New Spring Photos
by Kimberly J Tilley
Spring has bloomed, animals are awake from their long winter naps, and the water is flowing. I thought I would just share some recent pics from hikes in Saco Maine and a couple of hikes in the Keene area. We recently ventured on the trail of Saco Heath Preserve in Maine. I was hoping to see some birds, but alas the area was silent. I was able to get some interesting plant photographs tho. Then we went to Otter Brook in Sullivan NH, and Beaver Brook in Keene.
In Saco the hike in is through a little muddy wood, that opens up to a field of wet heath land. The trail is mostly via boardwalk. A lot of the boards are broken, and it looks like Nature Conservancy is in the process of switching the old wooden boards for some type of composite or plastic board.
After a while the kids noticed that the path never changed from road material to dirt or mud. My youngest even asked inquisitively, “Ah, Mom, why are we walking on the road? What about the cars?”. Beaver Brook Falls is a “trail” on a very old hwy that is no longer used and is washed out. You can see the damage if you go up the road far enough. There is a waterfall, but it is not impressive. It is also not easy to get to the bottom of the slope for a better view. It is best to just leave the area for the locals and their daily dog walks.
Otter Brook was a long trail. There are some steep parts to climb. There needs to be someone from the Nature Conservancy to go in there and fix the trail markings. A lot of the markings are down, and on one trail they all seem to be missing. There were some very impressive large mushrooms growing in the woods. The green slime in the lake might very well be eggs from Newts or frogs. The trail is not clean, the picture shows a trail that was probably a road a long time ago, which is actually at the end of the N.C. protected area. It is pretty much like just walking through the trees of your 300 acre homestead. Right now there is not really anything to see. The ground is basically covered in a blanket of leaves. Ferns are starting to pop up, but that is about it.
Visit The Nature Conservancy website to plan your next hike.