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Centennial Stream Bend

Entry II October 10, 2017

Posted: October 10th, 2017 by rrobledo

As one approaches the pine grove from the opposite shore, the path crosses dense flowers, weeds, herbs, ferns, grasses and a few walnut trees. Lining the shore is shrubbery that leans over the water, mostly Buckthorn. I see a good number of water striders on the surface of the stream. There is a wetlands ecosystem facing east where the stream winds through the grassland. The marsh is characterized by pockets of mud among the tall grasses, open space, weeds and cattails and other wetland vegetation.

Along the opposite shoreline there are a few walnut trees. Past this there are light grasses and herbs. Beyond this is a large grove of Eastern White Pine. The trees sit upon a hill which rises right over the stream. Half way up the hill there is an old wall with intense and artful graffiti. Sitting on the wall feels like the hill forms a great lecture hall that hearkens to the stream. I can hear squirrels rustling through the fallen leaves.



These pictures show the wetland system and the stream from the bridge.



These pictures show vegetation surrounding the spot. 




This is a Walnut tree standing before the pine grove.


This is the trail going through the grasses to the stream. 

This is a fly on the shore opposite of the grasslands. 


This is the Buckthorn shrubbery that leans over the water. 



These pictures are taken of marsh vegetation from the wetlands. 

(The grassland and bridge crossing over the stream is dead ahead from here).


These pictures were taken from atop the wall of the pine grove. 



These pictures were taken of the wall from the pine grove.

Entry I October 1, 2017

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 by rrobledo

My spot is a bend in a stream that runs through Centennial Woods. If you take the main trail through Centennial, you will come across an area with herbs, shrubbery and flowers. There is a wetland system off to the right. Ahead is a bridge leading across the stream, dappled with sparse shade from Buckthorn and other shrubs that surround the stream. Across the bridge, the trail leads to grove of mostly Eastern White Pine, and Red Maples but also Black Cherry and Striped Maple. The most common woody plant in the area is Buckthorn.

I was on my way to the grove of Eastern White Pine and Red Maple because this was the area that I originally had in mind. As I passed this spot, I was struck by the beauty and the peace that I felt here. I chose it because I love how cute the space is and how much it makes me happy. I also figured it would be interesting to observe how the life-will of the forest leans toward the stream.


This is a sketch of my spot off the top of my head. This is merely the impression that I have of it, I haven’t been there in a week.


This image is centered on my place.

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