Broad Meadow Brook, Again!
One of my favorite things to do is to go to a place repeatedly over the year and see how it changes. Broad Meadow Brook is great for this because it has so many different things to look at, from birch groves to meadows, marshes, vernal pools, fern groves, the brook itself, and lots of glacial evidence.
Oh, and deer.
Remember that little deer from last week? Well, I saw him again…with his parents. And I managed to get some wonderful pictures of his mom. I’ve learned that if you can just be still and quiet and above all, respectful, wildlife will not mind you so much. This doe came very close to me—not quite as close as the little one, but close enough. She saw me, but after I just stood still long enough, she started eating some, and came closer and closer until she crossed the path in front of me. As she did so, she kind of “nodded” at me, and then went off at a quicker pace.
Here are my deer pictures (the better ones are toward the end, I have them in order here):
One reason it was easier for us to come across the deer without scaring her was because it was pretty windy (Dorian was on its way), and so the rustling of the leaves covered up our sounds, and we were downwind, so she couldn’t smell us as well.
We saw some more creatures, and lots of great forest scenery. My son wanted to explore the farthest reaches of the preserve, so we did—it was a pretty long hike, with some rough terrain as we came to places fewer people hiked, but we found some interesting things, including an old granite quarry and a trail along high tension power lines, both of which I’ll be writing separate articles about. Here are more pictures: