March 19, 2011

Moonrise Over Carlisle

Full moon rise over Spencer Brook headwaters
(Hand-held, please excuse the blur)
Spencer Brook cuts through a long valley that connects Carlisle to Concord.  Tonight some 60 Carlisle residents and friends joined the Carlisle Trails Committee for their annual full moon walk.  Setting out from the Spencer Brook Reservation, we walked past shadowy wolf pines and through many spring seeps across linked parcels of conservation land.  We stopped to enjoy a woodcock's "peents" and aerial display before heading through the woods, into a back field, just in time to marvel at the moon rising over a distant pine knoll.  Soon we could see the silvery meanderings of Spencer Brook glowing in the marshlands before us.
Steve Tobin welcomes moon walkers of all ages.
 The Trails Committee -- including Steve Tobin, who many will know from our monthly Great Meadows walks -- has recently completed a remarkably constructed wildlife viewing platform out over the marsh. Some stairs and finishing touches will complete the project, but our entire entourage easily mounted the deck to enjoy tonight's brilliant spectacle.  For photos of this remarkable community construction effort, see  For future visits, park at the closed off section of Spencer Brook Road near West Street and follow the fields and trails to South St. and the Benfield Conservation Land access.  Maps to Carlisle Conservation lands and trails can be accessed at

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