In My Environment Today

I made pictures this morning.

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This mallard duck shepherds her -lings away from me. She has an injured leg, which becomes apparent when she leaves the water and gimps across a bank in search of respite from human interlocuters.
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A fox squirrel, one of dozens in my apartment complex, nibbles a pecan.
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Mushrooms sprout from the corpse of a large tree, which was mulched and left in a mound near a creek more than a year ago. The tree has become a lush habitat for fungi and grasses, not to mention the arthropods that almost certainly thrive in its mangled body.
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These innermost tree rings formed the same year the Soviet Union dissolved, the United States embarked on Operation Desert Storm, Freddie Mercury died of AIDS, and “Terminator 2" hit theaters. I was six.
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Lichens decorate the north side of a sycamore in my apartment complex, smoothing out the rough bark.

I like to write about human-wildlife relationships, mostly.

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