Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A Fish Out Of Water

Jenkins Fountain, Brooklyn Botanical Garden
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"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." ~ Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)

This is a simple but elegant fountain near the lily pools at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Four fish furnish the water falls into a round pool below. This fountain has been in place since 1930 and you can see the wonderful signs of age gracing the Indiana limestone and bronze piece; the green and brown stains of previous algae and the wonderful teal patina on the sculpted bronze fish. The water drops into a 24 foot pool below and adds musical sound effects to the hum of dancing dragonflies and the floating lotus and lilies in the larger lily pools on either side of the fountain. Flower and vine covered arches overhang several small benches along the walkway and here you can find refuge from the sun.

This was one of my favorite areas of the garden... and a memory I cherish. It is my Watery Wednesday post.

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