Spring is near! Friends of the High Line's largest horticultural undertaking Spring Cutback kicked off today and we've officially spotted the season's first crocus. It'll only get warmer and greener from here!
For our Photo of the Week, I've chosen a series of three shots High Line Photographer Melissa Mansur 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. The second photo ("Spring 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.