|Leaves changing color|
|Coginchaug Cave - see dog for scale|
|Nice view from the cave|
|Looking back toward the mouth of the cave|
|Doll's Eyes Baneberry|
The trail was recently reblazed, and the new blazes were very, every crisp and neat. I mean, they were perfect. A lot of older blazes were covered over with gray spray paint, which I thought was odd since some of the eradicated blazes were in helpful locations. Too many blazes can be unsightly, but not enough blazes make it hard to follow the trail without having to constantly stop and look around for it. It can be hard to get the right balance. I had to backtrack and mull about in one area for five or ten minutes because I just could not find the trail. Freshly
fallen leaves can really hide a trail, making the blazes more important.
Also, many of the old blazes were covered over and a new one painted just below it. Wrong height, or what? Blazes are supposed to be at eye level, but does six inches up the tree really make any difference?
|Christmas Fern; new blaze painted right below an obscured blaze.|
|Witch Hazel flower and seed pod|