Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Backyard

The always amazing Julie Prichard from The Land of Lost Luggage and the equally amazing JeriAnn from Commuter's Journal have been hosting an online collaboration called Getting Arboreal: A Nature Collection. The brief in brief: chose a tree and follow it through the seasons. You can follow the links to all the participants by clicking through the list on the sidebar of Julie's blog. And you can read more about my choice in this previous post on my blog.

I chose a grove of trees to follow in my backyard...well, in Central Park that is.

Here are my trees captured from Bethesda Terrace in late August...



Here they are in mid October...



And here they are today...



39 comments:

nancy neva gagliano said...

aw, a warmish november day in your backyard~~~many friends joining around the fountain! nice group. i'd better head out and "shoot" mine in the playground that i chose! enjoy your magnificent surroundings this week. waiting for the snow to cover it all!

ooglebloops said...

I am going out to check on my tree today - I should have taken a shot of the changing colors too!!:>(
I like your scene - note the clothing color in the last shot- blue must be "in" for the season???

Bea said...

Boy, those photos are an inspiration to paint them or do something in photoshop with them. What a wonderful view and I love seeing the people as if the trees are surrounding them, protecting them as they play and wander. :)Bea

lyle said...

what a backyard! beautiful! I love the angel with pigeon trim. lyle

jill said...

Seth- did you say you were having a yard party and we were all invited? Just say the time and date and you will have the largest backyard party in new york city- and I'll be there in a heart beat!! Love your trees, your backyard, central park and of course, your photos!

La Dolce Vita said...

nice back yard man! LOL!
great shots and you actually have leaves on your trees! we are already in Winter! .... sigh....

m. heart said...

And what lovely trees they are. Fall is slow to come to Manhattan...all our leaves are off the trees already here in Western MA. Looks like Central Park will be a blaze of color very shortly...

MrCachet said...

You made a good choice! Ours are now pretty much bare. We had an early snow, and the trees that had not even come close to turning held on to their leaves until a couple of days ago. Those that came down early were still green - those that stayed on the trees were frozen, and turned black before coming down. Amazing how Nature deals with chlorophyll!

Lynn said...

Nice shots. I love the changing of colors on the East Coast in fall.

I too noticed the blue in the bottom photo and wondered if you had photoshopped/altered it in some way? Or were they all wearing school uniforms?

I love watching my fig tree change from no leaves to greening out to bright yellow as it is now. Wish I'd known about this. Might find old photos and do it anyway.

Happy Sunday Seth.

Mar said...

i like watching trees too...the transition here is lovely
you have a gorgeous view from your terrace!

Lawendula said...

This I call a backyard!
Is that the view from one of your windows? Then you must be very lucky guy!
I have totally forgotten this thing, I just wanted to participate with the OTOH thing....well you can't have it all, can you?
have a nice sunday, my friend!

ArtPropelled said...

What a great idea! As oogleboops mentioned blue seems to be the colour of the season .... unless its some kind of uniform? Thanks for sharing Seth.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am totally impressed with how many leaves are still on the trees in Central Park. I'm already looking forward to the next installation.

Since it's your back yard, do you plan to have a barbeque anytime soon? If so, I would LOVE to bring my potato salad!

Jo Horswill said...

Seth, these images are beautiful.
I get get the feeling that I'm watching a moving film strip...will have to visit this place :)

redorgrayart said...

the hue and rhythm here is fabulous

Julie said...

Crimany..ever time I check in here there are always 900 comments ahead of me. Seems like YOU'RE amazing, my friend!

You have the best back yard ever...and it looks amazing..especially without snow. ;)

Thank you, Seth
xo

jgr said...

Beautiful trees! and what an awesome view, the fountain is cool, too.

Studio Sylvia said...

The changing colours of the trees are a gorgeous sight to behold, however I am also fascinated by the changing light, that highlights the trees to advantage. Because of the changing light factor, the water reflects the changing intensity of the foliage. Wonderful snapshots Seth.

Jeane said...

what a wonderful project :)

Leslie said...

Thanks, Seth, for sharing your group of trees. They are beautiful!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Love love love these pictures.

Kim said...

Central Park wow that's some backyard! I love how the colours really mark the seasons. The trees are beautiful. I really miss seasons here we just don't have them really. Here one day is much like another usually a gradual rise or decline in temperature but no real defined seasons. Sigh! Think I will have to lobby my local pollie to bring them in here LOL! Can't wait to see the winter pic, I love winter trees!

Carmen said...

Beautiful!

Chris said...

Can you stand it? A whole grove of trees, doing their thang!!

wish I were there. I bet my initials aren't carved into a single one, yet!

Janet said...

I love seeing the progression of the colors. Beautiful setting you chose, too.

THE WORLD AS I SEE IT said...

Wow I am totally impressed. Sounds like my fieldwork study that I have been doing these past two months. Your view is awesome.

THE WORLD AS I SEE IT said...

Wow I am totally impressed. Sounds like my fieldwork study that I have been doing these past two months. Your view is awesome.

Club Amaro said...

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. OMG! I love the perspective of the grove....thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

beautiful landscapes. looks like a great day for a run through central park.

alteredbits said...

how fantastic! and it looks like you haven't been hit witht he bucket-loads of rain we're experiencing here today. that too is fantastic!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

wonderful spot and photos Seth
Love the pigeons guarding that fab angel too!

Debrina said...

You know...I'm beginning to fall in love with NY. Between you and Jill you are doing the best tourism promotion I've ever seen. I think the tourist board should be paying you!
I just love all the trees in your backyard. I thought NZ was green (well, umber in Autumn)but NY is proving to be equally, if not more, gorgeously attired.

di from di-did-it said...

Wow ~ Central Park.... someday maybe I'll see it in person. For now, I can enjoy it through your beautiful photgraphs. So glad to find your blog through Julie's photo adventure....

Jason said...

I love the last photo Seth. Fall is my favorite season. You must enjoy waking up to that view every morning.

layers said...

It is nice to see the trees changing colors from the same view-- lucky you with the whole park as your backyard.

layers said...

In the Oct. 19th issue of Time Magazine (I am behind because of my trip), on page 67 is Nora Ephron's short list:
Manhattan's oasis: Central Park is an enduring work of art. It's a breath of air in the world's greatest metropolis, and Manhattan wouldn't work without it. A 10 minute walk from the east side to the west makes you believe in anything.

denise said...

wow, what a powerful comparison...i like how the fountain has the trees framing it...i have relatives who live back east but here in san diego we don't get nearly the dramatic season changes...i enjoyed being part of this collaboration...

Ontheroad said...

One of the loveliest park views.

Becci said...

Your posts are great and your trees are great! I'm looking forward to seeing your trees covered in snow this winter! We don't get too much snow here in Wichita any more but I hope to get my tree covered in snow... :-)
Have a great hair day! Becci