Friday, January 20, 2012

Just a Bit of The High Line in January

I was at the High Line this afternoon and of course, when I was there I felt that the place had been designed solely for me and for a sunny winter day, with all kinds of wonderful plant parts catching the sunlight or in silhouette giving me a place to rest my eyes. But at the same time, I know the park wasn't conceived and designed solely for plant geeks and garden nuts, although plants are one of its most important design elements. For a lot of people, I'd imagine it's just this cool public space raised above the city streets, a transportation corridor repurposed as a park, that provides a place to sit or walk, explore or take in a view of the Hudson and Manhattan skyline, and that's fine too. You don't have to be mad for witchhazel (although quite frankly, how could you not be?) to have noticed it today or know what grass seed head caught your eye to have enjoyed the sight of both. But the sight alone might spark the curiosity to know a little more about plants. You never know. I woke up to plants through vegetable gardening. For some people, the High Line might be the thing to do it.

                                   Calamagrostis brachytricha in January at the High Line

         Because the darkest of browns counts as a color too


frank@nycg said...

It does have its primary purpose, hang out parade ground. But isn't it marvelous that they put something in there to lose yourself in at the same time.

Nice pics

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Thanks. Welcome home. It seems true winter has followed your return. A lucky thing, perhaps.