Shadows Then Light – Wolf Ridge 2016

Old Naturalist: The Hopkins Field Biology Camp has been run by Scott Stillman for 18 years. He recently received a “Life Changer” award for his work with children and nature. During this year’s camp, I was surrounded by natural beauty, but the most inspiring thing for me was interacting with the young adults campers.

Photo by Jack Gunderson

Photo by Jack Gunderson

 

The Shadow
Like death falls the shadow
The blue, the green, the yellow
Everywhere this shadow lurks
Waiting
Until the golden rays bleed through.
Not to end, but to aid.
And when the shadow rises
You will learn its name
       Silence
Like the fog coming to trap the trees.
We can learn many things from silence.
Kathryn Sherman

Jessie Kurus photographing a Pitcher plant

Jessie Kurus photographing a pitcher plant

 

I think I have been killed one thousand times.
Although it is hard to count over the chimes.
For that’s the noise I make as I do die
I think it is God making a small noise
For each moment I lived in gentle poise
They count carefully and would never lie
I know the answer is carved in the stone
With this knowledge, I will not be alone.
So there is no reason to sit and mope
It is okay that I will die again.

For that means I will be a thousand men.
My future is all, at least I hope
Sarah Coval

Photo by Jackson Risser

Photo by Jackson Risser

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Nuala Kelly – Foley

Old Naturalist Note: Nuala said her work represents the expansiveness of the universe and the Earth is the blue dot at the top.


The summer sun is setting

Everyone is forgetting
The troubles of the day.
The calmness of the fallen trees
The serenity of waving leaves
The sun sinks towards the rolling hills.
Taking with it daytime’s thrills
The night bears arms to the open sky
Where the moon is soon to rise.
Bringing with it night’s unrest
The darkness pressing in your chest.
Then sleep will come

And next the sun,
Will rise outside your window.
Catriona Ray

A water droplet on a water lily. Photo by Soso Waterman

A water droplet on a water lily.
Photo by Soso Waterman

 

Tiny explorers determined and quick
High up above and deep under wet earth
Climb the trees tall and lark off at a flick
Forever never to learn caution’s worth
Tiny explorers hungry and buzzing.
Alighting on those that just wish them gone
Shooed half away with distracted fussing
Returning as soon as defences yawn.
Tiny explorers, jewel-bright and alive
Crawling and winging to sights unforeseen.
Rianna Ray

Mink Frog photo by Taylor Hedlund

Mink Frog
photo by Taylor Hedlund

 The leaf Jackson Risser

The leaf
Jackson Risser

 

 

An old gnarled giant of a tree
Fell from cloudless skies
To a darken underworld and buzzing flies
Illuminated by its old friend, the sun.

The broken branches envy the lofty trees
And remembers standing tall
Having leaves gilded with light
Whispering to the wind passing by.

The old tree finds happiness on the ground
It grows to like the chatter of squirrels
The whistling of grass and buzzing of flies
No longer missing the sky.
Lucy Smith

Rock Wall Dancer photo by Maggie Lund

Rock Wall Dancer
photo by Maggie Lund

 

Stream Study

Stream Study

 

The Dragonfly
Gliding on cellophane wings
A master of flight
Chasing other males from its spot
Feasting in the warmth of the day
You bless the land for all to see
What is it like to live a pond as a nymph?
And then take your first flight?
I feel the freedom in your wings
And long to be a partner with the wind
To see the world through your eyes
Teach me dragonfly, to let go
Of my tether to the land
And come to your world.
Lawrence Wade

Bethany Catcka

Bethany Cacka

Photo Gallery

Stream analysis

Stream analysis

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Voyageurs photo by Jim Ikhaml

Voyageurs
photo by Jim Ikhaml

 

emerald Jewelwing

emerald Jewelwing

Indian Pipe Photo by Jackson Risser

Indian Pipe
Photo by Jackson Risser

Wetland Study

Wetland Study – Mud City Photo by Jack Gunderson

Photo by Paul Pressnall

Photo by Paul Pressnall

Bullfrog

Bullfrog

Slug Alert!

Slug Alert!

Photo by Jack Gunderson

Photo by Jack Gunderson

 

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1 Response to Shadows Then Light – Wolf Ridge 2016

  1. Barbara Wade says:

    Great poems. I loved the photos, too. They looked like engaged students. It must have been a great experience.

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