Ames Nowell State Park (Abington, MA)

Given the less than ideal  weather today (gloomy, overcast sky with nagging showers), I decided to visit a “basic” park close to home.  Just about 30 minutes south of Boston, Ames Nowell State Park seemed like the perfect place for an uneventful, short jaunt.  I was soon to be proven wrong. DSC_0314 Ames Nowell is named after, you guessed it, Ames Nowell, the grandson of the 35th governor of Massachusetts.  Ames Nowell purchased the land during the the Great Depression when the previous land owner could not afford the taxes for the land. One of the more usually mundane aspects of the park that is usually taken for granite (sorry) is the stones and rocks that are strewn about the park.  They seem to be lined and piled in designs and formations.  In fact, the entire park seems to be set up with design and aesthetics, perfect for a photographer. DSC_0615   DSC_0628 DSC_0443 DSC_0416  DSC_0493  DSC_0648 Ames Nowell is a 7,000 acre state park with roughly 10 miles of trails (I didn’t walk quite that much but it felt close to that) that encircles the vast Cleveland Pond.  Although I didn’t walk the entire trail,  I was able to capture quite a few birds during my hike like this goose, for instance. DSC_0556      DSC_0550 Suddenly, I heard a honking noise.  It was momma duck calling and waiting patiently for her (rather large) goslin (no, not that Goslin). DSC_0557 There was also this duck who showed me some flying skills     DSC_0451 DSC_0449  DSC_0461 DSC_0462 There were dogs a plenty at Ames Nowell. I ran into Griffey DSC_0357 I met Rusty DSC_0319 and Marcus (Marcus is the dog, not the man) DSC_0724 Flowers and various plant life is also aplenty in the park.  Daisies and lilies among other plants thrive in the park DSC_0616DSC_0540      DSC_0322 DSC_0378   DSC_0385 DSC_0370  DSC_0580 Being that it was a windy day, the water on the pond created some captivating ripples.   DSC_0506      DSC_0474      DSC_0399 DSC_0414 Ducks, geese, swans and dogs weren’t the only creatures I found at Ames Nowell.  I spotted this blue dragonfly buzzing among the trees and plants. DSC_0722 Ames also has a number of wooden bridges and walkways over the marshy and rougher terrain.  This particular bridge had a brook running under it. DSC_0633   DSC_0716  DSC_0705

Finally, as I was about to leave for the day, I saw this family of geese being fed by a little girl


Then, they made their way to me, perhaps looking for dessert.

DSC_0665DSC_0666 Closer and closer they approached as I photographed. DSC_0668 DSC_0683 DSC_0682 Knowing how protective momma geese can be, I kept my distance until this happened. DSC_0677 DSC_0676 DSC_0673  DSC_0670 After eating a balanced breakfast, they left just as fast as they came, babies in the lead.DSC_0667

About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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