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Phenology and The Four Seasons

Winter Baby!

Posted: December 6th, 2018 by kkbrown

IMG_2828.TRIM (1) IMG_2828.TRIM I don’t know which one is first and which isn’t. The second starts with me making a comment about multiple homeless people living there.

This is a quick video of my adventure. The important second half is coming when I can figure out how to post it on this blasted blog but I’m definitely escited about tracking. It’s really cool and I found that a good bit of tracks could be found around my site, at least previously. The recent augment in development doesn’t look to good for animal sightings. Even the people that were living there left but then again it is winter and it would be hard living through a VT winter outside. I found out that the development history is semi-complex. I actually found this out through the make-up lab I did.

This site showed me that the current developers actually had plans to take the field and construct a condo on top of it quite a while ago. This would explain why the area was cleared of trees allowing the field and everything to grow. The only reason they didn’t develop, according to this article, seems to be that the previous city council head didn’t want a condo built as it would block the view of the mountains from her house and so petitioned against the development. But as we now see the development does seem to be coming to pass. I asked one of the workers there and asked what they were building, unfortunately he was just delivering pipe but he thought that they were building another condo/apartment complex as well. I also tried to find more about the specific land use even farther back during the make-up lab but didn’t find anything. This doesn’t surprise me because, after all, nothing was built there. But in the years between the development attempts a few people were able to establish make shift shelters there with tents and a trail was carved out suggesting frequent passersby from the neighborhood going through for either recreation or to just go to Staples. I mean it is right there.

The videos were taken by Ciara Tomlinson and these pics were as well.  This is a pic from a different view over looking the entire field.

 The snow cover under this spruce really struck me. I can see why animals would like to take cover under evergreens. Don’t it look cozy in there?

 These are some cool tracks that we found. It don’t look like fox tracks or deer tracks which I thought would be the most common but they might be raccoon or porcupine tracks I think. I think raccoons would make sense because of the proximity to Staples and the Quarry Hill neighborhood. I don’t know how close a porcupine would live to these two places and I know that raccoons would have no problem rifling through trash or this and that looking for food.

Back In Town

Posted: November 25th, 2018 by kkbrown

my google map of my spot.

And here’s a hot pic of the cliffs:

Howdy party people. We’re back together for another round of phenology fun. I went to the forest in my backyard and specifically went to the cliff inside where I’d spent much time. The spot meant quite a bit to me because I’d been going out to the forest since I was a youngster and had been passing that spot most every time I went. When I was young my dad would through get strength of will oush me and my two brothers out of the house to go for walks and one of his favorite places to go to was there.  I’d actually increased my visits these lasts few years as well which gave a fresh connection to the spot. I’d gone running with my cross country team in high school and the cliff was a favorite spot for us to visit. Eventually we constructed a small stone shrine to honor cross country and our teammates. After that it seemed like the place that I had to go to if I went out for a run or walk. So the spot, which had always represented the forest and my history with it, grew to encompass the time I’d spent fooling around with my team and doing wacky stuff. When I go there I feel like I can calm down and be at peace for a little bit. When I need to blow off steam the woods is waiting and I’m always welcome.

 

This place of course differs from my current phenology spot. For one I don’t have much of a connection to my current site. I have gone a few times and gone with friends and tried to get to know the spot but it doesn’t inspire the same sentiment that the cliffs behind my house do, understandably. Looking at the physical aspects, the sites are also quite different. Where I currently am, behind staples is now covered by snow and even before was dominated by grasses and flowery plants whereas back home there are predominantly the three main types of oaks with a couple other species lying around, like this conifer I can’t identify and few lowers or grasses.

There are far less signs of human contact back home as well. Although the trails are marked out and the wildlife isn’t at a pre-contact state there’s still wildlife back in the woods and there are trees naturally developing there. In contrast, behind staples there is trash frequently found on the ground, human habitats and development is visible from any point within the site.

Bonus pic:

 These are some cute cones I found and I just haaaad to nab a pic.

 

I was recommended that I put a picture of myself in somewhere so here along with some other pics:

 

My Event Map, A Tale of Yesterday

Posted: November 6th, 2018 by kkbrown

It’s a gallant tale to say the least.

A Happy, Happy Day In Burlington

Posted: November 4th, 2018 by kkbrown

This was taken on November fourth by the lovely Ciara Tomlinson. This is the traditional spot for my photos and from it one can see how the vegetation that stands out is seen to be a deathly whitish color. It must have lost its pigmentation and then been bleached by the sun. This is the furthering of what was seen last month.

But what is interesting is the lush grass growing underneath that I didn’t take note of last time.

Here’s where I really noticed it. In the parts where one can see in between the taller, standing flowers and such one can also see what looks like even lusher grass. It is presumed that the cover of the dead plants has somehow helped the grass to persist. Of course this could be a trick of the light today but I wonder if the dead plants have helped the grass by dissuading people from walking over the grass and by shielding the grass from weather events like rain or hail. I mention walking pedestrians because I did see a woman pushing a shopping cart through the field to Target, which sits mere feet from the field.

I also noticed an increase in trash in the field today as I walked by. There was even trash sitting in the walkway.

What a tragedy.

I also saw a recent addition to the entrance with the start of some kind of development I think. There were large, stacked pads of tires in front of the construction machine at the fields entrance which was also cleared of a bit of vegetation. The coming days will see great change.

Here’s some other photos I manged to nab whilst there:

I may post a poem as well but no promises. ;>

A work of art, my hand-made map

Posted: October 22nd, 2018 by kkbrown

Monday, 10/22/18

 

This hand drawn map was delicately crafted the 22nd of October 2018. The baby breath has seen a further reduction in population as the cold weather has been setting in and other plants have been wilting as well. No sign of mammals or rodents around the field yet and there aren’t proper locations for birds to nest inside the field but I have heard crickets and other insects recently which are probably preyed upon by birds in the surrounding, border trees.

Field image coming soon…

Hello world!

Posted: October 1st, 2018 by kkbrown

This first photo was taken October 8th:

I chose this spot because it was very beautiful to view as I ran through it earlier in the school year and I thought that the plant life would show more changes as I viewed it, more so than the other spots I was interested in. One can get to it by going down Spear St. from UVM and then taking a left on Quarry Hill Rd. and after going down the street one should see a bend with an incline and if one goes up the rocky side trail then one can find thus field. For vegetation, I’ve found what I believe to be Wild Purple Asters and a good bit of dying Baby’s Breath alongside Wild White Asters.

Google map location:

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