Category Archives: As Landscape

The Underwater Meadow

Eelgrass (Zostera marina on the U.S. east coast) is a flowering plant that grows submerged in salt water. In other words, it is not a “seaweed,” which are macrophytic algae. Eelgrass is descended from land plant that found a new … Continue reading

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The Tender Heath

The climate of Martha’s Vineyard is mild and moist. The mildness is reflected in its assignment to USDA Hardiness Zone 7a, which means that temperatures do not descend below 0 to 5 degrees F in the winter. This is the … Continue reading

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Short and Spreading Oak

Nearly anywhere you go in the United States you will find oak trees. They are often large and common, so they can often contribute significantly to the look and feel of a place. The effect reaches consciousness if you are a … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Ancient

I recently learned a new term to describe a forest ecosystem. The water district of Oak Bluffs, a town on the northern tip of Martha’s Vineyard, proposed going “green” at the site of their pumps and wells. They would add solar panels … Continue reading

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A New Yard

I haven’t had a yard since 2012. For about a year I lived in an apartment on the second floor of house on East Main Street in Trumansburg. In the spring of 2012 I attempted to plant a garden in … Continue reading

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Valued in Its Entirety

As we are apparently about to lose our American ashes to the emerald ash borer of Southeast Asia, which literally eats them from the top down, it seems appropriate to reflect on other trees that we have lost to invasive … Continue reading

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Do Red Maples Hide Bogs?

When I was pursuing a Ph.D. at New York University in the late 1980s I was casting about for a dissertation topic and had settled on a project that came about as a result of my being exposed to ground-penetrating … Continue reading

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