We chat, we laugh, and lately we've been having friendly arguments about politics. We talk about our families and our pets, and our ups and our downs. Sometimes we bring samples of something we've cooked for everyone to bring home, and we exchange recipes, books, coupons, surprise gifts.
It's a wonderful way to start the day, and we leave the park feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Across the street from this park is one of Brooklyn's largest parks, with a total of 530 acres of grassland and salt marsh!
I was amused by how each wooden piling in the creek had a seagull resting on top!
These pilings are what remains of an old mill that once was located here in Gerritson Creek that dated back to the early 1700's when the tides coming in and out would turn the millstone. Unfortunately the mill was lost in a fire in the 1930's.
This salt marsh is a birdwatchers paradise. Ducks, geese, cormorants, sandpipers, herons, egrets, red-winged blackbirds, and marsh hawks are just a few of the birds that can be seen here. I saw a heron this morning on the shore, amongst the ducks and seagulls, looking for his breakfast!Although peek fall color has not arrived in New York City as yet, I found one tree in the marsh that had some autumnal gold splashed amongst its leaves......
...and this scarlet red vine that seemed to be as invasive as ivy, creeping and climbing up many of the shrubs and trees. Does anyone have any idea what it is? (click on photo to enlarge)
I'm flying with a whole suitcase filled with things like these:
I'll be back Monday -- see you then!