Shirtless Hollister door guys are sign of NYC spring

Received this skanky news of spring’s arrival in New York City, via Bryan Boy’s Twitter feed. News travels quickly all the way to the Philippines. Full “Beefcake is back” article here. Japan has sakura and hanami, NYC has shirtless male models. And somewhere birds are migrating. . .

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

I love spring. It’s been cold here the past two weeks, and the ever vigilant newscasters are reporting that the cherry blossom season is now one week behind the previous estimate. There’s actually a nightly map showing the progress from south to north, and west to east for peak blooms. It’s flower mania.

The photo above is an unknown (to me) woodsy flower growing outside our apartment complext. Below is quince plus some other very common small white flower shrub.


And just around the corner, near the house demolitions, is this amazingly fragrant small bush. It smells like honey. I wonder what it’s called?

Fragrant shrub, Shin Nakano