|Sharing the trail with a Spotted Salamander|
|Shagbark Hickory sapling|
|Red Maple sapling|
This part of the New England Trail is about two miles due west of Bradley Airport, and the sound jets taking off and landing every once in a while was interesting.
The fall colors were nearing their peak, and although there was a lot of the bright reds and oranges of maples on the drive up, the color along the top of the trap rock ridges was mostly the yellow of birch and hickory. It's too dry for sugar maple, and the oaks were really just starting to change color. The occasional red maple did live up to its name. It's a great fall for color this year.
When the trail hits the top of the ridge there's a big sign next to the trail that says, "Cemetery Restoration Project." Huh? Upon closer look, there was a piece of red shale stuck into the ground like a headstone, and nearby were three pair of stakes. But that was it. So when I got home I Googled, "East Granby
Cemetery Restoration," and wow, what a story: In the late 1700's, a man by the name of Deacon Joshua Holcomb and four of his grandchildren died of small pox and were buried in this isolated spot on his farm. This is the second time along the New England Trail that I've run across artifacts from the horrible small pox epidemics of the 1700's (see Hospital Rock in Farmington).
|Cemetery Restoration project|
|White Oak sapling|
|Witch Hazel in bloom|
|Japanese Barberry (invasive)|
|Silver Dollar seed pod (not native)|
|The view on Hatchet Hill.|