We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In those days, salt marshes were used for cattle grazing, and salt hay was harvested for winter fodder. Over the past 100 years, the once-vast Atlantic coast salt marshes have been devastated by fill, development, and by channelization in the early 1900s in an effort to reduce mosquitoes (Malaria was a big problem in New England at the turn of the century.) In one of the coastal New England towns I grew up in, the salt marsh acreage dropped from 1000 acres to 30 acres, mostly since 1940.
I think the subject of Salt Marshes will need to be a future post.
Talk about serendipity! I work in the paintings conservation department of an art museum (but not a conservator). Upon completion of my morning reading of MF, I passed thru the lab and noted the most recent arrivals for examination --our two Heades -- After the Rain in the Salt Marshes and Sunset on the Rocks-Newport. They are lovely little things and the salt marsh paintings are always a favorite of mine. Thanks for noting the NGA collection. Mr. Wilmerding certainly had good taste (and deep pockets)!