One (Hopefully) Last Look Back at Winter - the Central Park Conservatory Garden Under Snow.
I have written before about my love of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, located at Fifth Avenue and 105th street. I find one of its greatest attributes is its year-round appeal. Watching the snow come down last week, I was reminded of a visit I made there, shortly after a winter storm in 2012. If you compare the photos here to those taken in the autumn from an earlier post on this blog, you can see how the winter season and snow transforms the experience, emphasizing different elements and textures.
The interplay of color, light and shadow is given a new twist with the introduction of white.
The bare branches of deciduous trees interlock to frame new pictures and vistas.
Dried grasses fan out behind this sculptural group, creating a beige peacock’s tail as a backdrop.
The waves of snow atop this yew hedge lend it an abstract anthropomorphic sculptural feel.
It even serves to highlight the delightfully gnarled shape of this tree.
Though scantily clad, the three maidens dancing atop a frozen fountain seem to be reveling in the cold.
While I write this the daffodils in the woods have emerged, snowdrops, crocus and wood anemones are in bloom, and spring is in the air. Barring a late snowstorm or a July trip to the Southern Hemisphere, this is hopefully the last of my winter-related garden posts, until next December!