I just love the name. Skylands. It rings of long vistas and a sort of mythology; like it is a place where eagles live. And if you were to drive up to Skylands and the NJ State Botanical Gardens you would indeed find eagles. 5000 pound eagles. And they are festooned with holiday finery at this time of year. There is an annual gala fundraiser and volunteers dress up Skylands, the manor house at the gardens for the holidays. This year’s theme was “A Traditional Holiday”. Apparently that also means wreathing the eagles (think lions at NY Public Library). These eagles, for there are two of them, one on either side of the entrance to the gardens, graced the facade of Pennsylvania Station in New York City for 53 years. The building was demolished in 1965 and the pink granite eagles were scattered around the country. They are intended, I believe to look fierce, but this one only looks worried or maybe chagrined to me. Perhaps he is afraid he looks like a dork wearing a wreath.
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