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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

11/24/15 Newman Hill-Hinds

Sunny but cold ( mid 20's) and windy.

The small pond had thin ice on it and Kelley doesn't like that and so passed. We didn't find ice free water until the beaver pond ( near the shore).

Pine Pond also had ice and there wasn't enough snow to provide a good background for the pictures I end up with in winter, so today it was ice.

Two crops of this one

Not bad once we got moving. Kelley was disappointed in the lack of water opportunities. We are both having to accept that winter is here. 1  1/4 hours 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

11/23/15 City Forest

Rained much of yesterday and last night and then it turned to snow - our first this winter ( only a couple of inches) . Kelley gets excited when there is fresh snow and wouldn't leave me alone until we went for a walk around the neighborhood. 6:30, gray, and cold.

Looking down the drive and Kelley in the yard.

Back in the house for awhile to let it warm up a bit and then we headed for the forest.

Still a cold gray day but Kelley thought the snow was great as we headed down to the pond and trails

Though not a lot of snow the woods were still pretty

We apparently got a lot of rain before the snow as there was water everywhere.

The old rail bed

Not bad considering the weather. We met a new dog and then encountered a couple and their dog we see regularly and walked with them for awhile. Kelley was pleased with this and also did well overall - I did ok except for wet feet. 1  1/4 hours 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

11/21/15 Little Long Pond

Cold ( 40 degrees) , cloudy, and windy. Perfect day for one of Kelley's favorites.

Pano of the pond - please click for larger version

Little Long Pond  11-21-15

and into the pond

a little further along

Back into the woods - West Side Trail

Jordan Stream

A bridge that's been iffy in the past has really deteriorated and Kelley refused to cross it. I was also afraid I would slide off it's slippery surface.

I ended up going back down my side of the stream, with Kelley following on the other, until we found a place she could cross.

Back on the trail

At the cobblestone bridge we climbed up to the carriage road to head down the east side. I found a surviving plant.

The north end of the pond

  Looking across a little farther along.

Some berries and some leaves

Last time before we head home.

A nice hike on a dreary day. We only met a few people, which had to disappoint Kelley. She did well on this hike.  2  hours 

Friday, November 20, 2015

11/19/15 City Forest

Cold gray day. Didn't want to do a long drive so it was the forest for an hour and a half.

We start where we do because the beaver pond is near

The West Trail was dark and wintry looking

but we found some things to photograph

The side trail we take over to the rail bed crosses a small stream

and we found this reflection along the rail bed

The side trail back to West was also dark

Back on the west trail - more water

and a pretty plant

Back at the beaver pond - no matter what muddy water Kelley has got into she gets  clean water last.

Looking back as we climb the hill from the pond.

A pretty good hike on a not pretty day