Wharton Brook SP, North Haven CT

13 05 2021

Allen Brook Pond is the prominent feature at the entrance of this state park.

Swamp pink was a lovely sign of spring.

Low-bush blueberries were flowering.

But the major attraction was the pitch pine forest here. It had been at least 30 years since I’d visited this sandy scrubby forest tucked into North Haven.

Sadly there was no canopy of pitch pine, but some scraggly stressed trees putting out needle bundles all along their trunks.

At its densest, the forest was sparse. Since its establishment as a natural area, the lack of fire/management apparently led to the replacement of the pitch pine with other trees.

Selective cutting and a major storm has opened areas and pitch pine is regenerating, amidst extensive stands of black birch.

One can only hope that this effort will be successful.

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Chatfield Hollow SP, Killingworth, CT

7 05 2021

Red Covered Bridge

Good flow of water

This fella caught his first fish in two years just below that flow of water

Signs of spring

Lots of history here

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





People’s State Forest, Pleasant Valley, CT

30 04 2021

Storms the day prior to my visit (April 19) caused extensive downed trees

Signs of spring

Quartz highlighted by moss

Lovely boardwalk trail

Very glad this year’s theme is BRIDGES and BOARDWALKS

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge





Rocky Neck SP, East Lyme CT

29 04 2021

Bride Brook being restored to allow alewife to travel upstream; Acela overhead

Beautiful beaches, strong winds, low tide

Might even look tropical except for the jacket!

Great view of herons, egrets, and ducks

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Stratton Brook SP, Simsbury CT

27 04 2021

Entrance

Covered Bridge

Bridge across Farmington River Trail

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List; timber boardwalk on the Orange Trail was nonexistant





Hammonasset Beach State Park

16 04 2021

Madison CT As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit

Beautiful day Wednesday April 14

Nature Trail and views (no seals)

Willard Island view with osprey

Fried clams and salmon, Fish Tales, safe and distance eating





Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown, CT

31 03 2021

First trip for the 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge

Creeks are running strong already with the recent rain

Hemlock woolly adelgid infesting trees; see white cottony areas at the base of needles

Unfortunately, this snake was dead, perhaps due to freezing temperatures the previous night?





East Haddam CT Preserves: Sabine and Hammon Mill

3 01 2021

SABINE: a gracious walk that includes a pleasant stop along Moodus Reservoir. Due to the abundance of recent rains, mushrooms were prolific.

HAMMON MILL: a fascinating historical site of an old mill and sluiceways, dedicated to the Kashanskis, whom I knew. Erosion along the stream was striking.

East Haddam Preserves were visited as part of the Find the Chairs Challenge. I was grateful to discover these sites that I’d never seen in town. They were clearly identified along the road and trails were well marked.





East Haddam CT Preserves: Duncan and Urbanek

27 12 2020

DUNCAN: with an initial path through an historic church site, this area falls and rises through interesting rock formations to reward with a lovely view of the Connecticut River. A cold and startled ribbon snake and hidden rock caves delighted.

URBANIK: named after the uncle of a high school classmate, this tranquil pond reflected the sky’s turbulence of the day.

East Haddam Preserves were visited as part of the Find the Chairs Challenge. I was grateful to discover these sites that I’d never seen in town. They were clearly identified along the road and trails were well marked.





East Haddam CT Preserves: Hatch Lot and Hidden Valley

20 12 2020

HATCH LOT: an unassuming name to a very nice spot. Near the parking lot, native plants are being introduced. The ascent to the vista did cause some difficulty breathing, especially due to wearing masks. But the view of the sliver of the Connecticut River and hint of Long Island Sound were well worthwhile. We encountered some hunters within the parcel and appreciated our orange vests we were wearing, as it was not a Sunday.

HIDDEN VALLEY: a relatively short trail to a charming spot along the Moodus River. Due to recent rains, the flow was pleasantly noisy. Efforts to follow the trail on the other side of the river were hampered by proximity to neighbors.

East Haddam Preserves were visited as part of the Find the Chairs Challenge. I was grateful to discover these sites that I’d never seen in town. They were clearly identified along the road and trails were well marked.