It may not be what you were thinking, or perhaps hoping for.
This past week we met up with Keith and Walter at Christopher street along the Hudson River. They volunteer their time to support the Hudson River Park and to help others learn to love the park as much as they do.
It may seem odd to take a nature walk in such a place as Manhattan, but as these gentlemen pointed out, nature abounds and adapts – even in Manhattan.
Along our walk we observed Monarch butterflies and learned that 4 generations pass during a single migration cycle. We saw birds, native to this area as well as those that were introduced from Europe.
The park is filled with beautiful plantings, both native and introduced.
We listened to the cicadas, found their skins and discussed the difference between a cicada and a locust (I had always thought they were the same).
Along the way we watched the sun elevate over the Hudson as the morning ships began their busy routes. We continued our nature walk as we returned home via the Chelsea Highline.
It was a perfect morning and a perfect day for meeting New Yorkers.