Seen on the West Side of Manhattan
April is Cherry Blossom time in Branch Brook Park, Newark NJ. The park has 3000 cherry trees that blossom over the course of about 3 weeks. Here are some of them.
The Palisades are a line of 300 to 540 foot high cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York. They are among the most dramatic geologic features in the vicinity of New York City, forming a 20 mile long canyon of the Hudson north of George Washington Bridge, as well as providing a vista of the skyline. This photo was taken from the edge of a cliff on a bright clear summer morning, and the camera saw the reflection of the bright blue sky on the water, a reflection which is not apparent to the human eye.
The Presby Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, New Jersey is one of the largest iris gardens in the world with over 14,000 irises of approximately 3,000 varieties that produce more than 100,000 blooms over the course of the season. The garden beds located on an arching slope are often referred to as the “rainbow on the hill”. The garden is in full bloom this week and I was lucky enough to visit it on a sunny day in peak season.
Irises are among the most fascinating blooms. Walking among the flower beds it seemed that the plants were of infinite texture and shape with each bloom having its own individual and unique design. This is only the second year that I photographed the Presby, and I can only wonder what took me so long to discover this treasure located only about 5 miles from my home.