Wisdom of Nature

Experiences in nature on Cape Cod as told personally

How About Some Herbicides With Your Turkey?

Although you might be weary of hearing about it at this point, I cannot not talk about it so if it intrudes on your pie baking or other Thanksgiving preparations, for that I regret.

Despite all the opposition from many Cape residents, State officials and towns, N Star is spraying the power lines with herbicides of undetermined virulence. 

Some of which have been banned in other States.


Gone are the mornings of birds songs and the blaze of rising sun, replaced by a thick swath of blackness at dawn and talk of too many acorns on the ground.

The swing of the seasons is nothing new to us here and yet, each year we immerse into the sense of shock that we inevitably experience when the angle of light upon the earth shifts so radically that we feel it in our entire system.

Just Passing Thru

I wasn't prepared for the sight of finding a solitary wild turkey atop the oak tree bordering my cottage in the middle of the day.

Accustomed as I had been to seeing two turkeys on the property on a daily basis for the past month and familiar with their habits of roosting in the tree tops at dusk, I was puzzled as to why this one was now solo -- and not on the ground on such a sunny warm afternoon.

To Go With The Flow

Simplistic as it might be to suggest we should just "go with the flow", spending enough time by the sea teaches you the wisdom behind what is often viewed as a mere cliche.

Pumpkins and Jellyfish

Accompanying a friend and her two children to a local farm to select pumpkins we somehow ended walking on the beach.

Stiff wind blowed straight at us as we scaled the sandy embankment to the shoreline where upon we were met by dozens of large pink globs.

In October? was my first question.  Customarily in the warm waters of summer we do get invasions of the pink jellyfish in Nantucket Sound -- and this summer was a banner year for that.  But ordinarily as the water temperatures cool down the jellyfish vanish.


It came as a surprise and concern when someone walking on the beach came running up to me and told me that there was a "sick bird" sitting on the sand.

Nearing the spot cited, I instantly spotted the variegated feathers and long beak of the listless creature in repose at the water's edge.

A loon.  I stepped closer to it, peering at it for any signs of lacerations or broken wings.

The loon looked at me, its small eyes bright and piercing with no sign of distress or concern.

Environmental Creatures

Contradictions seem predominant in our ocean these days with the appreciable influx of bass in areas of Nantucket Sound and, on a less favorable note, the massive die off of horseshoe crabs strewn along many of the beaches over the past weeks.

Bring On The Tides

It was, all in all, a humid and warm summer on Cape Cod, great for tourism and beach lovers but bad for algae bloom in many of our bays.

In the summer on the Cape, the nitrate levels in ponds and ocean rises considerably due to several factors: the rise in weather temperatures, animal excrements ( as from seals )combining with the substantial increase of our population resulting in more use of septic systems -- which leads to what is called "nitrogen overload" in our ponds and sea.

To Spray Or Not To Spray?

As many of you have probably heard, N Star announced, in early August, that they were planning to commence spraying the power lines with herbicides after a four year halt to their program due to public opposition.

While N Star has minimized the possible deleterious and long term affects of the chemicals that it plans to use on the power lines to control the growth of vegetation, there is enough substantial scientific evidence which is not some emotional "environmental whacko"  propaganda to warrant challenging this program.

Blue Horizon?

Yesterday while surrendering to the cobalt beauty of Nantucket Sound as I hugged the inlet with a friend in a small sailboat, I could not help think about the prospect of the wind towers and how they would alter the landscape.

One attempts to be objective and not to formulate any opinions before assimilating all available data, but let me say that, after doing as much homework as I could, I am now proclaiming opposition to the project.