2008-07-28

A Picnic at Prospect Park (the Brooklyn Blogade)

Blogade Picnic

The July 2008 Brooklyn Blogade was a picnic at Prospect Park this past Sunday. Mother Nature smiled upon us, as thunderstorms bracketed, but did not interrupt, the picnic proper.

We did, however, get delayed in undertaking a walking tour of Prospect Park, guided by my neighbor Brenda Becker, whose Year in the Park was recently highlighted in the New York Times. While we waited out the rains, we sheltered in the Music Pagoda.

Sheltering

The Tour

At the Dongan oak Monument
At Dongan Oak Monument

Battle Pass
Battle Pass

Sullivan Hill
Sullivan Hill

Because we set out 45 minutes later than planned, we had to cut short our tour. But we did make it to the top of the Ravine.

Rustic Shelter
Rustic Shelter

Rock Arch Bridge
Rock Arch Bridge

Ambergill Falls.
Ambergill Falls

The Picnic

Our hosts, Dave Kenny (Dope on the Slope) and Brenda, organized an awesome spread. Everyone contributed something.

Blogade Picnic

Blogade Picnic

Cupcakes

The Shout-out

Shout-out

Nay-chuh

We enjoyed some of the idyllic ideal envisioned by the Park's creators, Olmsted in particular. Mostly insects, but some other orders, as well. There were also lots of chipmunks about, but I didn't get any good shots of them.

The Nethermead
Nethermead

Halysidota harrisii, Sycamore Tussock Moth, Caterpillar. Thanks to Mthew (Flickr) for the id!
Halysidota harrisii, Sycamore Tussock Moth, Caterpillar

Dog-Day Cicada
Dog-day Cicada

Thanks to Dave for the id of this Xenox tigrinus, the Tiger Bee Fly.
Xenox tigrinus, Tiger Bee Fly, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Catbird
Catbird

Crayfish
Crayfish

Related Content

My Flickr photo set
Blogade posts

Links

Brit in Brooklyn
Dope on the Slope
Luna Park Gazette
Prospect: A Year in the Park
Self-Absorbed Boomer

3 comments:

Brenda from Flatbush said...

Great shots of nay-chuh, Xris!!!

Dope On The Slope said...

Nice post.

bonnie said...

Aw, that looks like it was fun. Maybe the next one. I know, that's what I always say the week after...

Anyways, wanna see something funky? We have mutants at Sebago!