Monday, November 1, 2010

A Walk around Coy Pond

A Walk around Coy Pond with wetlands expert Dr. Dorothy Boorse, professor of biology, at Gordon College.

"The blaze of reds and flashes of yellow in the foliage around Coy declare the coming of fall. Leaves of gold and salmon light the hill on the far side of the pond. Coy is a central attractor, one of five great ponds on the Gordon campus and woods, ponds which serve as stopping points for water as it wends its way to the nearby ocean. The plants in the water are common aquatic species—lilies, cattails, arrowroot, duckweed. Each is adapted for the difficulty of living in water. Around the edges along the trails are species that come rushing in when land is disturbed—the invasive oriental bittersweet with its clinging vines, purple loosestrife, glossy buckthorn. Cattbrier, a native tangle of food and shelter for the animals here, can hold its own with these invaders.

In the nearby woods, the trees are mostly beech and hemlock, with a spare oak or white pine. They change into the fire-leaved red maples and dead birches on their hullocks of moss and sedge as we near the water’s edge. The trail behind the pond, once very wet, lies higher and drier after the placement of a new culvert and other work last year. In the warm, still air, a dragonfly lands on a hand, beating its wings to warm its muscles. A few fall migrants wing by, calling; a mallard rides a tiny ripple on the water; the peace of the world lies centered on the pond.

The glory of God is exalted in His creation. We walk in wonder and joy, enjoying fellowship and a sacred moment in the cathedral of the natural world."

Click here for a virtual photo tour with Dr. Boorse.

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