Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle From Turtle Pond

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I met with my fellow night photographers last night at Belvedere Castle which is located in the middle of Central Park at 79th Street.   It was built in 1869 and designed by Calvert Veux and Jacob Wrey Mould as a Victorian Folly.  The castle not only offers panoramic views of central park but is the home of the Henry Luce Nature Observatory and weather monitoring equipment for the National Weather Service.

The first photograph I took is above and shot just after sunset from Turtle Pond.  This next photo was taken from the Castle towards Turtle Pond.

From Belveder Castle Overlooking Turtle Pond

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I’m attracted to abandon buildings or anything that looks like it came out of a Gothic murder mystery.  Belvedere Castle has that great gothic look as you can see by the next two pictures.

Glowing Door

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The Red Light Within

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After spending several hours at Belvedere Castle we walked through Shakespeare’s Garden.  I loved the whole look of the paths around this garden at night, it has a medieval fairy tale look to it. I’m expecting to see Hansel and Gretel coming down the staircase any minute.  Instead I had a racoon, which I shooed out of the picture.  I lucked out that my exposure was long enough not to capture it.  You’ll notice that the lighting of the sky is a pinkish color which is caused by the many different lights reflecting within Central Park.

Staircase to Shakespeare's Garden

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When you leave Shakespeare’s Garden you stumble upon this Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread looking house known as the Swedish Cottage.  The cottage was built in 1875 and Frederick Law Olmstead had it placed in the Park in 1877.  The cottage was the headquarters of the Civil Defense during World War II.  Today it is better known as the Marionette Theatre.  This shot was taken with a very long exposure and because there was a waxing moon you get a daylight look to the sky.  Either way the lighting within the building along with the moonlit sky screamed Halloween to me.

Gingerbread House

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The night was starting to become cold and damp so I followed the trail of bread crumbs along this path to make my way towards the subway and home.

Through the Woods

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Of course, as I am walking to the subway I pass this magnificent building, the Hayden Planetarium.  I whipped out the fisheye lens and captured the universe.

Hayden Planetarium at Night

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