There was a street fair in our neighborhood yesterday. We figured we should go and I took my camera. I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself. Within 5 minutes of being there, I wanted to go hide. Too loud, too cold and windy (seriously, May, what’s up?), too crowded, just too much. When I get overstimulated like that, I can’t even take my camera out. All I’m thinking about is getting away. We let the girls do sand art and two of those bouncy castle things and came home. So the pictures today are a bit old. I was saving them for later, when I’d taken a few more similar ones to make a collection.
I saw these flowers in March, close to V’s preschool. Someone had planted them around a tree. It had never occurred to me before but I think neighborhood residents do a lot of caring for the trees. The flowers were only around that one tree on the street. And then, I started noticing that there are never more than a handful of trees with the same “treatment”. Some have nothing around them. Some have some sort of decorative small metal fencing. Or stones. Some have other plants or flowers growing around them. Some have little signs. It’s charmingly eclectic. Like the city planted trees there and the residents adopted them. My plan was to get a bunch of these together but these flowers are the only ones I’ve gotten so far…
We’re lucky in Park Slope. The streets are lined with big lovely trees. And when I sit at my computer, there’s a window to my left and a big maple tree. In Summer, it does a great job of hiding the building across the street. I turn my head and see the squirrels or birds right at eye level (I’m on the fourth floor). Loud birds!
I’d planned on taking a lot of pictures as that tree’s leaves came in but uh, again, this April and now, it’s already full. The picture doesn’t do it justice. This tree brings me so much joy and peace. It makes the city just a little bit more alive, you know?