Citipati, Lord of the Cemetery, is a Tibetan Buddhist figure which loosely represents intertwined male and female skeletons. These two androgynous figures which together form Citipati are considered to be guardians of cemeteries and are honored by semiannual ritualistic dances. As Citipati is comprised of the two halves of the human body, man and woman, the figure is also said to symbolize the counterparts of the human life cyle, birth and Death.
Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium nubicola) - Bob Gress
Native to Columbia and Ecuador, the Cloud-forest pygmy owl is classed as Vulnerable due to loss of habitat through deforestation. Their decreasing population size is estimated at 1,500-7,000 mature individuals.
Another storm this weekend blanketed the gardens in snow. A careful walk down the Vista Steps gives you a veiled view of the Palisades through the falling snow. Later in the day when the snow was thicker, you couldn’t see across the Hudson.