Central Park and Musings on John Lennon

“Imagine” by John Lennon

Play the song above.  Let it be the soundtrack of this post.

Everyone recommended Strawberry Fields: my travel guide, people from the hostel I stayed in, other travelers I met, even my friend in NY mentioned it to me.

Strawberry Fields is a serene patch of land in Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon from his wife, Yoko Ono.  It is a designated “quiet zone,” a place where people come to read, walk and reflect in hushed stillness.  A circular mosaic tile with the words “Imagine” serves as the focal point of the memorial.  Here one will find flowers, some arranged in the ‘peace’ symbol, candles with spent wicks, photographs, and other memorabilia left by tourists and fans.  When I was there the centerpiece was strewn with long-stemmed roses.

I wouldn’t call myself a Beatles fan.  I like some of their songs: Strawberry fields, Imagine, All You Need is Love, Come together; songs reminiscent of young ideals lost in adulthood.  I’m not a fan of John Lennon, but I respect what he represents to most people.  And I respect living a life that survives the evanescence of our mortal form.

Here are some images I captured from a day in Central Park.

Imagine tribute to John Lennon in Strawberry Fields

a memorial to John Lennon

a picture of John Lennon from a street vendor

a picture from a street vendor in the park

a curved bench in central park

a long curved bench in Central Park

The Mall, Central Park

The Mall in Central Park

Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park

statue of Alice in Wonderland

statue of children in the Bethesda Fountain

statue of children on the Bethesda Fountain

a lake in central park with a dog looking out

a lake in Central Park

chalk drawing on the ground

chalk drawing on the pedestrian lane

carved red flowers on a wooden bench

carved red flowers on a wooden bench

bridge and boat on the lake

boating in Central Park

a wide angle shot of Bethesda fountain

the Bethesda fountain

wooden roof above pedestrian walkway

wooden roof trim above a pedestrian lane in the park

reflections on the lake in Central Park

reflections on the lake

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