Autumn Meadows

Fat grasshoppers and noisy crickets. Bumblebees built for cooler weather. Darting moths stirred up by our presence. Palm Warblers absent the rufus polls of springtime, but their tails as derrick-like as ever. A falcon shoots by, too quick for us. We curse the god-damned helicopters, a constant curse over the island.img_0339And a few days later on the flank of the Harbor Hill Moraine. There was just a scurrying bird in here, probably a Common Yellow-throat, since that’s their style.img_0342autumnAnd one more patch, in the Native Flora Garden, which is stellar right now, above and below.img_0390

5 Responses to “Autumn Meadows”


  1. 1 Linda Musial October 10, 2016 at 7:40 am

    The beauty of these pictures sent me crying. Thank you.

  2. 5 Katie (Nature ID) October 10, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hi, Matthew. I appreciate how you feature nature, through the seasons, in the middle of urban life. New York and San Francisco have similar challenges – marine or brackish waterfront on most sides, confined footprint due to location, and tons of people, all forms of resident and tourists alike. I love how both cities have carved out natural areas via various park programs. While I live a bit south of S.F. and am more familiar with it compared to my few visits to N.Y., I do like both places. Has your namesake hurricane affected NYC? I looked on a map and saw Governors Island was near Red Hook, a name I recognized from the devastation that was Sandy. Hope you’re well.


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