Saturday, November 22, 2014

New York City: The High Line

Again, just a little behind in my posting.  In mid-September I visited NYC for a conference and, along with Central Park - a must place to visit, I walked the High Line, starting at W. 30th St. between 10th and 11th avenues and ending at Gansevoort St. just south of W. 12th between 9th and 10th avenues for my first ever visit.  

Below is a photo essay of this iconic and beautiful NYC outdoor escape. The photos included here were from my Friday morning visit and you might think that no one goes here.  Oh no!  As the morning wore on the High Line became more and more crowded.  After sitting in the conference hall all day Saturday, I went back again in the evening because I wanted to walk and stretch my legs.  The High Line was thronged.  Many European tourists seemed especially attracted to the High Line.  

There is a building boom going on all around the High Line, but the construction did not deter from my visit.  Rather it was more of a reminder of where I was and that nothing stays the same in NYC.

I have Leadplant (Amorpha canescens) above in my own garden at home.  I hope mine grows as well as this one.

Of course, I was looking for birds.  I was a little surprised not to find many.  The plantings are lush and are mostly native species.  But the High Line is narrow and the walking trail is in the center so the plantings are mostly narrow strips along each side of the trail.  Not surprising that Passer domesticus would be present and busy eating seeds from one of the grasses.       

The only migrant bird I found was a common yellowthroat in a nice thick clump of plants but he offered absolutely no opportunity for a photo.

Many areas of the High Line have water views and a few gulls and cormorants were perched on these old pylons.

As it turned out, during the time I was visiting, robins were the most plentiful bird.

Bumblebees were nectoring on early autumn aster and goldenrod blooms.

How many bumblebees can you count on this goldenrod?

I completely recommend a visit to the High Line.  Such a unique and beautiful place.  Go on a weekday morning and take a cup of coffee with you.  Find a bench.  Relax and enjoy. 

1 comment:

Em Parkinson said...

Hello Cathy, thanks so much for your comment on my blog (Dartmoor Ramblings) and your Rook tip. I'm sure you're right having looked closely at the beak area.

I've only recently discovered the High Line so it's great to see more views of it. Such a wonderful idea!