Pond Stories

Pond Stories: “How Swimmers Dream”

Pond Stories: “How Swimmers Dream”

Here is a poem and illustration from Susan Baur’s book – “How Swimmers Dream” that she offered to us. The poem is her sister Jean's and the collage is by Susan. We've written about Susan before and her connection to the Cape’s freshwater ponds (which we are grateful...

Pond Stories: A Not Quite Perfect Peter’s Pond

Pond Stories: A Not Quite Perfect Peter’s Pond

From Ellen Silsby Heher, Cotuit: Peter’s Pond Campground. What a PERFECT place for mom, dad, and my two granddaughters to spend a weekend or two or three during our Cape Cod Summer. A couple of years ago I joined them to swim in the pond for most of the day and then...

Pond Stories: Me And We

Pond Stories: Me And We

Written by Marc Blesoff, July 2021 A few months ago, my granddaughter and I took a summertime walk to the local market. On the way home, the afternoon sun was at our back. In front of me I saw the shadow of an 8-year-old girl and her grandfather holding hands as they...

Pond Stories: Training in Joshua’s Pond

Pond Stories: Training in Joshua’s Pond

From book author Mick Carlon, Centerville An evening swim in Osterville’s Joshua’s Pond is a bit of perfection in an imperfect world. The spring-fed water is as clear as a Cape Cod September sky, and the trees surrounding the pond remind me of upstate New Hampshire....

Pond Stories: The Sisterhood of Fresh Water

Pond Stories: The Sisterhood of Fresh Water

From Skye Gibson: This one by William Butler Yeats is a treasure, and a poem my mother recited by heart frequently in her last years.  It is not about a Cape pond, but part of the great sisterhood of freshwater across the globe. I later had the good fortune to go to...

Pond Stories: By An Inland Lake

Pond Stories: By An Inland Lake

Thanks to Lisa Nagel for sharing this pretty poem with us. BY AN INLAND LAKE by William Stanley Braithwaite Long drawn, the cool, green shadows Steal o'er the lake's warm breast, And the ancient silence follows The burning sun to rest. The calm of a thousand summers,...

Pond Stories: A Pledge to Protect

Pond Stories: A Pledge to Protect

Meghan Taylor of the Brewster Ponds Coalition recently sent this to us: "The boys and I have been working on a small project. With the help of our amazing neighbors, we’ve developed a simple pledge in order to help protect our beloved Sheep Pond and the waters of Cape...

Pond Stories: Identifying Pond Plants With a Rhyme

Pond Stories: Identifying Pond Plants With a Rhyme

Have you ever wondered what that grassy stuff is at the edge of your pond? In this photo of Bassett Pond in Yarmouth, Sue Machie has captured not just a beautiful pond but some healthy rushes ("that grassy stuff"). This rhyme, familiar to many, could help you with...

Pond Stories: Seymour Pond in the Fog

Pond Stories: Seymour Pond in the Fog

When we moved to Brewster in the summer of 2019, our experience with winter on Cape Cod was limited. An awesome surprise was learning that many birds migrated south from the Arctic to winter in both the ocean and ponds of the Cape. Watching and photographing the birds...

Pond Stories: Rachel Carson’s Nature

Pond Stories: Rachel Carson’s Nature

From Silent Spring, Rachel Carson "Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”...

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