Pond Stories

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.”...

Pond Stories: Bearse Pond, Centerville

Pond Stories: Bearse Pond, Centerville

"A lake is a landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." ―Henry David Thoreau, Walden Thanks to Amy Thomas who sent us this beautiful image. She also included a note:...

Pond Stories: Mapping Ponds, 10-Year-Old Style

Pond Stories: Mapping Ponds, 10-Year-Old Style

Get to know your pond and help others to do the same. Here’s an example of a mapping project you can do of your favorite pond. Submitted by 10-year-old Jack Martin. (How cool is this kid?) Got a Pond Story (song, poem, photo, video) you want to share? Email Kristin...

Pond Stories: Mary Oliver’s ‘The Ponds’

Pond Stories: Mary Oliver’s ‘The Ponds’

The Ponds by Mary Oliver (From House of Light) Every year the lilies are so perfect I can hardly believe their lapped light crowding the black, mid-summer ponds. Nobody could count all of them -- the muskrats swimming among the pads and the grasses can reach out their...

Pond Stories: Watch, Look and Listen…

Pond Stories: Watch, Look and Listen…

Ponds come in all sizes. This sweet little frog pond in Barnstable is covered in duckweed. Watch and listen closely. How many frogs do you see? What do you think those “trails” are in the duckweed? What else do you see or hear? At the edges are cinnamon fern, bee...

Pond Stories: Swimming With Turtles Video

Pond Stories: Swimming With Turtles Video

This video, by Monte Ladner who graciously volunteered his talent and time to APCC, tells the story of Susan Baur and her connection to the Cape’s freshwater ponds. Monte has two more videos in the works. We can’t wait! Dr. Susan Baur is an 81 year old clinical...

Pond Stories: A Tribute to Red Lily Pond

Pond Stories: A Tribute to Red Lily Pond

“Row, row, row your boat…” you know the rest of the song. Reflect with me – or imagine, if need be – that you are out in a rowboat on Lake Elizabeth. It’s late in the afternoon on a beautiful, sunny day. It’s comfortable and cool, with a light breeze from the...

Pond Stories: 3 Generations on Sheep Pond in Brewster

Pond Stories: 3 Generations on Sheep Pond in Brewster

I have lived within walking distance to Sheep Pond (Sheep Pond Estates community bordering the pond's southeast side) since 1968. It is near and dear to my heart and provides my family year round joy. My father started swimming in the pond in 1942 and my son, now 13,...

Pond Stories: The Glory of Cape Cod Ponds (A Poem)

Pond Stories: The Glory of Cape Cod Ponds (A Poem)

The Glory of Cape Cod Ponds by Carol Marcy (based in part on a Native American creation myth) In the beginning Sun, being the first created Atmosphere and Earth. Earth complained, hot and itchy no respite from the yellow glare. A new idea arose turn ‘round slowly...

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