Day 1198

The ol’ fishin’ hole

April 11th, 2015

Perhaps expressing a yearning for a simpler life of rustic pleasures, these young fishermen are spending this sunny spring Saturday sitting beside Kissena Lake, their lines idling in its still waters. The gentleman on the left is clearly the leader, as indicated by his camouflage hat and authentic overturned five-gallon bucket. (Note the rinky-dink kitty-litter pails that his more citified companions are perched upon.) As I walked by, a country song — about fishing — was playing on their portable stereo.

UPDATE: A few months later, nutrient-rich runoff that was washed into the lake by a flash flood triggered a bloom of blue-green algae that killed at least 150 fish.


  1. chris says:

    Excellent photo and commentary.

  2. Brian says:

    Kisenna Lake Park is one of my favorites in all of Queens. There is a big white goose with a goiter who I have nicknamed “Gesus” that lives in the Lake who always seems to have a haram of Canadian geese that follow him everywhere. I used to live in Rego Park and would ride my bike through Flushing Meadows Corona Park into Flushing and to Kisenna Lake Park. My ritual was to stop by the playground to ride the swings, and then visit Gesus. Now I live in Astoria and don’t get there as much as I would like to, but try to go at least once every summer. Do you know the goose to whom I am speaking, and how is he doing if you have seen him lately? Hope he’s okay. And congrats on going the distance!

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