Medford photographer George McLean shares his recent nature forays:
"I have always been fascinated by this spring ritual when after a long winter, the carp swim slowly in circles on the surface. When the genetics are right, they can be multicolored [some people like to put them in ponds, where they are called 'koi,' in their yard.] Here we have one gold with many gray, it makes for a Japanese print-like photo.
"This happens anywhere there are carp, along the Mystic, Charles, and almost any pond. For a fish that is not indigenous, they sure are plentiful."
"The warm spell brought a lot of birds north and speeded up the Red-tailed hawk nesting cycle. This blue heron will find plenty to eat at the Mystic Lakes, with the carp and the heron run not far off.
"He will find no fish at the Brooks Estate in Medford, one of my favorite places with its wild beauty. It had a rare winter kill during the winter of 2010 into the spring of 2011.
"The ice froze many times, then got covered by winter snow. The ponds, being much too shallow, froze solid, taking what oxygen there was out of the water and killing all the fish. Hundreds were floating last spring. It needs to be restocked."