Photo of the Week: Evening Primrose

Photo by Steven Severinghaus

It’s hard to believe that the High Line at the Rail Yards opened just a few short months ago. It has been exciting to watch the transition of the seasons roll through for the first time, from summer to fall, and now to winter and our first snowfall.

One of my favorite plants along the Interim Walkway section of the Rail Yards is evening primrose. The Interim Walkway hosts a selection of self-seeded plants that began to spread over the tracks after the trains stopped running in 1980. In the warmer months of the year, evening primrose is one of the most plentiful species there, boasting bright yellow flowers that are a magnet for bees and other pollinators. Its stalks pierced the fence and reached out over the walkway, showing its wild and “weedy” nature.

I loved Steven Severinghaus's shot of evening primrose in the wintertime. It’s just another example of the unexpected beauty of plants during this season, and it demonstrates beautifully how the landscape's character changes throughout the year. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Rail Yards transitions into spring and summer for the first time in 2015.

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