All Persons Trail

The All Persons (Universally Accessible) Trail at Wachusett Meadow is carefully crafted to provide access to nature for all.

Lookout Over the Wildlife Pond
Observation Pier
Nature is an Artist
Painted Turtles Sunbathing
Water Lilies Leaves Emerging in Full Color
A Clear View of the Beaver Lodge
A Porcupine Ambles By!

How Sweet It is

It’s Maple Sugaring season in Massachusetts.

Maple Sugaring Buckets, Princeton, MA
More information about maple syrup in Massachusetts can be found here, in a post I wrote in 2020..
43 gallons of sap are needed to make 1 gallon of syrup.
The Sap Castle, Rutland, Massachusetts

Porcupine Picnic Patch

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

This porcupine rambled through the meadow, to the picnic areas, and by the pond as the turtle looked on.

Winter Meditation

Zen inspired elements enhance my winter garden.

Zen inspired landscaping offers opportunities for meditation and contemplation in my winter garden. Bamboo is one of the loveliest and most recognizable features.
An invitation to sit is provided by a worn stair step. Below it are smooth hand chosen stones from the Atlantic Ocean.
Rocks suggest mountains, stability…
…and sculptures.
The aged laurel bush, worn by time and weather, is a favorite shelter for native and migrating birds.
A weathered bird feeder ornament intrigues our feathered visitors.

Snowbank Lunch Break

Snow won’t deter these hardy creatures from finding a tasty meal.

Dark-eyed Junco
Mourning Dove
White-throated Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Red Squirrel

Ice Dogs

Rutland State Park, Rutland, MA

A popular destination for swimming, boating and fishing in the summer, Rutland State Park transforms into a frosty site for ice fishing and skating each winter.

Frozen Meadow Trek

Photos from a winter walk at Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA,

It was a chilly 22 degrees at Wachusett Meadow today.
The Beaver Lodge was coated in snow and surrounded by ice.
A light layer of ice on the snow in the South Meadow shone in the low winter light.
Bluebird houses, abandoned until the spring, are a familiar sight along numerous trails.
The cross country skiers and snowshoers who trekked before me made my hike a bit easier today.


Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Princeton, MA

At 2006 feet, Wachusett Mountain may not be the tallest, but its accessibility and ease of use make it extremely popular for Central Massachusetts residents. The snow shown here is man-made.

Follow the Fur

Eastern Gray Squirrel, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

Most Eastern Gray Squirrels don’t have the brown face and back stripe that this one, seen under the feeders at Wachusett Meadow, does. That makes it easily identifiable, and a perfect candidate for following this winter. I’ll be noticing how much time it spends under the feeders, how far it travels along the nearby stone walls and trees, its feeding habits, and its social interactions.

First Snow

The traditionally white colonial architecture of Hardwick, MA (population 2,667) , punctuated by fieldstone walls, is especially picturesque after a snowfall.

Town Common, Hardwick, MA
Stone Walls of Ridge Road
Cutler-Paige House
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