April 10, 2016

Spring Interrupted and New York's Blooming Trees

Spring came. Spring left. That's what it felt like this past week or so as the winds howled and temperatures dropped to uncomfortable levels. During a stretch of warm and promising spring-like weather in late March, the blossoming trees on the streets and in area parks started opening and shimmering in shades of designer pastels. They were showstoppers, like Audrey Hepburn in a Givenchy pink dress.

Central Park near the Sheep Meadow. Easter Sunday. March 27, 2016.

Word on the street (that I heard from a clerk in the wine shop whose friend works for Parks & Rec) is that area trees have started to bloom several times already this spring. Even earlier. Many winter days were unseasonably warm. Remember that spring-like day known as Christmas Eve?

Most of the pictures shown here were taken on days when the weather was nice, perfect for rambling walks.

The Met Breuer, Madison Ave and 75th St. March 30, 2016

Central Park near E. 72nd St., saucer magnolia, March 30, 2016.

Central Park, Pilgrim Hill. March 30, 2016

Central Park, Bethesda Terrace. March 30, 2016

We haven't missed Spring, although it felt like it. It was just too cold this past week to get out and enjoy pink blossoms. Some of us were indoors doing our taxes and just not in the mood. Anyway, Spring just started. Much more in the way of blooming trees still awaits. Cherry blossoms typically open from late March through mid-May. Some will even be late bloomers.  

City Hall Park. March 31, 2016

Warmer days are in the forecast. Tax day will come and go. Time to see what the trees are doing.

Inwood Hill Park. April 2, 2016.

Inwood Hill Park. April 2, 2016. I take visitors here to show them what Manhattan looks like.

This past week, the fresh yellow-green of new leaves made a quiet appearance in a sparsely populated and damp Central Park.

Central Park, southern section, west of The Pond. April 7, 2016.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from late March and early April 2016. Remember you can consult the Spring Calendar on this website for resources about trees in bloom around the city.

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