to this website. The
Fells are the Middlesex Fells, over two thousand
hundred acres of forest, craggy hilltops, lakes, ponds and streams
miles north of downtown
Henry David Thoreau: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
purpose of this
is to inform any prospective hiker, casual walker or biker, if you slow
down every now and then, what to look for, what
to expect to see, any given month of
the year. Just click on the month of choice in the list below.
From time to time I lead nature hikes. Look for postings lower
down this page, or at at www.fells.org the website of the Friends of the
Middlesex Fells where you can join the Friends and then get a free map,
and see listings of
organized hikes on geology, birds, plants, animals etc.
I have also been part of a team surveying the plants of the Fells. For details on this click on the link Botanical Surveys above. That page also gives news of latest plant sightings and invites your participation.
I photograph the wildflowers in the Middlesex Fells, both for
their beauty shown in the flower
gallery pages linked below; and also as a photo record of new
plant findings, especially when a voucher record was not possible. I
have a 30-40 minute powerpoint presentation about the plants of the
Fells that I have given to various garden clubs in the area.
I'm concerned about the spread of what the state dept of
Wildlife and Fisheries terms 'invasive' plants. these are vines,
shrubs ground-covers that agressivley take over killing the native
plants that should be beautifying our woodlands. I am happy to
show people what these unwelcome plants look like and discuss how to
deal with them.
I hope this website might develop into more of a communal site where others also report their findings of the nature of the Fells. What have you found in the Fells? Do let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org And of course Facebook is another good way to keep in touch.
f Visit the Friends of
the Fells Facebook
page by typing "Friends of the Fells" in your search box and find out
what's happening on a near daily basis in the Fells.
Order a copy of this 70 page comprehensive survey
of the plants of the Fells by contacting me at:
or 781 395 7722
|Pink Lady-Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium acaule
Here is a list of months linking you to a description, plus photos, of what can be found in the Fells each month of the year.
Click on the month of your choice for what to look for in the Fells at that time.January
Fells Native Flower Gallery
Columbine Aquilegia canadensis
photo taken in the Fells, May 2003
The Middlesex Fells is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) which also has a page about the Fells on its website at: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm