Saturday was a beautiful day to get lost in Central Park with a camera. I found myself on trails that I’ve never been on before, had a random strange man stop to ask me about holes in a tree since I was being nosy tracking birds (I moved the hell away really fast since it was just us and it was secluded), tracked a hawk with a taste for squirrels for half an hour and it led me to these drummers that were putting in work. I found the fancy duck that everyone is apparently losing their minds over (there is a Mandarin duck in the CP zoo people). I was wondering where all the pigeons were since that hawk kept going for squirrels and found them chilling by the horses on 59th.
Every year NYC hosts a Medieval Festival in Fort Tyron Park. This is the 33rd year that this festival was held in NYC and the weather was beautiful for a festival. It really is fun to see all of the people show up in costume from this time period or their version of this time period. Just from the reaction of the crowd, I believe the most anticipated event for this festival was the theatrical jousting event. I missed this event 2 years ago when I went to the festival but was able to witness it this year. It was a lot of fun watching the skilled riders perform carousel tricks and “battle” each other. As always it was a treat to watch the horses (one of my favorite creatures) running and trotting in the field. They are majestic and beautiful.
It was also amazing to get so close to an eagle owl in person. The bird in the pictures is a baby but their kind are one of the largest owls around. It’s wingspan can reach 5ft to 6ft and they are known for those piercing orange eyes of theirs. It was an enjoyable day, I got to see costumes, jugglers, horses, birds and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Medieval Festival.
A constant complaint that I hear often and have been guilty of making as well (in the past), is that there are no good artists out there. If all you do is listen to the radio, then you should expect to hear the same music played all day until you turn it off. This is probably the worst way to be introduced to new artists. If you happen to live in NYC, you can seek out new music by going to the venues (that are still open) that have musicians/singers performing almost every night.
You can also stumble upon one playing in a train station or on a street corner during a random walk through Union Square. I absolutely love guitars and was watching John Streetz perform for a little while before deciding to snap a picture. So when I got home, I did a little Google search and found his music and that he won Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in March of 2017. I highly recommend checking him out online and if you happen to walk past him and his bass player getting down, stick around and enjoy the music. You will not be disappointed.
There are new artists out there but you have to seek them out. Don’t let the radio dictate who or what you listen to. Support good artists!