NYC Wildflower Week 2015

NYC Wildflower Week 2015 . . .

Mayapples In Full Bloom (05 2015)

Mayapples In Full Bloom
(05 2015)

Wildflowers stand in the New York City center rather than on the edges this week. It’s . . .

NYC Wildflower Week

Events are scheduled every day between May 09 and 17 throughout the five boroughs. Follow the link located under the Blogroll to learn more from the source.

– rPs 05 15 2015

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Cinco de Mayo and the Mayapple

Cinco de Mayo and the Mayapple . . .

Mayapple (NYC, 2015)

Mayapple
(NYC, 2015)

Cinco de Mayo seems a good time to celebrate the consummate wildflower of May: Podophyllum peltatum, the Mayapple.

Shaded, wooded areas are the best places to seek out the Mayapple. Perennial colonies, each borne on a rhizome, now display the distinctive palmate leaves supported by stems bearing a single bud beneath, which will bloom white and mature into a fruit that always appears like a little treasure in the woodland.

Another regular now in flower is the Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica. Shaded hillsides and groves in Manhattan’s Central Park become carpeted by this variety at this time of year. Specimens found in the parks and neighborhoods of the west side of the island are less dense, yet display just as intense a range of pink buds blending into true blue bell blossoms. The view is gorgeous, yet short lived, this being an ephemeral plant brief of life cycle.

Virginia Bluebell (NYC, 2015)

Virginia Bluebell, NYC
(2015)

NYC Wildflower Week is fast approaching and the city is in full bloom. Uncut park lawns are dressed in many, often immigrant, wildflowers: the purples of Red Deadnettle and Viola, the yellows of Dandelion and Lesser Celandine, the white of Garlic Mustard. Photo examples of these standard bloomers may be found throughout Wildflowers of the West Village.

Disfrutar de las flores!

“You Wanted Color”
pencils on paper
(04 2015)

– rPs 05 05 2015

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Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015 . . .

Heart of the Earth: An escarpment of Manhattan schist in Riverside Park, Spring. (photo taken 04 2015)

Heart of the Earth:
An escarpment of Manhattan schist in Riverside Park, Spring.
(photo taken 04 2015)

Happy Earth Day . . .

Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria, in bloom, Upper West Side. (photo taken 04 2015)

Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria, in bloom, Upper West Side.
(photo taken 04 2015)

. . . from Wildflowers of the West Village.

Forsythia Wall, West Village. (photo taken 04 2015)

Forsythia Wall, West Village.
(photo taken 04 2015)

— rPs 04 22 2015

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Taxicabs and The Easter Egg Effect

Taxicabs and The Easter Egg Effect . . .

Snow Drop on Sunday

Snow Drop on Sunday

Wildflower City Firsts With Full Effect

A colony of dandelions as yellow as taxicabs scattered themselves on a browned hillside. Taxicabs, ironic in the color meets Latin cadence of Taraxacum, the official. Taraxacum Taxicabs.

And groundsel, another daisy Asteraceae and an active commuter, stood firm and flush in full yellow bloom.

Taraxacum Two-Step NYC (01 2015)

Taraxacum Two-Step
NYC (01 2015)

Bright, warmer than the season’s usual early winter face: January on a Sunday afternoon remained mild.

Groundsel Epiphany NYC (01 2015)

Groundsel Epiphany
NYC (01 2015)

A foot of snow covered the scene one week later. A sky grey like actual polished lead hung the air heavy with damp deep cold riding a wind that scoured.

Two and a half months of brown, white, and blue with an emphasis on the white has taken another form in the sustained full sun of March. A very few Galanthus nivalis have appeared. Cautious egg white snowdrop heads shaped like ornamental streetlamps peer from leaf litter soaked with snow melt. Puddles in undeveloped areas, lots and parks, have formed shallow ponds of perhaps a quarter acre in surface area up to one foot in depth.

And on Palm Sunday, Passover and Easter just days away, egg yolk yellow spoke an internal smile set in eyes of palest purple: the croci, feral for the most part in fact. City spots here and there overnight decorated with wild plant life: a park corner, a tree pit, grassy curbsides. The random and sparse spread produced The Easter Egg Effect in my own wildflower city hikes set on random and at the speed of meditation.

Croci Afternoon NYC (03 2015)

Croci Afternoon
NYC (03 2015)

Spring has arrived in the western side of Manhattan.

– rPs 03 31 2015

Postscript: The Easter Egg Effect, The High Line edition –

http://wildflowersofthewestvillage.com/2011/03/14/the-easter-egg-effect/

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Vernal Equinox 2015

Vernal Equinox . . .

St Lukes Tree Flowers and Sky 03 19 2015

A day does make a difference. The eve of the Vernal Equinox in Manhattan was sunny, if windy, and here and there, like at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields along Hudson Street, the very earliest hints of spring could be seen basking in the light.

First Shoots: On the Eve of the Vernal Equinox (photo taken 03 19 2015)

First Shoots: On the Eve of the Vernal Equinox
(photo taken 03 19 2015)

First Tree Blossoms: West Village (photo taken 03 19 2015)

First Tree Blossoms: West Village
(photo taken 03 19 2015)

The next day: again, snow . . .

Vernal Equinox NYC Snow 03 20 2015

— rPs 03 20 2015

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One Day in Bloom

One Day in Bloom . . .

Foliose Lichen in Bloom Manhattan, NYC. (photo taken 02 22 2015)

Foliose Lichen in Bloom
Manhattan, NYC.
(photo taken 02 22 2015)

Sunday. Everyone outside, on the streets, walking, or on park paths, running. One hiking along the tree’s edge of the city met perhaps the first bloom of 2015. One day of sun bracketed by single digits, one day that touched 44 degrees Fahrenheit, still and bright in the air, brought the foliose lichen to bloom.

The leafy thallus of this tough, enduring pant gorged on cold melt from white snow crevices around the trunk. Extended colonies of varying density bloomed in shades of yellow just bright enough to capture my eye, not yet bored with winter brown and white, just happy for the brief broader palate to contemplate.

Mountain and Cloud (photo taken 02 22 2015)

Mountain and Cloud
(photo taken 02 22 2015)

rPs 02 24 2015

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Snow Day(s)

Snow Day(s) . . .

Parallel (Manhattan Snowfield After the Blizzard of 2015)

Parallel (Manhattan Snowfield After the Blizzard of 2015)

Vertical whiteout, snowfall carried on a sustained, at times brutal wind, gave fresh perspective on the powers of Earth’s natural processes. Snow season, perhaps, was peaking. I dressed for a cross-country run that allowed me to pass through Riverside Park during the thick of it, the Blizzard of 2015.

The next day, songbirds conversed in bright sunshine. Sky blue and unbroken, breezes still persistent, yet sonorous, graced a day free with time to take a snow hike. The storm, though smaller than predicted, had shut down the city of New York, giving a holiday after the headache.

In park, the skeletons of asters, goldenrod, and white snakeroot stood above snow gardens sculpted by wind and what it carries through the trees, often oak leaves. Stumps off to the side and some thicker fallen branches added the brighter tans of bracket fungi. Most colorful were the birds. Song sparrows descended, perched sideways and twisted heads, to forage off the wildflower stems capped by seeds.

Snow Stump Brackets (NYC 01 2015)

Snow Stump Brackets (NYC 01 2015)

– rPs 01 30 2015

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