Grabbing Fleeting Foliage, Knuckup Hill Wrentham, Trout Pond


View from the top of Knuckup HIll in Wrentham

A gorgeous fall day appeared, with blue skies, bright sunshine, the reds and oranges and bright yellows of fall on full display. I had a meeting in Wrentham, which got me right next door to one of my favorite easy walks, so after the meeting we headed up to the top of Knuckup HIll, in times past the old town ski hill.


Look just under the bare tree on the right–the buildings of Boston are quite visible at the edge of the skyline

While there is still a lot of green (the oaks have not yet turned) we enjoyed views all the way to Boston on this clear day, with spots of bright color in the foreground and in the distance. After taking in the views, we headed down to see what foliage might be on display around Trout Pond, at the bottom of Knuckup Hill.


Foliage at Trout pond

There we found bright sunshine,


Glorious colors against the blue sky

glowing reds and oranges, and a pretty, small pond.


easy walking alongside Trout pond

The fire road around the pond makes for easy walking,


Perfect day to be out taking in the sights

just the amount of walk we were up for.


Turtle diving into the water

The sunning turtles heard us and quickly dropped back into the water but not before I grabbed a quick shot as one made a dive for safety.


Five of the ten visiting swans at Silver Lake

Earlier this same day I walked along the shores of Silver Lake in Bellingham with a friend, and spotted 10 mute swans, as well as


Great (or lesser) scaups visiting Silver Lake for a short stay before migrating south

greater or lesser scaups, and


Hooded mergansers at Silver Lake for a short stay

hooded mergansers. All are migrating at this time, and they too, like the foliage, will soon be gone. But with spring, the birds will return, the trees will sprout new leaves and life continues, all cycles which I take great comfort in.


Maples at Silver Lake finally glowing in the sunshine

Look quick, because the leaves will be mostly on the ground after the predicted Nor’easter blows through. Happy trails!


beech cliffs 2018MMarjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.


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2 responses to “Grabbing Fleeting Foliage, Knuckup Hill Wrentham, Trout Pond

  1. Your view from the top of the hill reminds me so much of the view from the top of the hilly road I grew up on. It was barely a mile from Route 128, but from up there in summer Boston was like Emerald City in the distance with nothing but green between me and it.

    • marjorie561

      Oh, I love hearing of what is stirred up in reader’s minds–thanks for sharing that sweet memory! Indeed, from Wrentham, Boston is quite a ways, but is quite visible. Most people around here are stunned to realize there is a place that offers such a view.

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