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Wordless Wednesday

Reminiscing the fall at Hudson River Park. ~ Hints Of Life

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First snow: The street scene

Little gems falling from above, the season’s first snow blankets the streets of New York. ~ Hints Of Life

First Snow_New YorkIt all began in the late afternoon, the magic of winter. My heart ‘snow’ happy as we got the first snow of the season in New York City. It was a whirlwind of flurries like moths in a hurry. Soon it turned into flakes like someone was grating the sky.

Blissfully I stepped out to enjoy the first scenes of snow in my neighborhood. The soft snow gently kissed my face, making my soul, my spirit come alive. Walking, exploring, enjoying the gift of nature and living in the moment.
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It was a surreal view. Daisy, the neighbor’s poodle, out enjoying the magical first snow. Commuters rushing to their next destination. The buzz of cars, buses and pedestrians.
 
As I absorbed the scene, a beautiful lamppost caught my attention. A grand, ornamental lamppost glistening in the snowfall. I looked up at the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight, shining in my eyes.
 
The tree lines were covered in a thick coating of snow, creating a beautiful winter vista. A yellow maple tree looked majestic, cotton balls draping its branches.

First Snow_New York Streets..Two chairs dressed in snow from head to toe. Their owner likely to return at first dawn when the sun would break through the clouds and the day again come alive. I stood there idealizing, weaving a story in my mind.First Snow_New York StreetsBringing in an early night, the snowflakes turned into a gusty icy slush descending horizontally in a blur. To me it all seemed a part of the universe’s plan, dark thickening outside, as winter comes on us in layers and layers. 

Signing off with best winter wishes!
 
 
Inspiration:
 
Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton 
 
The Dead, James Joyce 
 
 
 
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Wordless Wednesday

Autumnal hues at Central Park. ~ Hints Of Life

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A little hut by the lake

autumn colors hovering

nature’s blissful final laugh

 

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Fall gush

Today, sit yourself on a park bench and watch the fall colors turn into ethereal golds, reds, yellows and orange. ~ Hints Of Life

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Fall colors at Bow Bridge, Central Park

It’s Sunday evening, the first evening after the daylight saving hour ends. As my mind and body adjust to the change in time, my soul is reminiscing the beautiful fall weekend I enjoyed with my husband. The bounty of gold, red, yellow and orange trees I woke up to on Saturday morning. Smitten by the fall colors I sat on a black walnut wooden chair by the oversized bohemian windows in my living room sipping my morning chai (Indian tea).

As the day progressed I could not endure the thought of losing on the precious fall sunshine. So, I spent almost all of the daylight hours outside and most part at Central Park. Walking up Broadway in the early afternoon sunshine I entered the Park from 68th street and Central Park West. As I now recollect the initial few minutes in the Park, I remember being engulfed with excitement and thrill whilst the weekend crowd. The fall colors were magnificent… at last !

“Notice that Autumn is more the season of soul than of nature.~ Friedrich Nietzsche”

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Fall wedding at Strawberry Field, Central Park

“As autumn leaves turn their brilliant hue, two in love will say I do.” And so was the scene at the Park’s Strawberry Field. A newly wed couple posed for stunning fall foliage pictures along with a Flower Girl and Bridesmaids. As they stood under the golden yellow fall Foliage it felt like a scene straight out of a movie. Magical!

The larger than life tree that became the backdrop of the Bride and Grooms most memorable day is the Green Ash tree. The tree can turn a variety of colors each fall, from purple to orange to golden yellow. They are popular urban trees that are at risk of going extinct because of the invasive, imported emerald ash borer beetle. The green ash is a good tree to appreciate in all seasons. In addition, ash trees represent the Tree of Life in mythology. (Source: Centralparknyc.org)

“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.~ Dodinsky”

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Fall colors at The Ramble, Central Park

Walking forward towards The Lake, I was engulfed with a stunning view of The Ramble to the South from where I stood near the water. The large Tupelo trees appeared in various shades of red, yellow and purple. Other towering trees glowing in their fall yellows, deep oranges and fiery reds include red oak, sweet gum, pink oak, sassafras, and more. Adding to the view were the couples enjoying the remarkable fall colors from their canoes in The Lake.

