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Heron Hike 2

The foliage in Central Massachusetts is becoming more brilliant each day. Swamp maples surrounding the beaver lodge at Wachusett Wildlife Sanctuary are nearly at peak color.

Meanwhile, the juvenile Great Blue Heron featured in the previous post is still roaming the sanctuary. It seems in no rush to migrate, perhaps because of the warm weather this week.

Beaver Lodge, Wildlife Pond, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
Juvenile Great Blue Heron, South Meadow

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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  1. H.J. for avian101 October 13, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Wow! Great colors! The foliage always attract me so much! Gorgeous shots, Julie, you make me happy. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad it made you happy, H.J! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I try to enjoy every minute of it.
      Cheers,
      Julie

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  2. Incredible view💕✨

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  3. Brilliant foliage, always more beautiful by water. How stately those herons look!

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    1. Thanks. The water foliage is really bright; still waiting on most foliage to come in to full color, though. I love seeing the heron against the colored backdrop.

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  4. Great photos! I love the colors of Autumn and you have them captured perfectly. The heron adds another beautiful component to the photos.

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    1. Thanks so much. Autumn is my favorite season.

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  5. Wow, the changing colors of the foliage are spectacular! Great photos, Julie, enjoyed the GBH and the beaver lodge. How fortunate to witness these autumnal changes, thanks for sharing the glory.

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    1. Thanks, Jet. I do love New England in the fall! I’ve enjoyed seeing the GBH so much…it has caught both mice and snakes in the meadow, which I wouldn’t have usually seen. However, I hope it takes off soon! Winter is coming!
      -Julie

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  6. Thank you for sharing this riot of colors, Julie. Some heavy fall storms have denuded most of our trees so that we are not nearly as polychromatic as you are.
    I wish you a pleasant week.
    Tanja

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    1. Hi Tanja!
      I am out to make the most of the fall colors in New England. Alas, the colors have been mostly yellows and golds here, without a great deal of red/orange, as in other years. I love this cooler weather, though, and am enjoying mini road-trips every day that I can. Hope you are well!
      Best,
      Julie

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      1. I’m glad you are enjoying your autumn, Julie, even if the colors are less versatile than in other years. It’s just good to be out-of-doors and soak in the daylight and sunshine as much as possible.

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