Posts Tagged ‘Marielle Anzelone’

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 14 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 14 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE Four hundred fifty million years ago, seismic forces transformed shale from the ocean floor into the schist that makes up most of Manhattan today. The geologic results are easily seen in the leafless forest. From the high vantage point of our site, we can survey the rise and fall of the island’s [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 13 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 13 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE On Tuesday morning, the woods are sparse and still, reduced to their most basic elements: trees, rocks, terrain. The scene is a frugal study in browns and grays against a big blue sky. The low-angled sun casts sharp light and extended shadows. It feels like December. My fingers are cold, despite my [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 12 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 12 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE A heavy mist shrouds the park on Monday, knitting together the gaps left behind by fallen leaves and restoring our site’s earlier intimacy. The forest appears two-dimensional today. The trees are veiled and ghostly. With the distant landscape hidden, it is easy to focus on what is in front of me. Now [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 11 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 11 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE First, snow in October. Now, at the end of November, unseasonable warmth. On Monday, it reaches 70 degrees in New York, a record for the day. The mugginess is unwelcome; the air feels thick and woolly. A musky, earthy scent hangs in the woods. For an instant when we first arrive at [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 10 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 10 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE A thin layer of clouds filters the sunlight, which casts a muted haze on the forest. The sky is dove gray, the air crisp like a tart apple. This week we expected change, and on Monday morning we were not disappointed. The leafy canopy is gone, both at our site and now [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 9 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 9 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE We knew this was coming. In a deciduous forest in autumn, leaves are going to fall. Yet the stark nudity of the trees on Tuesday morning is still a shock. They seem to have hemorrhaged leaves; in the space of a week, most have fallen. We watch as the remaining leaves continue [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 8 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 8 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE For a moment, I am rendered motionless, too much in awe to move. My eyes linger on the forested crest of the park ahead of me at the top of the road. It is a dazzling display of autumnal splendor. Loud, raucous and bright hues welcome us into the woods this Monday [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 7 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 7 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE Nearly three inches of snow fell in Central Park last Saturday, the most snow ever recorded in October in New York City. The bizarre winter storm also carried the threat of below-freezing temperatures, with the potential for wholesale leaf loss quickly followed by dwindling interest in this series. There was a lot [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 6 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 6 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE Blue is a color not often seen in nature. It is rare to find a truly blue wildflower or bird. But on Tuesday morning, the sky above Inwood Hill Park was awash in blue; a cerulean sea above our heads with no clouds to mar the view. The intense color energizes our [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 5 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 5 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE This week, I was greeted by the sound of dry leaves. The fresh addition of oaky castoffs was deep enough to make a satisfying crackle underfoot. Leaves tumble into low spots, filling earthy troughs with foliage. Higher mounds are cleared by light wind, exposing two empty cans of iced tea Sunshine peers [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 4 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 4 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE Recently, there were a string of days that felt stolen from summer. Tuesday, the day of my site visit, was the last of these. The warm sun flooded the woods of Inwood Hill Park with light, creating long shadows that foreshortened the scene. Harshly lit patches straddled pockets of deep shade. There [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 3 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 3 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE  Autumn is usually vibrant, but the season has mostly felt desultory so far. In our wooded corner of Upper Manhattan, under a heavy gray sky there is less sunlight than seems possible for daytime. Engines of trains and planes conspire to drown out the quiet. In the intermittent silence, green leaves rustle [...]


AUTUMN UNFOLDS – Week 2 @ Inwood Hill Park | NY Times

By MARIELLE ANZELONE With the onset of fall came rain. More than two and a half inches fell in northern Manhattan last Friday. It fell slowly at first. As I stood in the woods, the canopy trees overhead provided cover. Then the rain came harder and faster, spoiling my leafy safe haven. Storms are a [...]


NY Times To Document Autumn On A Weekly Basis From Inwood Hill Park

That’s right, the City Room section of the New York Times will be documenting the contours of autumn on a weekly basis in Manhattan’s last remaining forest, Inwood Hill Park. Marielle Anzelone, a botanist and urban ecologist who founded NYC Wildflower Week, will report from a patch of forest in Inwood Hill Park once a [...]

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