I woke this morning not sure of where to go or what to do. Today is the first day of my vacation, although it really starts on Tuesday since I don’t work Saturday, Sunday or Monday, but we’ll say today is vacation. Upon leaving the house I thought “Why not check out Gunn Brook Falls?” as it is a favorite spot and I haven’t been there this year.Nice place, huh? This is not from today, though. It is from March of 2012. As I approached the top of the foreground falls I saw something that just sank my heart. Some local folks decided this was their new party spot and had dragged a bunch of wooden pallets for a bonfire. That wasn’t all…they also cut down a couple of trees and made a huge pile of beer cans to worship, I suppose. Although this was all at the top of the falls, I just no longer had any interest in photographing there and left. It is private land and I doubt if the owners like this but as there has been similar activity elsewhere on the property, it seems they don’t care to start a ruckus about it either.
So I hiked back out and drove away.
I didn’t want to head home as it was still very early and it seemed that I should go elsewhere and let nature lift my spirits. I also had not been to Hawley Bog in a while so I headed in that direction.
Hawley Bog is a 65 acre mat of peat floating on an old pond. It is about 30 feet thick and a boardwalk has been constructed to protect the delicate ecosystem. After following a path through the woods you are greeted with a stream flowing into the bog to keep everything nice and moist.The boardwalk is fairly short once you reach the peat mat and I was looking for Northern (or Purple) Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia purpurea). There were several but photographing them while staying on the boardwalk is a little tricky and a view from below is just about impossible. I had hoped for a nice view into the flower with the bright blue sky above ala Steve Schwartzman but that was not to be. I settled for this:And…as this vacation is not being spent in Maine photographing among other things Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) flowers, Hawley Bog gave me one as a farewell when I started out and toward home.So a day that started out pretty gloomy turned into a bright sunny day with a couple of pleasing images. I am still upset about Gunn Brook Falls, but nature did serve up a nice bit of balm. Now time to stack some of next winter’s firewood.
Thanks for bearing with my story. 🙂