Sunday, March 11, 2012

A long walk on a beautiful day

Sunday afternoon in Union Square (NYC) people were asked to write or draw what makes them happy on a post-it note, to add to a growing collection.


Many things make me happy but the one I put down was a "long walk on a beautiful day," which is what I got to enjoy Sunday afternoon (in case you're wondering, the lady in the photo isn't me - for one thing I've got dark hair, and it rarely stays in a neat ponytail).

I could have also put down "upside-down elephants." Those make me happy.


So do pretty flowers by the sidewalk.



And eerie or mysterious window displays.



I was also treated to a display of raw nature. It's not that I like watching pigeons getting eaten, but I've never seen a hawk feast on a pigeon before.


In Tompkins Square Park there was a hawk up in a tree relishing pigeon innards, as about thirty people stood around taking photos of it (that's what drew me to the scene to begin with - that, and the way the hawk would occasionally lift its head and cry out, maybe to warn us off, as if we'd be interested in taking the pigeon from it. The cry of a hawk is startling, especially when you hear it right off of Avenue A).


I'm pretty sure it was a hawk. There were some people present who seemed to be experts on birds and called it a hawk. But if any of you know for a fact that this can't be a hawk but must be some other predatory bird, leave a comment.

What else caught my eye on yesterday's walk...

Not only upside-down elephants but pink elephants. And yawning lions.


It really was a beautiful walk.


Barbara Fisher March House Books said...

What a fantastic upside-down elephant – that would make me happy too! The poor pigeon, on the other hand, made me very sad. Thanks for sharing your walk.

Auggie said...

Your pictures are fantastic! I enjoy long walks on beautiful days as well. It looks like you had many interesting things to see.

Aunt Dimity was a cute book! I would absolutely recommend it to you if you're looking for an English country setting and quirky characters!

fiction-books said...

Hi HKatz,

It looks as though your Sunday was just as warm and sunny as it was, here in the South of the UK.

We too went out for a walk, which was a joy with all the Spring flowers starting to appear and the fact that we were able to take afternoon tea, sat outside in the garden of a pretty restaurant.

Today is a complete contrast however, very dull and overcast, quite depressing.

Have a good week.


John Hayes said...

That is a red-tail hawk indeed; they do have an eerie cry & yes, I expect it was a territorial thing, telling you folks to stay back from his lunch. I love the upside down elephants & the lion!

Relyn said...

Oh, I do love a long walk on a beautiful day. But, a long walk in the city - heaven.

naida said...

Such wonderful photos. That's a cute idea with the post it notes.
Poor pigeon, but that's nature.

Thanks for 'taking' us through NYC :)

Umā said...

I adore walking in NYC, one never knows what's around the next corner!

HKatz said...

@ Barbara - The elephant's great, isn't it? As for the pigeon - yep, it's a poor pigeon. And the hawk is fortunate.

@ Auggie - I'll have a look at the Aunt Dimity books

@ Yvonne - That sounds like a lovely afternoon, and at least you got to enjoy it before the drearier weather came back.

@ John - thanks for confirming it!

@ Relyn - the countryside has its charms too; I love hiking :)

@ Naida - I liked the post-it idea as well. It brightened people up for a short while, made them consider the blessings in their lives.

@ Uma - so true.

Thanks all for commenting!