Forty-four ° F this morning. Quite a change from the eighty-five ° F we had just a few days ago. But I digress……
There I was, dressed in my “Sunday go to meeting” clothes. Black suede dress shoes and all. Leaving the church, my mantra of “look around, Eleanor” was buzzing in my head. So, instead of turning left out of the parking lot, I turned right, then right again and found myself looking at a directional sign for “Day Pond State Park”. The sun is playing tricks but it may be a good time to take some autumn photographs.
I’ve been there before and I think to myself that there may be some opportunities there this morning.
First stop: a fly fisherman casting a line into the pond. I asked him as I always do “would you mind if I include you in a photograph?”. He declined so I thanked him and wished him a good day. This is where the “look around EP” came into play. There were any number of varieties of mushrooms emerging on the broken branches and mosses. Amazing shapes and colors as you will see. I left all where they lay. If I want mushrooms, I’ll get them at the farmers’ market or local grocers.
Next: I can hear falling water and know there’s a spillway across the pond. I parked BGB and proceeded to pick my way through the wet leaves and icky stuff. Walking to what I hoped would be a good location I spotted two ladies at one of the many picnic tables. The table was artfully covered with a pumpkin motif tablecloth and they were working diligently on their self described best jack-o-lanterns in the world. They agreed to a photo which I took and departed but not before wishing them “happy carving”.
As I made my way around the pond and through the park itself I noticed a number of larger trees had splotches of red paint on their trunks. I suspect that they will become the target of the chain saws well into next year. I’d guess that I saw at least 50 trunks so marked. Most of them appeared to be dead or dying and clearly had passed their prime.Heading for the park exit I saw a number of people: families with huge dogs getting ready for a hike, more fishermen, 2 young men with bicycles designed for the rocky roads and rolling hills of Connecticut.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but I’m still here, I’m fine and looking forward to each new day. As always, simply click on any of the images to start your slide show. ep