|First balloon litter of the day|
|View from the Eagles Beak|
The Spur roughly follows the high points along rim of the Hartford Basin. One such high point is called Eagles Beak Point. Most of the views so far have been looking west across the Connecticut Valley, with the traprock ridge in the distance. This time the view is in a different direction, away from the Valley, and there is not a single building in view. Lovely! The hike from Foot Hills Road to the overlook is an easy 1.5 mile stroll.
|The Eastern Highlands rolling in the distance|
|"The Pavement" goes on for maybe 1000 feet or so|
|"The Pavement" continues|
|Old mill dam near Brainard Hill Road|
|Back at Eagles Beak Point|
|The leaves were flying!|
There was a lot of Chestnut Oak up on top of the ridge, which is pretty normal. I'm not sure where the tree gets its name, but maybe its from the chestnut color of the furrows in its blocky bark. It's pretty distinctive. This tree isn't very competitive in good soil, but where there is very dry, rocky ground in Connecticut, there will probably be a Chestnut Oak there.
|Chestnut Oak - the furrows are in fact chestnut colored|
|A whole lot of Witch Hazel in bloom near the powerlines.|
|Large mushroom growing out of a live tree during a drought - Scaly Pholiota?|
After arriving back at the car, I took a quick spin around Miller's Pond while it began to rain. The place was deserted. A kingfisher chattered and hit the water nearby.