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Call of the wild: All things great and small

Posted by Marcia Dick  August 14, 2012 08:47 AM

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Medford photographer George McLean continues to share the best of his forays into the natural world around us.

"In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said

"He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small"


"I took this colorful photo of a snail on a zinnia in the greenhouse garden at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge with butterflies and gold finch around me.

"It has become the first place i go when when stopping to visit my animal friends. After a very successful early summer with eagles and osprey and Red tail babies, I look for smaller subjects, Mother Nature's 'small world.'

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"This photo took me a week to get. It was a cloudy day so to stop action, I  used a fast shutter speed [1200 of a second], which pushed my sensitivity [iso] up to 3200. "It's a little dark, so I wasn't going to send it out. So I sent it to a few  friends at Audubon, Mount Auburn, and Growing Native in Mass. I got back a resounding 'Send it out, we love it!' So here it is, Green Heron in flight."

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"An anomoly in nature! Two years ago, the Brooks Estate pond in Medford had what is called a "winter kill."  A shallow fish-filled pond froze over and covered with snow several times and the large fish [bass, carp] died from lack of oxygen. The crayfish have thrived, and with no predators, have grown to huge size.  The food chain has improved for the raccoons, fox, coyotes, blue heron, etc.

"I was sitting there for an hour or so and this creature from the black lagoon came out of the water to visit with me. It had to be 7 or 8 inches long, so as I mused out loud, 'A few more of you would make a fine meal,' he quickly slid back into the pond."




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