Good morning from New York.
Later on today a championship football game will be played in the City of Indianapolis. One of the teams is officially a New York team called the Giants. I am not much of a football fan and most likely will skip the televised spectacle.
Let me instead show you some evidence that our strangely mild weather has continued into February. Yesterday was an overcast Saturday, and I took a walk across Central Park to see what flowers might have courageously bloomed.
I saw these clusters of daffodils in a sheltered area that gets lots of midday and early afternoon sunshine. The trees around them are fruit trees that so far seem to be observing a proper winter rest.
My curiosity then took me towards the Shakespeare Garden, and I saw quite a few hellebores that seemed to have no fear of frost.
It was just after 12 noon when I passed by the sundial. I thought that the clouds overhead were keeping the dial's timekeeping very discrete.
There were very few signs of blossoming in the Garden, just a few isolated snowdrops and a smattering of blossoming quince buds. I thought that these branches were very beautiful, but can now see that my camera work did not capture their subtle colors, that were sort of iridescent rosy and purple.
Along the Shakespeare Garden's pathways are numerous little plaques quoting plant-related lines from the Bard. Currently, the park's gardeners have arranged greenery and pine cones around these plaques to help draw the attention of passersby.
I wandered away from the Garden, and soon was walking along the western side of the Lake. There were some icy patches, but not enough thicker ice to safely encourage skaters. However, some mallard ducks were definitely enjoying the swimming and fishing potential of the lake.
New York views like this seem so peacefully tranquil.
Not long after taking this picture, I was quickly doing some grocery shopping, gathering ingredients that I will use later on today to make a hearty split pea soup. The weather cannot possible stay so mild much longer, and it will be great to have homemade soup available.
Since it won't be long before the Academy Awards are given out, I thought that I might do well to actually see some of the films that have gained nominations in varying categories. I very much enjoyed the remake of Tinker Tailor and plan to see The Artist before long. Hugo also interests me, but I am not sure I could endure the 3 D effects.
My reduced work week continues to give me fresh opportunities. I am looking forward to sharing some more of my wing-spreading happiness.