A Day Along the Park

2011.Aug.02 Tuesday · 5 comments

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“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.

– Raymond Inmon, artist

As I mentioned in my Barrio Chino post the day before yesterday, I got there via a walk along Av. Alcorta. I didn’t really start taking pictures until I hit the 3 de Febrero park, most of the portion beforehand is apartment buildings, museums, and a few embassies. I’ll get to some of that one day, in detail, when I hit that point in my various presidential namesake street walking tours…. For today, just pix. Because I pretty much stayed along the avenue, it’s not quite a day “in” the park, but just, along it.

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander
It would be an interesting photo-journalistic essay to document all the little dwellings that have been built into the underparts of the railway system – people actually live in these, and they’re numerous.

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander
William C. Morris, Anglican minister and educator

Alcorta wander
Carlos Alberto Pueyrredón, historian, diplomat

Alcorta wander

Alcorta wander
Plaza Israel

Alcorta wander
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires (wonder if it was originally a one-family house…)

Alcorta wander
Street of the Ombús – amazingly enough, these “trees” are not trees, but an herb in the pokeweed family that grows to the size and look of a tree. They also share a common root system rather than each one having an individual root. They’re everywhere in BA.

Alcorta wander
Plaza Mexico – bet it’s beautiful when the fountains are going.

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Katie August 2, 2011 at 12:27

Hi Dan,

Beautiful photos from your walk! I particularly like the one of the Club de Gimnasia. What an elegant building.

If you’ll permit me a correction, the trees in your second-to-last photo are not ombú trees. I believe they are actually plane trees (Platanus acerifolia). You can double check by visiting this site run by the City of Buenos Aires: http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/Arbolado/buscar.php

dan August 3, 2011 at 10:03

I thought they looked a little too tree-like, but they’re on the street labeled Via de los Ombúes, and so I asked one of the security guys standing around there at the water plant and he assured me they were. That’s such a cool look-up tool – the street is apparently almost all Plane trees with, at the far ends, white ash trees. Not a single ombú. And he seemed so pleased that I asked….

Katie August 3, 2011 at 21:03

I found out about that look-up tool from fellow expat Beatrice Murch – perhaps you know her. She has a blog called Trees of Buenos Aires, which sadly she doesn’t update any longer. Nonetheless, it has some nice photos and information about the city’s trees.

dan August 4, 2011 at 08:26

Yup, we know each other, though I don’t think I ever saw the trees blog.

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