I’ve come to know a place in nature. A very special place in Central Park called the Ramble. Along with the North Woods and Hallett Nature Sanctuary, the Ramble is one of the three woodlands in Central Park, which means if a tree falls, the park lets it be. When in any of these areas of the park you feel as if you are in the woodlands of New England stumbling upon streams, waterfalls, nature trails, and the chorus of birds chirping.
Instead of staying on the popular running “loop” in Central Park, I enjoy going off track and exploring every single path of these woods, which I’ve come to know, or so I thought. Yet each week, I realize, I missed something. First, I realized there was a famous bird feeding and watching area where locals and foreigners alike come to birdwatch and chitchat. It turns out that Central Park is one of the most diverse and top places in the country for bird watching. Then I came across a stream that led into a waterfall. Another time, I discovered an enormous boulder the size of a small mountain and when ascended positions you into a canopy of wonder: nature shrouds you and no humans are visible yet you are the middle of New York City. Later, I stumbled upon the infamous Cave in the Ramble where murders occurred decades ago and has since been sealed off. Each time I find a new vista of the Lake or the skyline, a place to spot turtles, or watch ducklings. I soon came to yearn for the Ramble, requiring a weekly dose of a windy path, vista, stream, or nature trail. Alas, I discovered what I thought was my final new path. That path was perhaps the most wonderful of all with a secret historic gazebo erected from reclaimed wood, perfectly suiting the pristine surroundings.
I arrived at a point after journeying again and again to the Ramble when I thought I had seen it all. Then winter came. The lush flora and leaves faded. The clandestine creeks became visible unlike I had ever seen. Although not as picturesque, winter certainly has its benefits like the beauty of a frozen lake and barren trees allowing you to see unseen vistas.