14 June 2019

New Resident

Heywood's Meadow, Walden Pond State Reservation, Massachusetts

Haven't passed along the Heywood's since last summer...
   ... it is ALL water now, lots of water. Rainy season? OR a Beaver?...
   ... downed trees and the lodge cannot be missed...
   The Builder has chosen this place to be his home... sharing IT with all other water lovers...

Heywood's Meadow: ... it is all water now... rainy season?..

Heywood's Meadow: ... or a beaver?..

Heywood's Meadow: ... downed trees...

Heywood's Meadow: ... and the lodge...

Heywood's Meadow: ... cannot be missed...

Heywood's Meadow: ... the builder has chosen this place to be his home...

Heywood's Meadow: ... sharing it with all other water lovers...

Heywood's Meadow: ... and passers-by...

Heywood's Meadow: ... unseen...

Heywood's Meadow: ... amidst reflections...

Heywood's Meadow: ... and the dam... makes the pond alive...

04 June 2019

Joyous Faith in Living

Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts
Of all the birds, Stalking Wolf respected the chickadee the most, even more than the hawk or the owl... We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay... But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of his indomitable spirit.

The exuberance of the chickadee made him our idol...
 
A chickadee doesn't look like a good bet for survival; you could close your hand with one in the palm almost without hurting him. There are better fliers; swallows have more grace and all the soaring birds are more spectacular. But nobody flies with more reckless abandon than the chickadee, and nobody flies with more delight.

The chickadee lives by joyous faith in living...


The TRACKER (as told by Tom Brown, Jr. to William Jon Watkins)

Ipswich River: ... back again...

Ipswich River: ... with the seed...




Ipswich River: ... indomitable...

30 May 2019

An Alien World

Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge, Massachusetts

... a beetle has just landed on my sleeve... an alien world... worth exploring...

Fresh Pond: ... just landed on my sleeve...

Fresh Pond: ... an alien world...

Fresh Pond: ... worth exploring...

24 May 2019

Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, Massachusetts

A wildlife refuge on an island... actually, on half the island...
... there are spots I can reach by carefully managed pathways... and others I cannot...
... I do not mind...

I dream of the world where we, humans, do not go to the wild... by our own will...
... the places which are much better off without us being there...
... the places we do not belong to...

Parker River: ... wildlife refuge...

Parker River: ... some spots...

Parker River: ... I can reach by a pathway...

Parker River: ... and others I cannot...

Parker River: ... I do not mind...

20 May 2019

These Views

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

... these views... give sense of being in the wild...
   ... but this is a cemetery...
   ... where dead humans come for the final rest...
       ... a wooded island in the urban over-built... where birds have their own way...

Mount Auburn: ... these views...

Mount Auburn: ...

Mount Auburn: ... a sense of the wild...

Mount Auburn: ... in her own way...

Mount Auburn: ...


























13 May 2019

Something SO Familiar

Moore's Swamp, Concord, Massachusetts

Jorgen Randers writes in his 2052 book, a global forecast for the next 40 years:
My third initial reaction to the summary of my forecast... is despair. Fear of losing it all... this is not fear for loss of my own well-being. I am comfortable now, and will be long dead when crisis strikes. It is more intense anxiety about the fact that humanity will voluntarily destroy the wonderful world as we know it... In short, I am scared on behalf of what it has taken nature hundreds of millions of years to create...
... Piping Plovers...

... Chipmunks are not threatened... not yet...
   ... she looks at me... I look at her... something SO familiar in her eyes...

Moore's Swamp: ... she looks at me... I look at her...

Moore's Swamp: ... something so familiar...

08 May 2019

Nest in Peace

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, Massachusetts

... we hope for a quiet amble along the ocean... and then...
... the ranger informs us the beach is closed so Piping Plovers have peace during nesting season...
    Piping Plovers are SPECIAL birds, threatened with extinction...
    ... and this is why beach strolls are now reserved for them... and ONLY for them...

... there is still a small piece of beach opened, on the south end of the Refuge...
   ... here... with sand, rocks, waves, clouds, light, and ducks...
   ... until arriving at STOP NO ENTRY BEYOND THIS SIGN...
 
   ... nest in peace...

Plum Island: ... graciously extending...

Plum Island: ... with the clouds...

Plum Island: ... a minute of the ocean...

Plum Island: ... leaving traces...

Plum Island: ... hopping...

Plum Island: ... with the light...

Plum Island: ... and ramblers...




Plum Island: ... and the sand...

Plum Island: ... with some in the air...

Plum Island: ... and others on the rocks...

Plum Island: ...

Plum Island: ... with the waves...




Plum Island: ... until...

Plum Island: ...

Plum Island: ... reserved for them... and only for them...

Plum Island: ... nest in peace...