Fulling Mill Brook Walk — Middle

Fulling Mill Brook is anything but a mighty river. But this year, this spring, it’s a stream of respectable size.

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Most of the time the flow is small. This year we’ve had a cool soaker of a spring. It’s probably rained half of the days during our last three months. The soil can’t hold on to all the water. Springs and side-tributaries are flowing.

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Skunk cabbage thrives in the wet, low ground.

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The trail turns right, and ascends a small ridge.

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So much stone.

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And so many stone walls.

To the side, on a path, a rabbit hears the dog and goes on the alert.

Rabbit is downwind, Coquina can’t smell or see rabbit.

There will be no chase, no frantic fleeing.

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At the top of the ridge is more green.

Not skunk cabbage, but mullein, which prefers drier ground.

The afternoon sun makes a green blaze of the leaves.

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To the side, doglet blends in with the colors of the woods.

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We pass by a great and spreading beech tree.

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We turn a corner, and descend.

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Heavenly!

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