|Debris stuffed in the dam by beavers and removed by our dedicated town employees|
There were four town employees working to clear the mess out to make sure the lake could drain when the rain fell.
The streams filled right up and water in the canal from Lake Waukewan to Winnipesaukee was charging down the falls on Friday.
|The Waukewan canal flows out from under the Mill Falls Inn in Meredith|
When I was downtown I noticed this sign and rosebush for the first time.
|Esther Wyatt is co-author of the book "Way Out There" by Esther and Harold Wyatt|
The first of the large, diving migratory ducks arrived just yesterday, a Hooded Merganser, emerging out of the fog on the second-coldest morning this season.
|A Hooded Merganser - one of my favorites|
Prior to this week's rain re-filling the rivers there had been lots of action in the birdbath due to all the puddles and small streams running dry.
|A chick-a-dee awaits it turn|
|Tufted titmice taking advantage of clean water before the recent rain fall|
|Please! May I have some privacy?|
I also found one deposit of fisher scat on a trail, identifiable by the size, the hair in it, and its twisted shape.
There is still a nice display of foliage to be seen in the Lakes Region, a few late maples, but mostly oaks now. I took a run on the Magenta Trail up to Arbutus Hill in the Hamlin-Eames-Symth Conservation Area and was pleased to find nice views of the White Mountains with plenty of color in the foreground.
|View from Arbutus Hill in the Smyth Conservation Easement|
If you haven't been up there it is definitely worth the four mile round-trip hike, especially this time of year. On the way home I took this picture of Lake Wicwas right off of Chemung Rd.
|An important conserved wetland|
It's great to know that most of the shoreline seen from here will remain in this pristine state due to the great generosity of local land owners, which is especially important in times of high water when wetlands like this provide important water storage. A few weeks ago there were people out picking wild cranberries in this marsh.
|Picking cranberries this fall|
These ancient plants will be here for a long time thanks to people's conservation of the land and water.
Can you believe it's almost November and we still haven't had a hard frost?
|Linda's flowers are still blooming|
|Even the tomato plant is still growing, though it's not going to ripen any more fruit|
|Damaged bridge on the Four Ponds Loop Trail|
The Conservation Commission will repair or replace it as soon as possible, but after five inches of rain, and a nor'easter on the way, be prepared for a rock-hop to cross the stream if you use that trail.