January 6, 2012

Where Do the Ducks Go in the Winter?

You might well ask yourself, “What’s the use of Italian foreign correspondents in the U.S.?” Well, just ask them the famous Holden Caulfield question of where the Central Park ducks go when all the lakes are frozen over, and if you’re lucky—hey, just kidding…he’s a very good foreign correspondent!—you’ll know the answers to both of these questions.

Sara Cedar Miller, the Conservancy’s historian and official photographer for Central Park:

I have no idea what Salinger was thinking. I’ve worked for the Park for 27 years, and I’ve always seen the ducks in winter.


Duccio di Buoninsegna, Adoration of the Magi
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo - Siena

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: they all gather themselves together, they come to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be carried in the arms. Then thou shalt see and be radiant, and thy heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.

~ Isaiah 60: 1-6