Plentiful rainfall this spring has made for lush foliage on Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. On my morning walk through the park (I’ve taken to alternating my long walk over the Bridge with a shorter one down Squibb Hill to Pier 1, around the pier then back up to the Promenade) I noticed how easy it was in some places (ignoring the sound of BQE traffic and the occasional helicopter) to imagine oneself far from the city; for example, looking down toward the small pond near the park entrance at the foot of Old Fulton Street. (More photos and text after the jump.)
Spectacular floral displays are found near the pathways.
An abundance of sumac sometimes arches over the path. Here we see its red fruit, or drupes, used to make spice in the Middle East.
Could this swamp be home to something more sinister than Dodger the muskrat?
Here are more showy summer blossoms.
What’s that in the distance–could it be the fabled lost Isle of Manhattan?