Monday, October 13, 2008
We had a couple of hours for a bike ride, and Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke seemed like a good place to combine some leaf peeping with a little exercise.
The reservoir was pretty heavily populated Sunday, even during late afternoon; I suspect the long weekend must have something to do with that. I'm not sure if it can be called peak color yet, but the trees that have turned, have turned in a big way...
The trees surrounding Ashley, like most reservoirs, are mostly evergreens.
I'm not sure why that is, maybe it has something to do with the sandy soil surrounding the water, which is supposed to be prime pine tree soil. Maybe it has something to do with less leaves falling into the drinking water.
Either way, the tall pines here are fronted on the edge of the water by smaller, younger, color-bursting deciduous varieties that have since moved in.
Farther inland, many of the prudish pines are ensconced by vines which are also just starting to show some color. There's no getting away from autumn...
Oddly, there were no geese to be seen today; this reservoir is usually goose heaven. This left the ducks with free reign over the waters.
My favorite time of year has always been Spring. But I know that many people, including my two cohorts, favor the fall. I can see why; the air is crisp, the smells are vibrant, the colors are ablaze.
But after the sun sets in Autumn, don't we get a taste of the months to come...