Wave Hill in Spring

May 20, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings seasonal




I’ve been pretty quiet, I know. But sometimes you need to be quiet, you know? Just to balance out the “loudness” of life and all that comes with being alive. But I wanted to share these photos of our recent visit to Wave Hill in the Bronx. I suspected Spring would be a nice time to come, but I didn’t expect such a spectacular display of flowers. Seriously, this magnolia tree; it was magnificent. I had never seen blossoms like these before. It looks like a Saucer Magnolia which is everywhere in the city, but these blooms were fuller and luscious with a deeper, vibrant shade of pink, plus the blossoms were still very much peak when most of the sidewalk magnolia petals had fallen. As tall as the tree was, some of the branches of this massive tree curved down to the earth almost as if the size of the giant blossoms weighed it down.






I was pretty enchanted by all the various potted cactus and succulents when we visited last summer, but look…flowers! I wasn’t expecting to see them flowering this time around. I tried to get the rest of the family over to take a look while I geeked out on the flowers but they weren’t as overtly impressed like I was. Pffftttt.





And more magnificent magnolias – this time, a different species and a paler shade of pink.
I’ve been enjoying the flowers this Spring a little more intensely than other years. I guess something about surrounding yourself with beauty to remind yourself of the good things in life. Or something like that, right?

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  • Roos May 20, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Thank you for posting yet another g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s series of flower pictures!! I actually had ‘your’ cherry blossoms in mind when I wrote my most recent blog post. Your pictures bring not only joy, but also a moment of relief: beauty is surrounding us everywhere we look, however we often forget to pause and really observe it. By sharing your pictures, you are offering us a mini break – which is very, very much appreciated.
    Sending you love from Amsterdam,

  • nic May 20, 2015 at 3:40 am

    A new appreciation for the beauty around you? ?nic

  • Cathy May 21, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I love Wave Hill! I live in Texas now but my sister lives in Riverdale, not far from Wave Hill. It amazes me that such a peaceful spot is so close to NYC. Your photos are gorgeous.

  • Tina May 25, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    So random, is this possibly the girls?!


  • Tina May 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Ha, oops! I recognized the girls from the picture and didn’t see that you guys were featured in the post! 🙂

    • Jenna May 25, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      It is…and yes, it was rather random.

  • Vanessa May 26, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Magnolias seem to demand perfection, the weather has to be right, the sun has to shine, there can’t be frost, last year had to be a certain way too – but this tree got the perfection it demanded and you were there at the perfect time to capture it! Beautiful.

  • Sharon May 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Ahhhh, Wave Hill! Thanks for the reminder that I need to go back soon. It’s been over a year since I was there last. Looks like you guys had the perfect day for this outing.

  • Anne-Marie May 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I’m just thinking that this must be the time of year when your brother passed away last year. It must be a very hard time for you and I hope you are managing okay (or as okay as one can manage in the circumstances).

    Thinking of you and sending you good wishes

    • Jenna May 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you for remembering, Anne-Marie, and for your thoughts and good wishes. It was, in fact, today.