“The edges of the road offered an embarrassment of riches, as do most borders.

Roadsides, hedgerows, fence rows, railroad right-of-ways are everywhere the richest of habitats. Spared by plow, bulldozer, and ax, they are plant conservatories of astonishing diversity.

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They are heterogenous havens for insects, birds, and mammals that prefer diversity, Victorian extravagance, to the modern monocultures of agricultural lands, and esteem the cozy confines of brush, thickets, and patchy disorder in place of the freedom and exposure of the broad expanses of meadows....”
field w/ highway sound barrier
---text from Vincent G. Delthier, Crickets and Katydids, Concerts and Solos (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1992), p. 17.

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