The Duck Pond, dating from 1888. The oldest white oaks in North America lived here until 1920, when they were removed.
The stand of 23 Waverly Oaks were between 500 and 1000 years old. The oak trees you see here are up to 200 or so years old and are descendants of the renowned Waverly Oaks. This is in process.
I wanted to see what I have so far, so I can check what I need to capture in the Fall.
January 13, 2011
Oaks do not lose their leaves in the winter. This is a venerable old oak.
This is part of Beaverbrook Reservation and you see the ranger station in the background to the left.
It was the Waverly Oaks that ran from Waverly Station up to McLean Hospital 1/8 mile up from here that was the inspiration for creating the first metropolitan nature preserve in the US - The Metropolitan District Commission, an organization of parks throughout the greater Boston area.
The Duck Pond and the Mill Pond were the first of the MDC parks.
Duck Pond May 6, 2011
Duck Pond July 5, 2007.
My plan is to take nearly identical photos of certain sections, a group for each season at its height. It seems that the height of the season is about 1 month after the season begins.
Looking at these photos, I can see which sections I want to take again and which ones I want to take in early to mid-October.
I will increase the sections to include the Mill Stream, the Mill Stone, the Mill Pond. It will take at least a year more. But a worthwhile project.