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img_20200525_231958_121A two mile long path unfolds through wetlands, logging trails and high ridges overlooking beaver marshes. The one hundred and ten acres of land is managed by the Conservation Commission and Forestry Committee. It was created by volunteers in 1991.

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20200522_132325A vernal pond under the heavy canopy of an old growth section of forest.

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20200526_125333At the highest point, one can see down this steep ridge to a vast marshland in the distance.

20200526_125754There are lots of sunny patches in this forest due to “skid trails” or wood harvested areas.

20200526_125830The last harvest was done in 1990.

20200526_130615A tightly grouped cluster of young maples along the path.

20200526_123654Some of the vegetation includes poisonous sumac and a rare colony of rhododendron native to North America.

In 1983, a man by the name of Gilbert Knowles offered the Dowst-Cate Town Forest to the public. He wrote to the officials saying, “I have always had a warm place in my heart for Deerfield (and) I would be happy to do something for Deerfield.” His wishes were that this property be used as a “town forest and park”.

 

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20200429_1552222Bean River, Mulligan’s Forest, Nottingham

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img_20200502_201349_053Back Creek, Great Brook Trail, Deerfield

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20200426_115427It’s here at the Great Bay in Durham where many of the rivers and streams of southeastern New Hampshire end up. This bay is an tidal estuary that resides ten miles inland from the Atlantic Coast, being one of the farthest natural estuaries from the ocean.

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Oarweed Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

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Israel Head Rocks, Ogunquit, Maine

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Little Beach Lighthouse, Ogunquit, Maine

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Wallis Sands, Rye, New Hampshire

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Wallis Sands the day after the storm.

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The snow lantern or snölykta was made the day after a storm which left us about five inches of wet snow. The next day,  being sunny and in the upper thirties, was perfect for making snowballs.

The first night was a little too windy so the candles kept going out. The following day  I placed two tall candles in the igloo and lit them in the evening just as the sun was going down and it stayed alight well into the early morning hours.

How to make a snölykta

 

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Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

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Northwood Meadows, Northwood

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Path to Horse Pond, Nottingham (Spring)

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Big Oak Trail, Nottingham

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Great Brooke Trail, Dearfield

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Great Bay, Durham

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Kenison Pond, Nottingham

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Mulligan’s Forest, Nottingham

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“Dead road”

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Old homestead, cellar

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Bean River

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Stonehouse Pond, Barrington

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This trail was taken in November. It started out as a steep hike up to the top of a granite rock, sitting at 150 feet. The pond is a deep one in this area at about 50 feet deep.

 

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