29 October 2020

... with Milkweeds...

Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

I happen to know Milkweeds through the story of Monarch butterflies...
  For Monarchs, Milkweeds are partners in survival.
  They feed their young, and endow them with toxins that guard their lives.
 
We do not like to have Milkweeds around for fear of their toxins,
  and a misbelief that they will choke those plants we love...
     ... so their beauty passes... each season... with Monarchs being the only ones to notice...

Wachusett Meadow: ... skinny, leafless, with tufts of seeds...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in shining outburst...

Wachusett Meadow: ... of release...

Wachusett Meadow: ... when stars descent...

Wachusett Meadow: ... and touch the grass...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in reflective motions of the autumn...

23 October 2020

Immersed...

Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

... untouched autumnal meadow awakens and makes seeing an art form...

Wachusett Meadow: ... so special to come here...

Wachusett Meadow: ... immersed...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in autumnal vibrations...

Wachusett Meadow: ... of blooms...

Wachusett Meadow: ... leaves...

Wachusett Meadow: ... points...

Wachusett Meadow: ... of orange and green...

Wachusett Meadow: ... of colored surfaces...

Wachusett Meadow: ... where seeing becomes an art form...

16 October 2020

Rough Meadows

Mass Audubon Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

Where woodlands and marshlands mingle with the ocean...
... and tides roll over grass blades in the rhythm of celestial motion...
  
   ... a place of energy and silence... of land and sea, the Sun and the Moon... coming together... 

Rough Meadows: ... where trees and grasses mingle...

Rough Meadows: ... with the ocean...

Rough Meadows: ... leaving behind streams...

Rough Meadows: ... islands...

Rough Meadows: ... motions...

Rough Meadows: ... memory...

Rough Meadows: ... and energy of the water...

Rough Meadows: ... and the character outlasts...

Rough Meadows: ... of the woods...

Rough Meadows: ... in voices...

Rough Meadows: ... light and shade...

Rough Meadows: ... and these lively minutes...

Rough Meadows: ... of sauntering...

Rough Meadows: ... reflecting...

Rough Meadows: ... into the flow of tides...

Rough Meadows: ... land and sea...

Rough Meadows: ... coming together...


Rough Meadows: ... with autumn coloring...

Rough Meadows: ... and tidal streams...

Rough Meadows: ... rippling in the rhythm of celestial motion...


08 October 2020

Dancing Spirits

Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

I love walking through fern-lands...
   ... forests with moist grounds where ferns live happily in the shadow of trees...

Ferns are one of the oldest plants, dating back to the middle Devonian, some 390 million years ago. They became the most dominant plants on the planet some 300 million years ago, in the Carboniferous period, when Earth abounded with tropical swamp forests - the ideal places for ferns to thrive - and left us all this coal we are burning today...

   ... looking at their fronds... curving, twisting, rolling... dancing spirits from far-distant times...

Wachusett Meadow: ... autumn tapestry...

Wachusett Meadow: ... with these ferns...

Wachusett Meadow: ... coloring...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in interlaced harmonics...

Wachusett Meadow: ... coming close...

Wachusett Meadow: ... and closer...

Wachusett Meadow: ... to the twilight...

Wachusett Meadow: ... wonderland...

29 September 2020

Autumn Palettes

Mass Audubon Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon, Massachusetts

This was a summer with almost no-rain in sight. Streams have dried-out. Trees are hanging in there...  
  Still warm and thirsty... not the best time for prime autumn colors...

  ... nevertheless...

Moose Hill: ... the autumn has arrived...

Moose Hill: ... coloring every step of the way...

Moose Hill: ... in the crowns...

Moose Hill: ... and meadows...

Moose Hill: ... with flyaway sparkles...

Moose Hill: ... drying grasses...

Moose Hill: ... caught up in these moments...

Moose Hill: ... and Mantis is watching...

Moose Hill: ... where each shade shapes the place...

Moose Hill: ... and singular shows up...

Moose Hill: ... where maples are welcome...

Moose Hill: ... the firestorm of forests...

Moose Hill: ... and grounds...

Moose Hill: ... charming...

Moose Hill: ... visitors...