Nayantaquit Trail

22 11 2020

This trail, In Lyme, is a loop trail that has some ups and downs.

The fall beauty was lovely and rock formations were interesting.

Lots of mushrooms after our recent rains, also.

(This is part of the DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020 challenge which encourages us to get outdoors.)





Lone Pine Trail

15 11 2020

This trail ascends and crosses the Braemore Preserve, which is a 95-acre scenic holding of the Town of Guilford, before joining the Mattabesett Trail.

Fall colors abounded on my hike; the crunch of leaves under foot and some interesting features, such as large quartz nuggets and unusual root uplifts made this an interesting walk.

(This is part of the DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020 challenge which encourages us to get outdoors.)





Highlawn Forest Trails

8 11 2020

This trail is located at Blue-blazed trails headquarters, CT Forest and Park Association, in Rockfall.

I saw many indicators of human management of this site, including a coniferous plantation and recently chain-sawed trail clearings.

The tranquility within this relatively small tract contrasts with the busy noise of Route 66 on which it is located.

(This is part of the DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020 challenge which encourages us to get outdoors.)





Haddam Meadows State Park

1 11 2020

The granddog and I enjoyed walking out the boat ramp and looking up and down the CT River.

The river access provides opportunities for beach-combing and throwing rocks.

The butterfly garden offers quiet contemplation and a place to search for painted rocks.

(This is part of the DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020 challenge which encourages us to get outdoors.)





Fort Trumbull State Park

25 10 2020

I like the mixture of history and views of the river that are available at this site.

I enjoy watching the Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle and cadets going about their chores. Compare this to the daily folk coming to fish at the pier.

The state park is a vast improvement to the disarray that had hidden its historic and natural features prior to state acquisition.

(This is part of the DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020 challenge which encourages us to get outdoors.)





Harkness State Park

18 10 2020

From March through August, I sheltered in Southeastern Connecticut and walked here daily.

It was definitely part of my strategy to maintain mental health! Harkness is probably the most photogenic park I’ve ever seen.

This section of the trail is dedicated to Dr. Bill Niering, Connecticut College, with whom I took botany. He was an awesome, unassuming man who inspired many.

I still come to this area, even though my sheltering days have ended.

(This is part of the DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020 challenge which encourages us to get outdoors.)





CT DEEP Sky’s the Limit 2020

12 10 2020

You may recall that my friend Cherry and I participated in the Connecticut DEEP‘s Sky’s the Limit challenge over the last few years. This year, due to COVID, this challenge was not offered until October 5. Cherry has decided to not participate this year, but I am going to try to march forward.


The 2020 challenge encourages us to get outdoors and experience locations, preferably close to home. By the end of December, we are to visit:

  • three state parks,
  • three state forest, and
  • three blue blazed trails

We are to photograph ourselves at a sign that indicates the location, and write 50 words about why we went there and what we liked about it (sort of sounds like fourth grade, but I’m OK with that).


I intend to post here the sites that I am including in this challenge, not in any order of visitation or on the days of their visit.


I encourage anyone else to participate, either officially or unofficially, in Connecticut or any other state. Get out, get hiking, stay safe.





Memorial Day Weekend

23 05 2020

Changing in Place cover

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Not quite a typical one: no parades or picnics. We are still in place.

Here is a tribute to how nature changes in place, once again in areas that are within two miles of where I am sheltering. And a tribute on this Memorial Day weekend to the memory of those we’ve lost so far and will continue to lose to our current pandemic.
https://youtu.be/mSsbqrA35nU 

Thanks again to the Middletown Rec Office for sponsoring this video. (Music called “Where I am From“ provided by Google





Happy Mother’s Day!

10 05 2020
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and those who had mothers 🙂
I hope that these  signs of perseverance in nature remind us that we will make it through this!
Thanks to the Middletown Recreation office for sponsoring this video:
(The mother squirrel near the end is carrying a baby from one nest site to another. Baby’s tail is wrapped around her neck, she has it firmly in her mouth, and baby is hugging her tight. Difficult to distinguish.)
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May Day

1 05 2020

Here are some signs of spring to help us through these times of confinement. Thanks to the Middletown Recreation office for sponsoring this video.