Yesterday was a gorgeous day in the park. Hot, not too humid, and with a lovely wind. We walked without a goal in mind and somehow ended up at Smorgasburg for a treat before heading back toward home.
The animals of Prospect Park don’t come out much but they are there. The park works really hard to maintain the ecosystem. Some areas are off limits in order to protect them and provide a quiet space for the animals. And sometimes, we’re lucky enough to spot the more elusive ones.
This little guy apparently likes ice cream enough to let me take pictures. Chipmunks usually scurry away as fast as they can but he did not move.
We were close to the Boathouse at that point and there’s a waterfall there that I thought the girls would enjoy. There’s a foot bridge over it and a little path to get closer to the water.
And then, there’s the Camperdown Elm. It’s over a 100 years old. 50 years ago, it was in a bad state and people got together to save it. Now, it has a short metal fence all around it. I bet kids (and adults) would climb it constantly if it didn’t. I noticed a cable and some supports for long heavy branches. It’s all twisted and beautiful, like a supersized bonsai.
I love living in the city but it can sometimes feel far from nature. Prospect Park isn’t the wildest of spots. There are no deer, no wolves… Still, it’s a piece of nature, right there in the middle of the city. A 10 minute walk away. I am unbelievably grateful for it.