Okay, so I have a few minutes between meetings, and while I was trying to get some Contracts reading done, I’m just too excited about this to do anything else.
I had a little bit of a walk to get to the morning meeting, so I figured I’d make the most of it, and walk through Washington Square Park. This was an excellent idea, because I just discovered that people actually haven’t been lying to me all my life. Leaves on trees actually do change color during the fall. Most of the trees are still primarily green, but some are yellow, and others are red, and this is amazing. The trees are really pretty, especially with the sunlight coming through them. I’m going to make a point to go this coming weekend, or during the week with a camera. I’d love to get up to Central Park, but that’s going to be a challenge, just because of time constraints.
The other thing I noticed in the park were the squirrels scurrying around, and then a thought struck me. I’m pretty sure squirrels hibernate. Okay, I take that back, I just did a quick google search, and apparently they don’t technically hibernate, they just hide in their nests in trees eating nuts when it’s cold. But, I realized that the squirrels won’t be out playing much in the winter.
On my way back, I noticed another reason the squirrels probably shouldn’t be out and about much. There was a huge bird. I really wish I’d had a camera with me… From the look of it I got, it might’ve been a Broad-Tailed Hawk (wikipedia link). It seemed bigger than 17 inches, though, so I’m not really sure. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while though. The woman on the bench next to the bench where it was hanging out was surprisingly calm. In the future, I’ll make sure I have a camera with me when I’m walking through the city.