I was in New City on Thursday for a quick business trip with my wife. Arriving a few hours before the business meeting, we decided to take a walk in Central Park.
A Horse Carriage Continues a 150-year Tradition
The recent snow is no problem for the horse carriages, but the city’s mayor is still out to curtail, if not eliminate, them.
Artists selling their works were out in force.
As were couples recording their memories.
The ice rink was busy as usual
But our destination was the zoo. At the entrance one will find the famous George Delacorte Musical Clock, which is built on a triple archway passage into the zoo. Flanking the clock on either side are G. R. Roth’s Honey Bear and Dancing Goat bronze sculptures dating from 1935.
Roth’s Honey Bear
Supposedly during daylight hours, a selected tune is played by bells while bronze sculptures of a bear with tambourine, a hippopotamus with violin, a goat with pan pipes, a kangaroo and offspring with horns, and a penguin with drum glide around the base of the clock. In addition, on the hour, two bronze monkeys on the top of the clock appear to strike a bell. We saw the monkeys striking the bell, but the animals did not move while the song was played. Still, it is a very cool clock.
Visitors Watching the Delacorte Clock Announce the Time
Inside the zoo, the visitors were often as entertaining as the inmates.
Sea Lion Striking a Pose
This Snow Monkey appeared distraught that the snow in his compound had mostly melted.
A Seal Creates a Kaleidoscope of Reflections as it Swims
But our favorite stop was the snow leopard compound where, if one is lucky and patient, they can capture an image that almost appears to be taken in the wild.
Snow Leopard Cub (about 20 Months) Moves Across the Snow
The Same Cub, Striking a Pose
The cub shown here is one of a pair of twins who, a few minutes earlier, had been frolicking in the snow. But unfortunately, their antics were almost completely obscured by rocks and bushes so that classic, prize winning image was not captured. So I guess I will have to….