More Met and Central Park (Thursday Doors)

visible, exposed
by fallen
opening new horizons,
hidden reflections

The glass doors-and-windows at the back of the Met showed me something last week that I knew was there but did not expect to see reflected back at me. I turned around and there it was–the Obelisk, Cleopatra’s Needle.

This is an actual Egyptian Obelisk from the Temple of the Sun. It was gifted to the United States by Egypt in commemoration of the opening of the Suez Canal in the late 1800s. Why and how it ended up in Central Park behind the museum requires further investigation. I also need to get closer on another visit for more detailed photos.

The fallen leaves make for beautiful patterns, both in the tree shapes and their reflections.

It was a very foggy day. In the photo below, taken on my way to the Museum, you can’t even see that there are buildings beyond the trees.

On the way back, several hours later, the fog had lifted somewhat–bottoms of buildings were now visible–but I was also surprised to see hundreds of geese spread across the empty ball fields. I saw more tufted titmice too.

I have enough photos from the Met now for quite a few more Thursday Door posts. So they will keep showing up every once in awhile. And yes, I did take a photo of the completely decorated tree.

You can always find more doors here at Thursday Doors, hosted by Dan Antion.

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33 responses to “More Met and Central Park (Thursday Doors)”

  1. Suzette Benjamin says :

    Awesome poem, doors and photos. The bare trees add to the beauty of the manmade structures it seems. Love the details about the Egyptian obelisk. I did not know that!!
    Lovely sharing. I enjoyed it!

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  2. Smitha V says :

    The photograph of the window with the reflection of the branches is simply gorgeous.

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  3. SelmaMartin says :

    Stellar photographic eye, dear K. Gorgeous. Loved seeing what it looked liked after the dog lifted. Those buildings, geese and titmouse were always there. Adore this.
    Loved the leaves reflecting back. Wonderful. Thanks.

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  4. ben Alexander says :

    I love how the final line pulls it all together ❤️

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  5. Dan Antion says :

    I love reflections, and thanks for showing us a closer view of the obelisk. I also really liked the fog photos. There’s something eerie about the fog when only portions of the buildings are visible.

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  6. murisopsis says :

    Yes, the fog lifting to reveal the tease of hidden buildings – wonderful!

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  7. Ingrid says :

    Beautiful Kerfe: both the mirrors affording hidden views, and the skyline hidden by cloud!

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  8. Aletha Kuschan says :

    Holy cow! That was some serious fog hiding some serious buildings! Isn’t nature amazing? Wonderfully spare poetry, like a tree after its leaves are gone.

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  9. Liz Gauffreau says :

    I love all the photos of bare branches! I find them very appealing, for some reason.

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  10. Tanja says :

    Interesting doors and a lovely Christmas tree

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  11. merrildsmith says :

    One of the joys of winter is being able to see the branches and things we missed among the leaves. I love the reflections, too. And the poem covers it all.

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  12. msjadeli says :

    I’m imagining the moment when you noticed the obelisk in the reflection of the windows and turned around to look at it. Truly remarkable. I wonder what kind of energy you’d feel if you could put your hand on it (in warmer weather)? Such neat effects the fog gives with its erasure. Cool pics, Kerfe!

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  13. sunhesper says :

    So cool. I wonder if the architects had more than a vague idea of how enchanting that would be from every angle. I am also imagining the journey of that obelisk from the desert to the snow and fog…and the spirits who traveled with it!


  14. Jill Kuhn says :

    Beautiful photo of the trees reflected in the windows! And I look forward to learning more about your research on the obelisk. Lovely poem too! ❤️

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