The last hot days are passing. Already at Nahant Marsh the browns and golds of pending autumn are showing through in a few places where the green has worn thin. The intense greens of summer can never last of course. The light withdraws a little bit daily—equinox will be here soon. The brilliant arc of summer bloom color has arrived into the late season flowers.
Summer at the marsh has been colorful and productive. Vividly brilliant flowers filled the meadows, changing as the season progressed. A new generation of birds, insects and other marsh residents were born in the sanctuary offered here. A pair of sandhill cranes have been frequently seen, sometimes lounging and foraging out in plain view for quite a long time.
I have been lucky enough to see otters more frequently this summer, too. The entire otter family, it seems, has been out enjoying Nahant Marsh from time to time. Otter sightings are unpredictable. When I do see them it seems that they are going somewhere. They always seem to be taking the playful, rolling about, in their own sweet time way to get there though.
Many blooms have become many seeds in these last hot days of summer, and the insects and spiders have waxed fat—the ones that haven’t themselves been eaten anyway. There are many more fine days before the blooms and insects go still. Take a moment to enjoy it, and keep an eye out for the otters and cranes.