NEW FAMILY IN TOWN

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They move away fast when you take out a camera.

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But it’s spring. And you know where a young goose’s fancy turns in spring.

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Maybe if we hurry around to the other side of the pond, we’ll be able to get a better view.

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Ah! That’s better!

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There used to be two. Now there are eight:  mama, papa and six little goslings.

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I wish I could show you the six little balls of fluff huddled near their mama more clearly.

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But the parents are protective; they just don’t come close to shore with their goslings.

And even the miraculous iPhone 5s has its limits.

As do I.

But if you click on a photo to open it, you’ll get a better view.

(Don’t say I didn’t try.)

 

 

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH BILL

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Marquand Park is an arboretum and recreational area at the corner of Lovers Lane and Stockton Street in Princeton, New Jersey.  It has walking paths, a baseball field, expanses of grassy lawn and attractions for young children, such as a playground structure and a sandbox with trucks and sand toys belonging to the town. The park gets its name from Princeton University professor Allan Marquand, who acquired a parcel of property at this location in 1885.  In 1953, the Marquand family donated seventeen acres of it to the town for use as a park, and in 1955 a non-profit foundation was created to care for the new park.  Marquand Park now features over 100 species of trees and shrubs — none of which I can identify for you, although each has a small name plate telling you what you might want to know about it.

But one needn’t be an arborist to visit the park.  Especially in the spring and fall, it’s lovely to stroll its paths, or sit on the grass or on one of the conveniently located benches.  Last Sunday,  which was Mother’s Day, Bill and I did just that. The weather was glorious. If we turn the calendar back, you can come along too…..  Be warned, though:  there’s a lot to see, beginning with the views from the parking lot:

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The children’s area is closest to the parking lot:

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I warned you there’d be a lot to see.

But wasn’t it a lovely day?