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sarah brennan

sarah brennan
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MARCH 6, 2012 8:11PM

stalking the feral bathtub

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I’ve been so focused on reading the land at a larger level of scale lately – taking on whole stands of trees, whole hills and valleys in the woods – that I’ve really kind of neglected a lot of old friends: individual trees and perennials that live along the dirt road on the way to the mailbox. “There’s not much to see this time of year” would be the typical excuse, but we both know, that’s a lie. There is always something to see.


Like this milkweed pod’s husk. I remember when this pod was no larger than the tip of my pinky finger.



Beech buds are getting bigger every day.



Out by the road, the alders are up to their ankles in water, due to…



..The activities of the residents of not one, but two beaver lodges. This is the original lodge.



And this is the second one, maybe 60 feet away from the first. It’s the upgraded model.



Here’s the feral bathtub. It lives on the edge of the meadow, where That Bitch Irene dumped it after snatching it away from the burn pile last August. Irene broke its heart – you can tell it’s still recovering.



Exploding cattails are so appealing. “Lose your mind,” they say. “It will all work out.”



I could swear that while I was goofing off photographing ice in the brook, someone or something made a racket in the willow/alder thicket. I didn’t catch what, though: I backed off, thinking I might have disturbed the beavers.



Soon, Canadian Geese (as I like to call them) will be hanging out here (I know. I’m wrong. That’s not what they’re called.)



But not yet.


Where stream meets meadow.

Full moon on Thursday, folks. Are you ready for it?

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While I think your every post deserves an Editor's Pick, I am SO happy that the editors agreed with me for once. Congratulations, Sarah! (I hope they put the beech bud on the cover.)
Wonderful photographs, Sarah. The snow looks so inviting.
Lovely ice landscapes; I'll look for the full moon tonight.
Whoever says there is nothing to see is simply not using their eyes. Beautiful images.
Thank you for helping me SEE! That photo of an exploded cattail is fantastic. The frozen world is something I miss here in the desert.
Such beautiful images and observations. There is indeed something to see every day. I share your love of this time of year. The light changes, the buds swell, there are bird songs and rustling. They know what is coming, and when we pay attention, so do we.

I'm looking up at that big old moon this very minute!
I can smell the spring and flowing water in the air here.
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Magnificent photos! Truly beautiful: the stark lights and shadows, the more muted end of day tones of the last four, the closeups and the vistas. Ahhhhhh!
Loved all of these, especially the last one. Makes me almost miss not having snow this winter....almost. :)
wow, I'm so glad other folks enjoy these photos! thanks!
Beautiful! This is my first encounter with a feral bathtub! :)
I'm glad the feral bathtubs haven't invaded our meadow yet...
Lovely! You brought the outdoors into my office! My favourite pic is the milkweed pod, and it is so true that there is always something to see.
Hello,beautiful,dreamlike images,best regards!!