Sunday, July 31, 2011

Evening Walk

Our town is very much what you'd expect from a typical New York City suburb, parking lots and buildings, streets lined with nail salons, mechanics, liquor stores and gas stations. The houses here are so close together you can lean out your window and touch your neighbor. And almost no one has a proper yard with grass and trees (although we are lucky--our back yard actually has a square of grass out of which a Bradford Pear Tree grows).


But our town is also full of beautiful secret spots where Egrets and Great Blue Herons fish and migratory birds stop over for awhile. Little parks and sidewalks along the bays, overgrown places behind buildings--these are the places our family always seek out.



Behind a giant strip mall of restaurants, grocery stores and the movie theatre, there's a nature path that runs along the golf course. Some evenings our family takes long walks there. Yesterday S and I paid a visit...







We came across a Trumpeter Swan...


a Seagull's fresh kill



and a Horseshoe Crab


Along the way S fashioned an Egret call from a hollow reed...



The picture I didn't show you is the one looking across the bay, where you can see Manhattan and Jersey City and a whole slew of condos and strip malls. I also didn't show you the container ships in the bay and all the garbage that washes up on shore. There are things to love about this town, and we go out of our way trying to find them, but for the most part we're counting down the days until we can move out of here.

4 comments:

Swanski said...

The little corners of your neighborhood are beautiful! Such a shame that garbage washes up on shore.....

Lydia said...

Yep, I keep returning to those little corners and also leaving town as much as possible. The garbage in this area (even Manhattan) is horrible.

Ellen said...

I know how you feel about wanting to move, but I was going to say how lovely are your photos and what a walk that would be. And so close to you. Looking for those little things ~ you'll be surprised at how many there are.

Lydia said...

Thanks Ellen! These little walks are a reminder to me to make the most of what I have available to me, and not keep myself stuck in day dreams of the future.

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