Some beautfiul foliage from New Hampshire

The mountains up north are in peak color right now but things are looking quite pretty right here in our neck of the woods.  I went bushwhacking along this brook on Saturday toward a bright spot in the woods and look what I found!  A nice little beaver dam!

beaver dam brook 1 (600x450)A peak into the small pond through the leaves.

beaver dam red leaves (600x450)Leaves and sky reflecting in the water.

reflection 1 (600x450)This lovely little Maple Tree caught my eye bathed in sunlight on the other side of this opening in the woods.

red tree first edits (450x600)Normally we would be hard at work on a Monday but we enjoyed a stellar day today –  the last day of the long holiday weekend – it was warm enough for short sleeves and was a great day for a paddle.

Merrymeeting Marsh fall Mark (600x450)Back in the wetlands

Merry Meeting fall (600x450)Lunch break view.  The river meanders through the wetland where the grasses have all turned golden brown.Merrymeeting Marsh fall 3 (600x450)We enjoyed the warm sun on the way back and spotted a few small turtles in the warmth of the afternoon.  The lotus flowers are all gone by but the lily pads are still green.  Today was the kind of day that one would like to savor
and we wish would go on and on.  🙂

Merrymeeting Marsh fall 4 (600x450)

October

By Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

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