Autumn in Rice Nature Preserve
I can officially refer to it as autumn now that it’s almost 24 hours old. Stella and I, along with my good friend Karen, took advantage of the gorgeous weather in pursuit of a little exercise for the pup and a photo-op for us. It had been a week since Stella and I were last up in this preserve and I was totally amazed by how much the foliage had changed. Last week it was mostly green with small hints of color but not this week… there was an explosion of color!
Stella didn’t have much appreciation for the color (being color blind and all) but had a blast running through the forest and fields.
Karen spied a couple praying mantis’.
Wildflowers added even more color to the landscape.
Milkweed pods were bursting with seeds.
And some were floating in the breeze.
Rice Nature Preserve is 150 acres of preserve land owned by the town. The preserve sits atop 90 privately owned acres of farmed fruit trees, mostly apple and peach.
The foliage is way ahead of schedule… the summer was hot and dry and I’m guessing that’s the reason why. We have had 3-4 rainy days since June. And I was just talking with someone yesterday how it seems that there is an abundance of everything… acorns, bunnies, chipmunks, and squirrels.
Stella and I will hike up there again next week when it should be even closer to peak foliage.