Saturday, April 9, 2011

Some Weeks

it seems like a lot happens. Others not so much. This week was one of those weeks that you could blink and when you opened your eyes the world around you looked different. Above, one of the blooming cherries near the Grand Army entrance to Prospect Park and below, the flower buds on the same tree last weekend.

Of all the weeks to get outside and pay attention to spring, the upcoming few are ones I don't want to miss for the opportunity to be both dazzled by the beauty, but also to learn more about the trees and plants around me. There are a few trees I am hoping to identify by their flowers and leaves. I realize that this spring explosion happens every year but it seems pretty spectacular this time round, like all the buds on the trees are supersized. Even the side of the road near the Belt Parkway and Plumb Beach bike lane looks dreamy and pastoral right now and it's filled with mostly weedy species like henbit and deadnettle, wild garlic and dandelions. (I love this bike lane and have loved biking in this spot for the past 9 years or so. I wish the city or the state or whoever is in charge would fix it properly.)


frank@nycg said...

I think the plants were particularly happy with this cold winter.

I wish I could bike down Flatbush to the bridge, but I hate to even drive on it.

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Agreed. Flatbush is a nightmare, especially to bike. I prefer Bedford Bike lane to the Plumb Beach bike lane path, but since that path is such a mess, I often resort to cutting over to Flatbush and ride the sidewalk alongside the golf course until I hook back up with the bike lane just past the Belt.