Allison C. Meier

Allison C. Meier

Brooklyn
May
08
The Bluebells Are Ringing

The Bluebells Are Ringing

Pause by the spring bluebells and listen: these flowers have lore of enchantment that reverberates even in NYC.
2 min read
May
01
Aromatic Lilacs Perfume Streets and Homes

Aromatic Lilacs Perfume Streets and Homes

A yard is a rarity in NYC; a balcony with plants is a luxury. But everyone can have a vase of fragrant flowers to brighten up their room.
2 min read
Apr
17
The City’s Native Cactus Revives from its Cadaverous Winter Husk

The City’s Native Cactus Revives from its Cadaverous Winter Husk

Do you feel a little flat and tired going into spring? Take inspiration from the resurrection of the prickly pear cactus.
3 min read
Mar
07
Worm Moon Rising

Worm Moon Rising

This is a momentous time just before the spring equinox; the darkness of winter is receding and the worms are emerging from their hiding places.
3 min read
Feb
14
Possum Romance Season

Possum Romance Season

The brief life of a possum is one lived largely alone, until it hears the soft clicking of an enchanting mate.
3 min read
Dec
22
A flock of hundreds of birds perches in the barren trees of a New York City backyard. A row of houses sits in the background.

Another Year Among the Rotating Spheres

The shortest day has yet again dawned in New York City and each hour in the sunlight feels hallowed.
1 min read
Dec
15
A squirrel nibbles a tidbit, perched on a bare winter branch.

Squirrels Are Inadvertent Arborists

Eastern gray squirrels have a whole constellation of hidden sustenance that they will recover by scent or memory.
3 min read
Nov
26
Bundled Christmas trees are piled in stacks on a city street. A man in a suit navigates the green labyrinth on a cell phone.

Escape the City in Corridors of Fir and Pine

Like the Great Birnam Wood moving to Dunsinane Hill foretelling the downfall of Macbeth, a forest is invading New York City.
3 min read
Nov
17
A dragon kite tangled in the bare branches of a sweetgum tree.

Garlands of Aerial Flotsam

The now-naked forms of trees are revealing summer’s detritus in their twiggy grasp.
3 min read
Nov
10
Fallen leaves this week in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

A Tapestry of Trees at Your Feet

Midway through fall, there is a collage of local biodiversity in every park and neighborhood.
2 min read