12 December 2019

Flat and Spongy

Kouchibouguac National Park, NB, Canada

Peat bogs... spongy, multistory holders of water and carbon.. built by mosses to attune their living...

So, how does this work?... I looked into Stephan Harding's "Animate Earth" and learned...

Mosses like wet and damp, and they need rain... buckets of rain...
... hence their ability to seed clouds and trigger rainfall by releasing sulphur gases up into the air.
    And in the process, they drown large trees. Peat bogs and forests are not agreeable.

Peat forms out of dead mosses which release humic and fulvic acids to prevent their breakdown.
   So they stay and build upon each other to reach multi-meter heights of carbon storage.
      And on the surface, there is a rich life of mosses and small plants... colorful and lively...

Since we live in the climate conscious time, I have to stress the peat bogs' role in cooling our Planet:
   - Peat layers are carbon storages.
   - Seeded clouds keep the Earth in shade.
   - Their flats retain the snow which reflects sun rays from the Earth.
   - By releasing rich-nutrient water into the ocean,
     they help feed starved marine algae thus keeping them around to use this extra CO2.

I have never seen peat bogs... but have wished to see them... just travel north... north enough...

Kouchibouguac: ... I have never seen peat bogs...

Kouchibouguac: ... but have wished to see them...




Kouchibouguac: ... just travel north... north enough...

Kouchibouguac: ... on the surface of the multi-meter carbon storage...

Kouchibouguac: ... colorful...

Kouchibouguac: ...

Kouchibouguac: ...




Kouchibouguac: ... and lively...

Kouchibouguac: ...

Kouchibouguac: ...

Kouchibouguac: ... except for the trees... they have hard times here...

Kouchibouguac: ... on the retreat...

Kouchibouguac: ...

Kouchibouguac: ... come closer...

Kouchibouguac: ... and the life springs again...

Kouchibouguac: ... brightly...

Kouchibouguac: ... glowing...

Kouchibouguac: ... in this flat and spongy world...

04 December 2019

First Snow

Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts

... sculpting... or revealing what is already Here...

Fresh Pond: ... snowing...

Fresh Pond: ...

Fresh Pond: ...

Fresh Pond: ... sculpting...

Fresh Pond: ... or revealing what is already here...

Fresh Pond: ... still snowing...

Fresh Pond: ... and I bow back...

Fresh Pond: ... untouched...

Fresh Pond: ... except for the motionless movements along the edges...

Fresh Pond: ... and my old friend...

Fresh Pond: ... cattailing with snowflakes...

Fresh Pond: ...

Fresh Pond: ... soft steps...

Fresh Pond: ... there...

Fresh Pond: ... right on the edge...

Fresh Pond: ... this goal is for me...

Fresh Pond: ... and the snow continues...

Fresh Pond: ... into the forest...



29 November 2019

Absorbing Browns

Black's Nook, Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts

This year, Lotus has taken over the pond...
   ... to delight some, to worry others...

   ... now drying before the first freeze...

Black's Nook: ... this year, lotus has taken over the pond...

Black's Nook: ... now drying...

Black's Nook: ... before the first freeze...

24 November 2019

Then It Rains

Cambridge, Massachusetts

... crystals wash my eyes... and stay...

Cambridge: ... then it rains...

Cambridge: ... crystals wash my eyes... and stay...



20 November 2019

Among Colors

Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Autumn strolls are coated in colors...
   ... I feel the warmth and often think how autumn brings me closer to the Sun...

In summer, leaves absorb coming sunlight and transform the Sun's energy to the Life's energy.
It seems that most colors of the light's visible spectrum are being utilized...
   ... except the greens...
In autumn, chlorophyll - these green shades of life - is being withdrawn from the leaves...
   ... and the Sun's energy is released to the world... in million colors...

   ... I feel the warmth...

Fresh Pond: ... autumn strolls...

Fresh Pond: ...

Fresh Pond: ...

Fresh Pond: ... coated in colors...

Fresh Pond: ... energy...

Fresh Pond: ... warmth...

Fresh Pond: ... millions...

Fresh Pond: ... bring me closer to the Sun...



12 November 2019

What About Birds?

Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Drumlin Farm... patches of farmlands, meadows, and woodlands...
  ... birds love this place... 
    ... it is autumn and many are gone... the ones that stay blend with the colors...
    ... looking for seeds, berries, worms...
    ... coming and going...  

    ... all is known - each berry, each grass, each leaf...
       ... and there is this comfort of being at home...

Drumlin Farm: ... patches of farmlands, meadows, and woodlands...

Drumlin Farm: ... with collards...

Drumlin Farm: ... peppers...

Drumlin Farm: ... and corn...

Drumlin Farm: ... birds love this place...

Drumlin Farm: ... it is autumn...

Drumlin Farm: ... and many are gone...

Drumlin Farm: ... the ones that stay blend with the colors...

Drumlin Farm: ...

Drumlin Farm: ... over there...

Drumlin Farm: ... coming...

Drumlin Farm: ... something...

Drumlin Farm: ... what ?...

Drumlin Farm: ... there...

Drumlin Farm: ... all is known...

Drumlin Farm: ... each berry...

Drumlin Farm: ... each grass...

Drumlin Farm: ... each leaf...

Drumlin Farm: ... and there is this comfort...

Drumlin Farm: ... of being at home...

Drumlin Farm: ...