Along the Air Line... 2014 - Fall, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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December 11th.  Back at Grayville Falls, this time with a frosting of snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 13th.  Twentyseven degrees and ice back on the marsh.

 

 

A little Photoshop play.

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December 14th.  New owners of Route 85 Lumber have begun modifications to the property.

 

 

 

 

 

Pine catching dawn light across the channel.

 

 

December 17th.  Early afternoon, cloudy and mid-forties.  I went looking for green!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lichens and moss.

 

 

...and quartz.

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) and Haircap Moss.

 

 

Haircap Moss.

 

 

Here is a piece of boiler slag, left over from the steam era on the Air Line.  Boiler slag is a residue of non-combustible material deposited when coal is burned by a locomotive.  It's common along the sides of the trail.

 

 

Birch Conks or Polypores (Piptoporus betulinus) on a rotting birch trunk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An old Pine not far off the trail.  Given the massive branching at the base, I wonder if its form results from a damaged leader when it was very young, or perhaps multimple seedlings growing close to each other.  As I recall, pines don't "stump sprout".