A Stroll Through Boston’s Public Garden

Even a quick stroll through Boston’s Public Garden can provide some nice images. Recently, I finished with another shoot and walked through the park to get to my car. Along the way, I captured images of little ones dazzled by the creation of balloon sculptures, adults mesmerized by floral designs and children entertained by statues. The Make Way For Ducklings statues were erected in 1987 as a tribute to the widely popular and highly acclaimed children’s book by that name written by Robert McClosky in 1941. It’s the story of two ducks, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, who fly over Boston looking for a place to raise a family. They, eventually, settle on the island in the middle of the lagoon at the Public Garden. On Ducklings Parade Day, children and their parents dress as ducklings and march to the garden along part of the route depicted in the story. On certain holidays, or when the local professional sports teams are in the playoffs, the ducklings are dressed in appropriate attire. It’s said that the statues never need to be professionally polished because children so often sit on Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack and, of course, Quack!

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