A little to my right I saw the famous Bow Bridge gloriously decorated in the fall bonanza. The bridge located mid-park at 74th Street, west of Bethesda Terrace, spans 60 feet with a walkway. On Saturday, it was packed with tourists who had come to capture the best of fall colors in New York City.

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Red Maple tree glistening under the setting sun, Central Park

One of my most cherished moment at the Park was the view of this Red Maple tree shining in the glory of the setting sun. Instinctively, I pressed the stutter of my camera to capture nature’s blessing. As moments like these are often short-lived.

The red maple trees are spread throughout Central Park. And at this time of the year they are blazing forth in a fiery spectacle all over the Park. Once the leaves drop, in late winter, it takes on a pinky glow as flower buds tint its branches.

Bidding my farewell for the day I went home with great fall memories for the fourth consecutive year in the City. It was a day well spent with my bae. 🙂

Listing below some of the best spots to spot fall foliage in Central Park:
~ North Woods, where a rustic lake provides the perfect backdrop for fall colors
~ Conservatory Garden with its incredible chrysanthemum display
~ The Pool, where you’ll also spot wildlife (turtles, fish, and birds) and a waterfall
~ North Meadow and the Reservoir, where two types of cherry trees turn vivid colors
~ The Ramble, perhaps the most iconic foliage spot
~ The Mall and its collection of American Elms, one of the largest in North America
~ Hallett Nature Sanctuary and Pond, a peaceful haven with several scenic overlooks  (Source: centralparknyc.org)

Do share your fall experiences with me in the comment box below.

Signing off with best wishes to all!

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Fall views’ Canadian Geese

Crisp breeze, sun on my back, clear blue sky and a gabble of foraging geese. It’s a familiar feeling, the feeling of fall. ~ Hints Of Life

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Gaggle of geese foraging on grass at the banks of Hudson River, NY

The view regal, the feeling too familiar, the scene revisited, the love for fall ever so fresh and crisp. Fall truly is nature’s last loveliest smile before a marathon of early night falls and grey sky’s. In the city, as I wait for the leaves to turn golden (full bloom) a surprise awaited me at the Riverside Park South.

A couple of weekends, on my run along the Riverside Park South a flock of marvelous Canadian geese caught my attention. It was a simple yet powerful scene. Often found in large flocks on a variety of water bodies, I spotted the beautiful bird species foraging on grass, and seeds by the Hudson River. A gaggle of ten adult geese went on with their day as I watched them from a short distance, sitting on the grass practicing the pranayama asanas.

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As I click the shutter capturing the long black neck and white cheek patch

A clear scene as depicted in the pictures shows them flipping wings, plucking feathers from their breast, and foraging on grass, seeds, berries and other plant seeds. It also shows their alertness around the humans as they stretch their necks straight between the feeding intervals.

Shortly after, the geese moved forward to a different patch of grass. Their leader communicating to them through raucous honking. In awe I watched their special union, the trust they displayed in their leader and the unity they had as a family.

As one of the goose broke from the flock into a low flight over the Hudson River, I  witnessed the majestic white ‘U’ it formed on the dark upper tail, in deep contrast with its lower black tail. It was truly a breathtaking moment!

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 Evenly dark brown body with limited contrast with the black neck

In midst of it all I remembered the famous quote by Hal Borland, “two sounds of autumn are unmistakable- the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street by a gusty wind, and a gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” I surely didn’t miss the gabble of a flock of geese in the city. And I eagerly look forward to the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves in my street and in the city parks. Though I wish for that garland of reds and golds, I must be as patient as she. (Source: Angela Abraham)

To my readers who live in the city or are planning to visit Manhattan this Fall. I highly recommend the Riverside Park South located between West 59th Street and West 71st Street. Interestingly, it is nestled between historic Riverside Park and Hudson River Park along the Hudson River. The Park is a blend of recreational space and thriving native ecosystems. It pays homage to the area’s crucial role in the railroad history of New York City.

Do share your fall experiences with me in the comment box below.

Singing off with best wishes for fall!

 

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