16 May 2022

In the Pond

Rock Fire Pond, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

It is this time of year, the only time in the year,
    when Salamanders leave the darkness of their homes and journey to the ponds to breed.
  The young are skillful swimmers, their supple bodies moving with grace as if born to live in water.

Much as they will live most of their lives under cover in the forest
   their bodies have not forgotten the past. 
    When about 350 million years ago, their ancestors diverged from strictly aquatic animals
   and
    made the first steps onto the land... without looking back...

Today they are equipped to survive on the land with a little help from water.
   And their gigantic genome attests to that,
     being in the range of 14-120 billion base pairs,
    while our human genome has only 3.2 billion base pairs.
  
   So delicate yet so sturdy to live for 20 years, a very long life, in a harsh world... 

Rock Fire Pond: ... it is this time of year...

Rock Fire Pond: ... when Salamanders come here to breed...

Rock Fire Pond: ... their young, so skillful swimmers...

Rock Fire Pond: ... as if born to live in water...




Rock Fire Pond: ... their supple bodies...

Rock Fire Pond: ... with fingers of piano players...


09 May 2022

On the Hill

Brown Hill, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts

This is a rolling land with rocky hills but very few peaks.
  So these peaks are popular for all those who wish to reach the top... a lot of us...
    which makes them pretty busy places we tend to avoid and

   enjoy the hills instead... 

Brown Hill: ... early spring...

Brown Hill: ... plenty of light in the woods...

Brown Hill: ... those close to the soil thrive...

Brown Hill: ... in the sun's energy...

Brown Hill: ... easily spotted...

Brown Hill: ... right there...

Brown Hill: ... so close to my foot...

Brown Hill: ... on the ascend...

Brown Hill: ... through the streamy pathway...

Brown Hill: ... over the rocks...

Brown Hill: ... to the point of looking around...

Brown Hill: ... and here it is, the top...

Brown Hill: ... young leaves are so close...

Brown Hill: ... here...

Brown Hill: ... and then the bench, right there...

Brown Hill: ... where long views blend with life...


04 May 2022

Accidental Flowers

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Those humble violets, the charms by chance of imperfect gardens that wish to be wild... 

... those humble violets...

... charms by chance...

... of imperfect gardens...

... that wish to be wild...

... with grace...