News from the meadows and other places

The wildflower meadow on a rainy day.

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.

~ Georges Bernanos

The first few photos for this series were taken on Tuesday during heavy rain.  I think it’s the rain and distance from the meadow (I had to zoom in) that give them a painting-like effect.  You can even see the rain in the background of the picture just above (it looks like a blue-ish wall).

What looks like stars or glitter in the meadow are raindrops shimmering.

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks.  Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story.

~ Linda Hogan

It is warm and tropical here in the Bogs today.  The air is THICK.  Isaac must be somewhere nearby, driving in the warm, moist air.  We’ve had some rumbles of thunder and a couple of good downpours this afternoon.  Hopefully we’ll get enough to bring up the water level in the pond although part of me thinks it would be better to go into winter with it already low in hopes that the cold will kill off some of the weeds.  (We have purposely drained the pond in the past — called a draw down — to do just that.  It’s better than having to spray and much less work than muckraking.)

Ohio has been making the news.  The first death linked to the new swine flu is an Ohioan.  The West Nile virus risk is going up in Ohio.  Fifteen cases have been reported, and one person has died.  When I went out for my walk this morning I was under orders not to get bitten by a mosquito.  I’ll have to make sure I dress appropriately and spray with the dreaded insect repellent from now on.  I’m not too worried about swine flu just yet since I haven’t been associating with swine.  We didn’t make our annual trip to the county fair this year because we went to the Medina Raptor Center instead.  The birds there have received vaccinations for West Nile, but even that doesn’t always work.

Pond meditations

Earlier this week, M and I noticed that surveyors and other road crew type people had put up flags and ribbons along two major roads in our community.  They were the little bright orange flags that are used for marking buried utility lines (water, sewage, gas, etc.).  We puzzled over it as there had been no announcements of road work or water line work.  Most people out this way have wells and septic systems so water isn’t piped in and sewage isn’t piped out.  What could it be?

Leaf transformations

Yesterday, on my way to the Towpath Trail, the answer appeared in the form of temporary road sign declaring “Seismic Cable Ahead.”  All along the side of the road ran a cable, crossing over intersections (hence the warning, I suppose).  On my way home there was a flag person directing traffic as a line of “thumper trucks” came towards us.  Apparently some company from Texas is doing seismic testing to look for natural gas reserves in northeast Ohio, and the testing locations were chosen by geophysicists who are not making the locations known to the news organizations for some reason.  I’m guessing the “F” word is the reason.  We already have one fracking site not too far from us.  (I found a story about the seismic test here, but it involves another community.  I can’t find anything about it going on here in my neck of the woods although that other community isn’t all that far from us either.)

Asters on a humid day

It worries me.  I hope they don’t find anything significant, but I’m not optimistic enough to maintain that hope on a high level.  I wonder if we should think about moving, but then… where would we move to?  They say it will create jobs (others say that’s untrue and at best, the jobs are temporary).  I’ve already seen evidence of one business springing up as a result of the interest in fracking locally:  Water testing.  They charge an arm, a leg, and your first born to test your well water before the fracking starts.  I imagine that’s so you’ll have a basis for a law suit if your water ends up labeled “not potable.”  It’s always good to plan ahead.  Just in case.

Well, this was a bit of a rambly post, wasn’t it?  I try not to worry about things that haven’t happened yet, but sometimes I worry that if I don’t worry, it will be too late.  The things will happen and then I can’t go back and change it.  There are some things, of course, that it would be impossible for me to change.  Those are the worries I need to let go.  Others, well, I don’t want to regret not trying to make a change when I had the opportunity to do so.

The thick air today really brings out the colors in the purple asters.

I hope I didn’t natter on too much, and that this wasn’t a complete downer.  Just some thoughts on a humid Saturday when it feels too hot to be outdoors.  Even the birds seem to feel it.  They’re almost as still as the air.  The chorus of cicadas and crickets, on the other hand, is quite loud.  They must be enjoying the tropical-like weather.

Autumn approaches, marching through the meadows and into the woods.

