On Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010, the Old North Bridge Hounds hunting club will have their final hunt of the year at the Delaney Complex. They’ll be starting out at 10AM from the dam at the south entrance off Harvard Rd. If you haven’t seen them in their fall finery, it’s quite a sight!
I came across the riders and hounds one day back in 2009, and they were more than happy to have me ride along in one of the support cars, asking questions and taking photos. My first question, and the question that gets asked most often, was “are you really hunting for foxes?” No, the “fox” in this case is a scent bag full of anise, which a volunteer drags along the course earlier in the morning. The hounds (don’t call them dogs!) follow the scent trail, and the riders follow the hounds.
The hounds wear radio collars so they can be tracked down if one runs astray, and there are checkpoints, head-counts, and water breaks for the animals (and riders) when they cross Finn Rd.
Come out and watch the hounds as they hunt on Tuesday, 10-12. Leave your dogs at home, or keep them on a short leash. For more information about the hunt club and their schedule of fixtures, visit http://oldnorthbridgehounds.org/
As I raced down to the boat launch at the Delaney Project to photograph last night’s amazing sunset, I was bowled over by this view. It looked like the woods had erupted in flame. These white pines along Harvard Road seemed ready to ignite at any minute.
After all the pleasant, sunny autumn days of October, November has started off with an icy chill. A hard frost coated every surface this morning, transforming the meadow at Delaney into a field of white and gray.
I looked out the window at 6PM this evening and saw a pink wisp of clouds to the north, catching the light of the setting sun. I grabbed my camera and ran to Delaney, where a spectacular sunset display of reds and yellows was reflected in the water. A motorcyclist had his camera phone out, and as I took photos another neighbor drove up and jumped out with his camera.
We watched in awe for about 5 minutes, and then it was gone.
There was a chill in the air and frost on the grass during our early-morning walk today. Dozens of mallards were noisily discussing the day’s flight plan prior to takeoff, and a few wood ducks in glorious plumage floated down Elizabeth Brook.
Water droplets still cling to the grass in this early-morning photo from the main field at Delaney.