"the law says a weed is wrong and shall be killed.
The weeds say life is a white and lovely thing."
Carl Sandburg, "Weeds"
View of the goose meadow as it was before the DCR's second illegal destruction of it on August, 2009.
The plants here are nature's own restoration of the site after the DCR's illegal destruction of October, 1999. In the intervening ten years birds, the wind and water have trees, shrubs, hardy perennials, and annuals that create habitat for breeding waterfowl, rabbits, hawks, bees and other insects, and humans in search of contact with the truly natural world.
Here are asters in the foreground, just about to bloom. Ailanthus trees and false indigo beyond, with the taller maple and elm in the background. Not blooming are Missouri primrose and smartweed.
The graceful leaves of the ailanthus, left foreground, and the maple and mulberry saplings to the right buffer the goose meadow from the busy intersection just outside.
More asters and alianthus, and a knotweed.
View from the goose meadow to the Memorial Drive Reid Overpass at the BU Bridge.