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Meadow Magic Hour

Late August meadows in New England foretell the bold autumn tree colors yet to come.

On a late August evening, Wachusett Meadow in Princeton is awash in gold tones and green shadows. The top of the boathouse rises up mysteriously behind tall wildflowers.
Looking across the stone wall to the North Meadow, raking light accentuates patches of green mown grass that contrast with alternating waves of white asters and goldenrod.
In storybook fashion, a shady path descends into the South Meadow.
Autumnal reds and yellows carpet the landscape.
Corridors of Joe Pye Weed capture the eye.
Wild asters surprise with their spiky yellow globes.
Unsurprisingly, I am not alone in admiring this magical habitat.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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10 Comments

  1. H.J. for avian101 September 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    You are living in such gorgeous settings, Julie. 🙂

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    1. Yes, New England has a lot of scenery to offer. I’m getting geared up for the apples, pumpkins, gourds, beautiful leaves and cool weather….lots of fun around here!
      Thanks for your kind comments.
      -Julie

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  2. Beautiful colors in the meadows! We have golden yellow colors starting to become more prevalent. I do like watching the landscape change colors!

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    1. I love all seasons, but fall is really my favorite!

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  3. You are very lucky to be close to such a wonderful place. You mention a boathouse, is there a river or lake nearby?

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    1. There is a pond which connects to beaver wetlands beyond. Canoes are kept in the nearby boathouse, which can be rented by visitors. Also, a stationary raft at the edge of the pond allows a closer view of the water, and makes it easier for kids to do natural science activities.
      Yes, I am really lucky to have such a great place nearby!
      -Julie

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  4. Magical is right! And I can almost smell the lovely scents coming from the grass and flowers.

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    1. Ah, fall is right around the corner. Pumpkin time! 😉

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  5. I enjoyed seeing the wild plants in the meadows and in such lovely light too.

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    1. It’s my happy place. 🙂

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