Monday, October 26, 2015

Resplendent Fall Colors at Plainsboro Preserve

For anyone seeking a good dose of fall color to carry you through winter's deprivations, the Plainsboro Preserve is just fifteen minutes away. I had heard they have a nice pond, but it's a full-fledged lake, born of a sand quarry operation now long past. As with the Fourth of July fireworks seen above Lake Carnegie, the lake's reflection amplifies the color of leaves and sky.

The main trail's to the left, but the ground's dry enough that you can take a lengthy walk around the lake to the right, where you find sandy soils a la the Pine Barrens and lots of blueberry bushes, red maples,

and sweetgums. The trail sometimes fades, but just stick close to the lake.

I'll write more about the place, but wanted to get the word out while the colors still hang on the trees. They have a nice Audubon visitor's center perched overlooking the lake, and lots of programming. There's a "full moon Friday" beaver walk on Oct. 30, and an open house on Nov. 7. More info on their website.

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