CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOUTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

We don’t need scientists to explain climate change to us. We can see it all around us. The rivers are dry with their muddy bottoms showing. Fall came weeks early and blew away a week later. The winds which normally blow straight up the Atlantic shore are twisting eastward, so all the rain goes from the mid-Atlantic area straight out to sea, completely missing the northeast.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

As a watershed area, the water that we store here is part of the water that keeps the entire state flowing wetly along. And some of the water normally flows down into Connecticut and parts of southern New Hampshire.

Muddy banks, short dock at Riverbend

I leave a bowl of water on the deck. Squirrels, chipmunks, birds  … they all come to drink. Usually there are little rivulets and patches of wet through the woods. But not this year. It’s bone dry which is scary for any number of reasons, including the danger of fire. So far, it has just been little brush fires, quickly squelched. But New England is 70% wooded. There’s a lot of forest and it’s dry. And contrary to presidential warnings, no one has been out there raking the woodlands to keep them neat. What a really stupid idea that is. There’s so much stupidity going around. It’s hard to keep track of all the dumbness. I wish some of the incredibly stupid ones would drop by. Check out our dry rivers. Maybe pick up a rake and start raking my woods. Maybe cut down a few ailing trees while he’s at it.

We aren’t waiting for climate change to come. It’s here. We’re living in it.

KIND OF FURRY: A SQUARE AND FURRY GALLERY

THE SQUARE COMMUNITY: SMALL AND FURRY

It’s kind of hairy at home. I just forewent black pants because someone mentioned they are lint snaggers. I won’t wear anything I can’t easily dust off because dog hair is a condiment here at home.

 

 

LITTLE HOUSES – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All about buildings: Tiny Buildings

This reminds me of an old syllogism:

A big elephant is big.
A little elephant is little.
A big mouse is big.
A little mouse is little.
Therefore, a big mouse is bigger than a little elephant.

Some of these little buildings are much bigger than others, but by “normal” big standards, they are small.

Goodwin Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – 1910 – A tiny church that meant a lot to many people.
Our shed. By some miracle still standing.

Is this a house? It’s sort of house-like, with a roof and a floor. It’s missing its walls, but somehow, it says “house” to me.

Nothing says summer like our gliding swing.