A visit to Cutler Park

I took a walk at Cutler Park today and saw an area that I don’t usually visit because of dense vegetation during the warmer months. I parked on Needham Street and followed the trail toward Long Ditch. I took some panorama shots in the middle of a meadow.

Cutler ParkI also found a wooden swing hanging from a large oak tree. I assume it was placed there by someone who paddles along the Dedham Water Trail, because it would be almost impossible to get there at any other time of the year.

This is the swing.

This is the view from the swing.

This is the view from the swing.

The meadow must be beautiful in the summer months. Here is last year’s steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) blowing in the wind with some snowflakes.
steeplebush

Here are the steeplebush flowers up close.
steeplebush flowers

Here are the thorns on what I believe to be setose blackberry (Rubus setosus); the name literally means covered with bristles.

setose blackberry

There is very little color in a meadow in winter, only shades of brown and gray. I find that what we lose – in terms of color – in the winter months is made up for with patterns and textures that we don’t notice when there are flowers and leaves to distract us.