Trail to Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park Trail:

Latitude and Longitude: (39.027733, -76.414115)

Google Map:,+Annapolis,+MD+21409/@39.0277375,-76.4163039,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b802d9d2fc108f:0x8829dbae8841ce37!8m2!3d39.0277334!4d-76.4141152


Leopold and Wright Style-

           A small trail, hidden off the street near a busy neighborhood is only a few minutes walk from my house in Annapolis, Maryland. I walk to my serene spot in the morning, the cool air hitting my face as I travel to this natural area. As I enter the opening of the trail, I see a small deer bolt off the path and into the trees. Here I spot Oaks, American Beeches, and Maples and White Ashes. The air is crisp and smells of soil and leaves after a rainfall. As I continue down the trail, I observe the wet terrain beneath my feet and the fallen leaves the crunch beneath my footsteps. I continue walking in hopes of reaching of reaching the end of the trail that connects to Sandy Point State Park. This trail connects the busy urban life to the tranquility of a quiet beach and serenity of nature. My phenology spot by Salmon Hole feels much more public and has more visitors. The trail near my house feels more private and more secluded. There is more room for self-reflection and quiet observation in my temporary phenology spot here at home. Many of the tree species are similar including red maple and silver maple. I even spotted some poison ivy along the path. They are quite different as one is a forest and one is a river. Yet, both provide a unique and peaceful experience. The joy and beauty of nature reveals itself in both locations.


Published in: on November 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Third Visit


Winooski River Poem

Frigid gusts of wind

Push the water

Hard and fast

Against the rocks

Scattered among the river.

The trees follow this movement,

Barren branches forced back

By the strength of the wind.


Not much has changed since my previous visit. There appears to be more trash/litter in my area than last time. More leaves have also fallen from the few trees in my spot. The temperature is colder and the wind is stronger. I am interested to see how this will have an impact on the watershed, vegetation, and wildlife.



Published in: on November 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Second Visit

The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall from the trees in my site. There are human footprints in the mud next the Winooski River, indicating recent visitors. There appear to be two brown birds, medium in size that are perched on a rock in the upper left hand corner of my site. Additionally, I noticed a grey squirrel near the tree-line on the right sight of my designated region. I’m curious to observe how my site will further change as winter approaches.

Published in: on November 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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