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"But a heronry embodies a system of knowledge present in these herons, a complete, successful and highly inventive understanding of this world around them. Grasping how it came to be does not make it any less marvelous." from Verlyn Klinkenborg's commentary today.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference ... index.html

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That is a nice essay. Where does Klinkenborg live? If he's talking about the train to and from New York City, I too have taken that line, though I'm on the "country" end that he talks about.

And Heron's are truly marvelous birds. Though I've never seen a Heronry, I have seen several herons landing and feeding in the pond next to my house. They also land among several lakes and flooded fields in my area, though not at this time of year, now.

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I think Klinkenborg lives in Columbia County, NY. He writes regularly for the NY Times. He also wrote Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile, which is, I believe, one of only a few books written from the point of view of a reptile (in this case an ancient tortoise): http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=9780679737537

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Oh, I adore Verlyn. He's thoroughly lovely.


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Columbia...that's probably the same line, then.

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