Sunday, December 10, 2017. The day after the snow. There were only a few inches on the ground, and it was soft and fluffy—unusual for the first snowfall of the season.

There weren't many people at the Park on Sunday; a few joggers, some dog walkers, some loyal hikers. No one is fishing. Ducks and gulls are the only visible birds; migrating flocks will fly up from the south in about four months. Right now everything is quiet.


Astronomers calculate the beginning of winter on the solstice (December 20 this year), but meteorologists reckon winter as arriving on December 1 and ending on February 28, the coldest period of the year.

Photo of sign at right is by Kathy Martin.
All other photos by Susan McAninley.

Ongoing at Washington Avenue Green is the Pier 53 Project—a historical study of the immigrants who arrived at the Pier from 1876 to the 1920's, their stories, and the stories of their descendants. Each story is part of a mosaic that contributes to the history of Philadelphia and its waterfront, and ultimately to the history of immigration in the United States.

Here's the link to the Pier 53 Project page on this site. Pier 53 Project.