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope the photos make up for the worries.  And I hope you’re having a wonderful day, evening, or night, wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

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33 Comments on “News from the meadows and other places”

  1. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Some concerning issues for sure…the West Nile Virus thing is pretty disturbing…like the opeing quote!

  2. The one little flower almost looks like it’s floating.

  3. OmbudsBen says:

    I keep hearing about how dry it is the East, but your pictures are so green and lush. Lovely stuff! Good luck with the fracking — the *F* word, as you call it! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, OmbudsBen. 🙂 We’ve been pretty lucky. Just a moderate drought here. It seems like we managed to get just enough rain to keep things from completely drying out. The grass was brown for a while and the trees were droopy, but a little rain here and there has perked things up. We still have quite a bit of leaf drop, though, so I don’t expect we’ll have a very colorful autumn this year.

  4. We haven’t gotten an ounce of Isaac here in my corner of Michigan =( but I am happy that you have gotten some – at least he is bestowing his favor on someone!
    And I hope the freaking fracking leads to a big fat zero for them – it has a terrible environmental impact. It should be illegal, but who cares if we are ruining the earth just so long as we are making money? ack.

    • Robin says:

      I think it should be illegal too, Cyndi. This idea that fracking creates job is a bunch of hogwash. Once the drills are up and running, the jobs are gone except for a few. In the meantime, things are going on with the water tables and the earth. Youngstown, about an hour east of here, experienced an earthquake that they’re attributing to fracking.

      If we’re lucky, it will be as you wrote. A big fat zero.

  5. ~mimo~ says:

    Gorgeous and lush images!

  6. Karma says:

    Gee, I learned a new word today. Never heard of fracking – it seemed like a more polite word for another F word at first, lol. Good luck with what is going on around you. I really love that photo in the middle of the post with the red flower and the rain droplets outlining and highlighting everything – gorgeous!

  7. Ellen says:

    I hope you don`t have to move!

  8. Kathy says:

    How in the world are we to prevent getting bit by a mosquito? I simply don’t see how this is possible unless we completely cover ourselves every time we go outside. We may have to live on faith from now on, Robin…

  9. I love the photos, Robin! I can’t get enough of the botanicals and landscapes I love so much in northern Ohio. I would also be worried about possible drilling and fracking. I hope it never becomes a reality. I like to hear about what is happening in your life, so I hope you do not hold back – thinking certain issues are downers.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      They are already drilling and fracking not far from here. I keep meaning to get some photos of the trucks and the site. It really ruins the landscape. Every time I go by the drill site, it looks and feels surreal. Out of place compared to what’s around it.

  10. Sallyann says:

    Fingers crossed for you that the gas people don’t find anything. Try not to worry too much. 🙂

  11. How lush and alluring; the perfect portrait of late summer beauty.

  12. Joanne says:

    Let’s hope that these “fracking” people don’t find anything Robin. I’d miss the bogs terribly, as I’m sure you and M would, although knowing you, you would find another beautiful area to create your little piece of heaven.

    When I see your photos of the wild flowers growing, it inspires me to create my own area of wildflowers! I have just the area in mind and think it would look fabulous, and keep down the weeds as well. 🙂

  13. dearrosie says:

    Love the photos of the wildflowers.
    I hope those frackers get the frack out of your lovely woods… ahem.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Rosie. I hope they get the frack out too. lol! We’re still holding out hope that the seismic testing comes up with zilch. Not likely, though, as they are already fracking within 10 miles of here. 😦

  14. Dana says:

    Oh boy, Robin. I’m not sure which part of this post concerns me the most! I think the fracking part. Growing up in Alberta (an oil and gas province), I’ve already had enough of the wheeling and dealing that goes on in favour of $$ over long-term environmental wellness. We can always keep our fingers crossed for the testing in your area to come back with discouraging (to the companies) findings, and if worse comes to worse, you can always try moving to Victoria, BC. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I think I’d move to Canada in a heartbeat, Dana, although it would likely be east rather than west. I’m still in love with Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton highlands. Then again, I haven’t been to Victoria, BC, so maybe I better check that out first. 🙂
      As for the fracking, they already drilled not far from here so it looks likely that all this seismic testing is going to turn up something. 😦


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