Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Friday, October 23, 2020

Fall - Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, USA



Much of the Boston Common was still green on this recent visit but, there was one small pocket of oranges and reds......



....that proved popular for.......



.....many folks to stop to make portraits on their phones.



Others, just to enjoy wandering along with a cup'o coffee in hand.



It was a lovely fall day in the world-class city of Boston.



I have been surprised with the willingness of our citizenry to wear masks when outdoors in public spaces.



The Boston Common - the oldest city park in the United States - 50 acres in size - since 1634.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, Massachusetts, USA



An expansive view awaits those who climb to the top of Eliot Tower on Great Blue Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation. Ten miles or so in the distance to the north downtown Boston is visible.



This view is eastward towards the coast.



There are more than 125 miles of woodland trails but, this paved service road is also a popular way to the top. It is more ankle-stable for those of us in the older set who don't want to risk the rocky trails.



My guess is that these trees stand 60-80 feet tall.

I wanted a harsh black and white image - hints of days to come in the winter weather - a time when we will likely still be coronavirus captives.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA



A peaceful fall weekday at the beach. Not many visitors. This area of dunes that frames the beach is fenced off from the public to protect the fragile ecosystem. I am standing on a boardwalk that crosses the delicate terrain.



At low tide, there is still plenty of beach available - but not so many people since it is cooler outside. In any case, it is stunningly beautiful.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Quincy Quarries, Quincy Quarries Reservation, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

 

The Quincy Quarries, 10 miles south of downtown Boston, produced granite for over a century. Now, the 22-acre section of the former quarry is owned and operated as a public recreation area. Much of the dirt that fills in where the water was came from the Big Dig, the tunneling project under downtown Boston.



In its life now as a park, it is a popular living canvas for graffiti sprayers, rock climbing classes, and just a nice outdoor space to enjoy the outdoors on a fine day.



There are young folk scrambling around at the lower section and ....



....more advanced technical rock climbing anchored from the top.



There seemed to be plenty of both instructors and students.



What a beautiful spot on a nice fall New England day.





Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fall - Brookwood Farm, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, Massachusetts, USA



The Blue Hills Reservation, a 6000-acre park about 10 miles south of Boston is an especially popular spot when the fall colors come out.



This area is Maple Lane.










Maple Lane, from the opposite end. I think I was a week or two early this year.  Still too much green.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Weekday, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA



I have been trying to visit the beach everyday now that the summer crowds are gone, parking is available, and the temps are down. It's calm and peaceful. That's Manomet Point in the distance.



Dog walkers have a built-in motivation to get out and walk. 



I've been visiting this beach for 20 years - hopefully, another 20 in the future? I am not an ocean swimmer so I have never cared that the water is often chilly - about 60 degrees F right now.  I just like the beach............



Thursday, October 8, 2020

After the Storm, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA



Nelson Beach is walking distance north of downtown Plymouth. A low key, family friendly area with beach and adjacent playground and converted rail walking trail - and parking is free if you can get a spot.



The gulls like it, too.



The rain has just passed and the skies are clearing leaving that fresh-scrubbed look.



The tide is in and tourists are few. A good day for us locals.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Out and About, Milton, Plymouth, Sagamore, Massachusetts, USA



Maple Lane at Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton. Not much color yet.



I've lived in my current home for eight years and this is the first sighting of a coyote from my sunroom window - deer, turkeys, otters, foxes, and all manner of other small critters but, this is the first coyote.



Oddly, he was nibbling on the bushes just like the deer.



The waterfront in downtown Plymouth is taking on that fall/winter look already.



A busy day at both the Cape Cod Canal and the adjacent bike/walking trail.



I don't often see a sail boat with the sails raised through the canal.  The wind must have been perfect - the day sure was.


Saturday, October 3, 2020

A Walk in the Woods, Fall, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

 

The outer wall of evergreen pines hides what's going on behind. Closely following the perimeter of this pond in the 12,000+ acre Myles Standish State Forest, a delightful 2.6 mile trail winds through the adjacent woods. Fall colors are splashing out.



It's a well-worn and cared for trail.



Frequently with adjacent water views.



It is mostly easy walking except for the occasional tree root sticking up.



If you prefer the water, kayaking is a common activity here, too. This huge forest/lake property has been state protected for more than 100 years - since 1916 - and enjoys year-around outdoor experiences including hiking, horse riding, camping, swimming, biking, kayaking, snowmobiling - it's a popular spot.


Monday, September 28, 2020

End of Summer, Adams, Massachusetts, USA



A field of goldenrod waving on a slope of Mt. Greylock in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts.



The field is interspersed with random purple wildflowers.



A lovely vista can be enjoyed from the summit of Mt. Greylock. At almost 3500' MSL, it is the highest peak in Massachusetts.



In the valley east of Mt. Greylock, a converted former railroad track is now a 12+ mile walking, biking, and rollerblading path through Lanesborough, Cheshire, and Adams.



A great name (sounds like it's spelled). Like most converted rail routes, it's nearly level for walking - I got in a few miles with a steady target cardio pace.



A beautiful day on the Cheshire Reservoir.



The easterly view from Mt. Greylock looking down onto the countryside around the town of Adams.



I liked the common element - trees and legs, similar yet different.



Hints of the coming fall.