Robert Frost, a New England poet if there ever was one, wrote this:
Putting in The Seed
You come to fetch me from my work to-night
When supper’s on the table, and we’ll see
If I can leave off burying the white
Soft petals fallen from the apple tree
(Soft petals, yes, but not so barren quite,
Mingled with these, smooth bean and wrinkled pea);
And go along with you ere you lose sight
Of what you came for and become like me,
Slave to a Springtime passion for the earth.
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.
We planted a new front lawn this May with the help of an ‘organic’ landscaping company — John Coppinger and company out of Chelmsford — I hope it grows! But it should they did a good job putting in the seed.
The renewal of New England is well under way. The amazing growth of plant life and touching families of the animal world are everywhere. Duck families are watching over eggs or teaching young ones about the world. Turtles are back and more people are walking the woods.
Here are some photos I’ve taken this Spring — I hope you enjoy them.
I don’t know the name of this little bush in Acker conservation land in Westford Mass. but its beautiful.
In April this mallard pair kept company and each other warm in Stony Brook.
This is a killdeer — named for the sound it makes. I saw this one — my first — in the meadow near Nabnasset Lake and Shipley Swamp in May.
There must have been a nest nearby because the killdeer showed me a fake broken wing after a few minutes. Time to move on — didn’t want to unset the mother to be any more.
A pretty pair of Hooded Mergansers in the Grassy Pond, Westford Mass.
One of two Great Blue Herons I saw during the second week of May on Stony Brook.
Finally there were quite a few chipmunks running around — this one tried to be invisible.