football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, cricket and other games. I’ve seen television commercials being filmed and print ads being photographed. I've even seen magician/illusionist David Blaine hanging upside down during his 60-hour Dive of Death performance.

The park is filled with interesting features and activities.

Wollman Rink, the subject of my photo of the week, is a public ice rink in the southern part of Central Park. Numerous movies and TV programs have shown ice skaters on Wollman Rink. It’s a wintertime destination in the city that I have photographed many times.

But I discovered in 2005 that Wollman Rink is also a summertime destination. I was walking through the park during some free time on a nice June morning, getting some photos around the Pond near the southeast corner of the park, when I heard music and laughter from the rink beyond the trees. I knew it couldn’t be ice skating. It was almost 80 degrees. When I topped the hill I saw the rides, so I looked for an angle that would show the carnival with skyscrapers along Central Park South in the background.

I like the feel of this photo, with a carnival — a common summer site in small towns across the country — in the foreground, isolated from tall buildings of the big city by a wall of green trees.

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.


Date/time: June 14, 2005, 11:42 a.m.  
Location: 40°46’4.999" N 73°58'26.999" W (Show in Google Maps)  
Camera: Canon EOS 20D  
Lens: Canon EF 28-135 (28mm) 
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter: 1/400th second
ISO: 200