NYC – Flowers an Inspiration

A limited series that first appeared on Facebook and Instagram

Taking a little break from the streets of NYC to highlight the flowers that help make our visual world so interesting.

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Flower – The Venus Flytrap

I am republishing this article at a request from a neighbor who  thought these plant’s were only in a movie.

The mysterious Venus Flytrap – a death trap for insects

The leaves of Venus’ Flytrap open wide and on them are short, stiff hairs called trigger or sensitive hairs. When anything touches these hairs enough to bend them, the two lobes of the leaves snap shut trapping whatever is inside. People still do not understand fully how the trap closes. The Venus’ Flytrap does not have a nervous system or any muscles or tendons. 

Like other plants, Venus’ Flytraps gather nutrients from gases in the air and nutrients in the soil. However, they live in poor soil and are healthier if they get nutrients from insects. Carnivorous plants live all over the world but Venus’ Flytraps live only in select boggy areas in North and South Carolina. Because of people’s fascination with these plants, they collected many of them and they became endangered. Venus’ Flytraps today are grown in greenhouses.

Will a Venus flytrap bite a person? … Fortunately for people, Venus flytrap plants can‘t eat anything much bigger than a housefly and mostly they eat mosquitoes and gnats. If you put the tip of your finger in the flytrap’s bug eating mouth, it will quickly snap shut, but it won’t hurt at all.

Macy’s Flower Show – 2017

Saturday, I missed my subway stop and head to go to the next one. Adjust and switch platforms, go back and regroup…End result I had to get off at Herald Square. I walked out of the subway looking straight at Macy’s windows full of flowers. Well it wasn’t my original destination – which was Korea Town – but a look inside had to be done.

This was the first day of the annual Flower Show kicks and runs through April 9. I didn’t spend too much time inside but here is a brief summary. I just explored the main floor and a few of the windows facing Broadway. There were floral displays of bumper cars, roller coasters and a Ferris wheel, all designed a “Carnival” theme. The following photos will walk you through the main aisle of the store.

For additional events during  the week go here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC – Fall in Central Park -Metropolitan Museum Area

Fall in Central Park

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The front of Metropolitan Museum

I was near the Metropolitan Museum (5th Ave/ 84th Street) when I got thinking that many people who visit the Museum may not know what is behind the building. So here are a few photographs from the park, I started from 5th Avenue and east 84th Street through the park ending at the other end of the museum at east 79th Street.

 

Usually peak fall foliage in Central Park occurs towards the beginning of November. There are many other Blogs that will give you information about the more well-known locations. They were taken November 2nd.

There is a playground at the corner of 5th Ave and e 84th street where these little creatures are at the entrance.

To the rear of the museum walk over the roadway and take a path to your left

You will  pass the Obelisk, nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle. It is the oldest man-made object in Central Park, and the oldest outdoor monument in New York City.

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Obelisk

A little further down the path and you come to Turtle Pond -named in honor of the large number of turtles that reside there along with numerous species of birds, fish, frogs, and dragonflies.

Looking behind you (at the pond) The King Jagiello Monument  will be protecting you.

 

Then you can head out of the park at East 79th Street. (Bus stop just to your left)

NYC – Unusual Flowers in a local Park

I cannot pass a flower that I don’t try to photograph it. Today, I spotted two large flowers – almost twelve inches wide –  that seemed to just appear overnight.

The next two photographs are close-up,hopefully, to  make them more interesting.

A closer look

A Bee coming for a landing

The following two photographs will give you an idea as to their setting in the garden

Original White Flower

The White Flowers Neighbor

This photograph has little to do with the above. I just like it and it helps describe the area in which the flowers are growing.

Inviting Stairs

Summer Flowers

Summer

 

Hiding behind a tree

 

Flowers

Many people enjoy the summer weather and activities of the season. Also, many enjoy the color and variety of garden flowers. I was fortunate to capture some interesting flowers this past week. I don’t often use pictures that I post on Facebook but I hope that these four will add to your enjoyment of summer.

Breakfast for a tiny bee

A little plum?

Every house should have a garden

A burst of ___?

SPRING

This is about the time of year that I start looking at the flower gardens in and around my neighborhood. Often, from year to year,the flowers take on a different appearance.  It is almost as if I am seeing them for the first time – I wonder if is the light or the time of day?  Whatever the reasons, I continue to enjoy trying to capture the beauty of each flower. I will continue to include pictures of them in this Blog throughout the year.

 

 

Vacation – Helen Georgia

Did you ever get one of the AAA or magazines where they describe places to visit?

Last year, one such place that got our interest was Helen Georgia. This little town is nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains – certainly too far away to visit from New York. As luck would have it, we were visiting in North Carolina, and the opportunity presented itself to visit. Even from the eastern shore it was some ride but a very relaxing and interesting one.

      

 The Town is a recreation of an alpine village complete  with cobblestone alleys and old world towers. Also, a very  prominent windmill is in the center of town. Let me say that  the entire place is fake but we had one of the best times on this vacation. They have trained bears, beer halls, shops and alpine food and everything – full of “stuff” to see.

The country side is full of places to explore. We stopped at several small road-side stands that had the most unusual handmade items. Anna Ruby Falls is located nearby and is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

It is not a place I would drive  to see for itself alone but it is certainly something to put onyour  list when you visit the northwestern part of Georgia.  (Some people drive up from Atlanta…not sure how far away it is?)

This article is from my archives