Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery was open until 7pm over the weekend. It really has become a tourist destination, hasn’t it? I remember a few years back you would never see anybody in there except for actual mourners and maintenance people. Well, the rabble hasn’t spoiled it; a lot of people still think it’s strange to go to a cemetery, even though this one is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Anyway, we camped out at the Valley Water yesterday afternoon in the shade and watched the late summer frenzy of life. Is the tadpole half frog or is the frog half tadpole?
We were as patient as this guy, waiting for a bug, but we never saw any tongue-work.
Over on the Sylvan Water, three snow geese have become resident. There's a sign here urging people not to feed the wildlife so as to keep them wild, but people persist in feeding waterfowl bread. It isn't their natural food, and is akin to feeding grass-eating cattle grain: bad for the animal.
Speaking of feeding, two green herons stalked the lily pads. We watched one scarf up some small fish, but no frogs were harmed during the filming...

3 comments:

Brenda from Flatbush said...

Killer pix o frogs!

M.Thew said...

There were so many it was like something out of H.P. Lovecraft's Innsmouth. Different sizes and age stages, too, and they made a bird-like noise before plopping into the water.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg said...

Award-winning heron/heron reflection shot.