Tag Archives: Springtime

Hocus Crocus!

Holy Springtime, Batman! Its that time of year! Tonight everyone is supposed to set all of their clocks forward an hour to be in line with daylight savings time. Why the planet adheres to this antiquated practice of messing with time (and circadian rhythms) is beside me, however not to be outdone, Mother Nature sent some of her finest blooms up early for all of us to enjoy.

If your know the signs of Spring, there are two flowers to look for: Crocuses and Forsythia. The latter is hard to come by in New York, but there were crocuses aplenty in my old garden in Midtown. They peeked their brightly colored heads out from underneath the fall leaves in little flurries of spring color.

The Daffodils decided to join in on the party, and trumpeted the coming arrival of the vernal equinox with a splash of goldenrod and cream. Their skinny leaves fluttered in the breeze.

I made a new friend in the garden named Jamie, and he has been a resident of Hell’s Kitchen for decades. He told me about his ritual of recording the passing seasons through photos in the garden. We agreed that our little, gated slice of heaven was a perfect timekeeper for the seasons.

 

A ring of Tulips slowly began to unfurl their velvety bezier curve leaves in the shade of the giant Tulip Magnolia tree in the center of the garden. The bees have not woken up from their slumber yet, so it is only these hearty perennials who have arrived without their presence.

 

Together, these tiny flowers have set the seasonal clock in motion with their Springtime festival of color and light. The year began a few months ago, but it is now that 2012 really comes to life. The colorful clarion call of the Crocus banishes the winter, and brings an end to the bitter cold.

Spring is here. Finally.

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My, How My Garden Grows + Sideways Streets

The sun shines on us today here in New York, so I decided to have my lunch (sesame bagel with turkey, mayo, and lettuce; plus a banana!) in the Hell’s Kitchen garden down the street. Just a few weeks ago, I was talking about how desolate the place looked since we were still in Winter mode. Now the garden is ALIVE and GREEN.

Its fun to chill out there and get s small slice of nature in the middle of the megacity. There are lots of birds warbling, flitting around, and playing in the dust and bird baths. There are fragrant lilacs and bright tulips all over the place, and even grapevines twirling through the fences. The best thing though is the tulip tree that dominates the far corner. Its blossoms have fallen, but it has the best waxy leaves in all the land. I can’t wait for the Japanese maple to grow its deep red leaves.

After lunch, I walked to B&H to complain about my 10-22 lens not autofocusing. Turns out its been broken since I bought it. Bleh. Now I have to live without it for a few weeks while its being repaired. Meh. Lets hope the warranty covers it. *Crosses fingers* Anywho, I took a few more of my token off-kilter photos of the city. There is something about tall buildings being sideways that says, “I’m too tall to fit in the frame,” and I like that. More to come soon, as the city continues to come alive in time for Spring.

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