Last week, I took drives on three different days in search of autumn foliage to photograph. Finding the ideal combination of foliage and light (both quality and direction are important) is not trivial.
Last Wednesday (the 7th) the foliage in our ‘neighborhood’ was good, but not yet peak. Thus, I decided to head north. I meandered as far as Rumney, NH before turning around in the late afternoon. The weather was not completely cooperative but I made a few nice photos before the clouds moved in.
Friday (the 9th) dawned foggy and rainy. I took the camera with me and after finishing my errands, I wandered the back roads on the way home looking for interesting photographs.
Saturday (the 10th), I took an indirect route (via South Newbury, Bradford and Washington) home after I finished photographing the meeting house in South Sutton.
Just after lunch on the past two days, we headed out on our snowshoes. Rather than heading down the driveway and deciding which way to turn on Brimstone Corner, we headed “down back” into the woods.
Our goal, on both days, were the beaver “swamps” that lie between our house and Willard Pond. These wetlands are more properly called “wet meadows” according to the book* on wetlands I have been reading.
There are two, roughly parallel beaver-made wetlands between our house and Willard Pond. A small fraction of the closest one occupies the back of our property and extends roughly half a mile to the north. The second, lies farther to the west. There is a low ridge and a quarter mile separating the two.
It has been about a week since we have had any new snow and it is quite amazing to see the number of moose and dear tracks crisscrossing the woods. There are also, of course, numerous tracks made by smaller animals.
On Friday, our route followed the edge of “our” beaver meadow and there were a number of places right at the margin of the wet land with dozens of moose prints; spots where they were browsing. On Saturday, we found a site where a deer had clearly bedded down for a night.
None of these these things make for artistic photos but it is fun seeing them.
* Swampwalker's Journal: A Wetlands Year by David M. Carroll. Highly recommended!
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