Nature- Poetry

Wordless Wednesday

A small creek at Central Park. ~ Hints Of Life

The Creek_Central Park Conservatory

Fall sun shining rocks

steady stream meandering downhill

flowing into manmade creek

 

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Nature- Heartfelt tales

‘Look at me’ Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Soft, graceful, captivating and spirited; the summer beauty Nikko Blue hydrangea bewitched its viewers with everlasting beauty ~ Hints Of Life

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A close-up of Hydrangea Macrophylla Nikko Blue at Riverside Park

As summer sinks in, the Riverside Park on the Upper West Side is blooming with radiant, colorful flowers. As Charles Bowden says, summer time is always the best of everything that might be. Such is the scene here and everywhere. The diversity of the blooms in the park is splendid. The abundant sunshine, and periods of rain provided the much-needed moisture in the air crucial for the flowers to blossom.

It was a regular thirty minute mid-week run for me through the park. I was determined to find my summer muse. For several minutes I admired the sunset over the Hudson river. Though stunning, it didn’t do the trick for me. Nonetheless, what caught my eye as I descended  the path towards West 84th street was an abundance of  hydrangea blossoms. Dazzling in soft white, blues, pinks and purples. The soft flowers made an amazing display against the dark green leaves as if saying out loud ‘look at me.’ One of my favorite flowers, the star-shaped hydrangeas are closely packed, forming a delicate lacelike ball as seen in the picture above.

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Over focused shot of ‘Nikko’ Blue Hydrangea at Riverside Park

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Nikko’ Blue- 
Hydrangea Nikko blue
is one of the best blue blooms you can lay your eyes on. Its blossoms start with flowers that are cream-colored with blue margins, and turn a solid gorgeous blue as the plant matures. The flowers flaunt emerald-green, with tooth edged large leaves. The deep green foliage adds great beauty to its flowers.

To achieve the bluest blossom possible from your ‘Nikko’ hydrangea blush keep the soil on the acidic side. This mophead variety blooms earlier than most blossoms, usually beginning in June, and endures for two months.

Some interesting facts about Hydrangea
Hydrangea stands for gratefulness and heartfelt feelings. Some others connect hydrangea to boastfulness because of its abundance of flowers and its round shape. The blossoms of hydrangea are treasured for their boldness and delicacy.

In the language of flowers, hydrangea conveys a beautiful message ‘Thank you for understanding.’

Do you own a hydrangea blossom in you garden or home? Or love the flower for its priceless beauty? Share your views in the comment below.

Signing off with best wishes!

 

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Nature

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Great white heron fishing in ‘The Lake’ at Central Park

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An evening by the Hudson river pier 84

Wordless Wednesday - Evening

 

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Fluffy bulrush soaked in raindrops at Central Park

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Kwanzan cherry blossoms 

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Nature- Heartfelt tales

Springtime in Riverside Park

Spring’s arrival; when nature blushes with life, earth is dressed in color, sky almost blue and sun almost bright. ~ Hints Of Life

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Bulbs of nature – Springtime in Riverside Park

Crabapple buds shining in the spring sunshine at Riverside Park. Soon the deep pink buds will open to pink blossoms, becoming something of intrigue and fascination for its viewers. This spectacular spring delight caught my attention on a weekend afternoon as I made my way into the park from West 79th street, Upper West Side. The beautiful buds swinging in the light breeze, looking so ethereal. Their touch soft and smell sweet. After an hour-long admiration of the spring beauty I pointed my camera towards the buds capturing the moments I spent in its company.

Did you know, the unopened crabapple flower buds may hint of one color and as  flowers open, other hues are revealed in a spectacular floral. For flower lovers, crabapple blossom is a highly recommended spring blossom. In New York City the sweet-smelling blossom is occurring in great abundance. You will come across some of the finest mature crabapple stands in park landscapes by early May, including Riverside Park’s Crabapple Grove and Central Park’s Conservatory Gardens allee.

Knowing a little about the magnificent ornamental tree I returned home to my internet. Over a cup of steaming Indian masala chai (tea) I revisited the crabapple buds shots in my camera and read about the rich New York City’s crabapple heritage. I am excited to head back to the parks on quiet weekday mornings to enjoy my time with the most stunning spring blossoms in the city. How ’bout you?

Stay tuned for more pictures and stories on crabapple blossom in this space.

Signing off
with loads of good wishes!

Recommended article:
https://www.treehelp.com/crabapple/

 

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