[I wrote this post on November 3, 2009. I have been writing about the Baird Hill Pond lately and decided to bring this forward to the front page and make it public.]
This morning at about 7:15 a.m. CST, I spied a flock of ducks on the Baird Hill Pond. This is my first trip by the pond since last Thursday (no ducks then) and with daylight savings time over, the dawn’s light illuminated the pond. From my pickup, I saw a flock of about fifteen ducks, paddling in the middle of the pond. Their presence shows that the pond sustains life. Whether or not the pond gains additional flocks remains to be seen, but the pond may be reconstructing itself.
Mt. Kilimanjaro snow cap is melting fast. Whether this is the result of global warming is unknown, but suspected. Arctic Ocean is opening up, Antarctica’s ice shelves are breaking up, and second homes (MacMansions) disturb the Taos Indian annual rabbit hunt. Baird Hill pond is losing its vegetation, but ducks are there today. How many more canaries have to die before we stop the misuse of our resources?
Photo by Stephen Morrison on European Pressphoto Agency, as cited in The New York Times link above.
I think it was Borges that wrote once that a dead jaguar was found way up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, beyond his or her range by several thousand feet. Why? What so possessed the jaguar to seek the mountain, going beyond what was familiar? Borges or whomever it was wrote a short explication of their theory. I have mine and I shall post about it one day.