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Bethesda Fountain - Central Park, New York by Thomas Hayden

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Aug 26, 2010
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Aug 23, 2010
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From Wikipedia - Bethesda Fountain is the central feature on the lower level of the terrace, constructed in 1859-64, which is enclosed within two elliptical balustrades. The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873. Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City. The bronze, eight-foot statue depicts a female winged angel touching down upon the top of the fountain, where water spouts and cascades into an upper basin and into the surrounding pool. It was the only statue in the park called for in the original design. Beneath her are four four-foot cherubs representing Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace. Also called the Angel of the Waters, the statue refers to the Gospel of John, Chapter 5 where there is a description of an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda, giving it healing powers. In Central Park the referent is the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842, providing the city for the first time with a dependable supply of pure water: thus the angel carries a lily in one hand, representing purity, and with the other hand she blesses the water below.

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, a rare wedding permit was granted to a beautiful young couple who gathered their friends and family for a short ceremony in the center of the stone circle. It was a beautiful moment.


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 191 megapixels (21960 x 8700 pixels)
Input images: 105 (15 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 142.6 degrees high (top=71.2, bottom=-71.4)
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All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Image size: 3264x1832 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-08-24 01:22:34 - 2010-08-24 01:30:56
Aperture: f/5
Exposure time: 0.02
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 36.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 49.5 to 99.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 16.8 to 37.4 percent
Computer stats: 3002.45 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:56:08 (1:06 per picture)
Alignment: 12:04, Projection: 14:36, Blending: 1:29:29
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