If you missed part 1, please see the post below. I went to the Big City on Saturday to visit a blogging friend and to have lunch with my son, who lives Downtown. Daryl and I were in the Conservatory Garden, walking around, when we came to this pond with a beautiful little boathouse-type building.
This is actually the Harlem Meer, an 11-acre lake (meer is the Dutch word for lake) and the building is the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. The center serves as a hub for information on the upper part of the Park. You can even borrow fishing rods here and fish in the lake (catch and release). But we’re heading the other way today.
Several Canada geese were hoping for a handout from us, I presume.
We saw a beautiful monarch butterfly. It’s times like this that I wish I had a Shootsac and my long lens. But that’s another story for another day. (Plus a Shootsac is way out of my budget).
Have I ever told you how much I love stairs? I especially love them when they’re made of stone and they have a lamppost posing near them and greenery all around. Stairs beckon us on, with the promise of something unknown and possibly wonderful that waits for us at the summit.
Know what I mean? The day that I can’t walk up a flight of stairs is the day that I will be very sad. My knees may be getting old and hurting some, but I love stairs.
We follow the path at the top of the stairs around to the west side of the Italian gardens and past the allee of crabapple trees where the beautiful fountain lies. The day has grown warm, especially with all the walking, but just looking at the fountain is making me feel cool as a cucumber.
More stairs! I love it. I’m loving the brick and stone and ironwork, but especially the promise of what’s ahead. This particular set of stairs leads us up under the Pergola at the western end of the Italian Garden that I mentioned yesterday.
Daryl snaps some photos as I ascend the stairs. It may look like there’s not many people in the park today, but there are. I just waited until they passed to take my pictures.
I did manage to capture these gentlemen taking in their morning exercise on one of the patios alongside the Pergola. All over the park there were small groups of people exercising like this. It looks very calming to me.
Tomorrow, inside the Pergola and we continue our walk.
Thanks for coming along with me! Until then, my friends . . .