This is a time of renewal. Rather than celebrating Spring as a turn of the calendar page, I see Spring coming about in the natural world around me. I spend a lot of time in the wetland behind my house.  Specific plants and animals exist there, highly adapted to this aquatic and terrestrial environment. They are fascinating to watch, living in completely flooded conditions one day, and nearly dry the next.

This time of year, the marsh turns from brown to a rich green color. New growth sprouts from the muddy ground, giving way to new life.

Salicornia, commonly called glasswort is a fleshy, salt-tolerant plant that stores water and salt in its tissues. It springs up from the ground this time of year, growing throughout the Summer. As a young plant it is edible and tasty. I have had it in salads, no salt needed. By the time Fall arrives, it becomes a brilliant red.

Another sure sign of Spring is when the fiddler crabs emerge from their winter burrows.

On another front, this is a unique Spring in that our community is rebounding after a hurricane. Things are getting some state of normalcy. Some old things taken out, to be replaced by something new. Edward and William Hooper’s house was torn down 2 weeks ago. Now that was a tough one.

Things continue to change.

2 thoughts on “Renewal

  1. jack

    Man I hate to see the Hooper’s house being torn down. I remember standing on their porch with you taking a picture of me watching them work on some nets (typical government employee pose).

    Hope you are doing well.

    Have you seen this?:

    take care…


  2. Lee Scoggins

    Michael, I enjoyed talking with you on Saturday and seeing your work. I will enjoy the postcards I purchased at the coffee shop for a long time.

    As an amateur photographer, it is always fun to share notes and learn from photographers like you who are more experienced. You have some amazing images in your portfolio. I will be keeping up with your blog and welcome your suggestions if you have time to check out the images on my blog.

    Thank you for your hospitality.

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