Around the time of Thanksgiving Day in New York City, the trees are preparing for winter.
While people gather around the table to enjoy nature's bounty, the deciduous trees are shoring up reserves of water and energy.
In the places where their leaves break off, the trees grow protective layers of cells.
Some trees lose leaves at other times, too, as in conditions of drought or other stresses.
The woody coniferous trees, on the other hand, manage to keep their waxy leaves through the deep, dark winter.
Are you a maple or a pine?
Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, is a good place to contemplate the lives of trees.
Yes. I have actually asked, "What kind of tree are you?"
Around the sides and back of the sprawling garden, with exceptional views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, trails lead to both conifers and woodland.
Happy Thanksgiving from Walking Off the Big Apple.
Website for Wave Hill
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from November 19, 2016.
By the way, you can be all kinds of tree. 🌲🌳🌱🌴🌰