When I was growing up in the United Kingdom you would see these small, gnome statues in gardens all over. Apparently quite a few people liked them, but they were seen by others as being tasteless and were often the subject of jokes. Of course it’s also possible some people had them to annoy the people who didn’t like them. This was certainly true in the case of Dad and the Pink Flamingo.

However, since I came to the US almost 50 years ago I can’t recall seeing one…until recently. Since we moved to the lake 9 years ago I’ve often walked along Lake Shore Road and until recently didn’t see any gnomes. Then I saw the first couple (see picture above). A few days afterwards I spotted the second one (see picture below).

What’s going on? Are gnomes actually aliens from space waiting for their chance to take over Roaring Brook Lake?

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS.

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