Springtime vignettes from West Philly: Finding beauty in the April that never was

A photo essay along Baltimore Avenue.

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Pandemic or no pandemic, it’s springtime in West Philly.

Despite the unreasonably-cold weather (which those of us staying inside may not have even noticed), and the struggle to adopt social distancing, signs of the season abound.

People are saddling up, hitching wagon rides and skipping rope, and animals are going about their daily routine, all finding ways to add a little outdoor enjoyment to coronavirus-induced drudgery.

These photos reflect that hope springs eternal — and give us a chance to reflect on the need for resilience as we edge toward recovery.

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Urban riding in Clark Park

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Clark Park pals, Rabbi Romain and Max

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Taking a break outside the Woodlands Cemetery

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Olive the cat cleaning her teeth

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Celebrating birthdays during quarantine (and providing rainbows for the scavenger hunt at the same time)


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Jumping rope in a river of cherry blossoms

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UPenn is a dog’s perfect playground on a sunny day

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West Philly neighbor Steve Beuret out for a stroll

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Olive the cat tucks in for a snooze on South 45th Street

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Sayantan Biswas chilling on Baltimore Avenue

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Bringing home groceries on Baltimore Avenue

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Rolling in the dirt still works just as well

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A sweet hello on Springfield Avenue

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Tim Dunn delivering bread for Four Worlds Bakery

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Walking bikes through the historic Woodland Cemetery

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Doing the important job of watching West Philly’s walkways

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In Clark Park, cats share watch duty with horses


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Masks can’t stop a wagon ride

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