This was a day for a quick spin around the pond to enjoy peak fall colors at Miller's Pond State Park. According to the State's website, the pond is unusual in that it is primarily fed by spring water rather than runoff, and is therefore cleaner.
|Signage as only the state can do it.|
I followed the white trail around the pond, which joins up with the NET for a bit. Parts of the white trail were as smooth as a sidewalk, but the area on the backside of the pond was a bit more rugged. The colors were beautiful. At every turn I wanted to take a picture, and so I did. Thank goodness for digital cameras. Fortunately for you, almost none of the photos were uploaded to this blog.
On the far shore, there is a bush as vividly red as Burning Bush, but it's more likely to be the native Highbush Blueberry. So many people plant Burning Bush in their yards, but the plant goes to seed and spreads throughout nearby woods where it kills off the native shrubs. The shrub should be banned. Highbush Blueberry is a good alternative if you love that bright red fall color, and you even get berries from it during the summer.
|Good blaze, bad blaze|
|Blaze visibility - the crisp blue blaze is much easier to see than the spray painted one.|
|It's not truly a New England autumn without a big chunk of rock.|
|Polypodies grow on a boulder overlooking the white & blue trail.|