Search This Blog

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Another 2020 Snow Day

This image features my garden during a snowstorm that occurred on 12-16-2020. At least eight inches of snow had probably fallen when the picture was taken and it can be sen piled up on various surfaces of my garden (the floor, the shelving, the planters etc). The ”scene” looks like a bunch of white cakes sitting outside. Snow was also still falling when the photo was taken.    To the left of the photo at the back (or top of the picture) my contorted hazel nut (a shrub) is located and his branches have been decorated with white Christmas lights. There is a replica in the form of a light fixture) of The Star of Bethlehem  atop the shrub. Contorted hazelnuts bear the latin name of Harry’s Walking Stick.  To the left of this shrub, I have a Christmas tree who is decorated with white lights and has an “average” star as her tree topper. To her left (or in the upper right hand corner of the image) is where my Larch is located. There are string lights hanging above my garden. My garden is the setting for my three volume book series, “Words In Our Beak.” You can read about these books in another blog post @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
MY GARDEN IS THE SETTING FOR MY BOOK SERIES

In my last posting here on Blogger, which was last Thursday, December 10th, 2020, I mentioned that we were having a snow day. That incident was a wet snowfall and the accumulation was not much, nor did snow stick on the ground. 

Yesterday, December 16th 2020, six days after the aforementioned event, we had another snowfall in NYC. According to news repors, including NY1, "This is the biggest December snowfall since 2009, when we [NYC] recieved 10.9 inches that year.  It also doubled New York's total winter snowfall from last year, with 10.5 inches at Central Park." 

Most of the snowfall has ended as of this blog post.

The atmosphere it created in my garden was truly magical as you might surmise from the photograph atop this entry which I took late last night. In the next image you can see how my garden looked in relation to the buildings in close proximity.

This “aerial” image was taken from the vantage point of a high rise building in close proximity to me.  It features rooftops of buildings covered in snow and my garden during a snowstorm that occurred on 12-16-2020.  The picture was taken from far away so other than the string lights which hang above my place, details of my garden are not recognizable.  For your info, my garden is the setting for my three volume book series, “Words In Our Beak.” You can read about these books in another blog post @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
MY GARDEN IS THE SETTING FOR MY BOOK SERIES

Unfortunately, the weight of the snow caused a portion of my string lights to detatch from the pole which as evidenced in the follwing photo.

This image features my garden during a snowstorm that occurred on 12-16-2020. At least eight inches of snow had probably fallen when the picture was taken and it can be seen piled up on various surfaces of my garden (the floor, the shelving, the planters etc). The ”scene” looks like a bunch of white cakes sitting outside. Snow was also still falling when the photo was taken.    To the left of the photo at the back (or top of the picture) my contorted hazel nut (a shrub) is located and his branches have been decorated with white Christmas lights. There is a replica in the form of a light fixture) of The Star of Bethlehem  atop the shrub. Contorted hazelnuts bear the latin name of Harry’s Walking Stick.  To the left of this shrub, I have a Christmas tree who is decorated with white lights and has an “average” star as her tree topper. To her left (or in the upper right hand corner of the image) is where my Larch is located.   There are string lights hanging above my garden but in this image they have become detached due to the snow so only part of them are still above my place. Hope to get it fixed when weather permits.  My garden is the setting for my three volume book series, “Words In Our Beak.” You can read about these books in another blog post @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
MY GARDEN IS THE SETTING FOR MY BOOK SERIES

Hopefully once things melt, Juan V can stop by and reattach them.

ADDENDUM:

On 12-23-2020, Juan V was able to stop by and fix the broken zip tie (as seen in the next image)....

Juan V the man seen in this photo is fixing a broken zip tie that supported stringlights in my garden. My garden is the setting for my three voume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Info re these books is on my blog @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
JV MAKING A REPAIR IN MY GARDEN
(THE PLACE WHERE WIOB* IS SET)

...which had caused the lights to come down.

Once he fixed that, he added lights to my a portion of the branches of my kiwi vines (as seen on the lefthand side in the next picture).

