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Bog Tender
“The bog lies between two ridges; there's no runoff, though it seeps from east to west. The bog is perhaps a half-mile long, extending through three properties, and a hundred yards across at its widest. Our property is a long, narrow lot. The bog cuts it in two, extending through three properties. Ours is in the middle; before the bog road, no one walked from one side to the other on our land.
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The Tartarus House on Crab
The Tartarus House on Crab 
by George Szanto

Bog Tender
Coming Home to Nature and Memory
by George Szanto
Brindle & Glass Publishing, 2013


"Living by the bog has given me time to wander about in my past; I report what I discover or recover, I write down snippets of memory. Often I merely mull about what could be down there, back there, in my memory bog."

Not so much nature writing as memoir, this book uses a bogland on Gabriola Island as a springboard to recollections far and wide, but the author never dives in, never really touches the bog.

Szanto congratulates himself for leaving the wetland he purchased in its natural state rather than filling it in and make his property much like others along the west coast. Like most who retreat to a rural space from city life, he has difficulty describing his surroundings without launching into stories about his youth, his career, his family, or the many other places he has lived.


Cattail on the Bog
Cattail on the bog. 

April Snow

We woke the next morning and stared out the window in disbelief. White white white. An utterly unannounced snowstorm has passed through overnight. And the power was out. We got dressed without pleasure to start the generator and, as important, to pack the feeders with more bird food; dozens of birds were perching on snow-covered branches of the upper plum tree, flying off and circling the vacant plastic containers, landing on the feeding rods to check, in disbelief, the empty chambers: how could these people abandon us precisely when any other seeds lay buried under a foot of snow? The generator started only after some coaxing, but at least Kit coiuld now grind coffee, essential for a civilized morning, and we could run water...  The snow was destroying our plans for the day.


Car Completely Buried in Heavy Snow after an Intense Snowstorm
Gold Finches Feeder In Snow

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