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?





The Preserve

13 12 2020

I find it presumptuous that this place is called The Preserve, as if there is no other.

I’m grateful for its preservation, despite its multiple same-colored loop trails that provide no insight into which direction is home.

I celebrate the new sign, in perhaps the newest state forest?





Meshomasic State Forest

6 12 2020

As the oldest state forest in New England, this area seemed a priority to visit. The entrance off Clark Hill Road was not marked by name, although the state forest boundary markers were apparent. The forest access road crossed the Shenipsit blue-blazed trail, which I took up to the Great Hill lookout.

The view of Great Hill Pond and the Connecticut River from the top of Great Hill were extraordinary.

Turkey vultures soared overhead on the perfect autumn day I visited.

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





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.)