4. THE BOGS (INFESTATIONS) Mattapoisett, Massachusetts It was cold and windy, but sunlight peeked through the canopy, casting trapezoidal shadows over vivid green sphagnum. After actively searching for cranberry girdlers, I decided they probably were not as present in the winter. The cold forced them to burrow beneath layers of peat for warmth, amongst histories of footprints, preserves, and brown noise sheddings. It was a site of convergence—the other seven bogs’ reflections shown in the water. Nearby The Bogs was the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Mass., obviously titled for its proximity. A brigade of teenage girls practiced their figure skating. home info full text landscape piece back play