Second Phenology Spot

Indian Island Park:,+NY+11901/@40.9268664,-72.6348945,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x89e88b3825d640ed:0x1fec5543be6f0d5e!2sIndian+Island+Park!8m2!3d40.9270025!4d-72.6284049!3m4!1s0x89e88b3825d640ed:0xd85543640e9bcee3!8m2!3d40.9264495!4d-72.6254654

Description inspired by the writing style of Aldo Leopold

The campgrounds of Indian Island Park are as wondrous and beautiful as I remember them to be when I visited as a child. The area is remote yet accessible. I appreciate areas like these where people are drawn to stay in the warmer months and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, giving them time to root themselves in the inherent serenity of the outdoors. There is a sparse forest that surrounds a rocky, short beach looking out onto the glistening and peaceful Flanders Bay. There is nothing more beautiful than sitting by a shore during late autumn. Empty, cold, windy. The cold wind drives the water higher and harder with each gust. I walk down the deserted shore with the waves rumbling next to me. Little evidence of life except for a stray gull or a few eider ducks diving. The wind whips sand particles stinging as they hit my face. Walking into the wind takes some effort. As I stroll along the shore, I contemplate the fate of a grain of sand. How many times does a single grain of sand get moved in its life span? How far does it travel? I envision the grain of sand being blown down the beach by the wind and moving in and out on a wave or with the tide. The one constant for a sand grain is motion. The one constant for most beaches is change. With climate change triggering sea level rise and more intense storms, this current rate of change will also change.

Comparison using Wright’s style

My phenology spot in Burlington, Vermont is set in soil, engulfed by hardwood trees. Here, natures natural cycles and systems can easily be observed, especially as the seasons have changed. The forest here is modest, crowded, and verdant. Its canopy was ruled by ash, chestnut, and hemlock. In comparison, the spot I chose at Indian Island Park in New York consists of a mature forest of Maple, White Oak, and Eastern Red Cedar. This spot also features a rocky shore that is a hotspot for diverse species.  The most obvious difference between the two is the water that exists in Indian Island. This provides for a difference in prevalent species including seagulls and pelicans. In addition to this, subtle queues of global warming are shown in different ways. At Indian Island, the land is being eroded by the water as a result of rising sea levels. At the forest in Burlington, climate change is harder to be observed and it’s biggest problem would be the prevalence of invasive species. 

This land has a story

Much like my own,

You must listen carefully

In order to know.


The rocks like narrators

To the lives of the trees,

Rustling the plot with each crisp breeze.


If what is above reflects what’s below,

A tentative audience may see what it was like

One hundred autumns ago.

Aerial View

Not much has changed in my area of the forest except for some changing colors in the leaves.

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Assignment Two: About My Chosen Place

The place that I chose is located on the side of Centennial Woods near my residence hall on Trinity Campus. Upon the entrance of the woods there is a narrow trail that starts out downhill. There are a few fallen tree branches across the trail to navigate. After about 1000 feet of downhill walking you will arrive at my chosen spot. The vegetation that exists there includes a variety of low-lying vegetation and hardwood trees that consist of maple trees and birch trees.

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