Stony Brook Reservation in December

Stony Brook Reservation in December

Photos taken at Stony Brook Reservation in West Roxbury, MA, December 6, 2008.

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


On this hike, I tried to visit some different parts of the park than I'd walked on my previous visit, so I started on a trail on the other side of the main road. The road is off on the left side somewhere in this photo, and the land drops off into a swampy area on the right.
Note the thick vines hanging off these tries. I'm not sure what they are; we had them where I grew up in Michigan, too, and we just called them "Tarzan vines". Yes, you can hang on them and swing around; they seem to be both very strong and very firmly anchored to the tops of the trees.
This being December, there wasn't much green in the woods, except for these plants, whatever they are. They look like mint, but they aren't.
Here's a view looking down into the swamp.
Frosty leaves and grass in an open area along the trail
I met up with a loop of the paved bicycle trail, which I followed through these rocks.
Remnants of fall goldenrods along the trail.
One of the small ponds along the trail, with a thin skim of ice on it. It was cold and crisp on this morning.
Crossing back on the other side of the main road, this is Bold Knob.
Random rock pile along the trail.
Leaving the paved bicycle trail, I took another trail which wandered over some hills forested with tall oaks, like this one.
More rocks along the trail.
Here's a stand of pines.
Back on the paved trail on the way to the trailhead. Lots more big oak trees here.


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