Photo of the Week: Seasonal Transitions

Photos by Melissa Mansur

While tomorrow's forecast is a blustery throwback to this winter's snowy fury, don't worry, spring – and all the delights it brings – is here to stay. Friends of the High Line's largest horticultural undertaking Spring Cutback kicked off this week, and we've officially spotted the season's first crocus. It'll only get warmer and greener from here!

At moments like this, it's great to remember everything we have to look forward to in the year ahead. There's no better way to do that then to see the transformation that takes place in the High Line's gardens over the early months of the year. In 2013, High Line Photographer Melissa Mansur documented locations along the High Line: once in winter, again in early spring after gardeners and volunteers had trimmed the plants for Spring Cutback, and again in late spring once all the greenery had emerged. The transformation is sure to bring a smile to your face.

For this week's Photo of the Week, I've chosen a series of three shots Melissa took on the High Line between West 17th and West 18th Streets, looking south. The first photo ("Winter") shows what the park has looked like up until now: architectural dried seed heads and stalks of grasses dominate the landscape. You may even recognize the dried silhouettes of Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink,' a recent Plant of the Week. The second photo ("Post-Cutback") shows what this area looks like after Spring Cutback: all the dried grasses and perennials have been trimmed back to the ground to make room for new growth, and the first leaves of spring bulbs are starting to pop up. In the third photo ("Spring"), spring has arrived in full force. The iconic fireworks-like Mount Everest ornamental onions – one of my favorites! – have arrived, and green shoots have popped up from the perennial flowers and grasses.

If these photos weren't enough to whet your appetite for spring, check out the rest of Melissa's side-by-side seasonal shots, or peruse some of our past favorites from the spring season.

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