Late Afternoon Along the CCRT

Everyday the trees get more full. The woods are sprinkled with yellow blossoms that seem to float in the air. The late day sun casts a golden light and creates stunning shadows along the creek.

A Winter Morning Walk

After days of rain the sky cleared at least a little bit.

It was much cooler this morning than it has been in quite a while. About halfway through the walk the Northwest wind picked up and dropped some bay effect snow/sleet. It seemed like the moisture whipped up from about a half mile away didn’t have time to fully form as flakes and came down as ice. I thought it ironic that they looked very much like ice melt pellets.

The low lying vegetation on the edge of the forest seemed to hold up these wind formed frozen droplets like jewels for all to see.DSCN2602DSCN2603DSCN2605021420 Morning Magic021420 Morning Moon

 

 

A Crisp Walk on the CCRT

It was cool and crisp on the Cape Cod Rail Trail this morning. The wind was light. The sky was blue. The clouds to the south were spectacular. Slideshow from today’s walk below.

See more information from Mass.gov about the CCRT here.

 

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These walks are more than taking in beauty, which at times is simply staggering. These times are great for stimulating creativity and a sense of wonder.

What is this? And how many people have walked under it without knowing it was there. And how often, in general, does this happen. I admit, I didn’t see this until my second pass this morning:

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When I came along these two large trees of different species but set so perfectly together, at least it seemed so to me, I thought they looked like a mature happily married couple. This guided me to seeing the essence of these walks.

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“It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination,” — Henry David Thoreau

Friends and Foes Along the Rail Trail

 

What you see are wild plants along the section of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) While I was glad to not detect any poison ivy, these plants are invasive and are not native to New England. The two frail, barely visible weeds in the center, however, are very damaging to the soil and create an environment where only poison ivy can thrive.

I spotted very soil friendly clover along the trail. Areas near the parking lots were wisely mass planted with clover. Clover improves the quality of the soil and allows many species of plants to thrive.