With limited time, take a walk around the block

Mute swan at Silver Lake

My calendar for the day mostly was full (for me) and it promised to be comfortable and sunny. What to do before the sun set? Take a simple walk around the block.

Shadows stretch all the way up to my little house at the top of the hill

My “block” is a dead end road alongside Silver Lake. I love sharing pictures of the lake in spring, summer and fall. But the foliage is gone, the scenery is, shall we say, less than spectacular. I brought my camera along, “just in case” since you never know what might happen at the lake.

Swans pose for pictures, so thoughtful!

The days are growing short, so I headed out around 3 o’clock, enough time to get back before dark, but the shadows were already so long. Lucky for me, the swans have not left, and were near the shoreline, showing off their plumage. They will leave before long, but for now, they add some interest when so much I usually enjoy looks barren and forlorn.

Tiny pumpkins all in a row

My neighbors perched tiny pumpkins along their fence and surprisingly, the squirrels have not eaten all of them yet! Another touch of color along the way.

Glowing cat tails in the shallow end of Silver Lake

When I reached my neighbor’s driveway where the road ends, the sun was shining right through the cat tails just off shore. The light turned their fuzzy remnants into glowing torches.

The birds are busy right now, storing up food and fat against the coming cold. Woodpeckers, chickadees, and sparrows flitted from branch to branch, too quick for me to focus on any single one. The ducks in the lake were backlit as well, mallards, most likely.

Blue sky, fair weather clouds, and the lake…ahhhhh

Nature is anything but static. We never know what might be right around the corner, but it sure helps to get outside to look. Happy trails!


Marjorie 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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