NATURE WATCH: Salamander Pond Is Low, Time For Rain

by Nona Estrin

These lovely fall days must give way to rain! Today the spotted salamander pond is no longer just low, but virtually empty. I have never in 37 years seen it like this. Still, down at Bobolink Farm, the beaver ponds contain full resovoirs of water, conserved by these furry engineers in a time of drought. I make my way home, mouth crammed with sweet-tart wild purple grapes, their juicy bounty not hurt in the least by the dry summer.

And P.S. This is the time a hard frost may suddenly bring down the ginko leaves from the big tree on Barre Street … a spectacular sight according to all who have seen it.

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