The combination of heat and humidity conspires to slow down even the most energetic among us. During these late summer days, it’s difficult to find the motivation to take on new challenges. This land snail, however, seemed pretty determined in its early morning attempt to cross the Salt Marsh Trail.
This brown caterpillar seemed to be on a similar quest. Caterpillars are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, not all of them are harmless…
The heat and humidity isn’t slowing these down as they gobble their way through the leaves. Perhaps they’re just quenching their thirst by eating more fresh greens! Unfortunately, they are damaging fruit trees and many others in their path. Between their hunger and the dry summer, farmers are warning of rising food prices in the fall.
At least the birds have lots to eat. A crab isn’t fast enough for a seagull, even in the morning mist. Many crab shells litter the trail, remnants of seabirds’ breakfasts.
The shell of this green crab is still fairly fresh. Its color will later lighten in the sunshine. Though it appears intact, its insides have already been feasted upon by a hungry bird.
Summer’s slow days are perfect for the living to enjoy the warmth of the sun while it lasts. Hurricane season is right around the corner. With warm waters in the North Atlantic, who knows what lies ahead?
On these warm humid days, our view of the path before us is often clouded in fog. Yet, there is magic in the mist, the least of which is the mystery of the unknown that lies ahead. Perhaps the best we can expect to do is move slowly forward on the path set before us, simply putting one foot in front of the other while hoping for the best.
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012