Lightning occasionally flashed between these clouds over Prospect Park last night. Meanwhile, Betelgeuse is prepping for the 2012 show. The photo doesn’t really do justice to how awesome the sky was.
The botanical variety on the High Line is spectacular. Before the renovation, volunteers were sent to collect the seeds from the plants naturally growing on the abandoned rail line. “The High Line’s plantings are inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after the trains stopped running. Landscape architects James Corner Field Operations and the Netherlands-based Piet Oudolf chose species for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park landscape.”
Bloomberg Starts Mulchfest from GammaBlog on Vimeo.
I was passing City Hall Park this morning and I heard the Mayor’s distinctive voice coming over a P.A. I went inside and saw this spectacle. The mayor encourages you to mulch you Xmas trees Saturday and Sunday between 10 and 2, even though it will probably be snowing.
Sit 2 to 3 feet from the screen. Point your right index finger at the white center line, stare at your fingertip and slowly bring it closer to your eyes. When you see the left and right images merge in the center, focus on them and lower your finger.
It’s easier to do if you View Full Size
Thanks to ytf_nyc for how-to tips.
These things in Van Cortland Park completely mystified me. They seemed to have no structural purpose, had been there for years, and didn’t seem to be intentional art. I told my pal, Lipbone Redding, a Bronx resident and my trail guide for the day, that all I had to do to find out what this was all about was to post the photo on Flickr.
drewbic says: Before constructing the new Grand Central Terminal , the New York Central Railroad set up thirteen pillars made of different stone alongside the Putnam Division tracks. After comparative evaluation, one particular type of stone was chosen for use in Grand Central.
The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. We started out on this but also intersected with the John Muir trail and the John Kieran Nature Trail, and briefly over the border in Westchester, the well maintained North/South County Trailways.
All along the trail you can find very closely placed railroad ties, maybe placed there as a plank road.
There were many geese in the park. I’m not sure if they are just visiting or permanent residents.
It looks like we are in the wilderness but the sound of one highway or another was always in the background.
Van Cortland Lake an artificial lake. The location of an old saw mill.
Can anyone name the species? This one was about 14 inches long, a guess. There were about 9 of them, all a bit smaller than this guy, sunning themselves when I approached.
drewbic says: those look like your standard Painted Turtle to me…
Van Cortlandt Lake, which is man-made, is the largest freshwater lake in the Bronx. This beautiful feature was formed in the 1690s when Jacobus Van Cortlandt dammed Tibbetts Brook to power two mills.