Boy, what a difference an hour makes.
I was looking at snapshots taken some time ago, on my cellphone.
I think both of these pictures are a bit awkward – –
but I also thought they were interesting, because of the change in atmosphere.
They were taken just a couple of yards from each other, same day, one hour apart.
The first picture looks “seasonal” and almost festive, nice red winterberries (thanks Linda & Steve for identifying!)
Reminds me of cranberries, which I love.
An hour later, the swamp presents quite a different aspect, kinda spooky.
Reminds me of a ham dinner with too much cranberry relish – a portrait of the atmosphere in my stomach.
The dark blobs on the dead trees in the background, just barely visible, are nests in a blue heron
BTW, a lot of people, none of them birders, have told me that herons kill off the trees they roost in.
I don’t know if herons seek out dead, mostly limbless trees, because they’re somewhat awkward fliers, and can’t navigate through branches, or if it’s true, what the old folks around here say, that by pooping on the trees day after day, they actually kill them off.
I’m not sure how that would be fatal, but it certainly seems like it would be discouraging.
I remember reading about a primitive tribe, that rather than trying to cut down trees, to clear a field for cultivation, would get up very early each morning, and whack the tree with a club, while yelling at it.
The theory was that the pre-dawn shock killed the tree.
I figure the tribespeople were eventually severing the phloem layer, girdling it, and that’s what killed the tree, but who knows.
Doesn’t it seem an awful lot like waking up to talk radio in the USA?
Caveman thinking & poo-flinging in a dismal swamp.
Heron excrement, Stone Age tree-clubbing, or paranoid rabble-rousers — may not be fatal, but it’s surely discouraging.
As one rookery tree said to another — all this crap just has to be taking years off our lives.
On a happier note, from the album “In My Tribe”
Here’s 10,000 Maniacs with Natalie Merchant “Like the Weather”
Obviously not taken in December! But wouldn’t they make nice Xmas tree decorations? Same location, during the summer – – I think I mentioned some time ago, seeing buttonbush – – this is the area where I always see it. Sterling, NY, on the shore of Lake Ontario.