That really isn't it's name. This pond doesn't have one. It may be a sump for surrounding apartments, I always thought that's all it was. I drove by it for 30 yrs..literally. The trees hid most of it from view. I knew there was water there, but had never explored..until last summer...And so I have learned that natural beauty lurks right under your nose, in the darndest of places, where you would never expect..you just have to look..
|The path around the pond, can you see the water in the distance?|
Here was a miniature Eden..home to cattails instead of the invasive Phragmites.
Cattails, Greene's Rush (Juncus greeniei) and the glow of Golden hedge Hyssop (Gratiola auria), one of the few places this native flower survives on Long Island
|The white flowers in the grass are Boneset|
|Pink Wild Bean (Strophosyles umbellata)|
|Wildly invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes)|
I pulled these out, as soon as I had identified them.
And other denizens..
|A toad stool (sorry, no ID)|
|And a Fowler's toad.|
So much life in a small space, with Ospreys and hawks often circling overhead.. I took the "Road not Taken" and this made all the difference..Go out, explore!