Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fort Hill, Eastham, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

This is Fort Hill today. The entire cape was mostly forested in the 1600's when the Pilgrims arrived. Security was shaky, and rewards were even paid to the colonists for each wolf head. And in 1695, to further protect the enlarging farms, each unmarried man was ordered to kill six blackbirds, or three crows, while he remained single. Over-grazing and over-cutting became a growing problem in this area along with soil depletion. By the 1850's, Eastham forest had become Eastham Plains. These fields are kept open today as a reminder of those times. (Source: National Park Service, Fort Hill Trail brochure.)

The top of Fort Hill provides a commanding view of the surrounding marsh, sea, inlet, fields, and gentle hills.

The golden hues of fall start to become more visible in the grasses of Nauset Marsh.

This lone honey bee is not ready to give up on summer yet.

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