Thursday, July 16, 2009

To Great Meadows before the Storm

July 7, 2009 - CONCORD, MA.

Corky arrived from Florida last night ! We met two years ago at the Thoreau Gathering and she is a wonderful sauntering companion. Her poetic outlook on life is infectious. She encourages my attempts at creativity. Plus she’s just fun to be with.

She was meeting a friend today whom she had not seen for a very very long time. The three of us went a-walking at Great Meadows at mid-day.

To put it more accurately, I was a-walking, and they were a-talking, and all the glories of the Meadows were spread out before us.

Great Meadows is a fantastic birding place (a National Wildlife Refuge). It’s on a major migratory route relatively close to the coast, emcompassing varied habitat such as the large open marsh, a quiet river, and shady woods. Even at a “quiet” time of year such as July, it’s an opportunity to see marsh wrens – herons – grebes – osprey – ducks – warblers – etc.
Along the trail I admired the plant life, some familiar, some new.

Later, on viewing the photos, it seems every flower hosted a visitor, equally beautiful in its own way.

Coming back along the causeway between marshes, we saw four Northern Water Snakes, draped along the rocky edge of the trail. At least, I hope that’s what they were.

We headed back for lunch as deep dark clouds appeared in the northwest.

at 238 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing nickel size hail... and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

This storm was located near Sudbury... or near Framingham... and moving northeast at 15 mph.

Some locations in the warning include... Maynard... Wayland... Wellesley... Weston... Concord... Lincoln... Watertown... Carlisle... Lexington... Bedford... Belmont and Arlington

In addition to large hail and damaging winds... frequent cloud to ground lightning and torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm. Get indoors or inside a vehicle now!

Well THAT was exciting! We were eating a late lunch inside the inn’s skylighted great-room when it hit. The storm lasted a good hour, with gullywashing rain, wind and some pretty close lightning-strikes, too.

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