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Pond in Pawtuckaway

Pawtuckaway State Park, April 2011

I was looking for Hepatica flowers. I didn't find any, but I did find a few other things worth photographing. The Pawtuckaway Mountains are a ring dike, the steep-sided circular remnant of ancient volcanism, strewn with big granite boulders.
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pawtuckaway I almost didn't notice this little critter in the water.
pawtuckaway It's an Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). These are adults; young ("efts") are bright red-orange.
pawtuckaway The summit of South Pawtuckaway Mountain, seen from the fire tower.
pawtuckaway Another view of the South Pawtuckaway summit.
pawtuckaway One of many ponds in Pawtuckaway park.
pawtuckaway Dead trees within the pond are a sign that the pond is new.
pawtuckaway Lingering snow on this spring day.
pawtuckaway A balanced boulder near Round Pond.
pawtuckaway Typical jumble of boulders.
pawtuckaway Of course, boulders are good for more than just looking at.
pawtuckaway Climbing the boulder, part 2
pawtuckaway Bouldering, part 3
pawtuckaway Bouldering, part 4
pawtuckaway Reaching the top of the boulder.
pawtuckaway If you were wondering how you get a new pond, here's how: a beaver dam.
pawtuckaway Beaver lodge in the middle of the pond.
pawtuckaway Hermit thrush, Catharus guttatus
pawtuckaway An eastern chipmunk, Tamias striatus.
pawtuckaway Just outside the park, some surprising ranch animals: alpacas (Vicugna pacos)