La Primavera: Spring Comes to New York City

This past weekend, I heard several people chatting about the winter, for the first time, in the past tense. People spoke of the winter as the toughest of recent memory. 

While a spell of cold days may yet jostle us again into a post-winter stress, the past few giddy days in New York CIty infused the air with warmth and light and color. It came as almost a surprise to be outside, like an unexpected gift. 

Accustomed as we have been to snow boots and dark days, it seemed best to experience spring's renewal gradually, with twilight evening walks. Deep into Sunday afternoon, I realized that bright sunlight actually hurt my eyes.  

Cat on the marsh. Sunday, April 6, 2014.7:20 p.m.  Inwood Hill Park. 

Baseball. Friday, April 11, 2013 7:28 p.m. Inwood Hill Park. 

After several days of acculturation, it was time to venture forth into the new landscape of spring. 

Circle Line, Saturday, April 12, 2014. 1:58 p.m. Harlem River near Muscota Marsh, Inwood.

Northern Mockingbird, April 12, 2014. 2:00 p.m. Inwood Hill Park. 

It takes times for the eyes to adjust to the spring's first burst of yellow. 

Daffodils. Saturday, April 12, 2014. 2:17 p.m. Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. 

Fields of Daffodils. Saturday, April 12, 2014 2:47 p.m. Isham Park, Inwood

Soon, we'll shed our outer laters, discovering others on the green lawns and in the woods where the woodpeckers go.

Greening of the lawns. Sunday, April 13, 2014 2:54 p.m. Central Park, west side near W. 77th St.

Birding. Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:14 p.m. Central Park, The Ramble

Something stirs under the surface.         

Daffodils. Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:23 p.m. Azalea Pond, The Ramble

New York City is two cities  - one of the fall and winter, and another of spring and summer. The trick is to catch the metamorphosis. It's fast.

Next thing you know we'll be complaining about the heat.

The spring and summer city is rising. It's one station away.

Uptown Local, April 13, 2014 3:59 p.m. W. 81st Subway Station, American Museum of Natural History


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