White Cedar Swamp Trail in Wellfleet is the perfect hike for the fall with all of the changing colors. This was a beautiful day, sunny and windy. It’s a fairly easy hike with the trail down to the swamp, a boardwalk over the swamp and then an old road back to the trailhead.
So pretty, don’t you think? Have you ever hiked the White Cedar Swamp Trail? It’s perfect for the whole family. Kids love it!
One of our favorite walks is from Doane Rock to Coast Guard Beach. Each time you go, it is so different. You can see that fall is here with the marsh grasses turning a yellowy brown.
So pretty, don’t you think? Have you ever walked over this bridge?
I love Nauset Marsh Trail which winds around the Salt Pond by the Visitors Center in Eastham and out to Nauset Marsh. It is so different each time you hike it. It is particularly pretty this time of year with its fall colors and late-flowering bushes.
Pretty, don’t you think? Love those clouds!
If you take the trail from the lower parking lot up to Carving Rock at Fort Hill, you can see the most beautiful multi-colored “Porcelain- berries” all along the trail on the left side. They are just exquisite! I have never them before and had no idea what they were. (Click on blog link to see other photo.)
“Porcelain-berry is a deciduous, perennial, woody vine from Asia that can grow 10 to 15 feet a year. A relative of our native grapes, porcelain-berry produces distinctive fruits in late summer and early fall that change from lilac or green to bright blue.”
But there is a major problem: “It invades field and field edges and spreads rapidly. Porcelain-berry climbs on and over native plants, much like oriental bittersweet. Currently it is mostly found in southeastern Massachusetts and along the coast. Birds are attracted to the fruit and spread the seeds.”
Although they are beautiful and look like a vine of tiny colorful Easter eggs, they are a very invasive plant in Massachusetts.
There seem to be a lot of dragonflies flying about this time of year. We’ve seen so many of them on the trails. I saw this red one on the Buttonbush Trail by the Visitor Center in Eastham down by the swamp.
Does anyone know what kind of dragonfly this is? I need to find a good book on dragonflies!
Look at his face! How cute!
I was so surprised to see these gorgeous, bright red Cardinal Wildflowers on the Silver Spring Trail at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. They were just beautiful and growing along the trail by the spring. I’ve never seen them there before at all so this was a big treat!
Have you ever seen a Cardinal Wildflower?