The BEAVER POND looks pretty bleak this evening. It’s covered with dust and pollen, and nothing is moving. The pond looks completely inactive. I’ll bet the BEAVERS have moved. No CRAYFISH in the brook either. Nothing anywhere. The Nature Center is looking bleaker and bleaker. On my walks up Sherman Hollow Road, I have noticed flocks of birds — family groups? We seem to have moved into a new phase of summer. I feel it also in the arc of the days — they’re getting shorter already.