Waterfalls and Bear Dens in “Da Bronx”

Surprises and wonders found when exploring the New York Botanical Gardens on very late summer day

Michael "Mick" Bisignani

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New Yorkers are blessed. The city has many significant green spaces, totaling close to almost 30,000 acres of green lands. Placing New York’s central park in a category of its own, the city also hosts four four botanical gardens in each of the boroughs surrounding Manhattan. The New York Botanical garden — NYBG — located in the Bronx stands out and is the largest with a rich history [1]. It is park of larger area that includes the Bronx Zoo, just across the street. It is a great combination. Nature lovers can in pick their pleasure between the two great sanctuaries of flora and fauna. Both have an important history . The gardens were started in 1891 and the zoo in 1899. Since their inception, millions have enjoyed these public gifts. This continues today and I can list myself as one of the many patrons that frequently visits these jewels.

This morning, after working out the plan for the day , I decided that that it made sense to visit the NYBG. I knew the weather would be perfect . Clear September skies with low humidity, less than 75 degrees, an example of the best early Fall weather that New York has to offer. So off I went and twenty minutes later , I was able to drive to through the gates, park and as NYBG member, take advantage of my yearly pass.

Why NYBG? Simple, it is an oasis of peace , nestled in the heart of the Bronx, a place of escape where one can immerse in nature, and walk through over 50 acres of nicely preserved old growth forest, or visit exhibits of all kinds , some permanent , others staged with the seasons. For me today , however, I longed for a quite stroll through the woods, and specifically a quite , relaxing walk through the Thain Family Forest. [2]. The gardens are included in the Old Growth Forest network, the “only national network in the U.S. of protected, old-growth, native forests where people of all generations can experience biodiversity and the beauty of nature”. See https://www.oldgrowthforest.net

Woods occupy a special place my heart. They reconnect me to my teenage years , living in the mountains of Southern Italy , a place filled with old chestnut trees, and healthy beech trees whose…

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Michael "Mick" Bisignani

Professional Technologist, Aspiring Food Celebrity. Catholic spreading messages of Empathy and Equality.