November 13, 2016

November and Super-duper Moon Walk at Great Meadows NWR


November Supermoon Walk 
Great Meadows NWR - Concord

Sunday, November 13, 2:30 - moonrise (4:45-ish)

Join me and other kindred spirits today for a reviving walk through late autumn splendor concluding with a colorful November sunset and the rising of a giant supermoon, the largest appearing and closest passing full moon most of us will see in our lifetimes.

This month's "gossamer" moon also marks the seasonal movement of hundreds gees and ducks through Great Meadows and the wondrous twinkling of gossamer strands draped across the landscape as baby spiders hatch, let out their silken threads and balloon their way to new horizons.  The moon will appear with the height of sunset color, soon after 4:30.  Dress warmly.  All ages welcome.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Assabet River NWR

Led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist/photographer

Donations gratefully accepted

Take Rte. 62/Bedford St. in Concord to Monsen Road.  Turn left into the GMNWR driveway after #177.  We'll meet at the kiosk just off the parking lot.


November 10, 2016

Be Here, Now


In response to so many grieving, frightened, and angry posts I've read in the past two days, I offer this visual moment of deep peace, loveliness, and bountiful color that I experienced on the eve of the election joined with Wendell Berry's poem, which also appears to be trending today:

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief.  I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light.  For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
- Wendell Berry

(Photo © 2016 Cherrie Corey.  Taken below Thoreau's cabin site, looking SE across Walden Pond)