Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Falling Down

No, I'm not talking about Grenville or myself taking a fall, but the leaves falling down in Mine Falls Park in Nashua, NH, a short walk from our mill apartment.

I've posted about this park in the past. Its seasonal beauty is always worth exploring again. Come along for a walk and don't forget to crunch the leaves as you walk along.

Photos in this post were taken on three separate outings in early to mid-October when the foliage was plentiful and very colorful. Recent wind and rain storms have blown off most of the leaves. In the coming months we'll explore the park in snow.

Mine Falls Park is one of the most popular areas in the city. The park is located in the heart of the city and covers 325-acres that include forest, wetlands, and open fields. The park is bordered on the north by the Nashua River and on the south by the Millpond and canal system.

The park property was part of a large complex owned by the Nashua Manufacturing Company, which harnessed the river's flow to power its textile mills downstream on Factory Street. When the mills closed in 1948, a new owner sold the Mine Falls land to the a group of local businessmen, the Nashua, New Hampshire Foundation.

The name Mine Falls dates to the 1700s, when low quality lead was thought to have been mined from the island below the falls. In the early 1800s, the potential of the Nashua River to drive the wheels of industry was recognized. Workers used shovels and mules to dig a three-mile long canal. It's no longer used for industrial purposes, and the walking trail along the canal was bursting with fall colors 2 weeks ago when we walked it.

In 1987, the Nashua River Canal and the Nashua Manufacturing Company Historic District (the Millyard) were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1992, the park trails were designated as part of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail system, which extends 130 miles along the Merrimack River from Massachusetts to Canada.

In addition to the walking/hiking trails, Mine Falls Park has a lot of other sport and recreational activities such as kayaking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and biking with no admission or parking fees. Several sports fields are used for baseball, lacrosse and soccer. Park trails are used for high school cross country training.

Mine Falls Park is located within the second largest city in the state of NH. Yet, when we're out walking, there's no distracting sounds, aside from humans, dogs and wildlife on the trails. In addition to its extensive trail network, the park has several wildlife viewing points like the one below. 

In late spring to early June, large-mouth bass and sunfish can be seen in the canals. The wetlands provide nesting sites for red-winged blackbirds, song sparrows, and mallards among others. We've also seen Canada Geese, herons and swans on our walks.
Of course, the trees are home for many bird species, including year-round chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays and woodpeckers. Chipmunks, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, turtles otters and raccoons are usually spotted the river and canal or in the woodlands. During a recent walk, Grenville found a conveniently located tree seat.

Fortunately for us, Mine Falls Park is a short walking distance from our apartment. The mill residence we live in was formerly the Nashua Manufacturing Company.
We go to the park as often as possible and appreciate that it's so close to our residence. It's a very scenic way to exercise. Thanks for coming along; hope you enjoyed the views.


L said...

Oh my gosh, so beautiful, just heavenly!

Edna B said...

Your park is beautiful. I love all the colors of Autumn along the water. We have a large park similar to yours. It's a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the wildlife. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Sandra said...

every single photo is gorgeous and perfect, my favorite is the bridge with all the leaves. I can see there are zillions of beautiful fallen leaves and zillions more to fall soon. a perfect blend of colors and green.. you are blessed to live that close to this spectacular park

Valerie said...

Autumn is beautiful. Leaves here are so slow in showing their autumn colours I wondered if autumn would ever produce a good display. I spotted a few yellow leaves so perhaps all is well..

Michelle said...

Wow, these scenes are absolutely perfect. The epitome of fall. Love the reflective shot.

Jon said...

These are wonderful, absolutely GORGEOUS photos!! What a perfect place to stroll on an October day. Thanks so much for sharing this. I felt like I was there - - and could hear the crunching of the leaves.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Autumn is always a beautiful time of the year

Emma Springfield said...

So very pretty. My mother and I took a driving trip through New England years ago. As we drove through the mountains I saw colors I had never seen before. I'm not sure there were even names for them.

bill burke said...

What gorgeous colours you have. It is prime time to get out and see these wonderful displays of nature. Great reflections too! Thanks for sharing these beauties, I enjoyed seeing them.
Have a wonderful day!

Red said...

Very pleasant fall foliage.

William Kendall said...

Glorious fall shots!

baili said...

Oh this was soul filling post dear Dorothy

you are lucky to have such natural beauty near you and in great abundance
lovely park indeed ,loaded with gifts of Nature
you captured everything so beautifully i must say you are remarkable photographer :)

i an feel how your images refreshed my soul my friend
thank you so much for virtual tour ,specially the row of colorful trees beside water are spell casting :)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The colours there are gorgeous. The bridge photo is especially attractive, as a re the shots with roads leading into the trees. And I love all those little details you've noticed.

Rain said...

It's beautiful Dorothy :) I love walking in the woods...the river photos are so nice! It's all snow here now though. The wood bridge is so beautiful, thanks for sharing the photos!

Connie said...

Wow! Gorgeous fall scenes and colors.

Doris said...

Absolutely breathtaking! New England have a lovely fall. Ours went poof in the wind last week =(

L. D. said...

It is a beautiful place to visit. Our snow would not work well with this area. Beautiful colors everywhere. We didn't get to have this color this year.