Saturday, November 07, 2009

Walking in a Different Direction

Some pictures from today's walk. Instead of my usual circuits - the Easton's Beach/Cliff Walk circuit or the Ballard Park/Gooseneck Cove circuit - I went wandering a little bit north of Easton's Beach, around Big Pond and North Pond. In the Winter North Pond usually has a nice population of Common and Hooded Mergansers, but I guess they're not there yet. Oh well.

The Peckham family cemetery. Like the Big Pond (aka Easton's Pond), North Pond is a man-made body of water made specifically for Newport's drinking water supply. Both were made by damming Bailey's Brook, which begins way up in Middletown and ends emptying into the ocean at Easton's Beach. The Peckham family had a farm along Bailey's Brook; in fact North Pond covers some of what used to be the farm. This tiny cemetery of theirs is just south of Green End Ave. along Aquidneck Ave. These three stones are the only ones left standing; there are stumps of stones which have been broken off in the grass, and walking here can be tricky!

A roadside bouquet - Daisy Fleabane, tiny rose hips, and Nightshade berries along Green End Ave. where it crosses over Bailey's Brook.

© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. The artwork on M. Clement Peckham's stone is wonderful!

  2. I just love cemetery photography. I think there's nothing more poignant than an epitaph - Kind of makes the burial option more appealing...

    though I s'pose one can have a stone and epitaph without being traditionally six feet under...

    Love the macro shot as well.

  3. Absolutely delightful photographs. The mixture of colours and textures in the second one is quite breathtaking.

  4. I love the roadside bouquet - so evocative, I can almost smell the autumn

  5. There's something quite wonderful about old cemeteries, isn't there?
    Ageeing with everyone else re the detail and colour in that 2nd shot.