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On October 8th, we went to Cutler Park.

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This mysterious and perhaps a little creepy stone cabin welcomes you to the south entrance of Cutler Park. The northern end is far more developed and well traveled, and I have never been there.

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I think Zari appreciates me as a naturalist, but isn't too happy with me as a photographer. This is right as she noticed the ferns among the cattails.

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None of us present knew the identity of this wildflower. A little digging turned up "swamp cinquefoil," Comarum palustre, found in wetlands throughout the northern part of the northern hemisphere.

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I appreciate the reassuring messages on the boardwalk.

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I hadn't thought about it before, but I guess they must trim back the cattails that come up through the boardwalk.
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Yesterday we held the May Urban Nature Walk despite the technicality that it was June first. We went to Cutler Park, a 600 acre marsh on the Charles River. We had more participants than any previous walk, I suspect, although it's hard to tell because some people arrived later and some left early! There were three small children, one teenager, and two dogs. All present were enthusiastic nature lovers, including people who knew a lot about plants, reptiles, birds, insects, mushrooms, and so on. These photos are mostly about the people--I can't wait to see everyone's pictures of all the cool creatures we found.

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I'd like to mark all the corners of the year with visits to places that fill me with the awe of nature. It might not always be possible, and honestly I wasn't even thinking of the date when I decided to bring Charlie to Cutler Park--it was just warm.

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Alexis and I on either side of an Amanita mushroom in Cutler Park.

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urbpan: (Me and Charlie in the Arnold Arboretum)

Moss growing from a spray-painted wall, Cutler Park.

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Tunnel under the train tracks at Cutler Park.

There was a deer carcass on the slope, apparently the victim of a train collision. I took a couple shots of it, but Alexis takes the cake with this picture.
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My dad visited, so we took him and the dogs to Cutler Park. Okay, I admit it, fall in New England is breathtaking. I only wish it wasn't followed by 6 months of winter.
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I just realized I'm behind in my pictures (not my Muddy River pictures) and I'm about to go on vacation. Skimming through, there's nothing too crucial, though I did want to share this spider. Alexis found her along the path at Cutler Park, and exclaimed, since spiders this size are few and far between in New England. This wolf spider is very robust and has about a two inch legspan. She's easily as big as the little tarantulas I saw in Antigua.

urbpan: (Me and Charlie in the Arnold Arboretum)
Actually, it was more than just Charlie, but you'd hardly know it from my pictures. Can I help it that he's so photogenic and that I love him so? Cutler Park (click tag for many past adventures) is a big ol' swamp along the Charles River and Route 95/128. Awesome boardwalks.

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Edited to add: this is a cellphone pic I took at Cutler Park yesterday.
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Here's the last of the summer pictures that were stored on my camera until now. It seems like a good time to remember being warm. I'm pretty sure these are all from Cutler Park.

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Today was a crisp windy chilly October day, so we put up our hoods and went to Cutler Park.
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My computer is back and looks like new, and hey! the shift keys work.  Look: "#!@#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@"  I can swear like a cartoon character again, and use html without copy/pasting =<""> from a text doc!  All my sentences can have capital letters at the beginning and exclamation points at the end!  Or question marks?  All I need now is a replacement battery and I'll be able to use my computer without a 250 foot extension cord.

I have been noticing things, like two robber flies on two different days landing on my hand as they devoured other flies.  I simply must post a long boring to most people entry about stable flies, and my goodness the mushrooms!  I almost posted some memes, but I think it would be lame of me to come back from my longest postless time since 2003 with a list of movies or something.

So without any further ado, here are the snapshots I've been hoarding: mundane, sometimes poorly composed, sometimes nice, usually sunny, and one of them is even taken with a real camera, and it's a picture of a cute dog. 
urbpan: (Me and Charlie in the Arnold Arboretum)

We went to Cutler Park in Needham, Mass. on Sunday. It's the "largest remaining fresh water marsh on the middle Charles." That's right, a big ol' swamp, just outside of Boston, and we went after a couple days of solid rainy weather. It actually sprinkled on us a bit, but waited to pour until after we were done slogging hiking. This little building is peeking out of some of the tallest garlic mustard I've ever seen.

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