This first ice formed in different structures than in previous years. Usually they have fluid, swirling formations - like those in the film "Fantasia" - but this year they were arrow-straight, like shards of shattered glass locked into the otherwise smooth surface of the frozen lake reflecting the glow of the morning sun.
I spent a couple of hours this week working in the Page Pond Conservation Area with the Meredith Conservation Commission Tuesday Trail Crew. They are a great group of volunteers, dedicated to keeping the many trails throughout Meredith in pristine condition.
|Part of the Tuesday Trail Crew|
|Cutting trees that had grown into the top of the dam over many years|
|The top of the dam, cleared and ready for repair (note the low spot on this side of the sluice way)|
|The sluice way where the mill was powered|
Back on a hike in my own neighborhood, I came upon this road block right across the Blue Trail in the Hamlin-Eames-Smyth conservation area.
It looks like a healthy beech tree, but the point where it broke off in the strong winds this week reveals that insects had been weakening it for some time, and the pileated woodpeckers had decimated the trunk going after them.
It's great to know that the Tuesday Trail crew will be along soon to clear it away. Imagine how the trails would be without constant attention - it's a never-ending labor of love for the land.
Lastly, another landmark on Lake Wicwas is gone. Long time residents of Lake Wicwas will remember the Munch family who built one of the first four houses on Wicwood Shores Road over 50 years ago. Work has been rapid, with the old house completely gone and a new foundation already in place.
Two of those first four houses have now been torn down (the first being the Ruprecht's), leaving the Linn camp and the second Hamlin camp - the first was destroyed by fire - as the longest standing homes on that side of the lake. It will be fun to see what rises up!
And quite literally, as I write, this is what the November sky has to offer Lake Wicwas.
|Sunday's weather clearing out|