Recently, I spent a couple of hours hiking the Barn Island Wildlife Management area in Connecticut. This is the largest coastal property in the state – 1,013 acres.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know that I love fall, but for those of you who don’t know, I LOVE FALL!!!
These photos will hopefully explain why. The sun is still warm, but it’s cool enough to hike without suffering. The flies are gone, and so are most of the tourists. The trees light up the forest with their colors, and even the dying bracken fern is beautiful.
As the leaves fall, the contours of the land reemerge, as do the rocks and the stone walls, and birds’ nests. Here are some headstones in an old cemetery. They are pretty hard to read, but one seems to be for a little girl, and dates back to 1750.
The light is pale and clear and the sun takes a while to melt away the frost on the grass.
Here’s an interesting whirlpool, created as water from the marsh is sucked into a culvert.
Some of the marsh grasses turn very red, even redder than the maples.
Great hike, great friends, great season. Lucky me!