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.
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.
There we found bright sunshine,
glowing reds and oranges, and a pretty, small pond.
The fire road around the pond makes for easy walking,
just the amount of walk we were up for.
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.
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
greater or lesser scaups, and
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.
Look quick, because the leaves will be mostly on the ground after the predicted Nor’easter blows through. Happy trails!
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