Spatterdock Pond

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Last weekend I took a short walk around the wildlife pond at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH. I parked at the area right off of Route 130. The trails are well marked and I opted to take the wildlife trail. A few folks were fishing and lots of people were taking advantage of the nice weather. I plan to measure the distance on my next visit and will update this posting to reflect that.

It is a bit early for the spring flowers such as trillium to emerge, but noticed these lily pads with a purple hue. I saw a log that was covered with resting painted turtles but I didn’t have a telephoto to capture the shot. It is a great place and I plan to visit again.

Beaver Brook Pond Hike by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Spatterdock Pond, note the purplish lily pads and one of the beaver lodges

 

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Quarry Path

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I had an opportunity to explore the Fletcher Quarry in Mason New Hampshire. It was in operation from the late 1800s to 1929. I’m guessing this path was used to transport the granite from the quarry to the railroad line. Currently it is a wonderful conservation area, just off of the Mason rail trail.

Quarry Path by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Tree lined path through the woods

 

Quarry Path by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Weathered Stones

 

Cider Mill Pond Trail

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The weather was quite nice on March 19th, 2016 and I decided to explore the trail at Cider Mill Pond in Brookline, NH after driving past it many times. Foolishly I didn’t bring water and had no idea about how extensive it is.

It became apparent that this is primarily a snow mobile trail. It is as wide as a logging road and the stones in the trail showed fresh scratches. There was a curious lack of trail markers and I became a little bit confused by finding other logging roads that criss crossed  what I assumed to be the trail. I did find some nice sections with large granite ledges. Next time I’ll be better prepared.

Cider Mill Pond Trail by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Wear hiking boots, a bit wet

Along the Ridge

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When I was in the Navy, I didn’t own a car until the last year of my 4 year stint. I was dependent on buses and friends for transportation.  I had friends in California who gave me a ride for a day in the mountains outside of San Diego. I cannot remember the exact location but the landscapes were stunning.

I was intrigued watching the clouds pour over the ridge line and vaporize when they hit the warmer air. This is one of the few photos I have of the day.

Along the Ridge by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Along the Ridge