Thursday, September 30, 2010

Always Something New

Sometimes I think my head is bursting with information. Other times I think I know very little ... certainly about some important parts of the world. I have read what I could about the horseshoe crabs that wash up on "my" [because it's where I walk although it's a conservation area] beach but I only know a little. I have been gathering the poor dead creatures together in bunches, it seems fitting for such a venerable species that they not lie randomly scattered on the beach. Probably that's an act of a fey old lady but it gives me satisfaction.

When I went out this morning for my walk I paused and decided not to take my camera -- of course when that's the decision I always wish I had it. Yesterday and today there were spines that I think must be from eels, they are a kind of rope of disks and lie gracefully curved on the sand. I have not seen them until yesterday and there were a couple more today. I should have taken a photo, maybe next time. Snakes scare me and these are serpentine and eels are too snaky for me to feel comfortable. But these bones have great grace and beauty, I would kind of like to bring one home but would need to wrap it in a kerchief, which I also didn't have. My ignorance is actually boundless.

Last evening after what is a forming habit, at least for the fall months, of Wednesday night dinners when Rachel and I take turns cooking for one another, we walked Molly-dog in the woods around Hathaways Pond and noticed mushrooms sprouting up all along the path. Most were gray/white but these red ones look absolutely lethal -- although I do not know how to tell except that I trust the ones in the packages in the supermarkets, some of which I will have at dinner this evening. Did I say boundless ignorance? There were LBBs at her feeder, I have to call all little brown/black birds LBBs because I don't know their names. It's humility pie for me today.

4 comments:

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

June --

It would be wonderful to view your find of the ropes of spiney disks on the beach. I am curious as to what they are. -- barbara

EvalinaMaria said...

I think the mushrooms are rufous milkcaps and I think that they are edible...

June Calender said...

Thanks, EvalinaMaria. Certainly rufous sounds right. There are very few of them among all the white and gray ones. But I'm not going to pick them and eat them all the same.

Jonas said...

I'm rather fond of horseshoe crabs myself. Encountering them makes me feel as if I've stumbled back in time to a Devonian sea. The fact that their blood is colored blue adds to the mystique.