That raging wind dragged a new weather system upon us, with a warm blustery morning merging into a quiet cold afternoon. By the time I walked in Woods Hollow Nature Preserve in Ballston Spa this afternoon, the pond lay as still as glass, and I was grateful for the sense of peace this landscape evoked in me.
Soaring pines towered over my head, lifting my spirits along with my gaze. Although there were many clouds, bright spots of blue showed through.
Eons of pine needles cushioned the path, so I walked along without making a sound, embraced by silence. Perhaps we will soon have snow, with colder weather moving in, and these pretty Wintergreen plants will endure the winter under the snow, emerging in spring as fresh and green as they look today, their berries still plump and bright. I find their resilience reassuring, when I think of all those who have been wounded by war.
I know there's a large school of goldfish living in Woods Hollow Pond, but I'm always startled to see them, bright orange flashes among the green of reflected pines. They probably got here by somebody dumping an unwanted few from a fishbowl, and over the years their population has soared.
I wonder what kind of havoc they are wreaking upon the pond's ecosystem, since this is not a native species. Dumping them in here probably seemed like a good idea at the time, to the ill-informed person who introduced them. Just like invading Iraq was some ill-informed people's idea of a good decision, nine years and hundreds of thousands of deaths ago. Ah well, at least these goldfish are beautiful, and they haven't drained our nation's treasury nor poured our nation's children down the terrible black hole of war.