I must preface this post with an apology for uploading monochromatic, thick-of-winter photographs when it is clearly now spring. Spring! The city is bursting with new leaves and flowers which I have been excitedly documenting. But for now, I will use the excuse that it snowed last week – a brief, desperate flurry – to share some winter urban landscapes before moving on to spring.
I was in Central Park after dark one day in January. It was gently snowing. The cloud-covered sky was lit up mauve by the city’s halo. In the light of the streetlamps flakes fluttered down to the glowing snowy ground. I was mesmerized by the lighting, interested in the way these multiple sources of artificial light made the landscape look slightly unreal, as if it were out of a painting or a movie.
The lamps cast eerie shadowbranches across the snow. Plants, man-made elements, night and weather seemed to combine in a way that felt almost supernatural.
On another walk, later in January…
I visited Prospect Park in Brooklyn on a very snowy day. Everywhere there were children sledding down the hills.
On some trees, leftover dead leaves dangled and danced in the falling snow. The warm brown of the leaves stood out against the gray and white wash of the landscape.
Behind a fence, undisturbed, waist-high weeds balanced snow hats on their heads.
Behind another fence and tucked away in a wooded part of the park, one of the ponds was a picture-perfect oasis of serenity. You could hear the echoey shouts of the children playing in the nearby meadow.
Throughout the winter, I was interested in how snow transforms the urban landscape. It covers, but it also reveals by highlighting what it lands on.
Once I visited a little playground with a southwestern theme…
and found bighorn sheep, coyotes and cacti draped in ivy and snow!
I have always loved looking at how snow defines the intricate structure of trees…
and provides a background like a canvas against which the shapes of objects and the lines of weeds and branches stand out.
Alright, enough about winter. I look forward to soon bringing you images of the spring-filled revitalization of our neighborhood plants!