Pelham in Winter

We took a walk in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, New York on February 16, 2022. I replaced the skies in most of these.

I love the folded and layered metamorphic Fordham Gneiss, which is part of the Hartland Formation that forms the bedrock beneath the Bronx east of Cameron’s Line. The rock consists of granitic and garnetiferous amphibolite gneiss with numerous light-colored quartz veins and migmatite dikes. Migmatite is a type of igneous rock that forms when metamorphic processes begin to melt the rock under high temperature. Felsic minerals melt and are injected into joints, faults, and other zones of weakness in the rock. As it gradually cools, bands of feldspar and quartz crystals form along the edges of the intrusion. The center of the migmatite veins typically consist of larger crystals of feldspar and quartz. In some cases, the dikes cut across older dikes and quartz-filled veins; many are folded, or display offset by faulting. Overlying the bedrock is a blanket of glacial till. The beach is littered with large erratics derived from bedrock sources nearby. (Source: NYC Regional Geology (

After walking to the end of Hunter Island we drove to City Island for a meal at the Lobster House.

25 thoughts on “Pelham in Winter

    • Sherry Felix 2022-02-20 / 7:56 am

      Thankyou. It is a lovely park. It is often overlooked. That is a good thing because one can feel alone there.

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  1. Cathy 2022-02-19 / 9:32 pm

    Sherry, you have a year of 2022 in your narrative, but the pictures are dated 2020. One of them must be wrong. They are beautiful pictures, and your wealth of information is amazing! Love, Cathy


    • Sherry Felix 2022-02-20 / 7:48 am

      Thankyou Cathy for noticing my typo on the date. I fixed it. You need to use your name and not post your email. I will change that for you. It is best to post comments directly onto the post’s webpage then your email address will not be posted to the world πŸ™‚ Love hearing from you.


  2. Birder's Journey 2022-02-19 / 8:17 pm

    Really marvelous images, Sherry! Such beautiful scenes at this time of year. Is the red tailed hawk a juvenile by any chance?


  3. mvschulze 2022-02-19 / 7:43 pm

    Wow! Great descriptions provided for a little slice of the city, and awesome images! M πŸ™‚

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  4. Eunice 2022-02-19 / 6:42 pm

    These are lovely, I like the hawk. It’s hard to pick a favourite but the first and last ones stand out for me πŸ™‚

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  5. Tofino Photography 2022-02-19 / 6:36 pm

    I didn’t realize you knew so much about Geology Sherry? Great descriptions and pictures!


    • Sherry Felix 2022-02-20 / 7:39 am

      Geology and geography were my majors in college. I went to college late in my life as part of my second career. The first was in fine arts. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  6. shoreacres 2022-02-19 / 6:11 pm

    Is this the Pelham that is (or was) at the end of the Subway line in The Taking of Pelham 123? That was a decent film. I especially like the last photo, and the third from the top. The water’s especially nice in those.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-02-20 / 7:17 am

      I don’t know the movie. I was curious so I looked up the movie location. “The subway scenes were shot on the Pelham Bay Line. Mr. Green (Martin Balsam) boards the train at 59th Street Station, but most of the interiors used the disused Court Street Station in Brooklyn Heights, on a forked section of track which looks different enough from various angles to stand in for both β€˜Grand Central’ and β€˜28th Street’
      The good news is, you can visit – in 1976, the station was transformed into the New York Transit Museum.”
      We used to go to the park by subway and bus. Now we drive there.
      Thanks πŸ™‚

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      • shoreacres 2022-02-20 / 9:22 am

        Neat! There are connections everywhere — and how wonderful that the station was put to good use.


  7. Mark S 2022-02-19 / 5:21 pm

    Hi Sherry, These are wonderful! What do you mean when you say you “replaced the sky”? Does that mean you did some enhancements or actually cut the sky out and replaced it? Either way they are great.

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    • Sherry Felix 2022-02-20 / 7:09 am

      Photoshop and other apps such as Luminar have AI sky replacement tools. I can replace the boring skies with other skies that I shot elsewhere. It used to be a laborious task, now it is easy.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mark S 2022-02-20 / 3:55 pm

        Wow! I didn’t know that. I may have to look into those apps. Thanks for the information.


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