Thursday, December 1, 2011

Exploration

Thursday, after a couple of delays and false starts, I arrived at Great Meadows about 9:30. November is gone and December is starting out cold and windy. There wasn't a lot of of activity as I wandered across the Dike.

At the far end, I caught up with Alan who was on his way to meet up with Ziggy to do a couple tasks, so I hitched a ride. One of our stops was a tree that came "that close" to destroying a bridge on the Edge Trail. The tree is a metaphor for the recent financial system failure. Everything looked good on the outside, meanwhile it was rotting on the inside, until it finally came crashing down.

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After bidding Ziggy goodbye, we explored some of the secrets of the woods. Based upon a report from Cherrie, we did some exploring on the Edge trail and found what appeared to be an old road and a large hole deep in the woods. As you might expect the bottom of the hole was used to dump some garbage a long time ago. The rusting containers and glass bottles were buried under years of leaf litter.

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Wandering through the woods I was drawn to pine needles floating on the surface of a vernal pool. With the sky reflecting in the surface it feels like you are looking up, not down. Nearby I liked the patterns of fungi growing on a downed tree.

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We explored one of the lesser used trails trying to determine if it was for people or animals. Ending at a swampy area, we noticed skunk cabbage starting to push through the ground. I remember reading in Thoreau's journals that he mentioned skunk cabbage growing in the late fall / early winter.

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After Alan had to leave, I spent some more time wandering through the woods collecting "photos" of patterns and textures that I can use for Photoshop processing in the future. Its fascinating to see the infinite variations in nature.

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I was still in the woods as over 200 geese returned to the impoundment. Before landing they circled overhead a couple times. Even through the tree top canopy it was an impressive sight.

Returning to the impoundments, the mature Bald Eagle went flying overhead. A birder noticed that there was some fishing line stuck on one of its legs. I couldn't confirm that until I got home and uploaded the photos. You can just see it if you look closely.After a couple of passes over the impoundment, it didn't see anythign of interest and flew off to the west.

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