Phenology Blog

A UVM blog

November 6, 2018
by Tracy Norris

November is here!

Since last visit there are various changes. The landscape is changing quickly, the trees, the leaves, the brook, even he trails. The leaves are all falling, covering the whole landscape with beautiful colors. The increased rainfall has increased the depth of Centennial Brook. The water is flowing faster, carrying more sediments and fallen leaves downstream. The ground is moist and muddy, leaving my footprints behind. I took notice of a decrease in wildlife, most likely due to the rain pouring out of the dark, gloomy sky. There are not as many birds singing on this gloomy day compared to my last visit with bright skies and soundly melodies in the air. The rain drops hitting the brook are just so peaceful. I can hear the intensity of the rain increase and decrease as the wind blows through the forest.



The drips and drops, The soft and hard. Raindrops fall from above.

Left and Right, the trees stand tall.

Sunny days the birds sing, the water flows.

Peaceful and elegant nature can be, just give her the time of day.

Relax and cherish the moments of the cordial wildlife,

undisturbed within the pines, oaks, and maples.



October 22, 2018
by Tracy Norris

Two Weeks In..

Two weeks made a difference. Fall is here and brighter than ever! The beautiful leaves have covered landscape. I have noticed a lot more light shining through the understory in some areas. Areas housed by conifers still have some shade to them. The brook level has changed from last time, also the the temperature has dropped!

On my way to Centennial Brook, I passed a significant amount of squirrels quickly rushing to find food to bury for the winter. They know what is about to come. I could hear the leaves crumbling under my feet as I walked through the trail, approaching the bridge. I sat on the edge of the bridge and took a deep breath of the cold, bitter, and crisp air. I could feel winter coming in my lungs, I’m sure the wildlife can as well. Maybe next time there will be snow on the ground!

Until next time, Tracy


October 8, 2018
by Tracy Norris

Ready, Set, Go!

Welcome to Centennial Brook! For the next few months I will be examining Centennial Brook as my Phenology Place. I chose this place in particular, due to the beautiful scenery. I visited this spot before and truly felt connected to the land. I am excited to see the change of the landscape every week, and search for smaller changes, not easily seen by the common eye. Listening to the Brook flow on today’s visit really allowed me to escape reality and stop everything else around me. This past weekend was busy and I had a lot of homework stressing me out. Sitting by the Brook slowed my mind down, created a bubble around me that could not be intruded upon, I was isolated from my troubles. This spot is located on the second bridge of Centennial Brook. Upon arriving, on the right is the Brook, forming a “V”. As I looked past the Brook, there is an open plain with tall grasses. The plain is surrounded by White Pines and some Sugar Maples. As I sat by the “V”, I looked down and noticed wild strawberry growing among the moist grasses, even wild grape entangled in a Boxelder a couple yards away.

Until next time Centennial Brook!



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