Photography: Spring at the High Line

The buds of Eastern redbud Appalachian Red begins to appear along the branches of the tree in mid-March. These vibrant blooms were one of the many spectacular displays in the park this spring. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.

With more than 1,500 contributors, the High Line Flickr Pool gathers some of the best photographs of the park. The images are displayed in a rotating gallery on our Web site, giving High Line fans from afar, or those stuck in the office, a great way to keep track of park life. On the blog, we like to recognize the talented photographers who share their unique perspectives of the park.

Over the past six weeks, as volunteers and staff worked hard to trim back dried plant material during Spring Cutback, the park’s plants have reemerged with new spring growth. It’s the perfect time to be in the park – you’ll find blooms covering shrubs and trees, vibrant green grasses, and spring bulbs popping up everywhere.

Here is a look back at the progression of spring, as seen by contributors to the High Line Flickr Pool.

(Left) Dawn Bodnant viburnum blooms in early spring, adding the first hints of color to the landscape. Photo by Cristina Macaya. (Right) Similarly, wild tulips, Tulipa sylvestris, began popping up north of West 26th Street even before the dried grasses had been cut back. Photo by Mike Tschappat.
Another great shot of Dawn Bodnant viburnum. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.
Many visitors took advantage of our warm spring to relax on the benches, stroll through the park, or enjoy lunch. Photo by David Wilkinson.
The Falcone Flyover, between West 25th and West 27th Streets, is home to many nice spring blooms. (Left) Serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis, and (Right) Eastern redbud, Cercis candensis, are two notable varieties you’ll find here. Photos by Juan Valentin.
As the dried plant material was trimmed during Spring Cutback, new green shoots appear. Here tall tickseed, Coreopsis tripteris, emerges along the High Line’s pathway. Photo by Juan Valentin.
As the High Line Flickr Pool contributors have shown, spring is a great time to visit the park and capture photos of your own. Photo by Mike Tschappat.
The catkins of the giant pussy willow trees, Salix chaenomeloides, near West 22nd Street were a crowd-pleaser. Their furry catkins have since given way to leaves. Photo by Mike Tschappat.
A warm spring day is a great opportunity to soak up the rays in the 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Lenny Spiro. Photo by Lenny Spiro.
In the foreground Mexican feather grass, Stipa tenuissima, is one of the few perennials not trimmed back during Spring Cutback.Photo by Steven Severinghaus.
New green growth is popping up everywhere. Here wild bergamot, Monarda fistulosa ‘Claire Grace,’ covers the ground around the rail tracks. Photo by Friends of the High Line.
These Lady Jane tulips, Tulipa 'Lady Jane,' were a favorite of our visitors, seen near West 17th Street. Photo by Barry Munger.
Bristleleaf sedge, Carex eburnea, adds green throughout the park. Photo by Friends of the High Line.
Blue Moon wild blue phlox, Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon,’ is one of the many varieties of phlox you’ll find popping up in the park during spring. Photo by Beverly Israely.
Cutleaf lillac, Syringa x laciniata, blooms near West 21st Street. Photo by Joan Garvin.
Twisted leaf garlic, Allium obliquum, and its relatives will be blooming soon with spherical flowers reminiscent of fireworks. Photo by Beverly Israely.
If you haven’t been out to the park recently, plan a visit. The planting beds are lush and green, with more blooms appearing daily. Photo by Beverly Israely.

Make the most of your next visit by downloading our monthly blooms guides or purchase a copy of the High Line Plant Guide, which will help you identify the plants of interest at the High Line.

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