Rock Circle, Massachusetts

•November 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Over Thanksgiving Break, I was able to visit Rock Circle in Sharon, Massachusetts. Set just a stones throw from the nearby suburbs, the small circle of rocks sits in the midst of a Northern Red Oak grove. The crevices and holes in the rocks support a variety of woodland animals, from chipmunks to small birds, to salamanders. Due to the habitat fragmentation of the nearby houses and roads, there are few predators in this strip of forest, allowing the small mammals and birds to thrive. Some of the spotted birds include black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, blue jays, and cardinals. To compare with Redstone Quarry, there is less of a diversity in trees and habitat, but there is more land area than the Quarry due to less development at the Circle. 15228070_1827136587562669_1945341_n 15227901_1827136580896003_296190953_n 15218483_1827136570896004_1365651718_n 15211763_1827136567562671_207934202_n 15227865_1827136560896005_1428091874_n 15226622_1827136557562672_1335785011_n 15239224_1827136544229340_931146810_n


•November 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Aside from the David Bowie reference, there were quite a lot of changes in Redstone Quarry. Many of the trees had lost their leaves; however, the birds were quite active, and I spotted what appeared to be a woodpecker or blue jay. The pond was less covered in duckweed, but there was no movement from frogs or fish. I can’t wait to come to the Quarry in November and see the snow-covered cliff face.

Here is a gallery of all the (decent) photos I took during my last trip.

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The World as Events

•November 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I have included a short event map of interesting or unique experiences I had on my last hike to the Quarry. Perhaps it is more accurate to call them observations as I myself am simply there to take in the natural atmosphere at Redstone Quarry, not to be a part of it.

The link is below:


Hand-Drawn Map

•October 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Although photography is my preferred mode of art, I have below a hand-drawn map of Redstone Quarry. Please excuse it’s primitiveness, my hand-drawing skills are sadly lacking.dsc00356

Changes in Vegetation and Animal Life

•October 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The Quarry is absolutely stunning this time of the year, with the reds and oranges of the trees complimenting the soft red-brown of the cliff side. It’s a beautiful place to take a casual stroll among the autumn breeze. It was definitely a lot chillier than the last time I visited. The side street leading up to the Quarry also is lined with beautiful yellow trees.

Changes: The most obvious change in the vegetation is of course the tree color. From mostly greens the first visit to more oranges and reds. There is a maple right above my spot that is now a beautiful orange. There are also some smaller red trees on the clifftop. The under-vegetation such as long-grasses and ferns have begun to shrivel away and have lost their color. No tree is yet completely leafless but it shouldn’t be long now. I didn’t get many fantastic pictures this visit but I am returning tomorrow to snap some color before they all fall. The pictures are being gathered for the photo documentary slowly but surely. I plan on adding in several short clips as well. The final product will likely be ready in December and is planned on being 10-15 minutes long.

Animal Life: Definitely some signs of animal life. The most obvious sign that rabbits frequent the area is that I see rabbits frequently in the area. Below I will include a picture of a small bunny on the rock trail. Another spotted animal is a frog. I believe it is an American Bullfrog but I only see quick glimpses of them before they vanish into the depths of the pond. No signs of larger fauna such as raccoons or deer, but I don’t expect them regarding the fact that the Quarry is surrounded by suburbs. As for birdlife, there are often small round birds flitting from tree to tree.

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Introduction and Vegetation

•October 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to my blog about Redstone Quarry. This will soon be in the format of a narrated slideshow, in essence a photo documentary. Right now, the limiting factor is the available technology, so this first post will simply be paragraphs and some pictures.

Introduction: Redstone Quarry is a short 15 minute walk south of Redstone Campus at UVM. You follow a quaint suburban side street to reach the impressive red cliffside and wetlands below. I choose the Quarry because of its unique blend of history and nature. Surrounded by small, quiet homes, the Quarry holds nearly a century of history. I won’t delve into this too much for this post because that will be the theme of a later week. The environment of Redstone Quarry is a cliff face with smaller trees and shrubs on the north side and a deciduous forest and pond on the south side. I picked a location on the south side that is halfway up the cliff on a midsize ledge. Although difficult to access, it offers a vantage point over the pond and surrounding forest.,-73.2046484,34m/data=!3m1!1e3

Vegetation: Near the middle of the Quarry, cattails line the trail in a muddy wetland environment. The pond lies covered in duckweed and algae. And finally, small ferns and herbaceous plants cover the forest floor in the south. As for trees, I have identified paper birch, red maple, green ash, and basswood in the plot that I had chosen. Several other smaller species of woody shrubs and young trees spot the landscape, and their identities remain a mystery for now.

Please enjoy several of the pictures taken at the site for now, and this week there will likely be an upgraded version of the same information to launch my photo-documentary.

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