Friday, December 4, 2020

Autumn departs in a blast of color

I don't know if the pandemic has caused me to pay better attention this year, but the autumn leaf colors around the city have been spectacular.

NYC parks and streets were gorgeous this last month as the trees belted out one last hurrah with blasts of yellow, orange and red. I was on Governors Island late one afternoon just as the sun went down. When I passed through Nolan Park on my way back to the ferry, the shadows were long and I had about ten minutes to capture the stunning trees before it all went dark.

Fall foliage on Governors Island

The vibrant reds and oranges of the trees complemented the yellow houses.

Fall foliage on Governors Island

Fall foliage on Governors Island

I really don't remember the leaves being this beautiful in past years. Perhaps I'm just appreciating the beauty of nature more now that life has been turned upside-down these last several months.

Fall foliage on Governors Island

Fall foliage on Governors Island

Fall foliage on Governors Island

I really couldn't get enough!

Fall foliage on Governors Island

Fall foliage on Governors Island

This is looking towards Fort Jay about five minutes before the sun disappeared over the horizon.

Fall foliage on Governors Island

This is looking east along Colonels Row.

Fall on Governors Island

Fall foliage on Governors Island

This is a classic fall day in Queens. Because of the need for social distancing over the last several months, I had to seek out less populated places around the city to get some air.

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I wasn't the only one. In NYC, you're never quite alone.

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Again, I was captivated by the intense colors of plants and leaves.

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This is a rainbow of ivy along a wall on First Avenue.

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Even the birds brought the color - this Eastern Meadowlark showed off its bright yellow plumage as it foraged in the grass at Governors Island. I also saw one of these birds at Randalls Island as they made rest stops in the city during fall bird migration.

Eastern Meadowlark

It's been a difficult year, and spending time outdoors has been essential for well-being. Seeing the bright warm colors of fall has really been uplifting and healing. Be well, everyone.

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