This image features my garden. To the left of the photo at the back (or top of the picture) my contorted hazel nut (a shrub) is located and his branches have been decorated with white Christmas lights. There is a replica in the form of a light fixture) of The Star of Bethlehem  atop the shrub. Contorted hazelnuts bear the latin name of Harry’s Walking Stick.  To the left of this shrub, I have a Christmas tree who is decorated with white lights and has an “average” star as her tree topper. To her left (or in the upper right hand corner of the image) is where my Larch is located.  A portion of the branches for my kiwi vines can be seen at the right hand side of the top of te picture. These branches are also decorated with Christmas lights. There are string lights hanging above my garden. My garden is the setting for my three volume book series, “Words In Our Beak.” You can read about these books in another blog post @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
MY GARDEN IS THE SETTING FOR WIOB*

*WIOB is the abbreviation for the title of my book series, Words In Our Beak where the stories are set in y rooftop garden.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

John Lennon Was Assassinated Forty Ago (Tuesday's Truths WK 200)


This evening will mark the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon being shot in front of The Dakota where he had one of his homes. That building is one block west and seven blocks south of the UWS street (79th) of where I saw this tree featured in the image directly atop this poting.

Monday, December 7, 2020

A Recent Visit

This photo features a male house finch perched on the branches of an Ailanthus tree. A web-page re this bird describes this bird type by saying, “ House Finch males are more orangey-red with color equally bright on crown, throat, and breast. Red color is mostly restricted to head and upper chest, contrasting with cold gray-brown nape, back, and wings. Pale sides show distinct brown streaks, lacking red tones. Females lack bold face pattern and have more diffuse patterning overall. Often sings loudly in neighborhoods and visits feeders.” House finches have a backstory in volume one of my book series, “Words In Our Beak,” where I describe how they were nearly wiped off the Eastern seaboard due to issues with their eyesight. Info re my books is in another post on my blog @  https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
HOUSE FINCHES HAVE A BACKSTORY IN VOL 1

This photo features a male house finch perched on the branches of an Ailanthus tree. A web-page re this bird describes this bird type by saying, “ House Finch males are more orangey-red with color equally bright on crown, throat, and breast. Red color is mostly restricted to head and upper chest, contrasting with cold gray-brown nape, back, and wings. Pale sides show distinct brown streaks, lacking red tones. Females lack bold face pattern and have more diffuse patterning overall. Often sings loudly in neighborhoods and visits feeders.” House finches have a backstory in volume one of my book series, “Words In Our Beak,” where I describe how they were nearly wiped off the Eastern seaboard due to issues with their eyesight. Info re my books is in another post on my blog @  https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
HOUSE FINCHES HAVE A BACKSTORY IN VOL 1

This photo features a male house finch perched on the branches of an Ailanthus tree. A web-page re this bird describes this bird type by saying, “ House Finch males are more orangey-red with color equally bright on crown, throat, and breast. Red color is mostly restricted to head and upper chest, contrasting with cold gray-brown nape, back, and wings. Pale sides show distinct brown streaks, lacking red tones. Females lack bold face pattern and have more diffuse patterning overall. Often sings loudly in neighborhoods and visits feeders.” House finches have a backstory in volume one of my book series, “Words In Our Beak,” where I describe how they were nearly wiped off the Eastern seaboard due to issues with their eyesight. Info re my books is in another post on my blog @  https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
HOUSE FINCHES HAVE A BACKSTORY IN VOL 1

I have only been able to take a couple of walks in my nearby parks since March (2020) because the coating on my lenses of my prescription lenses has worn off and replacing them is out of my financial reach at this time.

Unfortunately since the coating is damaged, my glassses steam up constantly when I wear  a face-mask and I can't see where I am going which is very frightening.

I have tried many "home remedies" to prevent the steaming but because the issue has to do with the coating, my battle is endless.

Moreover, due to the fact that I fell last January (which resulted in my  breaking my Greater tuberosity), I am feeling vulnerable when it comes to the prospect of falling, SOOOO... I have had to stay at home more than I would like to, and I miss the parks!

Therefore, my spirits were lifted the other day when I discovered that a lone male House finch was spening some of his time perching on the branches of Ailanthus trees in the courtyard (as evidenced in the imagess atop this posting).