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Pond Stories: How the Painted Turtle Got His Colors

Pond Stories: How the Painted Turtle Got His Colors

by Susan Baur  The water had finally climbed above 70 degrees in June and turtles, still hungry from hibernation, were out eating everything they could cram in their mouths. I swam slowly to a rocky point, and in fifteen minutes saw all three kinds of...

Pond Stories: Banking on the Olfactory

Pond Stories: Banking on the Olfactory

The more I wander pond-lined paths thick with Eastern Red Cedar and pitch pine in the Outer Cape, the more I smell the rich scent of decomposing mosses and berries in the woods of the Cape, the better I understand why I've lived here most of my 51 years of life. I'm...

Pond Stories: Don’t Take The Ponds Away From The Kids

Pond Stories: Don’t Take The Ponds Away From The Kids

My husband and I moved to Cape Cod several years ago to be closer to family and to raise our children with a strong connection to the natural world. We would drive past the airfield in Marstons Mills and always had a sense we would end up living somewhere nearby. We...

Pond Stories: Ripple Effects

Pond Stories: Ripple Effects

Years ago, I had a neighbor who would literally strap himself with a plastic backpack full of herbicides and eradicate all of his "weeds." A summer person mostly, he'd taken to living here on John's Pond year-round for some reason or another. In the spring, and with...

Pond Stories: Crocker Pond, Falmouth

Pond Stories: Crocker Pond, Falmouth

Thanks to Milt Williamson of West Falmouth for this beautiful picture of Crocker Pond. Historic Bourne Farm is located on over 49 acres of fields, trails and woodlands that overlook Crocker Pond in West Falmouth. When we asked Milt about what he loves most about the...

Pond Stories: Looking Out Over Deans Pond, Popponesset

Pond Stories: Looking Out Over Deans Pond, Popponesset

This poem by 15 year old Alex Macey, was written about Dean's Pond in Mashpee. A few weeks ago, he had to adhere to a poetic style for an assignment. Alex is a sophomore at St Johns Prep in Danvers, and wrote the poem from the perspective of sitting on his...

Pond Stories: What We Should Have Feared

Pond Stories: What We Should Have Feared

"I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance at survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of...

Pond Stories: Mary Oliver

Pond Stories: Mary Oliver

We love when you share pictures and thoughts around how special our local water is, especially in poem form! Lisa Nagel shares her pond connection with this poem by longtime Cape Cod poet and Pulitzer prize winner Mary Oliver. At Blackwater Pond by Mary Oliver At...

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