08 April 2021

Early Spring Walk

Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

Feel the spring?... not exactly,
   except for burbles of vivifying streams
    and the teeny, almost invisible leaves being born in the brushing distance... 

Wachusett Meadow: ... feel the spring?...

Wachusett Meadow: ... not exactly...

Wachusett Meadow: ... except for burbles of vivifying streams...

Wachusett Meadow: ... to the upper reaches...

Wachusett Meadow: ... through the sparkles...

Wachusett Meadow: ... where a chipmunk chooses the place for lunch...

Wachusett Meadow: ... and South Wachusett Brook joins the choir...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in balance with shadows...

Wachusett Meadow: ... and Hemlocks...

Wachusett Meadow: ... while teeny leaves are being born...

Wachusett Meadow: ... amidst reflections...

Wachusett Meadow: ... and bubbles...

29 March 2021

... and the Reds...

Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Northern Flicker in the earthly balance with the sleepy meadow...
   steps left, steps right, turns back and at once the reds jump out, calling for spring...

His Latin name has this word Auratus which means golden...
   Looking closely at his plumage, I sense the meaning...
    the patterns where each plume has a golden place and innate beauty of nature comes to light...

        ... for whose eyes?...

Northern Flicker: ... in the earthly balance with the sleepy meadow...

Northern Flicker: ... steps left...

Northern Flicker: ... steps right...

Northern Flicker: ... turns back...

Northern Flicker: ... Auratus...

Northern Flicker: ... where each plume has a golden place...


26 March 2021

Last Call

Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Frozen tip-tops of hanging branches sculpted along shadowy edges of the pond,
     in splendor with light and water... just for today... 

Fresh Pond: ... last call...


23 March 2021

In Full Voice

Hale Reservation, Westwood, Massachusetts

Not much is going on in the woods, seems sleepy...
   and then we stumble upon this choir, in full voice...
   the whole place is singing,
     even those still asleep can hear her songs, for the spring has arrived... 

Hale: ... not much is going on in the woods...

Hale: ... seems sleepy...

Hale: ... and then around there... these voices...




Hale: ... even those still asleep can hear... for the spring has arrived...


14 March 2021

Melting Beauty

Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

The temps have risen slightly, to a point when snow starts to depart in her own crystal ways,
   with millions of diamonds and sculpted characters,
     dissolving in reflections of the world she leaves behind...

  And then, there is this charming shaggy fellow munching on the meadow,
     completely ignorant of our presence... the first sign of spring...

Wachusett Meadow: ... the temps have risen slightly...

Wachusett Meadow: ... to a point when snow starts to depart...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in her own crystal ways...

Wachusett Meadow: ... with millions of diamonds...

Wachusett Meadow: ... and sculpted characters...

Wachusett Meadow: ... unveiling...

Wachusett Meadow: ... the first signs of spring...

Wachusett Meadow: ... dissolving...

Wachusett Meadow: ... in reflections of the world she leaves behind...

 

06 March 2021

Bald Eagle

Deer Island, Merrimack River, Massachusetts

Bald Eagles had tough time for most of the 20th century, and then being pushed to the brink of survival by the toxic effects of DDT on their eggs. After the chemical had been banned, there was a major effort, with many people involved, to bring these birds back. And it happened...
   ... the remote peninsula in Quabbin Reservoir became their first home. They move closer to the Ocean in winter, to the area of lower Merrimack which does not freeze. Deer Island is the island on the river where people come to watch and enjoy their flyovers...
     ... on cold, winter days...
        ... and they are not bald, they have lovely white plume coating their heads...

Merrimack: ... the place...

Merrimack: ... where bald eagles come in winter...

Merrimack: ... flying over the river...

Merrimack: ... high on pine trees...

Merrimack: ... and sky...

Merrimack: ... observing...

Merrimack: ... with the wind...


28 February 2021

Brushing Over the Sand

Crane Beach, Massachusetts

Snowflakes are dusting over surfaces,
  fusing with this sandy world into the glorious amalgam of forms and colors...
  
  What a princely feeling !!! 

Crane Beach: ... brushing over the sand...

Crane Beach: ... with guards on standby...

Crane Beach: ... facing the ocean...

Crane Beach: ... the wind...

Crane Beach: ... and sweeping snowflakes...

Crane Beach: ... fusing with this sandy world...

Crane Beach: ... of grasses...

Crane Beach: ... sleepy dunes...

Crane Beach: ... rolling...

Crane Beach: ... with Hudsonias...

Crane Beach: ... over hills and dales...

Crane Beach: ... along the paths...

Crane Beach: ... and sand...

Crane Beach: ... in tune...

Crane Beach: ... what a princely feeling !!!...