In the early morning the park was relatively quiet. Sure, there was a race with thousands of runners, but that was another part of the park. At the Model Boat Pond things were quiet.
But as the day progressed more and more people came to the park. Everyone with a camera. After awhile you feel like all of life is one big photo opportunity, ... and you're in the middle of it. The guy sketching quietly on the bench in the background is Mike Rex.
There's a large stature of Hans Christian Andersen, reading the story of the Ugly Duckling from a large book in his lap. I have an old photo of me and my brother, taken when we were about 7 and 5 respectively. I'm sitting on Andersen's shoulders like he's about to get up and give me a piggy-back ride. My brother is curled in his book. Kids were swarming over the statue repeating the composition.