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Watch Fall Fade
and Notice the Light
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As Fall Fades, Notice the Light
There hadn’t yet been a frost when we took the ferry to Cape May for a splendid afternoon by the Atlantic and the Delaware Bay. The State Park hawk watch platform on the Point was a bustle with birders, mostly senior citizens, with their impressive gear. Monarchs, dizzy with Mexico’s lure, soaked up spicy staghorn sumac berry tea. Songbirds hung in the rust-red maples. Redwing blackbirds and finches flitted through sweeps of grasses and reeds in the ethereal light. Across the slightly stirring pond, an insignificant breeze carried ducks, and the scent of brine and salted algae.
Within this picture of end-of-season life force, the scene is predisposed to decay. Now, past Halloween and harvest, we keep our feeders full for the seed-eaters who stay to winter here when the hummingbirds have fled.
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