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Re: A&E: Moose Marsh

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kate/Ron Hirschi (gresham.10)
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 17:39:58 -0500

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Thanks for the walk around the marsh! Lynn's dragonfly comes to mind a lot
lately.... I am glad to know it is being visited. I thought you'd like to
know that a moose was last seen heading Pickerington way, just a little
south of Jackson.

Ron Hirschi

>Hello Lynn and Ron! (and all)
>I went walking around Moose Marsh at Pickerington Elementary the other day
>and thought you might like an update on the condition of the place and the
>various pieces of sculpture installed at the Art & Ecology Colloquium
>during the summer of 1996. The place is wonderfully restored, with an
>incredible regrowth of vegetation circling the edge. ( After two years,
>the maintenance crew finally quite mowing around the basin's edge!) There
>is very little evidence of a takeover of canary grass - instead a wonderful
>flowered, bushy plant seems to be the most abundant (the name of which has
>stumped the children who have tried to identify it), seconded by the
>cattails that began with those few clumps from the ditch at the edge of the
>parking lot planted in the cool mud that wonderful, warm day in May. The
>pink willows from Montana are thriving, too, nestled behind the cattails
>that have gone to fluffy seed.
>The water level is down. Many of the waterlilies, gently transferred by
>bulb from Pickerington Ponds by the kindergarteners, are grounded with the
>receding water line. But for the first time since the water came, we can
>see the rock that was uncovered with the sculpting of the land. Together
>we placed the large stump upon it so that the turtles might feel the warmth
>of the sun - and they still do! The raptor roost hovers high above the
>ground, surrounded by a number of stumps cut from a very large fallen tree
>- newly added to the place this past summer, creating an outdoor meeting
>place for rest and meditation. The toad holes are well above the water
>line, but stand in wait as sanctuary for tiny creatures being followed
>My favorite piece of sculpture, an interlocking, winged structure that we
>called "the dragonfly" still acts as a drying-rack for the damsel-flies and
>dragon-flies that flit around the water. On the day of my visit a
>beautiful crimson lady had settled, for the moment, on one of the highest
>points. The piece casts such a beautiful reflection upon the water!
>It's nice to remember!

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