October 31, 2011

Syncopated Seasons!

Strange juxtaposition - catalpa leaves in snow

On the 20th anniversary of "the perfect storm", the infamous 1991 n'oreaster, the northeast gets walloped by a huge blizzard while still waiting for the oaks to turn.  Concord was spared much of the rath, but its fields lay flooded and frozen and its vistas are hauntingly disheveled and beautiful.

Unharvested corn stalks marooned in frozen, muddy field
East Quarter back yard "resorts"
October wearing December's costume
Frosty Gowing's Swamp

October 17, 2011

Protecting Paradise: Gowing's Swamp and Thoreau's Bog

A slide presentation and talk by Cherrie Corey
Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm
Visitors Center – Assabet River NWR
680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA  
Offered free of charge by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR      
The program will include my photographs, historic materials, recent research, and stories that recount the natural and social history and unique ecology that make Concord's Gowing's Swamp and Thoreau's Bog such an intimate and magical landscape, one that has inspired more than a century and a half of study, reflection, and protective response.  Also, learn about recent citizen efforts to defend this fragile wetland complex from the potential impact of proposed development and to seek permanent preservation of its waters and surrounding shorelines.

October 4, 2011

Monthly Great Meadows Walk - October

Sunday, October 23, 9:30-11:30 am

A continuing series of monthly walks exploring the landscape, plants
and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord

The warm glow of October's oaken hillsides can be felt as much as seen.  Grasses have turned to gold, cattails hold their cottony seeds aloft, mushrooms burst from rotting wood in the floodplain, and waves of blackbirds ripple across clear skies.  Join us for a walk in beauty throughout the refuge.

Led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist and photographer

No pre-registration required.  A $5/person voluntary donation
will be gratefully accepted.

Co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment
and Friends of the Assabet River NWR