Bellingham’s Silver Lake features an island in the middle of the lake, a perfect backdrop for foliage viewing.
Migrating mute swans sailed in on our walk alongside the water, joining a large flock of mallards paddling about the lake. The joy of living in one place over a period of years is being able to become accustomed to the seasonal changes, and also anticipate when to look for certain delights, like migrating waterfowl.
The overcast skies of the past few days have muted the colors that are appearing, but this morning offered full sunshine on the lake and bright colors if you take the time to look. An added bonus was a good friend along for the walk.
The end of the lake was shaded, and the small diving birds we spotted may have been golden eyes, but the photos were inconclusive. For now, it was my reminder to check in more regularly for the migrating birds that will stop at the lake on their way south. Indeed, fall is here, even if a few days in the 80’s make it feel like summer has returned.
But take a look around–the trees, the birds, the insects, the butterflies all know fall is here, and winter is coming. But not quite yet.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More 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