The upright Krishna tree, an American Elm in the Central Plaza of Tompkins Square Park, and the leaning American Elm next to it are tied together by steel cables. This is probably beneficial in terms of wind resistance for both these great trees.
The area of the park I call Peaceful Grove on my Tompkins Trees map. I like that at this time of the year the architectural details of the buildings along 10th Street are revealed.
The Don Roberts Garden is central in the photo. I was hoping this “first substantial snow of the season” would not be so ephemeral and wet. I caught the park at around ten when the snow was not blowing much and my umbrella could safely keep my camera dry. The sidewalks were somewhat slippery and mostly slush. The park was deserted except for photographers and dog walkers.
The southeast entrance, my favorite. The large gnarled black locust on the right pre-dates the Civil War and the clearing of the central trees to make a parade ground.
I was reminded last night that I haven’t posted a new version of my Tompkins Trees Map in a while. I am still not ready to declare it a final version, though I am pretty confident of the tree identifications. If you see any mistakes please let me know. I have several informational features I would like to add and more decorative and design elements to refine. Let me know what you think.
I begged the tree cutters to leave this much of this old Black Locust for the squirrels, to no avail. This was one of the few pre-Civil War trees left in Tompkins Square Park. About a month ago it was burned. I knew it would at least have to be trimmed to avoid branches falling on people, but hoped they would leave the main body of the tree as a habitat for the squirrels and as a historical relic.
At least this much of the stump was left. Perhaps it will sprout in the Spring.
Pin Oak in the Peaceful Grove. The colors seem much more intense this year in Tompkins Square Park, more red and orange than last year and the year before. This is the third Fall that I’ve observed in the park since starting my Tompkins Trees project.
More of the Peaceful Grove. That’s what I call the area behind the offices and between the exercise areas. It is often much quieter than the rest of the park. You will find people practicing Tai Chi here in the morning.