Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Statuary

North of Princeton, a hay barn-turned-statuary at Duke Farms, the estate of late philanthropist Doris Duke (Duke University is named for the family). The estate's 2700+ acres, 20% of Manhattan's acreage, are now a public park with trails and native species. Controversially, many original gardens were demolished. My doctor's office is across this park, so it's a nice detour.
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Bittersweet note: The park's nesting bald eagles are expecting hatchlings any day, but the eagle camera caught a fight with a hawk attacking the nest Sunday. It remains to be seen if the eggs are OK. Update: As of late Monday, one eaglet has hatched and is being fed, awaiting one more egg.

16 comments:

Peter said...

A walled garden seems intriguing. Love the eagle cam, how they prosper.

cieldequimper said...

The garden is delightful!

I'll have to look at the camera later or tomorrow because it's...er... dark at the moment!!!

a.s.m. said...

Bonita foto.
Interesante la historia de este jardín y como la sociedad civil o la instituciones a sabido dar la importancia a este lugar para saber conservarlo.
Un saludo, Ángel

BaysideLife said...

Great news about the eaglet. Hopefully the second egg will also hatch.

Looks a nice place to sit on a warm summer day.

Catherine said...

What a wonderful detour (but sad about the wasted gardens)... but boy is that an enormous estate! Fingers crossed for the second eaglet :)

LONDONLULU said...

Thanks so much! cieldequimper - hopefully the eagle cam will light up soon, it's always dark at night (our time:). a.s.m. - yes, the mission of this place has made an interesting story, lots of different opinions even now, but hopefully the park will thrive as an ecological learning center:)
Also, it's now confirmed the 2nd eaglet also hatched yesterday!

Kaya said...

And I can imagine how beautiful this park is! I could spend the whole day there. The statures are simply amazing!!! They project gracefulness and stillness.

Very excellent picture of one of beautiful moments in the park!!!

llandudnopictures said...

A nice peaceful walk to the doctor's, such relaxing looking statues. Oh, and RIP the hawk. It must have been desperate to attack the eagle.

LOLfromPasa said...

What a lot of content, Lulu, and all very interesting. Those photos of the gardens really tell a story. The eagle videos are incredible, especially the live shots.

William Kendall said...

Quite a beautiful location. I could lose myself there and be quite content...

tapirgal said...

What a lot of interesting info. I thought the title said, "Sanctuary," which would be fitting. Cool place. I will come back to see the hatchling in daylight. Sure hope it's OK.

Randy said...

I bet it's beautiful in the Spring when everything is in bloom.

Jack said...

This is sure a fascinating place. It looks like a set for a ghoulish movie!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The old gardens were amazing, would have been super if they could've been restored. Oh my gosh, the Eagle website is fascinating, I've been watching it for the last ten mins and I just know I won't be able to resist checking out the action on a regular basis' thanks Lulu :)

AVCr8teur said...

Interesting garden with walls and windowless openings. I'm glad to hear the hatchlings are okay. The hummingbirds babies didn't fair so well in our backyard. :(

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the idea of 3-D art being framed by an old foundation. It's wonderful to walk about and feel you are a part of the installation.