Blue Hills in November

Blue Hills in November

Photos taken in the eastern part of the Blue Hills in Quincy, MA on November 29, 2008.

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


I took a side trail up the back of Chickatawbut hill. Here are remnants of an old rock wall near the trailhead -- a sign that even this rocky/hilly land was formerly under cultivation.
A view of the tall buildings in Back Bay from near the top of the hill.
Oak leaves outlined by frost in the morning sun. It was actually very pleasant for hiking with the temperature in the mid-40s -- I was mentally contrasting it to my summer hikes here where it was a real grind to be going up and down on the hot, sunny rocks.
Speaking of going up and down.... Here I've joined up with the main Skyline Trail.
Here's a giant boulder by the side of the trail as it descends into one of the notches between the hills.
And, going back up on the other side of the notch, the trail passes by this slab of granite bedrock.
Here's another city view.
Pine cones growing on top of Nahanton hill.
Remnants of fall asters.
Here's a view looking out towards Boston Harbor and the harbor islands.
Coming down off Nahanton hill, you pass by this pond at Squamaug notch. This is where I headed off the Skyline Trail and started circling back towards the trailhead.
Partway down the hill, I heard water noises, and found a spring bubbling out of the ground around this mossy rock.
Here's another random pile of rocks by the trail.
These spiky balls are the husks of chestnuts. I'm not sure of the species; this is the native range of the American chestnut, but they've mostly been wiped out by blight, so it may be an introduced variety instead. Given how sharp the spikes are, I'm impressed by the determination of whatever critter opened these up to get at the nuts.
Looking uphill from near the bottom.
Back to the trailhead on the mostly flat red-dot trail -- easy walking except where the trail was mucky due to recent rains. Alas, about the time I got to this point, it started getting quite cloudy, so no more photos.


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