The Great Outdoors Blog provides inspiration to go outside to visit Massachusetts farms, parks, and ponds. For example in previous posts I have encouraged you to visit Red Brook or Green River and explore our 10,000 miles of rivers and streams. But for now, selfishly, I want you to avoid the stream I’m about to describe.
Once you find a glorious trout water, the kind that is worthy of Trout Unlimited calendar or the glossy pages of the Fly Fishing Journal you start to get anxious about others knowing your secret and unexpectedly meeting you there.
The river as it tumbles over granite is clear as London Gin. The structure of the stream is a balance of deep-dark pools and long-lazy riffles, punctuated by thick submerged logs that hide rainbows. Hemlock shades the water keeping it cool even in the early September sun. The immediate river valley is undeveloped without a house, farm or road in sight or earshot.
We all know exceptional places that we feel inclined to share and speak volumes of; other places are so special that you want to keep them for yourself. What’s surprising is that stunning natural places can still be readily found in a densely developed and populated state like Massachusetts. So I encourage you to get out and find that spot so special you want absolutely nobody else to know about it.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.