The fall is here, my favorite time of the year. The Hamptons are still the Hamptons, but the traffic is diminished, things slow down, the sky is beautiful, and the leaves turn myriad colors before they fall to the ground in November. It’s the time of the great bird migration and the harvesting of fish and shellfish, just like in the old days.
Two Wednesdays ago I was back at Crooked Pond south of Sag Harbor, this time with Victoria Bustamante and Arthur Goldberg, both of whom were new to the pond. The exposed flats, with their wonderful array of rare and opportunistic sedges, grasses, and flowers were still thriving.
The oyster may be the most celebrated bivalve globally, but the clam comes in a close second. "Quiet as a clam," "don't clam up," "clams" (as in, "that'll cost you 10 clams"), "happy as a clam" are just a few of the idioms in American parlance built around this marvelous organism.