Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Colors - Pictures added on Saturday 6/4/11

This variety of Iris is spectacular: the ice blue/violet and white with shinny "crystals" like rhinestones reflecting the sunlight.














Mountain Laurel Just Coming into Bloom
The Red Maple that Leon Rescued
From Someone's Gutter as a Seedling
Colors in the garden excite me.
Columbine
Columbine



Iris have always been my favorite flower.  Bearded Iris and Siberian Iris and Swamp Iris - all are stunning.








The Mountain Laurel are about three or four days behind schedule.
Mountain Laural
The Asian Lilac are almost too fragrant for me.
Asian Lilac

Monday, May 30, 2011

Time Is Cruel

Whether you look back...
Photo courtesy of Mike D.
...or forward...

It doesn't seem like I really know those four guys.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Not Just Your Everyday Walk in The Park - Unless You Live There

You know when you've "been there" and "done that" so many times you just don't want to go to the same hiking trail, the same lake, the same river, the same restaurant, the same highway.  Starting a holiday weekend with the prospect of doing the "same old things", Leon suggested checking out the greenway along the Hudson River in Manhattan for a change.
What Were They Thinking?
AT&T' Thinks Their
"Bottle-Brush"Cell Tower Blends?
Free parking in NYC?  Yes, but I noticed that the cars in front and behind us were dented, faded, peeling and old.   So, if someone is going to steal a car, whose are they going to go for?  And Leon had to go wash the car before we left. 


So we drove the hour and a half into the city, found a parking spot on Riverside Drive and descended down below to the river bank.  NYC has preserved practically the entire Riverside for parkland and recreation. We started at about 155th Street and walked north as far as the GWB.  Probably all told, up and back was just under 4 miles.
A View of GWB Near Our Starting Point
An Old Gate
Wasn't This a Great Idea, Honey?





This was the hottest day of the season so far and we drive to NYC to go for a walk?  If we had bicycles instead of a dog, it would be a great place to ride.  Lot's of cyclists were out today.
Me and Benni Taking a Break
A Different View of the Bridge










A Law I Can Live With
Way Out
Doors of Art Institute
A Quaint Little Place on Riverside Drive
Now That's a Stone Wall

It was an interesting day.  And after the walk we drove to North Bronx to visit Michael and Becky.
Oh, no! It's You Guys!
Had a real nice visit and a cookout in the courtyard - grilled shrimp and burgers and salads and sangria.  The day turned out pretty well and was a nice alternative to "been there, done that" - even though I was whooped and dozed off on the ride home.  I just can't keep up the pace like I did at 60.

Leon is determined to do it again and cover a different part of the greenway.  I can't wait.
I Hope You're Happy!
From Trinity Cemetery to GWB

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