The Art of Nature

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” ― Edouard Manet

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Manet’s thought seemed borne out as I gazed at the red maple leaf buds against evergreens along the shore at Low Plain (in central New Hampshire)  in late April.

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And at the moss and last year’s fall leaves alongside the trail under melted ice, shadows of branches giving the appearance of a frame:

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It was 70F that day, after a high of 48F the day before and a low of 31F overnight. So the melt was on. Luckily, I had on my wading boots.

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Eastern red-spotted newts — the adults, shown here, are a sort of olive green with blackish-brown spots, but the juveniles, or efts, are bright orange-red with bluish-black spots — were mating or fighting or both in the water on the trail by the bridge shown above. It was a challenge not to step on them.

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They can live 12-15 years! (If not stepped on.)

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Despite the feverish melt, there was still a little ice on the trail and in the wetlands:

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Willows and red elderberry were budding:

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And a male mallard and song sparrow (and Canada geese, kingfishers, chickadees, and other waterfowl) were out and about, plus a colony of painted turtles on a log — 10 shown here but there were probably twice as many on the whole log:

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I was taken by these juxtaposed areas of colour:

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“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.” ― Claude Monet

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