Happy Winter (?) Solstice

Yesterday’s New York Times said there was a cherry tree blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Today was so warm and beautiful that I got the bike out, did a bunch of errands, then rode over to the Gardens. Sure enough, in one corner of the Japanese garden, there’s a tree in full bloom, and despite what the article said, it still looks to be going strong. And in fact a second tree, in the northwest corner of the Cherry Esplanade, is also in bloom, but looks pretty weak.


Is It Spring Yet?
Is It Spring Yet?
Unfortunately not, poor confused cherry tree.
The Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden
The Music Pagoda
The Music Pagoda
With the Boathouse in the background.
Lullwater Bridge
Lullwater Bridge
Lullwater Bridge
Lullwater Bridge
Binnen Falls
Binnen Falls
The Boathouse
The Boathouse
Very thin indeed...
Very thin indeed…
The Camperdown Elm
The Camperdown Elm
The oldest tree in Brooklyn.
The Oriental Pavilion
The Oriental Pavilion
The Oriental Pavilion
The Oriental Pavilion
Recently restored with the original colors.
The Concert Grove
The Concert Grove
This nice spot once had a beautiful view of the lake, but Robert Moses fixed all that with the world’s ugliest skating rink.
Beethoven
Beethoven
“And they all forgot my birthday again…”
Subway Tracks
Subway Tracks
The Q line as it comes out from under the Gardens.
Lady Liberty, Jr.
Lady Liberty, Jr.
A replica Statue Of Liberty, cast around 1900 to stand on a warehouse on 64th Street, and now stranded in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Museum.
And to all a good night
And to all a good night
Christmas decorations at Park Place and Underhill Avenue.


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9 Responses to Happy Winter (?) Solstice

  1. kibbles says:

    Wow. WOW. I can’t believe that. I kept asking Dan if he got to wear his flannel lined jeans…and now I see why not.

  2. Underhill Avenue – I feel right at home.

    Are you dreaming of a white Xmas?

  3. Goddamn I wish it were 1) cold and 2) snowing. This stupid heat wave is incredibly frustrating and tragic. I want to wear cute boots and see my breath and wear a scarf and instead today I should have had flip flops on. Gack.

    These pictures are gorgeous–I really need to go and spend more time in the park there…

    • ken says:

      I’m with you. I love winter. I love spring too, but not in December. Not that I didn’t enjoy getting out on the bike today. You absolutely should spend more time in Prospect Park!

  4. narode says:

    BBG cherry tree

    Yesterday’s Times story on the everblooming cherry tree made me wish I had time to visit the Garden to see it myself. But your excellent photo tour was a very close alternative. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. redstripe says:

    nice.

    but yeah, i’m getting snow blueballs.

  6. Gorgeous shots, as usual!! Still, I’m with the majority: how much prettier would the park look in a blanket of white snow (sigh)?

    I have to keep telling myself that my romantic ideas of snow never quite pan out for very long, and that any snow we got would inevitably turn to slush.

    I miss real winters. Let’s hope that cherry tree hangs on for as long as she can!

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