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December

For my final post this semester, I wanted to say how I loved seeing my phenology site change since the beginning of the school year. Today there was a light dusting of snow, and it flurried as I walked through Centennial Woods towards my site.

There were lots of small branches on the ground – which is evidence of the strong winds that Burlington has experienced over the past week.

There were a larger amount of pine needles on the ground since my last visit to my spot, and mostly all the trees in my spot have lost all their leaves. There was also an abundance of pine cones on the ground as well.

There was a higher level of water in the stagnant pond, which could be from snow melting or the rain showers from last week.

I also noticed a lot of moss growing on the bases of some trees, fallen trees, and branches on the ground, indicating a large amount of moisture at my site.

    

I stumbled across an animal hole at the base of a white pine. It could be a possible winter den for wildlife at my phenology site.

    

On my way out of Centennial Woods, I looked up and caught a glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker flying from one tree to another. It was a breath-taking experience. What a way to end my semester at my Phenology Site.

 

Description and Comparison

Description of my new Site in the style of Marbel Wright:

You know that creepy and unsettling eerie feeling when you think about an old cemetery? Well that is the feeling that I get everytime I stay over my friend Dora’s house. A few years back she and her family sold their house and moved into a new one that is right next to an old cemetery. The cemetery is always quiet, and it radiates a feeling of serenity and peace. This mixture of emotions is part of the reason why I selected this spot as my Thanksgiving Phenology Site. The area between Dora’s house and the cemetery consists of many different plants from bushes to trees to different grasses. Right now the site is very brown looking since all of the leaves are on the ground. Also, when I gaze out into the landscape and I peer down the long, lonesome, empty driveway, there is sadness that washes over me. There was no trace of wildlife at all, further adding to the sad emptiness of the space. Sure the unbreakable silence can be therapeutic, especially when visiting a loved one who has passed, in a sense of nature though, it is sad that such a beautiful environment can be so empty, quiet, and sad.

 

Comparison of my two Sites in the style of Aldo Leopold:

In this day and age, the biggest concern is how people need to learn how to live in harmony with nature rather than just live however people want without paying attention to the environment around them. In the environment between my friend Dora’s house and the Union Prospect Cemetery in my home town, it is always quiet, peaceful, and empty. Even though it is empty, it is located right on the side of a road which has a bank on it, so the road is always busy. I don’t know which is better, to have the environment stay quiet and ignored, or to be visited by people and appreciated, with the chance that humans will alter the beauty and harmony.

In comparison to my Phenology Site in Centennial Woods, both spots have a sense of quiet and emptiness. The spot in Centennial Woods, however, contained wildlife such as squirrels, chipmunks, and woodpeckers, whereas there were no signs of wildlife in my new spot when I visited. Also, my spot in Centennial woods is located right off the side of the main hiking path that runs through the woods. People often hike, walk, run, and bring their dogs through there, so it is probably safe to say that it is slightly more visited than the spot next to the cemetery. The Phenology of both places is similar in some ways and different in other ways. For example, in Centennial Woods, most of the leaves have fallen already, but back at my other site, there is a good amount of leaves on the ground, but some of the trees still have their leaves. There were Oak trees found at both sites. One interesting thing at my new spot that I did not see any signs of at my Burlington site is ivy living on the trunks of large trees. There were also more bushes/shrubs found at the cemetery site. Even though there are some species found at the Centennial Woods site that are not in the Cemetery Site, and there are some species found in the Cemetery Site that are not in the Centennial Woods Site, everything in nature is connected in one way or another. There are always some aspects that each environment shares, and humans interact with each site in one way or another, whether you take a trip to the cemetery and admire the natural landscape that surrounds the area, or if you are going for a run through Centennial Woods and decide to take a water break and take a minute to admire nature. Although these spots are geographically far away from each other, they are more connected and alike than you would think.

About my new place

The Phenology Site I visited over Thanksgiving Break is an area between my friend’s house and a small cemetery. This place is special to me because when we were younger, my friends and I were creeped out that my friend lives right next to a cemetery. As we got older, we came to realize what a beauty the spot actually is. I visited the site the morning after my friends and I all slept over her house, and the images posted were taken right when I woke up and walked outside. This area will always have an eerie yet beautiful vibe to me.

Poem

Fall is here,

To see this use not your ears,

But use your eyes to look around,

And notice all the leaves on the ground.

This time of year,

The forest almost seems clear,

With the absence of the green,

Chipmunks hiding in the leaves will no longer go unseen.

Autumn prepares the land for the snow,

Then comes the spring when everything can regrow.

On goes the cycle of the seasons,

Each is important and has a reason.

Event Map

Late October Ground cover

Bird’s Eye View

Late October

My phenology spot is a little different since I last visited it earlier this month. Now there are more leaves, pine needles, and pine cones on the ground, and you can barely see the dirt.

The canopy is not as thick as it was, now that most of the trees have lost their leaves and pine needles.

You can not even see the stagnant water pool in my site because it is covered in fallen leaves.

Map of Phenology Site

 

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