Blue Hills Central Section

Blue Hills Central Section

Photos taken in the central section of the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA on July 26, 2008.

Copyright (c) 2008, Sandra J. Loosemore. Photos are provided for personal viewing only; no other use is permitted without prior written consent.


I started out by taking one of the side trails up Buck Hill. Along the way the trail passed by this stand of dead trees that looked like prime blueberry territory to me.
Hmmm, yes! Nearly all of the berries I found in this area were the black high-bush variety like these. In this photo I've lifted away some of the branches to reveal the berries below. If you just look down on the bushes from above, you might miss them.
Most of the blue blueberries were not ripe yet here.
I was able to fill up my quart container just from bushwhacking around in this one patch. Don't worry, plenty left for other hikers, too! I was expecting to find lots more berries on the trail, but it turned out this patch had the best picking anyway.
After the berry detour, here's the view from the top of Buck Hill. If I've oriented myself properly, the water visible here is Great Pond in Randolph.
Looking in the other direction, here's the Boston skyline.
I picked up the main Skyline Trail on top of Buck Hill. Here it descends steeply into the trees on the west side.
Some big boulders along the trail here.
In the hollow before the next big hill, I spotted this tiny toad hopping along the trail. It's a baby American Toad, only about half an inch long. More toad photos in the Froggy Page gallery!
Starting the uphill grind for Tucker Hill -- at least it's shady from the trees....
....but there are trees at the top of the hill, too, so no good views here.
Coming down off Tucker Hill, I found another tiny toad on the trail. Ribbit, ribbit. Again, more photos of the cute little toad in the Froggy Page gallery.
I left the Skyline Trail and started circling back to the trailhead where I came in by way of some of the flatter trails with easier walking. Here's a random pile of rocks I passed by.
At one point I took a shortcut on one of the more rugged hiking trails again, going along this rocky cliff south of Buck Hill.


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