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Monday, May 15, 2017

Afternoon at the lake in Eisenhower Park

Eisenhower Park is a huge county facility in East Meadow, NY.  It started life as Salisbury Country Club in the jazz age, but went bankrupt during the Depression and became a county park.  It was renamed fir President Eisenhower in 1969, shortly after his death.  A statue of Eisenhower in his military uniform greets parkgoers at the main entrance on Hempstead Turnpike.

It's my favorite non-beach place to walk.  

I usually head over to the lake.  It's a man made lake, like a huge concrete pool. The water is very murky, so I'm not sure how deep it is, but at one time people were able to ride around the lake on small paddle boats.  The lake is home to the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, an outdoor amphitheater that was supposed to host Chapin's concert the night he died, as well as the county's armed forces memorial and tribute to 9/11.

I usually find myself looking at the ducks and geese.

I spotted the fine family on one side of the lake, and later on the other.  I'm not sure how they moved from place to place -- do goslings that age swim?

 
    

There were only two ducks, no ducklings.  

 
  


I even found a turtle.

 
 

And some other birds.


   

I took a short walk over to the Rose Garden.  
 
   

Not much in bloom yet, but the garden will be lovely in a few weeks.

Such a nice walk.

1 comment:

Liz A. said...

I think the little geese do swim, but I'm not certain. I hope you didn't get too close. Those parent geese... They can be vicious. (At least, the ones we have around here are. There's a story about my roommate's dog and the papa goose... The dog turns around and goes the other way when she spots them now.)

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