Tonight, ten days after the shortest day of the year, and hours before the stormy last hurrah of 2018 became the dawn of 2019, I stopped at Cammanns Pond on my way home.
Struggling through the downpour, the light from the street lamp behind me surrendered before reaching water’s edge.
Rain coated my windshield in seconds after each sweep of the wipers, and dashboard lights bounced on the glass and water, so all I saw was a vast black pond with a few ribbons of light reflected from distant buildings.
But, after years of visits, I felt waterfowl was surely near. Once my eyes adjusted to the darkness, and I covered the instrument lights with a big scarf, I saw hints of a silent, nearly still raft of ducks midway between shores.
Aiming my iPhone from the space between the steering wheel and windshield, I captured rain smeared photos of two bare trees standing sentinel in front of the pond.
Going outside, I stood behind one tree trunk then the other, to avoid throwing a shadow, and leaned out to take photos of the ducks, pond, shores and beyond.
Then I sat silent and still in my car as ducks slept at the Merrick pond… on the south shore of Long Island… on the northeast coast of the United States in North America… on Earth as it orbited the Sun… in a spiral arm of the Milky Way in the Local Group… in the Virgo Supercluster… as we made our way in the universe this New Year’s Eve.
No home is an island
What’s the correct spelling of the name of the Nassau County passive park on the south side of Merrick Road between Lindenmere Drive and Babylon Road? Several versions appear, including on government sites.
The park’s named after the Cammann family. In 1890 Hermann Cammann bought the Carmen farm house property on the north side of Merrick Road, across from where the park is now located, and he rebuilt a larger version of the house.
So – despite its glaring absence of a possessive apostrophe next to the “s” – I stand with “Cammanns Pond.“
Cammanns Pond: MY GALLERY