07.16.17: Bubble fun

Two children enjoy giant soap bubbles created by a man in New York City’s Central Park on a spring afternoon. 


Technical information

May 11, 2011,
1:36 p.m.

40°46’22” N,
73°58'17" W
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Canon EOS 7D

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L (70mm) 


1/250th second


I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City through the years on work-related and leisure travel. It’s one of my favorite destinations.

And one of my favorite things to do when I have free time in the city is to walk through different areas of Central Park. The park is an 843-acre treasure trove of nature and activities smack in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities.

Visits to Central Park usually lead to the discovery of a site or feature in the park that I’ve never seen or different activities to watch. I’ve encountered the filming of television commercials, fashion photo shoots, sunbathers, ice skaters, carnivals, actors practicing a play, people walking just about every breed of dog on record, musicians playing everything from violins to trumpets to accordions to bagpipes to empty cans, kite flyers, rock climbers, chalk artists, and even magician-daredevil-huckster David Blaine hanging upside down for 60 hours for an ABC Television special.

You just never know what you’ll see in the park.

My wife and I came across this nice slice-of-life scene scene near Naumberg Bandshell in the middle of the park. We had spent the morning at a museum and decided to walk south through the park, exploring new sites.

I don’t think this was a family. I think this was just a chance encounter between a guy who likes making giant soap balloons and a couple of kids on an excursion through the park (the kids’ mother was watching from a bench nearby). I grabbed some photos while we watched. The kids were laughing and squealing, having fun. And the bubble guy seemed to having just as much fun watching the kids enjoy the soap bubbles.

It’s just one of the things you might see in Central Park, a small patch of green surrounded by skyscrapers and concrete.

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