January 20, 2010

Ice Skirts and Shelves

GM Walkers and Winter Wonders

The ice formations, light plays, and winter floral survivors all did their part to engage and enchant 22 walkers, half of whom were newcomers, on our Sense of Place foray at Great Meadows on Jan. 17th.  With the added melting of the previous day, the ice sheets revealed themselves once again along the river.  Silver maples sported ice skirts and glistening shelves and the quicksilver ice edges shimmered in the sunlight.  In that midwinter interface between warm bursts and cold earth, we saw swimming tadpoles and flowing water next to ice caves and crystaline patterns.  The silhouetted  seed pods of small-flowered gerardia, evening primrose, downy swamp milkweed, curly dock, cattail, and swamp dodder still appointed the landscape.  Everyone was treated to the chatter of the intrepid marsh wrens who apparently plan to stay through the winter.

Thanks to all for your enthusiasm, unique perspectives, and shared knowledge.  Join us on Saturday, February 13, from 9-11 am for our next monthly Great Meadows walk.

January 15, 2010

Shapeshift, Coyote's trail

Ah, the magic and metaphors we encounter along the path!

Winter Walks at Great Meadows NWR

Sunday, January 17, 9-11 am
Saturday, February, 13, 9-11 am

A continuing series of monthly walks exploring the landscape,plants, and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows in Concord. The interplay of snow, ice, wind, sunlight, and wild ramblers continually reshape the winter landscape. We'll explore the ephemeral beauty of frozen forms and changing light along the trail. Bundle up and wear appropriate footgear for prevailing conditions.

No pre-registration required. A $5/person voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted.

Led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist, botanist, and photographer

Co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program and Friends of the Assabet River NWR.

Meet at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, MA. Take Monsen Road, off Rte. 62 to the driveway on left where the road curves right.