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Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Preserve

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

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The middle of ​Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Preserve ​is wild and is therefore my favorite part of the preserve. But after the September 2013 flood wiped out many of the social trails, we haven’t been able to get through. In five or six previous attempts this year I tried every trail and animal track without success.

But this week I made one more effort. I followed a track along the south side of the big pond at the north center of the preserve that I had previously given up on as being impassable. This time I succeeded in getting through.

The Middle Part of the Preserve is Wild​

The Middle Part of the Preserve is Wild

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I ​didn’t encounter anyone in the two hours I was on the trail. Not even Sharon, who had left th​at​ morning on a trip to Southeast Asia.​ And I picked a great day to make my discovery.​

When I arrived just as the sun touched down on the preserve, the fog lay low over the ponds, and frost covered the land. It was a rare day of full sun and complete stillness after a ​damp and completely overcast day before. As a result, the frost on the bushes and flowers made them appear as if I were in a winter wonderland.

A Leaf

A Leaf

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​A Thistle

A Thistle

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A Stalk

A Stalk

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A Stem

A Stem

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The preserve consists of 18 ponds. For some reason the city, which manages the preserve, and the state, which owns it, number them but have never got around to naming them.

Sawhill #1 is one of the biggest ponds and sits right in front of the parking lot, so when I arrived I attempted to capture the fog covering it. While my photo failed to capture the beauty my eyes saw, when I returned to the trailhead at the end of my hike, the fog was gone but the frost remained on the wharf.

Sawhill #1

Sawhill #1

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The only thing lacking at the preserve are descriptive names to match their beauty.

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