In celebration of the High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details.
This month’s image comes from photographer Barry Munger. Barry has been lending his talents to Friends of the High Line since long before our 2009 opening. With his over-sized film camera set-up, immeasurable patience, and a keen eye, Barry has coaxed some of the most poetic photos out of what can sometimes be an unwieldy landscape. You may remember another iconic shot by Barry that we featured as our September calendar image .
The centerpiece of this month’s image is a bright Red Sprite winterberry bush, Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite.’ The native plant’s beautiful red berries start to appear as the weather cools in the fall, and the plant takes on a whole new personality in the wintertime. Full branches of bright red berries punctuate an otherwise brown landscape, and become an even lovelier contrast to fresh snowfall, as captured in Barry’s photo taken at West 20th Street.
Red Sprite winterberry bushes are also a great place to spot overwintering birds. The crimson berries are not only a delight to look at – they’re also delicious (for birds!). These and other berries and dried seed heads offer a veritable buffet for birds, making the High Line a great place for city birds during the colder months of the year.
Stop by in the coming weeks and months to observe the park’s winter landscape, including bursts of color from plants like Red Sprite winterberry.