Sign for park visitors read:  Battery Whitman was designed to send destructive forces whirling through the air, with just the quick tug of a long lanyard. What was the site of explosive force is now a quiet, windless place.   Look up. Samaras are growing in the invasive Norway Maples species all around the island. Here the damaging seeds lie in wait to be released in flight in the fall, invading the island.   Time seems suspended. Just as the samaras take flight, there is a moment when they pause in the air, spinning on the slightest wind. Here is that moment of suspension, after a destructive seed has been released, and before its force is felt in a world where it does not belong.
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