Up against the wall
This young woman was taking advantage of the mid-day sunshine and the warmth of the stone wall along the western edge of Riverside Park, as she listened to music and enjoyed a book...
Note: this photo was published in an Aug 12, 2009 blog titled "Summer Reading List." It was also published in an Aug 10, 2009 blog titled "fIt's Hot Outside, Let's Read A Book Instead." And it was published in a May 24, 2010 blog titled "Summer is here." It was also published in a May 31, 2010 Norwegian blog titled "Feel-good bøker til sommeren," and a Jun 29, 2010 blog titled "Tio boktips till sommaren." And it was published in a Sep 1, 2010 Trés Sugar blog titled "September Must Reads."
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an Aug 24, 2011 blog titled "Hit a plateau in your language learning?."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (late Jul 2012) blog titled "Summer Learning Fun."
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Sep 25, 2013 French blog titled "Séjour linguistique longue durée : parer aux périodes de stagnation." It was also published in an undated (mid-November 2013) blog titled "The Science of Inspiration (and How to Make It Work for You)."
I've strolled through Riverside Park on several previous occasions (click here to see a collection of approximately seven other Flickr albums of my Riverside Park photos) -- but even though the sign at the 96th Street entrance is always the same, and the pathway is always the same, the people and the individual vignettes are always different.
Sometimes it's simply a function of the weather: people dress differently, act differently, and engaged in different activities in early spring than they do in summer or late fall. But much of it simply has to do with the incredible variety of people who take advantage of the opportunity to relax, read a book, jog, or picnic with their families.
So ... this just happens to be what it looked like in Riverside Park on the last day of May, in 2009.