As you may have guessed, I am very involved with Washington Square Park (WSP) Eco Projects, an initiative that celebrates the diversity of nature found in the park via a map and events. On May 2, we co-hosted with New York Spark Your Creativity (SPY) a smartphone photo hunt of local greenspaces. The map and plant knowledge were offered by WSP Eco Projects and SPY provided the technical expertise and the "what to look for" guide. If you'd like a copy of the guide, please email SPY at amusepro(at)me(dot)com.
|Image: The fountain in Washington Square Park; photo taken prior to the start of the photo hunt.|
The meetup spot was the Starbucks on West 4th and over snacks we reviewed and practiced with the features of Camera+. We also discussed a route for the day. We spent most of our time exploring areas south of the park. From the "what to look for" guide I selected leaf and flower close ups, showing shapes, and nature and architecture contrasts. I also kept an eye for out for shadows and reflections, personal favorites.
At the end of the hunt, we stopped for refreshments at Noho Juice Bar on Mercer Street. There, we reviewed our photographs, discussed editing options, and created collages. It took several attempts of different images and image arrangements but I made a collage I am happy to share below.
I encourage you to use the SPY Eco Photo Hunt Map to experience the diverse types of greenspaces in the Village. Make a collage of your own and share it with us - either via a link in the comments or on Facebook/Instagram/or Twitter using #spyecophotohunt. If you'd like access to the original Google map, email me at wspecoprojects(at)gmail(dot)com.
Explore, Learn, and Log your observations of the trees in Washington Square Park using the WSP Eco Map. And look out for more learning activities in (and around) the park.