Welcome to Queens Farm—Pardner!
You may not think that in the midst of one of the busiest cities in the world, NYC, you’d find one of the oldest continuous working farms in the country, dating back to before the American Revolution. But in Queens, NY, that’s where you’ll find the Queens County Farm. It’s one of the most delightful places to visit in NYC. You will not find the Big Horn Sheep of Montana, or the Grizzly of Alaska, or even the wild Moose of Maine, however you will be treated to the expressions of children and even adults as as they look with wonder and pleasure at domestic farm animals, some perhaps for the first time. However familiar we are with these animals, they can also appear ever so strange.
In photographing some of the animals I was reminded of this maxim by Eli Siegel from his book “Damned Welcome,”
The strange really has a smile on its face; you should welcome it with open arms.
For a while it will feel that you are on a rural upstate NY farm (without the fields & mountains) having a great time being affected by a taste of farm life & history. So if you are in the NYC area,you will not have to travel far to see these wonderful beings. (Click on photos to enlarge.) To see more photos visit my web-site.