This is the Pawcatuck River, which flows out to Little Narragansett Bay. The removal of the Kenyon Mill dam at this site in Richmond, RI in 2013 was part of a larger effort to remove several colonial era dams to allow fish like river herring to once again make their way up the river to spawn. I was out here for work last week, and when I saw this lovely scene, I had to stop to appreciate it and then take a couple of pictures.
Rhode Islanders like to complain about the weather, but we have had a really fabulous fall in our state. The scene in the above photo is pretty much what it’s been like this October – deep blue sky, plenty of intense red leaves, and pleasantly warm so you can pause to enjoy it all.
To top it off, we have a flock of stately wild turkeys strolling through the neighborhood. I see them almost every day and I often have to stop the car to allow them to cross the road. I hope they are gorging on ticks as well as acorns.
When I Googled wild turkeys, at first, all I could see were websites about how to hunt them and how to deal with “problem” turkeys. (Someone should draw a cartoon of a turkey reading a book on how to deal with “problem” humans.) But eventually, I came upon a fascinating book about wild turkeys that is chock full of details about their history and their habits.
I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely season.