Red thread on a branch in St James Park

Don’t Touch in St James Park

St James Park on a week day afternoon in March. Impressions: White sky thick with cloud.  Sweet, ice-creamy smell of blossom.  Heaving with tourists dawdling and suits marching through.  A festival of waterfowl and birds, majestic pelicans, swans.  Squawking, hissing, clucking, sirens, variety of languages.  Weeping willows, bursting buds, low loopy fencing, so many flowers.  A …

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Victoria Park Boating Lake and Sailing Away

Victoria Park Boating Lake on a week day afternoon in February. Impressions: White sky, dark, wrinkled water, annoyingly cold.  Waterfowl fill the water like a crowd of tiny boats.  Waterfowl launching and landing, fighting and travelling, preening and feeding, grabbing twigs and plants to make a nest.  Water fountain, high vertical spout of water, creating a wall …

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