The natural history of the Pajarito Plateau, home to Los Alamos, is as rare as its human history.
Peggy Pond Church lived on the plateau for years in intervals, first with her father, Ashley Pond II, who founded the Los Alamos Ranch School and whose name is on Ashley Pond, then later with her husband, Fermor Church.
In 1943, the plateau was a backdrop to suddenly different residents. The panorama is captured in sharply similar words from separate times.
Peggy Pond, the fledgling poet and author, wrote in 1914: