With the nice weather fading away, my wife and I have been scrambling to get in outside time before the weather changes. As I’ve mentioned before, Cincinnati has a lot of really nice parks, and this past weekend we decided to hit up Eden Park. We have a lot of nice memories of Eden Park, since I went to the Art Academy of Cincinnati when they were still located in the old Art Museum Building. In down time between classes, I’d often wander around the area and she’d often come up and join me. It’s a nice trip down memory lane for us to go there.
When I think of Eden Park, nature and wildlife aren’t the first things I think of as I do with other parks. I always think of this park as a bit more ‘urban’ for lack of a better word, but I’m always reminded how wrong I am every time I go. Our first stop was Mirror Lake. I don’t really think ‘lake’ is an appropriate term (it’s more of a shallow concrete pool), but it’s still a nice area to relax and stare at the fountain. As we walked down towards it from the gazebo (which is supposedly haunted), we were immediately absorbed into the massive swarm of gnats. I didn’t pay enough attention to identify them as I was trying not to inhale them. I’ve never seen such a swarm.
From there, we decided to walk up the conservatory trail which goes past the old water reservoir. We tried to get some pictures, but had to be a little cautious as not to get run over by the Segway tour. I had heard something about that, but have never seen it in action. I don’t know why, but seeing people on Segways just makes me laugh.
Our next stop was the Twin Lakes area up the road a bit. Once again, the word ‘lake’ is used loosely. This is a really nice area, not just for the view and well kept landscaping, but also for the sense of community I felt walking along. There’s just a lot of people, all having fun with various activities: cookouts, playground, enjoying the view, etc…. All brought together by something as simple as a plot of land.
Upon our approach, the first thing we could hear was the familiar quacking of ducks and honking of geese. After getting a bit closer, we came up to what I have dubbed the “Duck Party.” I have never seen so many ducks and geese in one spot in my life. I don’t even think I can describe it in words, so you’ll have to reference the picture below. I never get tired of watching them. Maybe I’m a little weird, but I always try to visualize their relationship to ancient reptiles… especially geese and the way they move.
After enjoying the awesome view of the Ohio River and Kentucky on the other side, we decided to pack it up and head on home. We always get excited to get home and check out the pictures we got. My wife is becoming quite the contributing photographer on this site, as a few of them here are her work. As I usually do with these general posts, I’ll likely write a dedicated post more in depth about the indivdual animals and plants we photographed.