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October 18, 2013 – The last walk

Today’s PHOTOS and VIDEOS.

Notes for today: Joeritta De Almeida, long-time walker at Fresh Pond Reservation, and friend, has died, August 16, 2013. We met, over the years, at various places around the pond. Sometimes she would be going in the opposite direction. We stopped to talk about the reservation, children, grandchildren, her latest visit to Brazil. Other times she would catch up to me from behind. More conversation, once asking, why are you so heavily dressed. Walking slow, often stopping, for conversation, to photograph or video record some phenomenon, causes body cooling, as opposed to continuous walking that can cause a person to sweat even on a cool breezy day, is the explanation. This writer’s last day will also come. How? Struck by lightning is a favorite. A falling tree… eaten by half a dozen hungry coyotes. Attacked and stabbed by a Great Blue Heron. You don’t want to know all the ways.

Book of the day: Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean Our oceans are becoming increasingly inhospitable to life—growing toxicity and rising temperatures coupled with overfishing have led many marine species to the brink of collapse. And yet there is one creature that is thriving in this seasick environment: the beautiful, dangerous, and now incredibly numerous jellyfish. As foremost jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin describes in Stung!, the jellyfish population bloom is highly indicative of the tragic state of the world’s ocean waters, while also revealing the incredible tenacity of these remarkable creatures.

Weather: today

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