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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Forest floor


These ferns were along the path at the Emily Winthrop Miles wildlife sanctuary, part of the Sharon Audubon Center. I used to live there for nearly six years - it's 1200 acres of protected land, surrounded by another 5,00 acres of state forest. We had bears, coyotes, eagles, and all kinds of owls (and flying squirrels in our bedroom - another story!). Emily herself was quite an interesting character - a poet, sculptor and writer, and descendent of the first governor of Connecticut. The property was a dairy farm when she lived there (the barn was converted to the caretaker's house, and the stable into an office building) and one story I heard was that during the Great Depression, she hired dozens of men from town, even though she didn't need the help, just to keep them working.

7 Comments:

Blogger Keropok Man said...

Beautiful picture.

And wonderful story of the history too. I am sure you will be leaving a great legacy to the future generations too!

8:26 PM  
Blogger Olivier said...

l'automne t'inspire. la photo est tres belle. merci pour l'histoire


the autumn inspires to you. the photograph is very beautiful. thank you for the history

10:54 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

thats a beautiful and oclorful photo and a nice story - letting the workers keep getting paid in the time of the depression

4:21 AM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

Thanks for your photos. We moved south in 1999, and we get fall colors (this year has been the best) it's nothing like New England. I can check in to your photos to feel at home. You've got a good eye!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Lachezar said...

You don't miss a beat! I imagine how great it feels walking through these fallen leafs

all the best

5:16 PM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

That is a very classy photo indeed, a sumptuous capture of autumn. And no dead racoon! Wonderful story to accompany.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Love the color. You can almost smell the fall air.

8:49 AM  

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