A November Walk Through Central Park

These American elms line the grand promenade of Central Park, just as the landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned. These are not the trees planted when the park was designed in 1858. These were planted as saplings in the 1920s to replace the original trees. The form of the trees is so elegant revealed in the bareness of late fall. The dark bark contrasts with the misty gray sky of a late evening. The majestic native American elm (Ulmus americana) was once widely planted but now has declined because of Dutch elm disease.