Fall Rains Leave Their Mark–Full Rivers, Multitudes of Mushrooms

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In the midst of the rushing waters of the Blackstone River, a small maple holds on, displaying its fall color, regardless

We have had an unusually wet fall already, and the local rivers are showing the effects. Most rivers we drive by are high. On a recent bike ride along the Blackstone River Bikeway, when we came to the Pratt Dam in Cumberland, RI,

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After recent rains, the usually-calm Blackstone forced its way through the openings of Pratt Dam in Cumberland

the path fairly shook with the power of the water forcing its way through the dam.

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Clusters of mushrooms on the woodland floor

Mushrooms, or fungi are everywhere! Across the forest floor, dotting green lawns, tucked into rotting tree stumps, in such variety–encouraged by the abundance of rain, fungi are busy doing their work.

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Along the Holliston Upper Charles Trail

Hints of fall peak out from every corner. The days grow shorter, the nights cooler, and soon enough, another season will have passed. But for now, we wait–the leaves will soon be gone. Right now, the show is about to begin.

Marjorie

beech cliffs 2018Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,”  “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts,”  and edited “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! Marjorie is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Paddles-River-Watershed/dp/1985377012

 

 

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