Walking in the Pandemic

Walking the Pandemic

I’m still out walking and though the dog no longer walks with me, I hope you’ll join me as I walk my way through the pandemic. I’m staying close to home, but there’s plenty to see. So put on your mask, maintain social distance and let’s head out into the New York City streets.

Flowering trees on quiet Broadway.

Spring has come this year as it does every year. Plants are flowering and the animals are going about their business in the parks. Baby raccoons, birds, humans and plants, we’ll keep an eye out for all of them in the coming weeks.

This morning, clouds and cold temperatures kept the city even quieter than usual. It actually snowed for a couple of minutes, about the length of time it took to walk two blocks. (In case you don’t know, blocks are how a New Yorker measures both time and space.)

Amsterdam Avenue looking north from around West 119th Street

Today I walked to Morningside Park. Here is just a little of what I saw:

Bright spots of color.

On a recent sunny day, turtles basked on the rocks of the little pond. Hey, what about social distancing?

Turtle cluster.

And a smaller group from the same warm day.

Four turtles.

But on this chilly morning, there’s not a reptile in sight. Just a single pair of mallards.

Mallard pair with tulips.
What is this plant? Anyone know?

The feral cat communities were out in force in two different areas of the park.

Solitary feline, looking pretty rough.

And amiable but socially oblivious park rangers filled the path.

Stay safe and stay tuned for more.

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26 Comments on “Walking in the Pandemic”

  1. Donnaldson Brown Says:

    I miss my city. Lovely to stroll it with you, Melissa…..xox

  2. muunchyld Says:

    I’m so sorry I just read that Esau passed away. It’s so hard to lose them, isn’t it.

  3. muunchyld Says:

    Melissa! Was just thinking of you! Was wondering if you had escaped to Sag Harbor….but apparently not. So nice to see you. I’ve adopted a dog, almost 3 now that keeps me on long walks in locked down Los Angeles. Stay safe dear friend! xo Judy

  4. Nicholas Hamburger Says:

    The long awaited return! Rejoice, rejoice! Do be careful, though — your daily constitutionals are supposed to be *good* for your health, nothing else.

    –The Earl of Louisiana

  5. alaspooryorick Says:

    What happened to Esau? was he dognapped? dropped off at the pound? sold as “chicken nuggets””?
    extremely selfish of you to mention him but not disclose his poor doggie whereabouts.
    ASPCA do something!

  6. Lisa Says:

    Oh MAC!!! So happy to see this and YOU (well a bit of you!) ❤️ For many reasons – Keep ‘em coming!
    Jude/Beck/I have been doing a series on FB based on book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles (Dallas Ft Worth edition). It has been a lifeline.
    GIVE RH my love xxoo

  7. memadtwo Says:

    Has Esau expired?
    I am so glad to see you back. Always enjoy your words and photos. Nina

  8. Jane Says:

    Lived on 119th Street many years ago. Thank you for pictures of my old neighborhood. And, very glad you’re back.

  9. Gabriela S Sanchez Says:

    I love this my Melissa. Hugs and kisses to you and my Richard. Stay safe and I’ll definitely stay tuned.

  10. Nice seeing your post and thank you for sharing! Stay safe!

  11. Kris Says:

    Wonderful! Have missed your posts!

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