Photo of the Week: The Sun a Spark

If you'd like to steal a quiet moment on the High Line, now is the time to do it. Brave the bitter cold, and your reward is a nearly empty park in the sky.

Winter is a season that offers us many brief periods – and even a few long stretches – of tranquility. High Line Photographer Eddie Crimmins has a talent for capturing such moments. The scene Eddie captured in our photo of the week is as close to serenity as one can get in New York City. Although closer inspection of the grasses in the foreground reveals that a strong wind is, or recently was, blowing through.

See Eddie's photo in its full, uncropped glory at the end of this post. And enjoy this short poem by John Updike below. Like Eddie's photograph, it's a beautiful and astute portrait of this season.

The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.

—John Updike, "January," A Child's Calendar, 1965


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