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 is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then  

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