Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Photo of the Day: Miller’s Pond, Englewood NJ

Working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak, I find, among the things I miss the most, are exercise and fresh air (even the not-so-great air of midtown Manhattan). When the sun unexpectedly came out late this afternoon, then, I took off immediately for Miller’s Pond, nearby Dwight Morrow High School here in my hometown of Englewood, NJ. I made sure to bring my camera and photograph what I saw.

As seen here, the water in this stream is not particularly clear, but it has been a constant in my life. I remember walking up here 50 years ago, not yet a tween, and taking the path that wound around the pond as far as it would go, the way a young person wants to explore everything in life, finding in it something new, and glorifying especially in the appearance of spring after a hard winter.

I did not imagine at that point that relatively late in my life, I would develop an interest in photography that would lead me to try to capture what still strikes me as picturesque. I also did not imagine, so long ago, that anything—a hidden enemy ready to attack the human body, or, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, a threat in the environment itself—could interfere with the enjoyment that I and so many other residents of this suburb experienced by this pond's shores.

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