A Tangle of Bright Moments: A Magical Garden in Space

…for someone visiting earth for the first time, the real treasures here would all be free.  The smell of a sunlit prairie, the taste of a cold cup of spring water, the crunch of trackless snow underfoot, these are some of the earth’s supreme treasures.  On intergalactic maps, if there are such things, the place where we live must surely be designated as a magical garden in space, a place of astounding beauty.”  Steve Van Matre, in The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal

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This was one of those days where I was overwhelmed by so many exciting experiences and at the same time I was frustrated and irritable because I couldn’t capture most of it with the camera, either because it happened too fast or too far away. I kept thinking to myself, this is an amazing day! What you’re seeing and feeling is magical, rare, beautiful. And yet I was crabby because I had no record of some of the birds and other animals, and without a record, I know I don’t remember what I saw and how it felt. It’s flipping through photos that brings me back to the moment; I need tangible prompts or I really will forget, and it’s always been that way. So I have a compulsion to “capture” as much as I can, to remind me, to re-mind me; but then the moment itself can become too much about the capturing, overshadowing the being, the feeling, the sensory openness and widening awareness of what’s in front of me, all around me. The balance is sometimes just off. That’s how it was this mid-May day in Concord, NH, at the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests.

Still: Look!

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Animals

BaltimoreoriolebirdbackheadbeakSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
Baltimore oriole
yellowwarblerSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
yellow warbler
blurAmericanRedstartbirdchestSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
American redstart
easternkingbirdcSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
eastern kingbird
anotherveerybirdhearturnedSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
veery
AmericanLadybutterflySPNHFConcordNH19May2019
American lady butterfly
woodturtleorangeneckcSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
wood turtle

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Plants

PolygalaPaucifoliaFringedPolygalaSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
Fringed polygala – Polygala paucifolia
starflowersbloomingSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
starflower – Trientalis borealis
crabappleblossomsSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
crabapple blossoms
JackinthePulpitclosestripedSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
Jack in the Pulpit – Arisaema triphyllum (one of many)
trilliumcernuumnoddingtrilliumbloomwhitepurplestamensclosebSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
Nodding trillium – Trillium cernuum
trilliumcernuumnoddingtrilliumbloompurplestamenscloseSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
inside nodding trillium – Trillium cernuum
bluetsSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
bluets – Houstonia caerulea
CaryasppHickorysaplingSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
hickory (Carya spp.) sapling
ladyslipperbloomSPNHFConcordNH19May2019
lady’s slipper – Cypripedium acaule

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Views

beachMerrimackRiverviewSPNHFConcordNH19May2019openwetareaSPNHFConcordNH19May2019beachMerrimackRiverSPNHFConcordNH19May2019treesleaningalongsideMerrimackRiverSPNHFConcordNH19May2019

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Featured image: path along Merrimack River
This is one in a series of posts revisiting field trips taken from January to June 2019, as described here.

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