The Middlesex Fells in winter… Late 2019
I’ve recently begun going through my old posts to revamp, revive, and re-release them, and this was one that struck my fancy. Maybe because it seemed to come from a simpler time, back when there wasn’t any lockdown, back when we could stroll out without a care in the world and without a mask. These pictures were taken on my boyfriend Dylan’s iPhone camera about a month before we bought a camera, on which we intended to take a lot of photos of the Fells and other locations. Since then, the quarantine happened, and we haven’t gotten out nearly as much as we wanted to. This hasn’t felt like a “normal” summer to me for many reasons, one of them being that it hasn’t been filled with romps through the woods. And I haven’t gone camping once. I’m kind of nature-starved.
We have managed a few walks through the woods, though. But I had a lot of fun going back through these pictures of the Middlesex Fells in winter and wanted you to see them too. It looks so cool and refreshing! And I miss the snow. Hopefully, by autumn, we’ll be able to get out and around enough to take some stunning shots of New England fall splendor. Until then…
Here’s a map of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, for those who aren’t familiar with the area. My hometown, Medford, is directly south of the reservation (outlined in red). But I’ve been living in Winchester, which is north-west of Medford. Both Medford and Winchester contain parts of the fells, as do the surrounding towns of Melrose, Stoneham, and a few others. I believe that the majority of the reservation falls into Medford, though. Not totally sure about that, so don’t quote me. Anyway, it’s a great natural resource for Middlesex County.
My parents are fans of walks in the woods, so I spent a lot of my childhood in the Fells. I credit my lifelong love of nature to this, in part. I learned to get along with the forest and the natural things of this world. I got to play with my siblings and my best friends in the woods. It was a wonderful time that I’m often nostalgic for.
In my teens, I “left the forest.” There are entrances to the Fells right next to Medford High School, but I didn’t start venturing in until my senior year, when I rediscovered the woods. And, boy, am I glad I did.
All right, without further ado, I’ll present the photos. They need no explanation. Just view! And I hope you enjoy them.
And here’s one of my personal favorites…
It’s the sun coming through gaps in the trees at the end of the path. Just about ten yards from the end of that path is Medford High School.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this photo post about featuring the Middlesex Fells in winter. If you did, you might also like to check out my reflection on Hobbit Day. Find out more about the Middlesex Fells Reservation on its website Friends of the Fells. As we wind into autumn, I’m really hoping to get out more and take more photos. And I urge you to get out when you can — when you feel safe to do so, of course. Nature is good for the soul. You’d be surprised how much good one little walk in the woods will do you.
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