Cherry Tree Blossoms in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery (All Photos By Gail)
Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, so I wanted to celebrate something from the earth that adds value to my life each time I leave my house. For me right now, that means spring flowers. We didn’t get to fully enjoy the unique beauty of spring in 2020, due to the pandemic lockdown, but now many parks and botanical gardens are reopened and in full bloom. On the weekends especially, I try to spend as much time outside as possible, and flowers are my favorite subject to photograph. Please enjoy this carefully-curated selection of ten beautiful flowers taken during my recent adventures in and around the NYC area.
As soon as weather turns from winter to spring, you are going to see a full spectrum of jewel-hued tulips pop up all over NYC. These guys were hanging out in a public planter in the Flatiron District.
This year, Earth Day (celebrated globally) is all about increasing awareness of climate change and its disastrous effects on our planet. Find out more about what you can do personally to help Save the Earth at This Link.
Happy Earth Day, Everyone! Here in New York City there are quite a few free events and programs going on around town in Central Park, Times Square, The Highline Park and the New York Botanical Garden, to name just a few. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood at NYC Earth Day Events.
Guys, seriously, if you aren’t at least recycling your cans and bottles at this point, I don’t even want to know you. Just go ahead and un-friend yourself from my FaceBook page right now. I’ll wait. Saving the Earth is everyone’s business, and even though Earth Day helps to draw collective attention to our need to be resourceful, in reality every day is Earth Day. I mean, duh. So if you plan on staying here, get on the stick, as the kids say, and do your part to clean up this mess. Discover a bunch of fun and easy Earth Saving tips at this link.
Ah, what a lovely day is it here in the City. I admit that I am obsessed with recycling and living as Green as possible, and it really yanks my chain when I see others being needlessly wasteful, littering and, in general, lacking any sense of personal responsibility. As Goethe once said, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” It’s such a simple step to put into practice, I wonder why we aren’t taught that concept from birth.
Here in the office of my day gig, we all received lovely new, brushed aluminum thermal coffee mugs that fit nicely in the pantry’s coffee makers. I will look forward to using mine every day. Mostly, I am so glad they FINALLY got rid of all the Styrofoam cups, because Styrofoam is evil. Styrofoam should only be used as a flotation device to save the life of a drowning person. It should never be made into anything that is meant to be disposable, since it does not biodegrade, ever. Making things that are not biodegradable should be against the law.
That goes also for disposable water bottles – which are also evil. All plastic needs to be recycled, unless you hate the Earth. Then go right ahead and throw your lasts-forever-til-the-end-of-time water bottles in the trash and destroy the planet. I hope your kids and grandkids won’t mind living in a garbage dump that you helped to create for them! And while we’re on the subject, let’s all take a minute to roll the concept of Zero Population Growth around in our heads, shall we? When you consider that the earth we leave is the earth we’re coming back to, no effort in conservation is wasted. Happy Earth Day people.
Remember: The World We Leave is the World We’re Coming Back To
Hey what’s up. Happy Earth Day and all that. At lunch time today, they were handing out free bags of delicious popcorn in the cafeteria, which rules and everything, because popcorn is awesome, but I am not sure how that helps us to celebrate Earth Day, specifically. My wish for Earth Day would be that smokers kindly stop using the world as their personal ashtray, and that everyone please remember to recycle. Also, “Zero Population Growth.” Thank you, drive through.