boulder deposits

3.21.20 ~ Glacial Park, Ledyard, Connecticut

Saturday we took a walk at Ledyard Glacial Park. Life has seemed so surreal lately and even the woods seemed too quiet. But soon we heard the voices of youngsters having fun and then appeared a mother walking down the trail with her four children. We moved about 6 feet off the path, to comply with social distancing. The family respectfully continued past us but greeted us with multiple rounds of “hello,” “bye,” and “enjoy your walk!” We responded in kind. So that’s how it is supposed to work and it felt good to know we were on the same page and in the same world as strangers, our neighbors.

Ledyard is among the areas of the United States that was covered by a continental ice sheet during the last Ice Age. Therefore, Ledyard has its share of interesting glacial geology. The glaciers that covered Ledyard carried the many large boulders that litter the town. The town has set aside land designated as a “Glacial Park” which consists of a section of end moraine and outwash deposits (containing kettles). This area encompasses a segment of the “Ledyard Moraine” — a clast-supported boulder deposit that is anomalous in nature.
~ Wikipedia

Please enjoy the photos. I took way too many!

3.21.20 ~ quartz
3.21.20 ~ American wintergreen
3.21.20 ~ We took the left fork and then turned right on the by-pass. Half way up the by-pass we turned around and went back the way we came.

On Sunday we learned of the first case of coronavirus in our town. A 52-year-old woman. So it’s here…

6 thoughts on “boulder deposits”

    1. Me, too! I was pleasantly surprised by how far Tim managed to walk, and so was he. 🙂 Looking forward to walking with you, Janet, when this quarantine is behind us. Stay safe!

  1. I always think of the life that lives on and around these ancient parts of our environment. Insects. algae, moss, etc. And the people who pass by and appreciate them. I don’t suppose we, as a species, have changed that much from our ancestors, either.

    Be well, Barbara. x

    1. You, too, Val. ♡ Sometimes I reflect on how our lifetimes (and life itself) are such a short interval in relation to the long span of geologic time. It fills me with wonder and put things in perspective.

  2. I think you’ve perfectly summarized it here, Barbara. Thanks for the link so I could read and look at your pictures. And meeting that family and being on the same page with them in this brand new strange world feels like a memory you might hold on to for a long time.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy. 🙂 I keep thinking back to this day, our first venture out into the strange new world — this will help me to remember it as time goes by. This was the memory your post led me to.

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