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.


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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