Sunday, January 18, 2015

Seeing brown and thinking green

A cold walk, on Saturday afternoon. Long-ago snow still lay on the path in Inwood Hill Park, half-melted, now turned to ice, so that we skittered uphill. It was well below freezing. The woods were brown.

Our January afternoon above, and a day last May, below:

I showed Vince the route I walk with foragers, and pointed out my old Japanese knotweed patch, upright canes rigid and rattling with seeds in the wind.

The January Hudson view:

Below, a trick. Last early-April's Hudson view, Doesn't look much different does it? Spring takes its time, in these trees.

If you look down, April is more rewarding (nettlesssss):

On our walk on Saturday we also saw a perfectly round hole, belonging to someone who was not home.

I found some new patches of pokeweed - easily known by their tall, pale, hollow canes - to investigate later in the spring. In May poke looks like this:

And at home, for a ribolitta lunch, it looks like that:

I am looking forward to the green.

1 comment:

  1. Autumn really makes the trees and the entire landscape very different and beautiful, through there is a scarcity of the colors but still it looks beautiful and makes us long for the vibrancy of spring.


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